Prost duo wins first racing title for Dacia
30 January 2012 – Renault brand Dacia has claimed its first title in motorsport thanks to Alain Prost and son Nicolas. After a dramatic last-lap ice racing battle, the former World Champion Frenchman triumphed in the Trophée Andros in a Lodgy Glace model.
The Prost combination, teamed up with Evens Stievenart, was involved in a highly entertaining late-race tussle after the car been repaired following contact. With Alain driving to his third and Dacia's fourth victory of the 2011/12 season, this brought home the marque's first motor racing crown of any kind.
“I had no choice but to win today,” said a delighted Prost. “I had a good feeling with my car and the team’s hard work enabled us to perform strongly in qualifying. We couldn’t afford to put a foot wrong this weekend but we coped with everything very well. The way the finales unfolded nearly ruined everything, but that merely mirrored the behaviour that some of our rivals have shown this season.
“Winning for Dacia was important and we pulled it off with an MPV, which was no easy challenge. I would like to thank everyone in the team, especially Evens and Nicolas. Had we not had a second car, we wouldn’t have won this winter’s Trophée Andros which proved extremely close right up the end.”
Prost claimed his first Formula 1 titles for McLaren in 1985 and 1986 before beating Ayrton Senna when the two team-mates infamously collided at Suzuka in 1989. Following a year’s sabbatical, he made a return with Williams before retiring from the sport at the end of a dominant 1993 season.