The Andros Trophy steps up a gear

The Andros Trophy steps up a gear

The Andros Trophy ice racing series line-up gets a little more illustrious every year, with Jacques Villeneuve now joining the likes of Alain Prost, Romain Grosjean and Olivier Panis. Peter Mills previews the action

The first meeting of the nine-round, 2010-11, Andros Trophy gets under way at Val Thorens this weekend. Through its 22-year history, the ice-racing series has attracted its share of big name competitors. Skoda's recent signing of Jacques Villeneuve has provided the championship with yet more headlines, while Andros Trophy founder Max Mamers' innovative support series for electric racers gathers increasing plaudits.

Among this seasons crop of drivers are six ex-grand prix men, four of whom will take to the wheel of Skoda's 350 bhp, mid-engined Fabias. The 1997 Formula 1 world champion Villeneuve will be joined at the Czech squad by effective team leader Olivier Panis, Paul Belmondo (who plans a limited campaign of four or five meetings) and Franck Lagorce - who has replaced outgoing champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut.

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