The Dacia Lodgy Glace achieved a third-place finish in its first competitive outing during the opening race of Val Thorens in France at the hands of driver Evens Stievenart. Despite complex conditions mainly due to lack of ice, drivers Evens Stievenart, Alain Prost, and Nicolas Prost, managed to showcase the remarkable ability of the latest challenger from Team Dacia. The competition continues in Andorra and the team expects lighter placing.
The Val Thorens track had an adequate layer of ice even if wintry conditions in the French Alps still had to settle. This enabled the three drivers of the team to show the ability of the Dacia Lodgy Glace to perform on the type of surface that it was initially designed. This is still the first weekend of the race but even with the delicate conditions of track, it has taught Team Dacia a lot. The initial results show what appears to be an exciting championship competition with at least 10 drivers having the chance to compete for the title.
Stievenart, who finished 3rd, shared that it was a lesson learned considering that despite the conditions, he drove as if he was on ice though it would have been appropriate to use a racing driving style. He added that on the positive side, he managed to score the necessary points and get a better idea of the potential of the Dacia Lodgy Glace. It was satisfying still to finish third in the provisional standings.
The team will continue to work together to make sure that Alain Prost can catch up with the leaders on what is already a very competitive championship, concluded Stievenart. Eighth placer Alain Prost revealed that he had a chance to win during the second qualifying heat but he lost the chance on the last lap. Despite merely losing a tenth of a second, it was enough to drop him from the lead to a third place finish.
Even then, the team was able to show everyone that it could fight for the title with the Dacia already claiming a podium finish. The Dacia Lodgy Glace clearly has the potential to succeed, Alain Prost revealed. The level of the car is clearly very high and while it was indeed heartbreaking to know that it could have gotten more points than it did, there is still a long way to go before the race season ends.
Finally, Nicolas Prost who placed 21st said that the race conditions were indeed different with the road having fewer ruts and more exposed asphalt. Nicolas Prost though added that it was better for him since it made the car jump less. Nicolas Prost said that he has really learned so much and will now look at the data collected a little closer to prepare for the next race. Nicolas Prost concluded that his win at the final was good for morale.