According to some European web sites, Romanian car maker Dacia – a property of Renault – has decided to withdraw from the Andros Trophy and will not contest the 2012-2013 ice racing series.
During the Paris Auto Show, series' organiser and promoter Max Mamers announced that the presentation of this year's series will be held at Val Thorens, France November 24 and 25. But that would be without Dacia.
Dacia's withdrawal from the Andros Trophy should not be seen as a major surprise. Last year's championship was marked by intense frustration and mutual accusations by the two major manufacturers involved: Dacia and Skoda.
The controversy that happened at the last race of the season, when Alain Prost (Dacia) and Jacques Villeneuve (Skoda) collided at the first corner (an incident that almost cost the title to Prost) was probably too much to endure for Dacia.
If Dacia indeed quits the series, that will leave Alain Prost without a drive.
“Since I am an ambassador of the Renault Group, which includes Dacia, I cannot drive for another car manufacturer. It's quite evident. For that reason, I will not contest the Andros Trophy this winter,” Prost told French web site Autonewsinfo.