The winter series brought it three wins, as well as second place in the final standings with Alain Prost.

The French racing driver says the popularity of Dacia has been boosted by the presence of the competition version of Dacia Duster in the Trophée Andros.

"The arrival of a new manufacturer was positive for the Trophée Andros in particular, and for motor sport in general. It has changed mindsets and shown that a ‘low cost’ brand, too, can promote an image that combines performance and reliability! There was keen interest from the media and spectators alike, and that includes both the die-hard racing fans and the more casual visitors. Dacia is a very popular brand, and its popularity has been boosted by its presence in the Trophée Andros. From this point of view, I think we have amply exceeded our objectives."

Jean-Philippe Dayraut driving a Skoda Fabia came out first.

Final Positions: Trophée Andros

1. Jean-Philippe DAYRAUT 860 puncte – Skoda Fabia
2. Alain PROST 830 puncte – Dacia Duster
3. Olivier PANIS 811 puncte – Skoda Fabia
4. Bertrand BALAS 798 puncte - TOYOTA Auris
5. Jean-Baptiste DUBOURG 775 puncte - RENAULT Clio III
6. Franck LAGORCE 772 puncte - RENAULT Clio III
7. Didier THORAL 761 puncte - TOYOTA Auris
8. Benjamin RIVIERE 752 puncte - FIAT Stilo
9. Pierre LLORACH 729 puncte - B.M.W. Série 1
10. Olivier PERNAUT 697 puncte - B.M.W. Série 1

Competition version of Dacia Duster

Its glass-fiber body conceals a tubular chassis which houses a three-liter, 24-valve V6 engine from the Renault-Nissan Alliance range. The engine puts out 350hp at 7,500rpm, and maximum torque of 360Nm at 5,500rpm. The car is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

The mid-rear location of the engine illustrates the work that has gone into optimum weight distribution, in compliance with the 950kg minimum weight requirement and with a view to keeping the centre of gravity low and minimizing polar inertia for enhanced control.

The double wishbone suspension arrangement and long-travel dampers have been engineered to permit Dacia Duster to take the different terrains it promises to encounter during the Andros Trophy campaign.

The competition version of Dacia Duster also incorporates a four-wheel steering system for complete cornering line control. This mechanical system links the front and rear wheels, and can be rapidly adjusted to match the characteristics of each circuit.