CRUNCH TIME FOR DA RACING-RENAULT- MOTUL AND THE ZOE ICE
- After four consecutive titles and then second overall in the Andros e-Trophy last winter, DA Racing is undoubtedly one of the teams to beat.
- Supported by Renault and Motul, the DA Racing ZOE Ice made a remarkable debut last winter.
- Now, for its second winter season, the ZOE Ice, entrusted to Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, Nicolas Prost, Emmanuel Moinel and Gérald Fontanel, is set to return to center stage.
Revealed to the public for the very first time at Olympia in Paris in November 2019, the DA Racing-Renault-Motul ZOE Ice quickly established itself on the ice circuits of the Andros e-Trophy with successes for Jean-Baptiste Dubourg and Nicolas Prost. Following second overall in the Elite Pro Andros e-Trophy classification for “JB” Dubourg, DA Racing took advantage of the summer break to execute many changes on the ZOE Ice. Among the developments, the Gironde team has joined forces with BOS Suspension to optimise the connection with the ground and to increase traction, two key performance elements.
DA Racing technical staff have also concentrated their efforts on changing many aspects of the ZOE Ice to perfectly prepare for the requirements of winter racing.
Four-time champion Jean-Baptiste Dubourg fought until the very last race of the 2020 season to add a fifth star to his record. Finishing second in the Andros e-Trophy last year, the most successful active driver in the discipline makes no secret about his ambitions for the 2021 edition: to retake the title. Driving a fully-optimised ZOE Ice, "JB" knows he has the right cards in his hand to achieve that goal.
A winner on some of the most famous circuits in the world, Nicolas Prost has been battling for the French Circuit Championship title all season at the wheel of the Alpine GT4. Well accustomed to the demands of electric powertrains, in particular from his two titles in the Enedis Trophée Andros (Andros Car 2 RM) and his race wins in Formula E, “Nico” will drive DA Racing-Renault-Motul’s ZOE Ice for a second winter.
In the top five last winter, Nicolas has eyes on the overall podium this year. The DA Racing-Renault-Motul ZOE Ice is also set to play a leading role in the Andros e-Trophy Elite category. Third in 2020, Emmanuel Moinel will use his experience with DA Racing and the ZOE Ice to fight for the title. Returning for a full program in the Andros e-Trophy, Gérald Fontanel made a remarkable first appearance in 2020 with a podium at Serre-Chevalier. This winter, Gérald intends to visit the podium on several occasions.
After the first season with the ZOE Ice, marked by second overall in the Andros e-Trophy 2020, we are entering the 2021 edition with the ambition of taking the title. We have gained a lot of experience with the team, which has allowed us to do a lot of work on the ZOE Ice. Driving on ice is demanding, and every detail has to be considered to achieve our goals.
Jean-Baptiste Dubourg - Renault ZOE # 2 Driver - Elite Pro
Re-joining DA Racing and the ZOE Ice was inevitable, we worked a lot in 2020 and the changes made for 2021 will allow us to aim for more podiums and victories. We are starting again from the same base as last winter, but with the experience of one more season. It seems to me to be the right package to fight for top positions.
Nicolas Prost - Renault ZOE # 5 Driver - Elite Pro
I had a lot of fun driving the ZOE Ice in the 2020 e-Trophy and scored my best result on ice with third overall in the Elite category. I have no doubts about the ability of the ZOE Ice and like last year, the priority for me is to have fun behind the steering wheel without any pressure.
Emmanuel Moinel - Renault ZOE # 5 Driver – Elite
I had the opportunity to compete in a race with DA Racing last winter. In addition to a good result, I experienced a professional and human environment, with strong values. From then on, the desire to return for a full season quickly arrived. There is a real team spirit in the role of an Elite driver, I have to bring back some valuable information about the track for "JB". If I succeed, I know the Elite results will follow.
Gérald Fontanel - Renault ZOE # 2 Driver – Elite
It is with great excitement that we approach this new winter season. Our programme in Euro RX was very disrupted by the health crisis and could not be completed. I know the effort that Max Mamers and all the circuits are putting in to make the e-Trophy run as smoothly as possible. The experience and level of performance of our drivers remains a real asset for our team. Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Renault Group, to Motul, and also to all of our partners for their presence by our side, despite the Covid crisis.
Dominique Dubourg - DA Racing-Renault-Motul Team Manager
The history between Renault and DA Racing is rich in success with four consecutive titles and second-place last winter for the New ZOE's debut in the Andros e-Trophy. On the strength of these top-notch performances we aim to fight for the title this winter. In addition to its status as the leader in the electric market in France and in Europe, the New ZOE Ice will become the benchmark for the Andros e-Trophy.
Philippe Quétaud - Renault Special Sales Director
The Andros Trophy is a very popular competition with a unique relationship between the star drivers and public, which makes for real chemistry. The Dubourg Automobile company has been working with Motul lubricants for many years and we support DA Racing in its sports programs in summer and winter. Motul and DA Racing share many values and we are fully focused on winning the title this winter.
Daniel Schwarz - Managing Director Motul business France
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