The idea of an ice racing series first became an idea when professional racer Max Mamers (French Rallycross Champion 1982 and 1983 with Talbot Matra Murena) and the owner of the Andros company (jam and compote producers), Frédéric Gervoson, met as rugby fans in 1985. They spent the winter racing with friends on ice circuits.
On 27 January 1990, the idea of a series came to life at Serre Chevalier with the first round of four.
The series quickly grew, with a round at Paris (Pelouse de Reuilly) in 1991 creating a five round series; and a seven round championship in 1992.
In 2003, the trophy gained an international aspect with a race at Sherbrooke in Canada, a race that was held for three seasons. For the 2005/06 season, the trophy remained mainly national, the exception being one round held in Andorra.
The current series
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The series now runs with a number of different races and classes.
This is the original and highest class, featuring the most prominent names.
Starting in 1994, this class is for the smaller teams, encouraging them to take part in the Trophée Andros. To partake in this class, there are three conditions: the drivers can't have finished in the top 20 over the general classification; must never have participated in the Elite Class; and cannot be a professional driver.
The motorbike races for the Andros Trophy first appeared at the 1996 championship final at Superbesse, after an idea of Mamers and Claude Michy. It became a series in its own right in the 1997/98 season with a race at every round from that point.
Trophée Andros Féminin - Sprint Cars
Created in 2002, this series combined two categories. The 600cc 6-speed buggy-styled car was shared between a female driver and an experienced driver, who also was the instructor for the female driver. They competed in two different races at each weekend they attended. The Féminin trophy was discontinued as of 2011, with some of the female drivers from the series moving into other categories of the trophée including the main series and the electric cars.
By far the most successful driver in the series is Yvan Muller, who has won the championship 10 times with 46 race victories. Alain Prost (36 wins) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (33 wins) are the next most successful competitors to date with three championships each.
On 14 February 1999, the series held a "Superfinal" at the Stade de France on the outskirts of Paris. Using 700 tonnes of ice, an oval track was established around the edge of the stadium, allowing for racing in front of around 60,000 people, with no championship points at stake.
The Superfinal was held at the Stade de France for three years, before moving to an oval track at Noeux Les Mines in 2002. No Superfinal was held in 2003, but returned to the Stade de France in 2004.
In 2005 the races were held at Saint-Dié, and once again at the Stade de France in 2006. Various other locations have been used, but as of 2011 and 2012 it appears that the Superfinal has found a permanent home at Clermont / Super Besse.
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