Jun 24

Spectacular race for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Starting from ninth place he completed the race in seventh position

2012-08-04_0445The Clarington 200, third race of the season, was high in action, last Saturday, for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway.

With his career-best starting position on oval tracks, the Quebecer took the ninth spot on the grid behind the wheel of the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge. The driver was persistent and strategic to overcome many issues and finished the race in seventh position.

Practice sessions were shortened and delayed for almost two hours due to rain showers during the morning. The last NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park oval will have been high in emotions for drivers and fans.

Supported by proactive crew members, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin gave a tremendous fight during the whole race, moving from ninth to sixth place.

“We had a good qualifying, so we could take the start from the inside. The n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car was handling well. Early in the race, I knew I had to save the brakes to have a strong finish”, shared Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

“The team did an excellent job during our scheduled pit stops, especially during a caution, when we changed two tires and gained three places [lap 113]”, explained the driver of the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car. Although he had a penalty on lap 69 and lost a few places, he has been able to stay on the lead lap.

“Our main goal was to save the car to finish the race among the leading pack. On the second-to-last restart [lap 185], I went into a collision with the n°5 car [Noel Dowler] and it damaged the front of the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car.

We were strategic during the caution to fix the body. The team worked very hard to make three pit stops in a row. We were able to stay on the lead lap and keep our position”, said the driver of the Dumoulin Competition Team.

“It was a good race for us. The chemistry is present within members of the team and we share the same goal to gain points for the championship”, said Dumoulin. “We had a really good start. The car was fast. Louis-Philippe was running a smart race”, said the crew chief Tyler Case.

With this top-10, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin gains a place in the overall championship standings, sitting fourth (110 points).

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source: PARAPHE sports-management