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Aug 12

Kennington captures Trois-Rivieres win (updated)

First NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win of season for defending champ

2013-08-11_1081D.J. Kennington claims he isn’t a road racer, but he keeps proving himself wrong.

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Kennington of St. Thomas, Ont., won the JuliaWine.com 100 in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action on Sunday at the 44th Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres after holding off road-course specialists Andrew Ranger and Jacques Villeneuve in a harried green-white-checkered finish in front of a crowd in excess of 30,000.

After starting eighth, Kennington passed former Formula One and IZOD IndyCar Series champion Villeneuve on Lap 38 before the fifth caution flag of the day flew on Lap 40 to set up the exciting finish. On the final restart, Ranger, who had gotten around Villeneuve just after Kennington made his pass, tried in every turn of the 11-turn, 1.53-mile street circuit to rattle Kennington, but was forced to settle for the runner-up position.

“We just had a great race car today,” said Kennington. “The crew did a great job at getting cool air to the brakes. At the end, we still had good braking. I saved as much as I could. We got a little lucky that (Villeneuve) slipped up a little and we were able to get by.”

With three series road-course wins to his credit Kennington has shown the ability to win anywhere at any time, but outdueling the likes of Ranger and Villeneuve had Kennington thinking about the significance.

“To beat those two guys on a road course is right up there in my career,” said Kennington. “They are two of the best in the world in my estimation. It’s really special. With (Ranger) starting in the rear and getting to the front, we might have been in trouble if he started on the pole.”

Ranger, a four-time Trois-Rivieres winner, started from the rear of the field due to missing Saturday’s qualifying session after competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Despite not getting the win, Ranger was pleased with the results.

“From where we started, I’m really happy with second place,” said Ranger – owner of 14 series road-course victories. “The car was pretty used up at the end. I had to fight for everything in passing all those cars. I tried everything to pass (Villeneuve). He raced me totally clean and like a champion. We went through (four) turns side-by-side and we never touched.”

The final restart gave Ranger one last opportunity at the win.

“The cautions at the end really helped me a lot on those last laps I was finally able to get the speed I wanted to in the corners, but (Kennington) didn’t make any mistakes,” he said.

Villeneuve, who led a race-high 29 laps, finished third for his best finish in three career Canadian Tire Series starts. He finished fourth in this event in 2009.

“I was taking it easy in the beginning, but I saw a chance to get around (Tagliani) and I took it,” said the accomplished driver. “I misjudged a corner while passing a (lapped car) and Kennington was able to get around me. I thought I had a chance at the end to get it back, but (Kennington) clipped the wall and bounced into me which set us back.”

Villeneuve appreciated the opportunity to compete in the legendary event.

“These are fun cars to drive and this is a fun little track,” said the former world champion driver and fan favorite. “This event is important to Quebec and Canada. It has provided drivers, including me, the stage to further their careers.”

It was the first win of the season for Kennington, who set a single-season series record with seven victories a year ago and the 19th career win for the driver of the No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge which tops the series’ all-time list.

Jason Hathaway finished fourth followed by IndyCar Series regular Alex Tagliani in fifth. Tagliani set a new track record in Saturday’s qualifying session for his fourth series career pole win. He led the first eight laps of the race before getting tangled up with Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in a battle for the lead.

Martin Roy, Alex Labbe, Scott Steckly, Jeff Lapcevich and Trevor Seibert completed the top ten.

The race was slowed due to caution five times for 16 laps. The five cautions equaled the series high at the track that was established in the 2007 race.

In the championship standings, Steckly saw his lead shrink to just four points over Kennington. Hathaway holds down the third spot, just 14 points behind the leader while Dumoulin dropped from second to fourth, but is still within striking distance at 16 tallies back with just four races remaining.

The JuliaWine.com 100 will be telecast on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 is in action next on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., in the Wilson Equipment 300 supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief.

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NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-JuliaWine.com 100 Results Sunday
At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Lap length: 1.53 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (8) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 46 laps, 57.297 mph.
2. (28) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 46.
3. (4) Jacques Villeneuve, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 46.
4. (12) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 46.
5. (1) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 46.
6. (7) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 46.
7. (6) Alex Labbe, St. Albert, Que, Dodge, 46.
8. (14) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 46.
9. (13) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 46.
10. (25) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 46.
11. (30) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 46.
12. (29) Patrice Brisebois, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 46.
13. (5) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 46.
14. (2) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 46.
15. (18) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 46.
16. (20) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 46.
17. (11) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que, Dodge, 46.
18. (19) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 46.
19. (23) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 46.
20. (10) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 39.
21. (21) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Dodge, 38.
22. (16) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 38.
23. (17) Xavier Coupal, St. Jean, Que., Dodge, 37.
24. (27) Paul Jean, Mirabel, Que., Chevrolet, 37.
25. (15) Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 32, suspension.
26. (22) Benoit Theetge, Boischatel, Que., Chevrolet, 29, driver fatigue.
27. (9) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 28, accident.
28. (24) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Dodge, 23, accident.
29. (3) Marc-Antoine Camirand, St. Léonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 9, accident.
30. (26) Simon Dion-Viens, St. Joseph de Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 0, mechanical.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 42 seconds
Margin of Victory: .455 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A. Tagliani (82.111 mph, 67.08 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 18 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Tagliani 1-8; J. Villeneuve 9-37; D. Kennington 38-46.
Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 308; 2. D. Kennington, 304; 3. J. Hathaway, 294; 4. L. P. Dumoulin, 292; 5. J.R. Fitzpatrick, 281; 6. M. Roy, 271; 7. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 255; 8. J. White, 254; 9. N. Dowler, 252; 10. T. Seibert, 246.
 

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KENNINGTON WINS AT TROIS-RIVIERES

Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington claimed his first victory of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres on Sunday. Kennington made a dramatic pass on former Formula One Champion Jacques Villeneuve to take the win and tighten up the championship battle.

During practice on Saturday the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was nearly flawless and Kennington posted the second quickest time. In afternoon qualifying DJ claimed the eighth fastest time and would line up for Sunday’s feature event on the outside of row four. “The car was really good, we hardly changed a thing” said Kennington.

As the green flag waved in front of a sellout crowd in Trois-Rivieres, QC Kennington immediately began to look for opportunities to improve his position. The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver steadily gained positions on his own and as others ahead of him had difficulties. “It was a really tough race” explained the driver. “Everybody was pushing really hard and there was plenty of bumping going on” he added.

Kennington would make steady progress forward and found himself in second position getting to the late stages of the race. On lap 38 when the leader, Former IndyCar and Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve left an opening Kennington boldy pushed the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge ahead and into the lead.

A late caution period set up a dramatic green, white, checker run to the finish. Kennington in the lead hunted by Villeneuve and four time Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres winner Andrew Ranger. Encouraged on the team radio by Crew Chief Dave Wight Kennington executed a flawless restart and built an insurmountable gap on the two challengers. He would go on to claim the victory, his first of the season, third career win on a road course and his 19th series win.

It was an emotional victory for Kennington who was thinking of his family afterwards. “(Father) Doug Kennington you are the man. And I’m so happy to share this first win with my son Chase, Jaimie my wife and this whole Castrol Edge Dodge team. They’re my family too. What a race! I’m so happy to win this prestigious event” he stated.

After eight events DJ Kennington has closed to within four points of top spot in the overall championship standings.

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team are back in action next on Saturday August 17th at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, NS.

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook.

source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

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JASON WHITE MAKES HUGE GAINS AT TROIS-RIVIERES

Jason White battled through car trouble and a last place start, but his patient strategy at the JuliaWine100.com earned him a finish to be proud of at Circuit de Trois Rivieres.

Jason White and his team dealt with a breakdown on their way to the track, finally arriving at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres at 3:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. Their trouble off the track was foreshadowing a rough weekend ahead for #21.

During practice, White was on a quick lap when he slid in oil left behind from another vehicle, sending him careening into the wall. The Bowers & Wilkins Dodge suffered a significant amount of body damage on the rear and the front.

The crew worked efficiently and was able to get the vehicle in driving condition for qualifying, only for the Dodge to break an axle before he could secure a start for the race.

“My mom told me there would be days like this,” White said after practice.

White’s inability to qualify pushed him to the back of the field for the start of the main event.

“I let my team know I was going to lie back for a while and let the action happen, because that’s what happens at Trois-Rivieres,” White said.

#21 followed his word, ran a patient race and his plan paid off.

White secured a remarkable 11th place, up 19 spots from his original dead-last 30th starting mark.

“I know DJ Kennington won, but it feels like we won,” White said after the race. “A huge thanks to all the crew that worked so hard. This never would have been possible.”

After today’s contest, White sits 8th in the overall standings with 254 points.

To keep up with the latest news about Jason White and the #21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge team follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RacinJasonWhite Get more information about the NCATS series at http://hometracks.nascar.com/series/canadian_tire_series

source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

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MARTIN ROY HAS STRONG OUTING AT TROIS-RIVIERES

Martin Roy showed he was a contender on Sunday at the JuliaWine.com 100, his finish hindered by minor vehicle trouble.

The #90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge required only slight tweaks after a solid practice for the team. The car continued to be strong through qualifying, where Roy earned a 7th place start for the race.

Roy expertly navigated himself inside the top 5 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, running as high as second place.

However, #90 ran into some trouble among the aggressive field, getting caught up in an early incident. The contact with another driver resulted in a buckled hood, reducing his visibility on the track.

#90 pushed through the remaining laps of the JuliaWine.com 100, while working to overcome left brake issues.

Roy eventually finished in 6th place, gaining one spot from his original starting position.

“The car was very strong. I ran up front with the leaders, racing competitively with Villenueve and Tagliani,” Roy said after the race. “With the brake trouble, it was tough to hold on but I’m pleased with our finish and to collect some solid championship points.”

After Sunday’s contest, Martin Roy sits comfortably in 6th place with 271 points, 16 points ahead of the 7th place driver.

source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

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A BATTLE FOR DOWLER & TEAM EMCO AT TROIS-RIVIERES

Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Noel Dowler and the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge looked to continue their momentum in Quebec during round number eight of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres. It would prove to be a tough weekend for Dowler and the team who persevered to grab valuable championship points.

Practice for the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge team came to an end early as Dowler arrived at pit lane without power. A quick examination showed a terminal motor problem that would have the team working quickly to make the change before qualifying. “Definitely not the way to start the weekend” said Dowler. “But got to it right away and had the swap done before qualifying” he added.

During the qualifying session Dowler hoped for the best since they were without any practice time due to the engine failure. The #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge driver would claim the 20th starting position. “Not bad considering we had no practice” said Dowler.

In the race it quickly became clear that this was going to be a street fight. “It was pretty crazy out there” said Dowler. “Everybody was just going for it and it was a really rough race”.

The #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge driver used his skill to avoid trouble as best he could and look for ways to improve his position. Showing maturity and talent Dowler would avoid the many incidents during the 42 lap event to bring the car home in one piece and claim a 16th place result.

“Well, we survived” was the way Dowler summed up the afternoon. “It was a tough race, we had the setback right away with the motor, but I’ve got to give this team a lot of credit for the great job they did this weekend. The points we picked up were because of their hard work”.

After eight events Noel Dowler is ninth in the overall championship standings.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series consists of 12 events from coast to coast in Canada. The next event takes place August 17 at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, NS. For more information about Noel Dowler and the #5 EMCO Dodge/Rheem team log onto www.apollomotorsports.ca and follow him on twitter, @noeldowler.

source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

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TEAM MOPAR TOUGHS IT OUT AT TROIS-RIVIERES

Ron Beauchamp Jr. muscled his way through an aggressive field of drivers on Sunday at the JuliaWine.com 100.

Beauchamp and his team didn’t get a chance to fine tune the Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge though practice, and their lack of preparation showed in a 19th qualifying result.

“It seemed every time we came into the pits to adjust the car the track was green, and when we went back out we had a yellow,” Beauchamp explained.

Beauchamp shook off the disappointing qualifying for the race, and was able to begin to collect spots in the early going.

Drivers were very aggressive at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, and there was lots of bumping on the track. Beauchamp fell victim to the rough racing, and was hit by #16, causing damage to the body work.

#60’s crew worked to fix the body of the Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge, and benefited from a free pass to get Beauchamp back on the lead lap.

Beauchamp was unable to get back into a groove before facing another setback, getting turned around by another driver.

#60 eventually finished in 18th place.

“It’s frustrating to work so hard and run for the championship with guys running one race getting too aggressive,” Beauchamp said later. “We were on our way to a decent points day but it didn’t play out how we would’ve liked.”

Despite not gaining any points in today’s race, Beauchamp holds on to 7th place in the overall championship

To get more information about the #60 Mopar Parts/Pennzoil/Exide Batteries team you can log on to www.beauchampmotorsports.com  and www.mopar.ca

source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

An action-packed weekend at home for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was the victim of two collisions

2013-08-11_0868Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is known for his perseverance and tenacity, on-track as well as off-track, and he demonstrated it once more this weekend on the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres circuit.

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Second on the starting grid of the “JuliaWine.com 100” behind the wheel of the #47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge, the Trois-Rivieres native has fought until the very end of the event, despite the incidents that caused him to lose places. 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was the victim of two collisions that forced him to make two pit stops in order to fix the car’s body (rear bumper and hood). The WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare team’s work has been remarkable. Back on the track and trailing behind, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has managed to pull himself back to eleventh place.

“We had everything in place to end up on the podium; qualifications went well, allowing us to start the race in second place. The battles fought on-track are part of racing, and a fourteenth place finish was not what we were expecting for. Both incidents cost us, and I only had one objective in mind, gaining as many positions as possible”, explains the Dumoulin Competition driver. “The season is not over, there are still four races to go and the objective remains the same.”

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Next event on oval track – “Wilson Equipment 300”

On Saturday August 17th, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will once again be on the track behind the wheel of the #47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge for the ninth race of the season on the Riverside International Speedway (Antigonish, N.-S.). Currently fourth in the standings, the Quebecer is counting on the experience and expertise of Tyler Case (crew chief) and the mechanical team to pull himself back up to the top-3 in the championship.

The whole year, the teams have been preparing to offer the best possible show during the season for the partners, fans, friends, families, and media that encourage us and believe in us. A racing weekend is not only defined by the result on the track, and Dumoulin Competition wants to share its great appreciation of your support in the paddock, in the stands, and everywhere else throughout the entire weekend of the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres.

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Andrew Ranger drives through the field and nabs 2nd place

For La Cité de Mirabel Inc. Dodge in NASCAR Canadian Tire Race

2013-08-11_0328This was the strongest ever starting field in a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCaTS) race, with a former World Champion, a confirmed Indycar driver, and multiple former Cascar and NCaTS champions, plus several local hot-shoes in very good cars.

The 28-car field was assembled for the 44th running of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, where the eighth race of the 2013 NCaTS season was held, the JuliaWine.com 100.

For this race, the La Cité de Mirabel Inc. had added a second car to the team, prepared by Dave Jacombs and driven by 2012 Trois-Rivières winner Andrew Ranger. To complicate matters, Andrew was racing in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Watkins Glen (NY) on the Saturday and would start the NCaTS race on Sunday afternoon from the absolute back of the pack. He had 42 laps in which to drive through the middle runners and then tackle the lead pack of the race, where none of the quick qualifiers were planning on making it easy for him to get by. He would have to scramble by pole-sitter Alex Tagliani, former world Champion Jacques Villeneuve, local quick siblings LP and JF Dumoulin, and veteran oval racers like Scott Steckly, JR Fitzpatrick, DJ Kennington, Kerry Micks and Jason Hathaway, all of which are now quick road racers. Andrew would also have to deal with another local hero, Marc-Antoine Camirand who had qualified third on his first outing ever in an NCaTS car.

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Early and mid-race caution periods helped Andrew close on the leaders, while those incidents eliminated some big players such as pole sitter Alex Tagliani, front-row starter LP Dumoulin, and a determined JR Fitzpatrick. Andrew put on a show as he clawed his way up to second place behind Villeneuve, the 4th place started who had managed to grab and stay in the lead despite a car that was a little off on settings Ranger had also paid a price for his aggressive drive through the field. Classic outbraking moves were now pretty much out of the question.

DJ Kennington had kept contact with the lead group and worked his way into the lead for the last restart with two laps to go. The battle over these last two laps was memorable. Everybody gave room to everyone else, and Villeneuve dropped to 3rd behind Andrew in the exchange. All three knew that they had taken the most out of their car and were accepting the result.

Ray Courtemanche Jr. ran a very busy race in the middle pack, fluctuating from 14th to 20th as the caution periods went, and ending up 19th with a good-handling car slowed down by a weakening engine in the latter part of the race. “I had a ball, fighting for position and concentrating on not losing any time as guys like Andrew and Tagliani went by me on their own mission. I stayed on the lead lap, which pleases me no end.”

Daniel Proulx, one of the Principals at La Cité de Mirabel Inc. was more than satisfied with the day’s outcome. “We gave Andrew Ranger an opportunity to display his talent and he put on a great show, on the track as well as with the fans. Having two cars for promotion and on track for the whole race generated a positive image for La Cité de Mirabel Inc. beyond what we expected. This type of event and sponsorship is perfect for our needs.”

Ray Courtemanche Junior and the La Cité de Mirabel Inc. team will be back on track this coming Saturday, August 17, at the Riverside International Speedway, near Halifax (NS), for the ‘’Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief’’, the ninth of twelve races in the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

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Jean-François Dumoulin, the “Silent Warrior”

He will be part of the last road course event of the season

2013-08-11-2246Sharpness and strategy were key factors in Jean-François Dumoulin and his Bernier Crépeau / Bellemare / Manac /ACASS Dodge #04 managing to make his way from 11th to 3rd position on the track of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières last Sunday.

He defended his position with all his talent but, unfortunately, a racing incident on the last restart robbed him from a top-5.

The mechanical team worked very hard to put forward a competitive car (2008 Avenger). Qualifying did not go as planned and the adjustments made before the race were what allowed Jean-François Dumoulin to fight with the leading pack.

“We were there. I managed to avoid race incidents in front of me and had the last yellow flag stayed in, I’m confident we could have finished on the podium. For sure a podium or a top-5 at home would have been more than enough for us,” explained the driver of the Bernier Crépeau/ Bellemare/ Manac/ ACASS Dodge #04. “Damages to the car are limited to the bodywork and we will be able to fix it all up before heading to Mosport [Canadian Tire Motorsport Park] in September.”

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Jean-François Dumoulin adds this event to his 2013 racing calendar thanks to the precious support of his sponsors. It is a track the Quebecker knows in its every details for he has been there on several occasions (victories in F1600, Grand-Am Cup and other series), notably as a driver instructor for the Speed Merchants Team (Challenge Porsche Cup GT3). As a matter of fact, this team had a lot of success last weekend in Trois-Rivieres as Darryl O’Young won all three races, including the Mayor’s Cup, on the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres track.

The whole year, the teams have been preparing to offer the best possible show during the season for the partners, fans, friends, families, and media that encourage us and believe in us. A racing weekend is not only defined by the result on the track, and Dumoulin Competition wants to share its great appreciation of your support in the paddock, in the stands, and everywhere else throughout the entire weekend of the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres.

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Mechanical woes strike Alex Guénette at GP3R

JuliaWine.com 100 – Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

2013-08-11_0297Alex Guénette had managed to avoid the many incidents that occurred early on in the JuliaWine.com 100, the now-traditional NASCAR Canadian Tire race run in the streets of Trois-Rivières.

Unfortunately, a mechanical problem forced him onto the pits for repairs, ruining his chances at a competitive finish.

Alex had recorded the sixth quickest time during Saturday morning practice on a track he had never seen before, and qualified tenth later in the afternoon. The No 39 Motos Illimitées/Kawasaki Dodge car was working well and after the qualifying session Alex expected to be able to manage his brakes and tires and move up to the leader pack over the 42 lap race.

After gaining a few positions off the start and over an early caution period, Alex was forced to brake hard to avoid a major accident at the end of the longest straightaway. He braked hard and felt something break in the rear suspension. The car became unstable under braking, forcing him into the pits for repairs.

“I managed to avoid the accident, but the car was undriveable under braking, as the “Third Link”, a suspension piece that controls the rear axle under braking, was broken. We lost seven laps in the pits fixing the problem.”

The No 39 Motos Illimitées/Kawasaki Dodge was back up to speed, matching the leader’s lap times, but ended up 20th after a hard but frustrating race. Alex was not happy with his result; “A lot of front runners dropped out of the race, so we could have had a great finish, but it was nor to be.”

Alex Guénette and the Motos Illimitées/Kawasaki team will be back on track this coming Saturday, August 17, at the beautiful Riverside International Speedway short oval, near Antigonish (NS).

source: www.alexguenette.com