CAN: Media Racing Team Mirabel event summary

FIRST OUTING A SUCCESS FOR JOCELYN FECTEAU Mirabel (Quebec), July 5th, 2010. - Jocelyn Fecteau and Media Racing Team started their season last weekend in the Canadian Touring Car Championship when they entered the Grand Prix de Mirabel ...

FIRST OUTING A SUCCESS FOR JOCELYN FECTEAU

Mirabel (Quebec), July 5th, 2010. - Jocelyn Fecteau and Media Racing Team started their season last weekend in the Canadian Touring Car Championship when they entered the Grand Prix de Mirabel double header staged at the ICAR complex north of Montreal. Obviously the best venue for the Mont-St-Grégoire racer to take to the track with his Toyota Corolla XRS, a work in progress racing project that will be further developed all season long.

The Grand Prix de Mirabel was the first meet of the Canadian Touring Car Championship to be staged on Quebec turf in 2010. For Media Racing Team, the time had come to race the Corolla XRS : although still using production parts, it translated to lesser performances compared to competitors with real racing elements" explained driver Jocelyn Fecteau. "We spent many hours testing our car on a dyno before we finally decided to tackle real time racing. We thought we would be ready but we must admit the end result on the track is not what we expected. Our team worked pretty hard but it has become obvious that a stock engine cannot be compared to our competition in this series," he explains.

For the Saturday round, Fecteau took twelfth spot on the starting grid in Touring class. "Our goal was to take the car to the stripe", added the Media Racing Team owner driver. " Our XRS had some high-rev hiccups but we wanted as much track time and the chance to score some points, which we did even if we didn't reach the chequered flag. But, according to the ruling, we score points if we complete more than 70 % of the total distance."

"With two laps to go and a lot of debris caused by race incidents, a piece dropped by another car found its way in the engine compartment and cut one of the cooling lines. "I decided to pit the car instead of ruining the engine as the temperature raised" he said, "and that sent me to the last row of the starting grid for the second round on Sunday."

The regs and rules state that the finishing order on the first race of a double header becomes the starting order of the second race. So, Fecteau had to steer his Toyota from 32nd place for round two of the 2010 Grand Prix de Mirabel. He comments: "The car felt a bit better and had a better balance. It gave me a chance to carve my way through the field. The race had to be stopped when cars in Super Touring class got together on the track, I was in 11th place and gaining ground. I'm sure I could have made the Top 10 within a lap or two."

So, Media Racing Team is off to a good start. "We're happy to be back racing and each crew member was pretty excited to be in Mirabel", concluded Fecteau. "Our sponsors were waiting to see the Corolla's new livery and how it would behave on track. The comments were many and positive. Now, our work is cut out and we will nurse this machine like we did in 2009 when we earned our first podium at the Toronto Grand Prix."

The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Toronto is the next round scheduled on the Canadian Touring Car Championship. Media Racing Team will be entered from July 16 to 18.

-source: media racing team

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