July 31, 2003 - After a four-week break since the last race at Sainte-Croix (QuÃ©bec), Key Motorsport moves to Trois-RiviÃ¨res for Round five and six of the eight-race Canadian Formula Ford 1600 season, as well as the fifth round of the FAQ ...
July 31, 2003 - After a four-week break since the last race at Sainte-Croix (Québec), Key Motorsport moves to Trois-Rivières for Round five and six of the eight-race Canadian Formula Ford 1600 season, as well as the fifth round of the FAQ Touring/GTU Championship. Key Motorsport will prepare a total of five cars for the event.
In the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, Saint-Bruno's driver, Antoine Bessette (SAPL/Elan International/Groupe Bessette), will be driving the #31 Key Motorsport's car. Finishing third in his first ever Canadian Formula Ford 1600 Championship race at Mont-Tremblant in 2002, Bessette is looking to repeat his successful performance this August 1st - August 3rd race weekend.
Many other drivers are worth watching in this very important race, including the Formula Ford Regional driver Olivier Comeau. The 19-year old driver from Sherbrooke, Québec, intends to drive his #32 Van Diemen/Location Pelletier/Key Motorsport to victory on the 2.43-kilometre long Circuit de Trois-Rivières.
First qualifying is to be run Friday at 2:25 pm. Saturday morning, there will be a second qualifying run at 8 :00 am, and the first of the two races will start the same day at 11:05 am. The final Formula Ford appearance of the week-end will be race 2 on Sunday at 10 :55 am.
In the Touring class, Jacques Gravel will be driving a BMW 328i E36 sponsored by Hankook/Canada Tire. Currently 9th, Jacques Gravel is looking to move up in the Championship Standings. He has demonstrated high levels of consistency and talent in his driving throughout the 2002 season. Hopefully, Jacques will be rewarded with a podium-finish if not a win. If history is any indicator, success may well be his at Trois-Rivières.
Marc-Antoine Camirand will be driving a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon (sponsored by Hyundai Canada). This same car raced the 2002 Grand-American Championship with lots of success.
Camirand commented : "I'm especially looking forward to running at Trois-Rivières. I know the track well both from my years in Formula 1600, Formula 2000, Atlantic and ALMS. Trois-Rivières is an extremely technical track. It's a small, tight street circuit, and you have to continuously negotiate one corner after another. It keeps you busy. You're always working the car; gearing up, turning, or braking. There is no part of the track that allows you ease off a bit. The track forces the driver to stay focused throughout the race or might risk making a costly mistake. So there's a real premium on qualifying well."
Sylvain Laporte, will be driving the third car, a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon - prepared by Key Motorsport, in the GTU Class. In the Touring class, fans will recall acclaimed automotive journalist, Jacques Duval, who won consecutive races in Trois-Rivières from 1967 to 1969. Jacques Duval will be piloting the Hyundai Tiburon on Sunday's race. The races will be televised on RDS on later this fall.