Montreal, September 17, 2003 - While most eyes this weekend will be on Les 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, there are two other races worth watching on September 19 and 20. Drivers in the Fran-Am 2000 and the Grand-Am Cup series, including some notable Quebecers, will be competing on the 4.24 kilometre Mont-Tremblant track.
In the Fran-Am series, young Andrew Ranger, who is barely 16 years old, is bound to amaze a few onlookers. This native of Roxton Pond arrives at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant as the points leader, with four victories in just nine races this season with the AIM Autosport Team.
From the same stable, Valerie Limoges, the only woman in the running, is no newcomer. This 20-year-old native of Saint-Eustache raced go-carts for four years and won La coupe du Quebec in the F-125 and F-100 categories. She joined the Fran-Am series this year and currently ranks 25th in a field of 35 drivers.
Marc-Antoine Camirand of Trois-Rivières is unquestionably one of the most admired and promising drivers in Quebec. A member of the Gelles Racing Team, Camirand is currently in 7th place, having won the Watkins Glen trial on June 21 of this year. Maybe the crowd will cheer him on to another victory this weekend.
Antoine Bessette, also with the Gelles Racing Team, hopes to do better than his 11th place finish in his last race in Denver. The 21-year-old native of St-Bruno is in 22nd place in the general classification. The third Gelles Racing driver, Kuno Wittmer, is in a better position, in 11th place. Wittmer, a native of Hudson, just turned 21.
In the Grand Am Cup series, Jean-Francois Dumoulin has been calling the shots this season. This Trois-Rivières native and his teammate Robert Julien, from Toronto, are first in the classification with 260 points--25 more than their nearest competitor, Michael Levitas.
Dumoulin arrives at Mont-Tremblant having confidently taken his last two races, the Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour and the Mid-Ohio Twin 200. This pair of Doncaster Racing drivers had two other victories this season in their Porsche GT3 Cup. They will be the team to beat.
Circuit Mont-Tremblant Reservations
You can reserve your tickets and accommodations at the following toll-free number:
Tremblant Reservations 1-800-517-5725
The Circuit box office opens at 8 a.m. The races start at 9 a.m. and end around 5 p.m.
Les 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant tickets:
* $60 for all three days ? September 19, 20 and 21
* $15 for Friday, September 19
* $25 for Saturday, September 20
* $45 for Sunday, September 21