Mont-Tremblant, September 20, 2003 -- Quebec's young hope, Andrew Ranger, easily took the first race of the weekend. He started in second but managed to pass the leader, Argentinean Juan Martin Ponte, by the second straightaway. Ranger held his position for the rest of the trial to finish on the podium, taking the Fran-Am championship with 293 points, 57 more than second-place Charles Hall of England.
"I managed to pass Ponte on the second straightaway, but it wasn't easy; he's a good driver who knows how to protect his inside. But I managed to pass him on the outside. I knew I had to pass him early or he'd get away from me. Le Circuit is very fast, but what a beautiful track!"
There were three other Quebecers in the Fran-Am 2000 series: Marc-Antoine Camirand finished 10th, Valérie Limoges 16th and Antoine Bessette 17th. Marc-Antoine had some mechanical problems with his car this weekend, which persisted during the race.
"I loved the Circuit Mont-Tremblant," Valérie Limoges told us right after the race, "but it's tough, a very technical track. The race went well for me today. It's my first year in this championship and I'm trying to do better with each race. Since we had to wait for them to clear the track after a car skidded off, our tires cooled down and it took a while for my car to get back up to speed. I needed a few more laps--"
GRAND AM CUP
The day ended with the Grand Am Cup race. Jean-François Dumoulin and his teammate, Torontonian Robert Julien, started in fourth. They managed to move into 2nd position at the start of the 3-hour race closely trailing the Powell Motorsports team until their Corvette Z06 skidded around 2:52 hour. The Canadian team moved into first followed closely by another Porche GT3, driven by the TPC Racing Team (Michael Levitas and Randy Pobst). A well-earned victory for Quebecer Jean-François Dumoulin and his partner!
GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX
In the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant race at 11 o'clock tomorrow, David Donohue will be starting first for the fourth time in this year's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Driving for the Brumos Racing Team, Donohue qualified with a 1:30.225 lap at the wheel of his Daytona Prototype Porsche Red Bull 58. "I must admit I'm proud of that lap^× I think I got 100 % of what my car can give. The Red Bull Brumos Team are all very competent and play a great role in the car's success and reliability. We have two excellent drivers helping us this weekend: Sascha Maassen and Max Papis. You can feel the chemistry between them and the team, and that has to produce results."