Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (September 24, 2004) - Honda Michelin Challenge Series drivers returned to the refurbished Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Friday after a 12-year hiatus and things were back to normal as four of the top-six drivers of the day were...
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (September 24, 2004) - Honda Michelin Challenge Series drivers returned to the refurbished Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Friday after a 12-year hiatus and things were back to normal as four of the top-six drivers of the day were veterans from the former Honda Michelin Series that raced here in the early 1990s.
Quebec veteran Didier Schraenen was quickest of the 21 drivers entered in the penultimate round of the 10-race schedule. He drove the 4.26-kilometre road course in 2 minutes 5.670 seconds for an average speed of 122.034 km/h. The Energie/NAPA/RDS sponsored driver edge three-time series champion Normand Boyer, of Sainte-Agathe, by only eight thousandths of a second. Third place went to first-year driver Frederick Lelièvre of Mont-Joli (QC).
Rookie Alex Penfold of Georgetown, Ontario posted the fourth fastest lap of the day, driving his Pfaff Leasing Honda Civic DX Coupe around the track in 2:05.978. He was followed by series points leader Steven Laporte and Robert Boyer.
Kuno and Nick Wittmer of Hudson (QC) were respectively sixth and seventh, followed by rookie Emmanuel Boivin-Moreau of Longueuil (QC) and Travis Walker of Mississauga, Ontario.
Honda/Michelin Series drivers return to the track on Saturday for a 30-minute qualifying session that will set the grid for Sunday's Fall Classic. The green flag will be dropped at 12:35 p.m. Sunday.
The Series The Honda / Michelin Series is a 10-race series held over nine weekends. Six races are contested in Ontario (Mosport & Shannonville) and four in Quebec (Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Saint-Eustache & Mont-Tremblant).
The stock Honda Civic DX Coupes are equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, and provide a truly low cost form of motor racing. The series was re-introduced to encourage young drivers to enter the sport, but it did not deter some veterans from returning to the series. The single-make Championship Series gives drivers the opportunity the showcase their talent in identical cars. The Honda / Michelin Challenge Series reinforces the fun-to-drive aspects of the Civic and will be further supported by its reputation for quality, reliability and durability. The Honda Civic has been the top-selling passenger car in Canada for the past six years.
The road racing series was originally launched in 1976 with the Honda Civic Hatchback. During its 17-year run, the series has attracted more than 400 racers. Among the Canadian race drivers who have competed in this series are Richard Spenard, Tony Morris, Frank Allers, Marc Dancose and Jacques Villeneuve, brother of the late Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve.
The series is sanctioned by ASN Canada FIA and sponsored by Honda Canada Inc. The series is co-sponsored by Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., Alpine, Bosal, CSC, Goodridge and NGK.