Team Key Motorsport first-ever double win Comeau now leading the FF1600 Championship August 31, 2003 - Key Motorsport dominated the seventh round of the FAQ/Hankook Championship by winning both the Formula Ford 1600 and the Touring GT races at...
Team Key Motorsport first-ever double win
Comeau now leading the FF1600 Championship
August 31, 2003 - Key Motorsport dominated the seventh round of the FAQ/Hankook Championship by winning both the Formula Ford 1600 and the Touring GT races at Circuit Deux-Montagnes (St-Eustache) on Sunday afternoon.
Formula Ford Class
In the Formula Ford 1600 series, Team Key Motorsport's Olivier Comeau captured his first career win, with a brilliant run. Comeau started on front row and piloted his #33 Van Diemen/Location Pelletier/Relais Pneu-Mecanique Sherbrooke/Key Motorsport en route to his first career win. Subsequently Comeau gained valuable points in the championship battle and currently leads the championship with 121 points, 11 points ahead of Marcel Lafontaine."
"This is a great day for Key Motorsport," said Sherbrooke's Olivier Comeau. "The car was perfect today. I took the lead early in the race at the bus stop, and once I got the lead I ran as hard as I could and tried not to make a mistake. The crew did a great job."
In Saturday's race, starting in front, Olivier led most of the lap with Mathieu Audette right on his gearbox. With two laps remaining Audette attempted a last minute pass. He contacted Comeau and caused him to spin. Audette won the race, an unhappy Olivier Comeau finished second.
As for Key Motorsport's second driver, Eric Wannon, unfortunate mechanical woes knocked Wannon out early and the car could not be prepared in time.
Jacques Gravel showed his enjoyment of the St-Eustache Circuit, by winning the seventh round of the season, bringing the #43 Hankook BMW - prepared by Key Motorsport first to the flags.
Gravel's main concern heading into Sunday's race on the tight, technically and physically challenging circuit was to get through the first turn without incident and then take control of the race. That is precisely what he accomplished. Gravel came out the race still in 3rd place in the driver's championship. He has 104 points, and now trails 2nd place Jocelyn Hebert by 42 points.
"A fantastic and historic day for Key Motorsport," said Gravel, who led every lap in Sunday's race. "What a great race car Key Motorsport gave me today," said Gravel. "I was going to give it everything I had, lap by lap, and I told myself if I didn't finish, I didn't finish, that's all there was to it. "
In Saturday's race, Jacques Gravel had a fierce battle with Alain Demers and Jocelyn Hebert to finish 2nd.
In the Hyundai Tiburons, Sylvain Laporte and Hughes Guenette had to start towards the rear because of their standing positions. Both had a good start and later in the race, Laporte ran off at the bus stop and had to catch the field again to finish 9th. His best result of the season. Guenette also had a good start but experienced transmission failure early in the race and only completed 6 laps.
However, Hyundai Motorsports/Key Motorsport are very satisfied with Hughes Guenette, last-minute replacement for Marc-Antoine Camirand.
"We had some real good moments, the car worked really well for us. Too bad we had some uncontrollable mechanical difficulties. I am looking forward to racing the Tiburon again in three weeks. We will do a little testing before then and I am confident that we will do well."
"I am extremely happy for Comeau, Gravel and Laporte, " says Team Owner Steve Djelebian, "and feel badly for Wannon and Guenette. The team worked really hard to keep the cars running. It is really too bad that we had to experience some insurmountable mechanical gremlins."
Key Motorsport has a three-weeks off to savour its double win before competing in front of a home crowd in Saint-Eustache on September 20, the last of the 2003 FAQ/Hankook championship schedule.
The races will be televised on RDS on later this fall.