Mathieu, champion and Remy, vice-champion Mirabel, November 5, 2004 -- In its very first season with a two-car effort in the Formula 1600 Quebec Championship, Audette Racing team from Mirabel realised all the goals they set at the beginning of...
Mathieu, champion and Remy, vice-champion
Mirabel, November 5, 2004 -- In its very first season with a two-car effort in the Formula 1600 Quebec Championship, Audette Racing team from Mirabel realised all the goals they set at the beginning of the season. Its two drivers, Mathieu and Remy Audette, were tied at the top of the standings while their CMV cars earned the manufacturer's title. Both brothers agree that nothing would have been possible without the generous and continuous work from a very dedicated crew. In the end, Mathieu became champion because he earned one victory more than Remy.
"This is the third year we enter road racing after spending many years in karting, says team manager and former elite driver Francois Audette. We have put together our team one person at the time avec those years and we believe we had an outstanding team that worked relentlessly, race after race. I think we had the best crew in 2004 and they opened the victory lane for Mathieu and Remy. "
"Formula 1600 requires a lot of care and attention when a crew prepares a car, adds Mathieu, the new champion. Our team always gave us winning cars; they even did last minute repairs when needed; that kept the CMVs performing and one or both of us stepping on the podium."
"I was very happy with the atmosphere in the team, points out runner-up Remy. Even if race weekends put on a lot of pressure on the team, we were able to work in the daytime but enjoy ourselves after the races."
The honour roll
Each and every member is important and his or her work makes the whole project go ahead. Every round starts ten days before the moment the cars take to the track. Everyone has a duty to carry on and it has to fit like a piece of puzzle, whether it be the engine, the chassis or bodywork. Then, it's the tires, the gasoline and even the weather forecast! At the track, it's time for data analysis and car setup. No less than ten persons contribute to the team effort. The drivers step on the podium and spray champagne but there are people behind the scene that deserve their moment of glory. They are :
Andre Remillard, crew chief
Sebastien Durand, engineer
Jean-Francois Archambault, lead mechanic
Daniel Dube, mechanic
Jean-Denis Bernier, mechanic
Dominique Remillard, mechanic
Jacques Cadorette, chassis manager
Francois Audette, team manager
Let,s not forget, Catherine Page and Veronique Larose, in charge of hospitality.
Equally great sponsors
Audette Racing team success in the 2004 season is due in large part to its sponsors. They are : Portes Dimensions, Litho Mille Isle, Novatech glass products, Celco steel doors, Soniplastics, Truth hardware, Parc d'amusement Spectaculaires, Lavallee/Hebert, Castrol, JeldWern and Lettra D-Sign. The Audette Racing team web site can be visited at www.audetteracing.com. In 2004 again, the CMV formula 1600 of the Audette brothers were proudly representing the Gilles-Villeneuve museum.