Great performance from Key Motorsport in Trois-RiviÃ¨res Montreal, August 4th, 2003 - The two races held at the Grand Prix Player's of Trois-Rivieres were - as expected - very hotly disputed and provided the huge crowd with the most intense, ...
Great performance from Key Motorsport in Trois-Rivières
Montreal, August 4th, 2003 - The two races held at the Grand Prix Player's of Trois-Rivieres were - as expected - very hotly disputed and provided the huge crowd with the most intense, breathtaking action. Key Motorsport's drivers did very well with a podium finish and three top-10.
With more than 24 cars entered, Key Motorsport's driver Antoine Bessette (SAPL/Elan International/Groupe Bessette), concluded his Trois-Rivières week-end on a high note by finishing fourth on Sunday's race. He also captured a twelfth place on Saturday. Teammate Olivier Comeau finished 8th and 11th. Both drivers were at their second Formula Ford National event. An awesome performance from both drivers.
Sherbrooke's driver Olivier Comeau, who started ninth in both races, finished eight and eleventh, Comeau commented: "There was a lot of action all around me and I decided to play it cool and not to do anything silly. Schraenen and Audette were running side by side in certain corner and I could not pass them. I knew the car was very quick. It was a very tough race. We kept passing each other without an inch to spare. It was a clean race and I really wanted to do well. I am very happy about my first race ever in Trois-Rivières. And the crowd was great!".
Bessette commented: "During yesterday's race, I made a few silly driving mistakes. But today, I drove differently and I really had fun out there. It was very close in certain corners - there was a lot of action. The car was handling great and I had a really good fight with Didier Schraenen. I was very entertaining and it was fun to run side by side. At certain points, we were really close to one another and I was just hoping that he would play it safe."
''I am very proud of both drivers. Even though Antoine and Olivier are rookies, they have proven their maturity, talent and potential. Trois-Rivières is not an easy track, but they remained cool and drove great,'' said Eric Côte, Key Motorsport's crew chief.
Pincourt, Quebec's Olivier Lambert, won the two races and vaulted to fifth place in the standings with two races to go.
The next Formula 1600 race will be held at Mosport on August 16 during the ALMS week-end.
In the Touring Class, Key Motorsport's driver Jacques Gravel placed third in his BMW 328i E36 sponsored by Hankook/Canada Tire, and captured the sixth spot in the standings. "Key Motorsport prepared a superb car, I felt immediately comfortable. I am glad to take these great results for the guys. They deserve it." declared Gravel. "The track is very challenging, It is a very bumpy and narrow track; there is simply no room for mistake. I had a great time this week-end," he concluded.
Driving the #41 Hyundai Tiburon, Marc-Antoine Camirand had a disappointing race. For an unexplained reason, the car handled very badly in the race. Marc-Antoine had to pit and settle for a 17th place finish.
"I had quite a difficult day," said Camirand. "Saturday I was second fastest, the car was handling perfect. As for today, we just didn't quite have the car. I was fighting with over steer most of the race. We had better days, it's just a very strong competition over here now. I think if you want to go racing, this is the series you want to go racing because it's so tight."
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