Formula 1600: Mathieu and Remy Audette tie for championship ! Mont-Tremblant, September 29. -- Hollywood couldn't have written a better script before the final round of the Quebec Formula 1600 championship. Remy Audette was leading the standings...
Formula 1600: Mathieu and Remy Audette tie for championship !
Mont-Tremblant, September 29. -- Hollywood couldn't have written a better script before the final round of the Quebec Formula 1600 championship. Remy Audette was leading the standings with a four point margin over brother Mathieu. But Mathieu's second place combined to Remy's fifth place and the two-point bonus he earned in the qualifying session gave a death heat for the two Mirabel brothers after a hard-fought battle, with both scoring 149 points over the seven-race schedule. However, the ruling says Mathieu will be crowned 2004 champion because he scored one more win in the season.
"It took me a few laps to get going after the leader, admitted Mathieu. Then we fought for about twelve laps and I have to say he (Gelinas) deliberately made contact a few times and almost pushed me off the track. I took the lead on the penultimate lap but again I was punted off my racing line. I had no idea where Remy was and what was about to happen in the standings. By the way, my gearbox lasted the whole race and I'm so thankful to my crew who put the car together just before we took to the track."
"I tried to stay in touch with Mathieu and Gelinas, Remy continued. But I braked too late in one corner on the 14th lap and that pushed me back into 5th place. Finally, the results turned into the nicest ending we could dream: we were tied in the point standings. Mathieu becomes the new champion but we proved our team had the two best cars and the two best drivers this season!"
A full course yellow
Mathieu ran in 4th place up to the fourth lap before he sprinted to second place by lap number 6. A full course yellow slowed the cars and the restart became a sprint to the checkered flag. Mathieu was in front on lap 9 when his car became airborne after he was rammed again in the side pod. The same thing happened on lap 17. Finally, he kept his car in full control and settled for second place. Meanwhile, Remy was second or third all the way before he dropped two positions to complete the race in fifth.
CMV : best manufacturer
Fort the first time in Formula 1600 history, CMV, a chassis manufacturer from Granby earned its first ever championship. Jacques Cadorette, the chassis builder, was instrumental all season in the Portes Dimensions team success with his support and the experience he brought to the crew and the drivers.
Formula Tour 1600, imminent decision
For Audette Racing team owner, Francois Audette, decisions will be taken in the coming weeks. After the national championship was dropped early in the season, Audette put together a new organization called Formula Tour 1600 and major races were setup in Trois-Rivières and the Molson Indy weekend on Gilles-Villeneuve track. He will announce in the coming weeks whether he will continue his venture as a promoter or just hold invitational races in 2005.
Audette Racing gives credit for this 2004 winning season to its numerous sponsors: Portes Dimensions, Truth hardware, Litho Mille Isle, Novatech glass products, Celco steel doors, Soniplastics, Parc d'amusement Spectaculaires, Lavallee/Hebert, Castrol, JeldWern and Lettra D-Sign. Audette Racing team may be visited at www.audetteracing.com. Audette brothers proudly represented the Gilles-Villeneuve museum on their cars again in 2004.