Key Motorsport captures two podiums in 2003 season finale Mont-Tremblant, QC. - Jacques Gravel, driver of the ...
Key Motorsport captures two podiums in 2003 season finale
Mont-Tremblant, QC. - Jacques Gravel, driver of the #43 BMW Hankook/Canada Tire prepared by Key Motorsport, wrapped up his season by finishing second twice on a wet and slippery tarmac in today's annual Mont-Tremblant Fall Classic. Gravel, who finished 3rd in the Provincial FAQ/Hankook Championship, is a veteran racer who can handle any racing situation and proved that rain was not going to stop him.
Jacques Gravel battled Jocelyn Hébert in race one, and Vincent Bisson in race two for much en route to his sixth podium finish of the season. Gravel is a talented driver who embodies the perfect package of intelligence on the track, unending patience and admiration for his fans, and a love for his sport.
"Every time I get into it, it's just an absolutely awesome car. I can't say enough about these Key Motorsport guys. They've worked so hard for me, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do. It is a great way to end the season."
Formula Ford 1600
Key Motorsport's strong performance in qualifying was shattered in today's final event of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship as heavy rain threw the race into disarray. Ultimately, Antoine Bessette completed the race in 4th position, whilst Comeau finished 15th.
Olivier Comeau, who has one the Provincial title last week, got his weekend off to a good start as he qualified 3rd in his Location Pelletier/Relais Pneu-Mécanique Sherbrooke/Key Motorsport racecar. A superb performance for a driver competing in only his 4th National Pro race.
The rain was relentless as the lights went green to start the race. Poor visibility due to the spray of water immediately became a factor in the opening laps of the race.
On the warm-up lap of today's race, the water accumulation on the track took its toll, and Olivier spun, dropping him back to last. He drove a conservative race to finished 15th.
"I would sum up today's Fall Classic event as a character-building day for me," said Olivier Comeau. "It is one of the first time we have been faced with such weather in a race and it is all part of my continued learning curve. Despite the race result, we can draw some positive aspects from this weekend and we will certainly learn from today's experience."
Bessette commented: "The spray was terrible - we couldn't see a thing out there. I listen to the other engines' tone. Others lifted while I kept my right foot down. I was passing people in almost every corner. I got pushed out on the first lap and had to comeback from behind twice, but I made it to fourth place and had a lot of fun. "
The third fastest lap of the race was driven by Bessette with a 2:09.856 over the 2.65 mile track. 13 of the 19 cars in the race finished on the lead lap.
Team owner Steve Djelebian concluded: "It was clearly a pretty challenging day for the team, and not the way we wanted to finish the FF1600 season, but this team has done such a tremendous job all year. It's that hard work and dedication that brought us the provincial Championship. I want to congratulate Éric and the entire Key Motorsport team for their effort and commitment."
This race being the last of the season, Chris Guerrieri confirmed his championship by winning the race.
The races will be televised on RDS on later this fall.
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