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Two Intense Races at Trois-Rivieres
Posted by: newsla on Aug 11, 2014 - 06:22 AM
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Two Intense Races at Trois-Rivieres


This weekend, CTCC presented by Continental Tire presented the penultimate outing of the 2014 season with two races on the program at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Thursday night, under the lights, the 2013 champions stole the show as Scott Nicol in Super Class and Damon Sharpe in Touring claimed the victories. Held on Sunday, the second round saw Rémy Audette and Michel Sallenbach take the top spot on the podium. In B-Spec Class, Rui Texeira and Normand Boyer shared the wins.

 

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This 2014 edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières attracted a huge crowd in the grandstands, who were able to witness the most hotly contested list of CTCC entrants this season. Close to forty drivers were on the track at the same time, bringing plenty of action but also some collisions for certain drivers in the pack, as the two races were privy to numerous overtaking opportunities.

After securing pole position by only two tenths of a second over Scott Nicol (Honda Civic Si) on a somewhat damp track, Super Class championship leader Roger Ledoux (Subaru WRX STI) was less lucky in Thursday night’s race. Nick Wittmer (Honda Accord V6) had a great start and led the first two-thirds of the race, before being overtaken by Nicol. Ledoux then passed Wittmer in the last laps, to cross the finish line six-tenths behind Nicol. It’s the first victory this season for the 2013 champion Scott Nicol, of Ontario.

Nick Wittmer completed the podium, ahead of Rémy Audette, Luc Lesage, who returned in his Scion FR-S, and Gary Kwok. In front of his supporters, Marc-André Bergeron took home seventh spot.

In Touring Class, Michel Sallenbach (Mini) led the first laps but Damon Sharpe (Honda) then quickly built up a gap as the leader to take the win by a big margin over Jocelyn Hébert (Honda). Sallenbach finished in third ahead of Éric Lacouture and novice Luc Richard.

The second race offered a much different scenario. Qualifying in pole position, Scott Nicol was overtaken by Rémy Audette right from the first turn. The Quebec driver held on to the lead despite constant pressure from Nicol. After spinning out mid-race, Roger Ledoux climbed back to round off the podium by passing Benjamin Distaulo on the last lap. Victim of a small collision with Nicol, with whom he was battling for second spot at the beginning of the race, Nick Wittmer still managed to finish the event in fifth place, ahead of Marc-André Bergeron.

Michel Sallenbach claimed the win in Touring Class, ahead of Damon Sharpe and the driver from Trois-Rivières, Paul Dargis (Honda Civic).

B-Spec Class was back on the track for this event. After driver/TV presenter Carl Nadeau earned pole position on Thursday, the first race was claimed by the young Ontarian Rui Texeira. He drove his Honda Fit to victory ahead of veteran Normand Boyer (Mazda) and Carlos Tesler-Mabe (Mini). In the second round, Boyer got his revenge, taking the win over Texeira and Marie-Laurence Paquin, who replaced Nadeau in the Mazda.

The next CTCC presented by Continental Tire event will take place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, east of Toronto, on August 30th and 31st. As the last races of season, the champions will be crowned. Roger Ledoux is guaranteed the title as Super Class champion and in Touring Class, Michel Sallenbach is favoured over the young Karl Wittmer.


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