This weekend at Mont-Tremblant …
Mathieu Audette returns to the Canadian Touring Car Championship!
Blainville (Québec), May 25 2011.– After announcing last March the decision not to compete in the Canadian Touring Car Championship due to new series technical regulations, rule modifications convinced the Quebec driver Mathieu Audette to return to the series this season with his Dimensions Door/Novatech Acura RSX Type-S. In order to best prepare themselves for their limited race program, Mathieu and the Audette Racing Team will contest this weekend’s Mont-Tremblant Spring Classic, giving them a chance to test their car during this non-championship race.
” The decision to remove myself from the series due to the change in fuel regulations was firm. We recently got word from the Canadian Touring Car Championship organizers saying we can once again use the Sunoco 104 octane, the fuel necessary for our Acura’s race engine, while continuing to respect the 2010 minimum weight requirement for the car. The normally aspirated engines that use super fuel (98 octane) will remain at an advantage since they will be 100 lbs lighter than us but it’s an equitable rule and I am fully in agreement with it ” explains Mathieu.
Mathieu Audette will start the Touring Car season in July. ” From the moment we decided to return, everything went very quickly. We selected four events that we will take part in, including the Toronto Indy Grand Prix in July, the GP de Trois-Rivières and the NAPA 200 at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in August, and the final championship weekend at Mirabel’s ICAR complex in mid-September ” adds Mathieu. The Audette Racing Team would like to contest the ICAR Grand Prix in Mirabel this coming June 4-5, the first round of the Canadian Touring Car Championship on Quebec soil, but with such a short turnaround time, the car would not have been ready.
Mathieu Audette will contest this weekend’s Spring Classic at Mont-Tremblant in the GT car class under the premise of a first test session for the 2011 season. ” We will use this for development purposes. We need to test everything on the car, including the new tires and the new fuel. Of course, we’ll try our best during the race but the main objective of the weekend is to prepare the car for our first official event in Toronto in July ” specifies the Quebec driver.
With this return to the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the Audette Racing Team will again compete in two championship series this year because Rémy Audette, Mathieu’s younger brother, currently contests the F2000 Championship Series, which he leads after four events. He will take part in the next round of the series on June 4th, at Walkins Glen in the state of New York.
The Audette Racing Team benefits form the support of Dimensions Doors, Novatech, Acura Plus Blainville, Les Extrusions du Nord, Verre Select, Jeld Wen, OPM, Amusements Spectaculaire, Les Moulures PFJV, Gulf, Mec-Inov and Omnitech.