Touring Car Victory…
Mathieu Audette Wins One of Two Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières Rounds
Trois-Rivières (Québec), August 6, 2011.– Quebec driver Mathieu Audette won one of two Canadian Touring Car Championship races this weekend as part of the forty-second edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. At the wheel of his Dimensions Doors / Novatech Acura RSX Type-S, Audette earned the pole position and was leading both rounds before engine issues put an early end to his second race.
” It was an absolutely perfect start to the weekend, I had a great moment winning Friday night’s race and I was set to repeat it on Saturday when my engine exploded ” indicated the Audette Racing driver. ” Friday night was the first time I have ever raced in the dark. But I had a great start from the pole and the conditions were excellent because it was a little less hot than during the day, allowing the engine to breathe better and the brakes didn’t overheat ” added Mathieu, thrilled to have won a race in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators.
After this dominating success, the following day on Saturday afternoon, Mathieu Audette had a little less luck after another great start. ” I gave up one spot at the first turn but I quickly put pressure on the reigning champion Nick Wittmer. I succeeded in passing him on the fourth lap and I was then able to increase the gap. Everything was going well until six laps before the finish when without warning, the engine exploded on the straightaway crossing the start/finish line ” explains the Audette Racing driver.
Mathieu Audette is contesting a partial program of five Canadian Touring Car Championship races over three weekends in Toronto, Trois-Rivières and Montréal. With three consecutive podiums (including one victory) and one DNF, the Audette Racing team will return to competition in two weeks at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as part of the Montreal NASCAR weekend on August 19th.
In addition to the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the Audette Racing Team is entering Mathieu’s younger brother, Rémy Audette, in the F2000 Series Championship. He currently leads the 2011 championship with two double-header races remaining.
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, Blueprint Racing, Mec-Inov and Omnitech.
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