Trois-Rivières (Québec), August 10, 2014.– This weekend, the Audette Racing Team contested the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) doubleheader program at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. At an event that is always very popular, the team’s only entered driver, Rémy Audette, was satisfied with his two races, finishing fourth in the first round and winning the second round in style.
After the free practices were held under a heavy rain, leaving a damp track for Thursday’s qualifying, the CTCC drivers geared up for their first race that night under the lights. A schedule like this is not to the team’s advantage, as Rémy explains: ” we got to Trois-Rivières with the same set-up we had for the preceding races but they weren’t appropriate. We had to work on the Dimensions Doors/Novatech Honda Civic Si non-stop on Thursday “. Qualifying in fourth, Rémy crossed the finish line in the same ranking.
Benefiting from a free day on Friday, as the crowd in Trois-Rivières admired the World Rallycross Championship races on site, the Audette Racing Team worked on the settings for the No. 21 Dimensions Doors/Novatech Honda Civic Si, in order to give Rémy a more competitive car for the rest of the weekend. ” The Audette Racing Team did a super job and on Saturday, during the qualifying for the second race, I could right away tell that the car was properly adjusted. I qualified in second, six tenths of a second off of pole position ! ” confides Rémy.
Far from being disappointed with his second spot on the grid, Rémy was already looking ahead to Sunday’s race with optimism: ” starting on the outside of the first row is almost an advantage at Trois-Rivières because the first turn is really wide ” explains Rémy. ” I had a great start and I took the lead. I attacked non-stop at the beginning of the race but then I lost a bit of time in the traffic of the cars I was lapping. As a result, Ontarian Scott Nicol (2013 series champion) caught right up to my rear bumper. I was also trying to keep an eye on the abnormal wearing of my brake pads but I made sure he was never in a position to pass me ” indicates Rémy Audette.
Victorious at Sunday’s race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Rémy Audette comes away with a very positive weekend summary: ” the Audette Racing team worked so well and I share this big win with all the members of the team. There are only two races left in the championship and we are still in second place. The gap to leader Roger Ledoux is big but who knows what can happen. Mosport is a track that I love and I’ve often won there ” concludes Rémy.
The last doubleheader program of the season will take place at Mosport Circuit (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park), in Ontario, on August 30 and 31. The Audette Racing Team will be there with Rémy Audette, at the very least. His older brother Mathieu, who had to miss the GP de Trois-Rivières for family reasons, may be back for the last outing.