Published on 2023-01-25
Special collaboration with Pascal Lafrenière.
The usual GP3R site at the Trois-Rivières racecourse was taken over by teams from various international countries for the NITRO Rallycross Series. After stops in England, Sweden and the United States, the series arrived in Canada for the first time during winter for the presentation of the seventh round of the championship, which will crown its champion at the Glen Helen Raceway in California from March 17 to 19.
The Swede Oliver Eriksson, whose father Andreas designed the impressive FC1-X racing cars, won the Trois-Rivières round, with his brother Kevin Eriksson finishing second. Fellow countryman Robin Larsson completed the podium. In the support races, Canadian Rally champion Jérôme Mailloux won both rounds of the weekend in NRX 4WD, as did Martin Langlois in NRX 2WD. In side-by-side vehicles, Greg Michaud won on Friday and Mark Meyers won on Saturday.
In the pits, drivers told us that the Trois-Rivières track was without a doubt the fastest on the entire circuit. The cars, deploying 787 kilowatts of power, the equivalent of 1070 horsepower, reached top speeds exceeding 180 km/h on the icy track! To ensure adequate and safe grip, it was necessary to use tires with close to 400 studs each. These rockets on wheels can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.5 seconds, truly spectacular!
The next and last race before the final will take place in cowboy country, at the facilities of the Calgary Stampede on the weekend of February 4. It should be noted that the competence of the Trois-Rivières team was recognized, with two members of the GP3R team being asked to offer their expertise as to how to manage the icy track.
Get ready for the NASCAR Pinty's Series races that start May 13 in Ontario and return to the GP3R on the city streets on August 4, 5 and 6. We will keep you up to date on the performance of NAPA team driver Kevin Lacroix, who is also the owner of stores and auto centres of the large NAPA family.
Claude Prud'Homme / Studio-017
Collaborateur spécial pour ISQ.media