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LP DUMOULIN, THREE LAPS AWAY FROM THE TOP-5

july 3, 2016

The Dodge #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare team has had a weekend marked by ups and downs at ICAR circuit in Mirabel. Three laps from the end of the race, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was well on-track to another top-5 appearance, at which point an opponent caused an incident, forcing him to cross the finish line in thirteenth place. This result does not reflect the quality of the work done and of Louis-Philippe Dumoulin's driving, he who has lined up multiple top-5s and podiums on this track over the last five years.

During the trial sessions and qualifiers (Saturday, July 2nd), the team had to deal with brake issues on the #47 WeatherTechCanada / Groupe Bellemare car. In eighth place on the starting grid, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has maintained his position in the top-10 for the majority of the event which was punctuated with a single caution. During the restart, at which point he was fighting for fifth place with Alex Tagliani and Gary Klutt, the latter started a skirmish which denied the #47 WeatherTechCanada / Groupe Bellemare driver a sixth top-5.

“We wish to keep the gear which will allow us to be present at the end of each race. The battle with Tagliani and Klutt was close, and if I hadn't been hit three laps from the end, we would have met our goal. Once again, we're looking ahead,” explains Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Next event: Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto – July 15 and 16, 2016

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Summary – Highlights in Louis-Philippe Dumoulin's career

  • In 2015, he finishes the NASCAR Pinty's championship in fourth place (2 podiums and six top-5s in eleven events.)
  • 2014 champion of the NASCAR Pinty's series: 5 podiums and 2 victories, as well as 9 top-5s in eleven events. It is the first time that a team made up entirely of Quebecers wins this championship.  (Prep. team: King Autosport, managed by Martin Roy).
  • Won the Gilles Villeneuve Trophy in 2014 and 2001. This trophy symbolizes the fighting spirit and on-track excellence of a Quebec-native driver throughout the season that just ended. It is the first time that a recipient of the Trophy wins it twice throughout their career.
  • Won, in 2013, the only Ontarian event to this day made up of an all-Quebecer podium (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – NCATS series);
  • The only Canadian who climbed on the podium in 2012 during the prestigious event of the 12 hours of Sebring (2nd place - American Le Mans Series - GT3 Cup – WeatherTech Racing Team);
  • Won the title of rookie of the year in 2011 in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series despite having only participated in 8 races out of 13 (scoring four top-10s and two top-5s);
  • Crowned Canadian champion in Formula Ford 1600 in 2002;
  • He still owns the record in Formule Ford 1600 for the highest amount of victories and pole positions in one season (2002).