august 12, 2018

Second place at home

NASCAR Pinty's Series: Eight Round - Urban track - Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières - August 10 to 12, 2018

The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare Team came to the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières leading the Drivers Championship points, with the clear aim of increasing their lead in that contest. They succeeded, as Louis-Philippe Dumoulin made perfect use of his patience and race craft as he moved up to the lead pack with one third of the race to go. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin then moved up to second place on the last restart and defended the position until the end of the race.

On Saturday, Louis-Philippe scored the third quickest time in the midday practice session, proof of the quality of preparation work by the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team members. The good work continued before the qualifying session as all settings were validated and fine-tuned. But things were not all sweetness and light: "My sixth quickest time was not what I was looking for, as a serious vibration under braking caused me to lose a few tenths. We then had to change all the steering components and reset the front suspension in preparation for the race," noted Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

After the race and a strong second-place finish, Louis-Philippe added: "We have been working hard over the past three years to raise our game and prepare race-winning cars. I learned to race here in Trois-Rivières, so the pressure was on. Starting from the third row allowed me to use some of my attention to analyze how the leaders were working lines, traffic, bumps, restart strategies, and using up their tires and brakes. I was watching the show and thought the fans must be enjoying it also. My stop for fuel was unbelievably good, adding fuel and resetting the suspension to give me a quicker car for the final laps, as they usually do. I used the caution periods to cool down brakes and tires, ensuring strong restarts late in the race, as had been the case up to that point. My #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car was really optimized for the end of the race."

Next event: Riverside International Speedway (Antigonish - Nova Scotia, 18 août 2018)

The NASCAR Pinty's Series summer blitz (8 races from June 16 to August 18) continues next weekend as the teams move on to Antigonish (Nova Scotia) for the Bumper-to Bumper 300 at the scenic Riverside International Speedway. The half-kilometre oval allows for passing in the inside as well as the outside lane, making for a spectacular show every year.

The Saturday-only event starts with practice at 11:30 am (ET), followed by qualifying at 2 pm (ET) and the 300-lap race scheduled for 7:00 pm (ET).

War Against Cancer BLITZ!

The Trois-Rivières all came... The trunk lids on all three cars are covered with signature... Together we met the challenge! Collectively, fans and Martin D'Anjou from added $4,766,35 to the Quebec Cancer Foundation project, of which $3,100 were contributed directly by Martin D'anjou.

The Dumoulin Corner: 49 years of history for you to relive. Historic Moment#5 was posted on the team's Facebook page on August 2nd. Flashback to a 2001 Podium shot of Louis-Philippe Dumoulin after a FF1600 race at Trois-Rivières. Would you like to find out a funny story about that moment?

Visit the team's Facebook site for the full story:

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Photo: Matthew Manor CSCG


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Summary - Highlights in Louis-Philippe Dumoulin's career

  • In 2017, he finishes the NASCAR Pinty's championship in fourth place (3 podiums and ninth top-5s in thirtheen events.);
  • In 2016, he finishes the NASCAR Pinty's championship exequo with the fourth position (top-5 six times in 12 events);
  • 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).