september 10, 2017

NASCAR Pinty's Series: Autodrome Saint-Eustache

After qualifying his #47 WeatherTechCanada / Groupe Bellemare car seventh on the short St-Eustache oval, the Trois-Rivières veteran worked his way up to fifth place early in the race. Louis-Philippe then defended his position with decisive driving of his less-than-perfect car for over 200 laps of this next-to-last race of the season.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin tackled the two-lap qualifying session with less than optimal tire pressures, effectively wasting his first timed lap, and leaving him with one timed lap at optimal tire temperature and pressure. The car had understeered and dragged on the ground a little bit on corner entry, losing time and effectively ruining that first timed lap.

As Louis-Philippe Dumoulin explained later on, "After the first lap, my handling was acceptable for the second lap and my time was much better, but not enough for a Top-3 spot on the grid, which we knew the car was capable of. We were close, but did not have a third timed lap to prove it."

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin drove a very "busy" race, moving up to fifth through the leaders over the first 50 laps, when the first caution flag came out. The #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare team worked on the suspension settings to eliminate the understeer but did not go far enough to fix it completely over the subsequent 183 laps run under green. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin took up the story: "As the race went on, the tire pressure mistake from qualifying was coming back to make life difficult for us, as did the seven degrees drop in temperature when darkness fell, giving us a little more power but also adding load onto the unhappy suspension."

"The car was becoming more and more physical to drive at a strong pace as we got closer to the end. The great news is that this was one of several fifth places finishes over the season for us, as the car kept improving from race to race. This positive evolution was a great motivator for the team and for our partners," added the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare team.

September 16th: ''La Descente : Soap Box Derby''

The ''Le Grand Défoulement Dumoulin Compétition'' continued to raise funds for the Quebec Cancer Foundation this past weekend. We added $220,00 to the total amount raised so far, $6,569.45(Including the $3,500 contribution from Spectra Premium and a further $305.45 from the Bistro du Vieux Port). These contributions all add up to a new grand total of $6789,45. We are now down to the last race of the season, your last chance to add your name on one of the Dumoulin brother's cars. Let's make it a date: next September 23rd at the Jukasa Motor Speedway (Hagersville, Ontario) oval, the last race of the NASCAR Pinty's 2017 season.

In addition, the "La Descente: Downhill Soapbox Challenge", also in profit of the Quebec Cancer Foundation, will take place on September 16th. Teams will compete on the Père-Marquette (Trois-Rivières, Quebec) hill. Organized by the Young Chamber of Commerce of the Mauricie, the event will feature Honorary Presidents Jean-François and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. Come and see us and enjoy the many surprises we have in store for you.

"Passion - Performance - Partnerships"

Photo : Matthew Murnaghan


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  • In 2016, he finished exequo with the fourth position of the NASCAR Pinty's Series (4 podiums and six top-5 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).