august 12, 2018

The « Trifluvien » Just Misses A Podium Finish

NASCAR Pinty's Series, Eight round - Urban Track Layout - Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières - August 10 to 12, 2018

Starting from Row 4, next to his teammate Frédéric Gabillon, Jean-François Dumoulin grabbed a fine fifth place coming out of corner 1 right off the start. The driver of the #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA | Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi racer moved up to third in the following laps, fighting challenges and muscular restart until third way through the race. Slipping to fourth, Jean-François Dumoulin worked hard to stay with the lead trio and finishing a determined 4th at the flag and building upon his well-earned reputation as "The Warrior."

"We knew that the car was going to work well over race distance without falling off at the end. The set-up work after the Saturday practice session made the car better for qualifying but I did not work my way through traffic very effectively, ending up 0,7 sec. from the pole time. As usual, the car was quick until the last lap, allowing me to fight with the leaders all the way home. This was a typical action-filled "NASCAR" race, with us fighting for the lead at every restart. We will be back fighting for the win at the next event," declared the driver of the #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA | Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi team.

Frédéric Gabillon Impressive at Trois-Rivières

The first half of the Canado-Europeen exchange program took pace today at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. French veteran Frédéric Gabillon made full use of his vast experience to learn a new track and a very different car from his usual racer in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Cup. At the wheel of the #07 Spectra Premium car, he was able to drive from deep in the pack after being pushed off the track and finish in eight position.

"Spectra Premium and Dumoulin Compétition gave me a great car today, a fantastic gift after being given hack to drive by other teams over the 25 years of renting cars for special races. Showing up cold to race in an unknown series is never easy. This has been a great experience for me from day 1. I am sorry for the damage to the car after being bumped down from 7th to 16th, before driving back up to eight at the end. I think we did well for our first time here. We are all looking forward to having Jean-François Dumoulin join us in Belgium in October.

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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Summary - Highlights in Jean-François Dumoulin's career

  • First podium in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series on May 17, 2015 (3rd place - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park);
  • NASCAR Pinty's Series Championship since 2015;
  • The first Quebec-born driver to win twice the Rolex 24 in Daytona; 2004 (SGS and 2007 (GT);
  • Caught the attention of the renowned Player's Driver Development Program scout (Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic), became one of the youngest drivers ever to be recruited, and was touted as a strong contender for the championship title in Formula Ford (1996 and 1997 seasons);
  • Champion of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS, USA in 2003 (9 podiums);
  • Champion of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge ST, USA in 2002 (5 podiums);
  • In Montreal's 2009 edition of NASCAR Nationwide, he finished his first race in 7th position aboard a badly damaged car and won the hearts of numerous fans and reporters;
  • In 2000, he was the Motorola Cup Series Vice-Champion, during a season that included a 1st place podium finish after having begun the race in 52nd position at the Molson Indy event in Ontario, Canada.