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LP DUMOULIN FINISHES IN ELEVENTH PLACE AT AUTODROME CHAUDIERE

june 25, 2016

It was quite a race that left its mark on Quebec's National Holiday on the oval track of Autodrome Chaudière yesterday. In third place on the starting grid, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, at the wheel of the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare, was able to maintain his position by strategically pull ahead of his opponents until the end of the CRS Express 300's first third.

The #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare team has worked tirelessly last week in order to ensure a strong performance from the car. However, the discovery of an issue with the brand new engine has forced the use of a second-hand replacement. At first glance, results were unaffected as Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has managed to perform with the fifth best time in the trials session, and qualified the car in third place. However, after the mid-race mandatory pit stop, the #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare car suffered from a loss of power.

“The #47 WeatherTechCanada / Groupe Bellemare cars are fast, we proved that in each of the first three races. We qualify within the leaders during the trials and qualifiers (5th , 4th and 3rd) . The engine issue was found out, and we're now looking ahead to our next challenge at ICAR next week,” explains Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Next event: ICAR Circuit - Ecko Unlimited 100, July 3rd, 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).