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UNEXPECTED ENDING FOR THE #47 WEATHERTECH CANADA / GROUPE BELLEMARE TEAM

june 19, 2016

In fourth place on the starting grid, everything was in place for the #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare team to perform well yesterday on the Sunset Speedway oval circuit in Innisfil, Ontario. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin stays within the top-5 range right from the first few laps, and it lasted until the car started having understeering issues at the 120th lap. He fought until the end in order to maintain his place and to finish the race (12th place).

The trial and qualifying sessions went very well for the WeatherTechCanada / Groupe Bellemare driver. Fans were well-served in action for this 300-lap event punctuated with eight yellow flags.

“We did a good job qualifying the car. However, problems started adding up around mid-race and, notably, the air conditioning system had issues. In this situation, we had to ensure we could finish the race and maintain our place as close as possible to the top-10. The guys have worked hard once again this weekend. We know we can do better, and we'll be back in full force,” explains the #47 WeatherTechCanada / Groupe Bellemare driver.

300-lap event: mandatory pit-stop halfway through

Much like the Riverside International Speedway track (Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 9th event- August 20, 2016), which is considered a near-replica of the famous Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tennessee, USA), the Autodrome Chaudière is nicknamed “Le petit Bristol Québécois” (the little Bristol of Quebec). This asphalted oval track (a quarter mile) is also the most steeply inclined in Quebec.

The pits are located outside the track, requiring a full stop of the race planned by the series at approximately the 150th lap. The drivers are also authorized to make pit stops at any point during the race; however it's an extra challenge as all teams will need to make a simultaneous pit stop for fuel replenishment and the tire change. The cars will then get back into place for the race's second start.

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Photo: Matthew Manor CSCG

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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).