BOWMANVILLE | At this time last year, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was at the heart of the debates to win a third championship which he finally achieved during the last event of the season.
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But the driver from Trois-Rivières will have to postpone his ambitions of signing a fourth title, which only one, Ontario’s Scott Steckly, has achieved in the history of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
“The roles are reversed this year, underlined Dumoulin in an interview with the Montreal Journal. Even if we were competitive, we had a rocky season. If the team spared no effort to aim for victories, the results did not live up to our expectations. »
“I no longer think about the championship, but I intend to improve my position in the final table. This is only a postponement. »
Dumoulin is currently ranked seventh overall.
“My mission has never changed since I started racing. It’s to win, which I intend to do in the last two races of the season. »
Speaking of victory, Dumoulin would like to please his faithful partner, WeatherTech, which is also the main sponsor of Sunday’s race at Mosport.
Especially since Dumoulin wants to maintain his streak of at least one victory per year since 2018. He has two chances left this season.
The bad memory
An accident involving him with Marc-Antoine Camirand and his brother Jean-François, who were fighting for victory, marked the last moments of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières a few weeks ago.
“No, the dust has not settled,” admits Dumoulin. I still have it in my heart. That’s on top of a few other things [lire des décisions douteuses de la direction de la Série canadienne] which displeased me and which also displeased other teams. »
“I really didn’t like what happened at GP3R, where two of our cars suffered major damage,” he explains. We can say it’s stock car, but we don’t work with the huge budgets that the NASCAR Cup teams benefit from. It is a lack of respect for our world. »
“We don’t have full-time employees and the owners of Dumoulin Compétition are not multi-millionaires. But, fortunately, our organization is dedicated. It will take more to shake us up, but as we say in Quebec, I remember…”, he concluded.
Camirand in the lead
Marc-Antoine Camirand will start from the leading position on Sunday, on the occasion of the 12e stage of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series which will be contested at Mosport.
The leader in the cumulative classification completed the circuit in 1 min 22.420 s to edge Gary Klutt by 16 thousandths of a second. Kevin Lacroix (third) and Treyten Lapcevich (fourth) will share the second row when the green flag is waved.
Andrew Ranger, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Alex Tagliani, DJ Kennington, Alex Guénette and Daniel Bois followed in order. Less than a second separates the first eight on the starting grid of the 51-lap race, which will kick off at 1 p.m.
Fortin resists Limoges
Alexandre Fortin won the first of two Nissan Sentra Cup races on Saturday, which are presented at the Mosport circuit this weekend.
The driver from Quebec resisted the threat of Valérie Limoges, whom he beat by less than a second at the finish line.
Sylvain Ouellet, ranked third, accompanied the two leaders of the event on the podium. Nicholas Hornbostel, Nicholas Biron, Éric Chaput, Simon Charbonneau, Daniel Fortin, Normand Boyer and André Lapointe completed the top ten group.
Damage to Barrette
As for Nicolas Barrette, he stayed in the lead pack for a good part of the event, but he fell to 12e rank at the end while third position was within reach. The son of comedian Michel Barrette and the twenty other entrants will take part in the second stage of the weekend on Sunday morning.
In the Micra category, Simon Vincent won ahead of Sean Scully and Raphaël Saint-Pierre.
Thanks to her second place, Limoges increased her lead at the top of the overall standings with three stages to go, although the driver from Longueuil is still looking for a first victory this season.
The gap between her and Charbonneau went from three to 27 points.