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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – The 2016 #nissanmicracup held its fifth and sixth races of the season today at the Autodrome St-Eustache, near Montreal. For the first and only time this season, the drivers competed in two races and qualifying sessions on the same day. This format was a successful one for #kevinking and #olivierbedard, both of whom won a race.
The first race of the day saw lot of action, during which #kevinking, #olivierbedard and #stefanrzadzinski established a significant lead in front of the rest of the drivers. A black flag penalty of a few seconds caused Rzadzinksi to fall behind and Marc-Antoine Demers climbed to third place, earning a position on the podium beside his teammate #olivierbedard (2nd) and #kevinking (1st).
Although King led the entire first race, the pressure was on with the presence of Bédard at his back the whole time. Several great battles took place on the track, including Bertrand Godin who proved he has not lost his touch after finishing ninth in his first ever #nissanmicracup race. He fought with the young Chris Sahakian, as well as with veteran Jacques Bélanger.
The final race had similarities and differences from the first. The same three drivers who had qualified in first, second and third place for the first race, started in the same positions for the second race. #kevinking started in pole position, followed by #olivierbedard and #stefanrzadzinski. It is only at the end of an action-packed event that Bédard was able to win his first race of the season, only one corner away from the start/finish line!
Aside from the King-Bédard battle, Xavier Coupal gave a hard time to #stefanrzadzinski who had to give away his third position to the NASCAR driver. Coupal only drove during the second race, sharing the wheel of his car with Bertrand Godin.
In the drivers' championship, #kevinking clinched the lead with 170 points, ahead of Xavier Coupal (168 points), #stefanrzadzinski (163 points), Valérie Limoges (152 points), #olivierbedard (143 points) and Marc-Antoine Demers (115 points). For the rookies, Peter Dyck is now leading with 36 points. In the Team standings, Albi #nissan car 572 driven at the first events by Xavier Coupal and today in St-Eustache by Bertrand Godin remains on top, followed by car 86 (Perry Performance/Hull Nissan) and 220 (TOTAL Canada).
Following this event at the Autodrome St-Eustache, the next outing for the #nissanmicracup will be on July 8, 9 and 10 in Ontario. The seventh and eighth rounds of the season will be held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, during the famous IMSA SportsCar Weekend. This marks the first race weekend at this legendary racetrack, formerly known as Mosport, for the #nissanmicracup.
For full race results, visit:
http://www.micracup.com/Results_2016_Race?RID=5 (race 5)
http://www.micracup.com/Results_2016_Race?RID=6 (race 6)
To see the overall championship standings after six races, please visit:
For more information on the #nissanmicracup, please visit: www.nissan.ca/coupemicra.
Nissan Micra Cup 2016 Season Calendar:
|May 13 - 15||Calabogie Motorsports Park, Ontario|
|May 27 - 29||Spring Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec|
|June 19||Autodrome St-Eustache, Québec|
|July 8 - 10||IMSA Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario|
|July 22 - 24||Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec|
|August 12 - 14||Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec|
|September 2 - 4||NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario|
|September 23 - 25||Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec|
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