Olivier Bédard wins Round 7 in Trois-Rivières
Olivier Bédard didn't crack under pressure and captured victory in Round 7 of the Canadian Nissan Micra Cup race held Saturday at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.
Olivier Bédard (Nissan No. 1), a two-time champion of the Micra Cup, clinched pole position on the 2.43km temporary street circuit ahead of arch rival Kevin King (No. 40), Valérie Limoges (No. 220), veteran Normand Boyer (No. 11), Frédéric Bernier (No. 28) and Briton Jake Exton (No. 00).
Québec comedian and actor Michel Barrette qualified 21st while Yves Levesques, the Mayor of Trois-Rivières (and an avid race fan), damaged his car during the first practice session and qualified 26th, and last.
The impressive 26-car field got the green under blue skies. Bédard made a good start and led the field at the conclusion of Lap 1 ahead of King and Limoges. The top three runners quickly began to put some distance on the rest of the pack.
Micra Cup returnee Jean-Michel Isabelle ran in fourth place in the No. 86 car, but he had his mirrors filled with Jake Exton and Mike Ogren’s machines.
On Lap 4, Bédard enjoyed a 1.7s cushion over King. Meanwhile, Exton managed to slip ahead of Isabelle for fourth position. Three laps later, Bédard extended his lead to 2.5s over King. There was still 30 minutes to go in the 40-minute race.
Limoges, still third, started to gradually lose ground on King. On Lap 11, she was 4.2s behind King. However, King was slowly making ground on the leader. Bédard replied with the fastest lap of the race.
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On lap 13, Jean-Michel Isabelle, who was running in sixth place, ran (very) wide in a corner and hit the tire wall hard. Boyer, who was right behind him, could not avoid the collision. The incident brought a full course caution.
The race restarted on Lap 17 with 13 minutes to go. At the green, Limoges got squeezed between King and Exton. Exon’s Micra jumped in the air, but the Briton managed to muscle his way to third place.
With four laps to go, King was right behind the rear bumper of Bédard’s car. Valérie Limoges, who was fourth, suddenly stopped her car, unable to continue because of the damage caused by the earlier contact with Exton.
Bédard made no mistake on the final lap to win the race. King finished second, just 1.1s behind the winner. Exton claimed third place ahead of Marc Héroux, Ogren, Sylvain Ouellet, Bernier, Fadi Mourad, Éric Chaput and Nicolas Touchette.
Michel Barrette arrived home in 18th place while Yves Lévesque survived an eventful race to finish 23rd.
Round 8 will be staged tomorrow morning.
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|Series||Nissan Micra Cup|
|Drivers||Olivier Bedard , Valerie Limoges , Kevin King|