Good race for Dominick Muermans at Trois Riviere
In the long history of the GP3R, the largest sporting event in the region, it has known some famous winners. In 1973 it was Gilles Villeneuve who won the Formula Ford race and in 1976 the Atlantic race in a March 76-B. In 1984 Arie Luyendijk won in a VW Super Vee Ralt RT-5. The second Dutchman who won a race here was Cor Euser. He won the Formula 2000 in 1985. The Atlantic Championship race of 1989 was won by Jacques Villeneuve and in 2003 A.J. Allmendinger won the last race in Trois Rivière in which the Atlantic Championship participated.
This weekend the Atlantic Championship participated for the 29th time in the GP3R event. In this very competitive championship, Dominick Muermans qualified 17th. In the first qualifying session 11 drivers qualified within one second and in the second qualifying session as many as 13 drivers did.
The circumstances were perfect for a street race. Dry, sunny, not too warm and the grand stand seats full of enthousiastic Canadian motorsports fans.
The start was good for Muermans. Dominick overtook one car. About 10 minutes into the race two cars in front of the field had a fierce battle but it finished for both in the tyrewall. A full course yellow followed. Dominick had a good race rythm and continued to better his times, lap after lap. Dominick moved up to 10th place. After the restart of the second full course yellow, Just before the end of the race Dominick’s car locked the brakes and fell back to 15th. But in the last lap of the race he proved his worth and set his fastest laptime and overtook the car in front of him. He finished a dissapointing 14th.
Dominick Muermans: “I did very well in the race. I had a great start and soon found a good race rythm. I kept improving my laptimes. In one of the last laps my brakes locked and I fell back to 15th. Such a shame as I was in a good 10th position. Better luck next time.”
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