Simon Charbonneau and Stefan Rzadzinski win the Nissan Sentra Cup races presented at the Canadian Grand Prix!

20 June 2022

Presented this weekend as part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, the third and fourth races of the 2022 Nissan Sentra Cup season were won by Simon Charbonneau, under the rain on Saturday, then by Stefan Rzadzinski on Sunday, under the returned sun.

The popular Canadian motorsport series has also marked the history of the event since, after Valérie Chiasson who became the first female driver in the history of the Grand Prix of Canada to stand on the podium, during a Nissan Micra Cup in 2015, Valérie Limoges and Marie-Soleil Labelle both won a Top 3, one in the general classification and the other in the Micra class, at the end of Saturday's race.

No motorsport series boasts such success of female drivers on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, and if Valérie Limoges is familiar with the Top 3 and even victories in the series, this is a very first podium in the GP of Canada for the young (18 years old) Marie-Soleil Labelle, who starts at the event.

Nissan Sentra Cup drivers had the honor of being the very first to hit the track at this Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, the most important sporting event in the country, back on the calendar for a first times since 2019. On Friday morning, the twenty-eight drivers in the series thus competed in their free practice session.

Subsequently, the qualifying session, in front of already full stands, saw Justin Arseneau, another young talent of 16, take pole position with his Nissan Sentra from the ICAR Racing Team. Stefan Rzadzinski, Quebecers Alexandre Fortin and Simon Charbonneau (the winners of the first two races of the season) and defending champion Kevin King completed the top-five order.

After the hot sun on Friday, an icy wind greeted fans at the venue on Saturday morning. The drivers' task was complicated as the rain made its appearance just before the start of the Nissan Sentra Cup race, forcing the mechanics to a quick broom change from slick to grooved rubber just before the green flag.

Shortened by weather conditions and a long neutralization, this first race saw Charbonneau win with just over a second ahead of Rzadzinski. Valérie Limoges completed the podium, her first on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, ahead of Kevin King, Daniel Fortin, Mathieu Miron, Simon Dion-Viens, Alexandre Fortin, Sylvain Ouellet and Éric Chaput.

In the Micra class, Samuel Rowe won his first victory, ahead of François Angers-Routhier, the championship leader, and Marie-Soleil Labelle. She leads the popular radio host Benoît Gagnon by a few hundredths of a second at the finish line.

After the rain and cold on Saturday, the sun was back for the second Nissan Sentra Cup race contested as part of this 2022 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix, on Sunday. Under the eyes of Karine Vanasse, the actress and spokesperson for Nissan in Quebec, and tens of thousands of fans massed in the stands, Stefan Rzadzinski returned to victory, seven years almost to the day after he triumphed in the Nissan Micra Cup on the same Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

The driver from Western Canada won ahead of Kevin King and Simon Charbonneau after a short and spectacular race, but ended under neutralization. Valérie Limoges, Éric Chaput, Sylvain Ouellet, Mathieu Miron, André Lapointe, Nicolas Touchette and Frédéric Chaput completed the Top 10.

In the Micra class, Samuel Rowe took his second victory of the weekend, ahead of François Angers-Routhier, while Benoît Gagnon climbed on the podium. Marie-Soleil Labelle and Martin Barrette finished fourth and fifth.

Didier Marsaud
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Nadine Gad
Manager, Media Relations (Quebec)
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