Record number of entries and Freddie Hunt’s debut in the Nissan Sentra Cup this weekend at the GP3R!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 by Philippe Brasseur

An exceptional starting grid awaits fans of the Nissan Sentra Cup this weekend, during the 52nd edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The event, which will be contested on August 5, 6 and 7, will indeed see two races with some of the best current Canadian drivers, in addition to the Briton Freddie Hunt, the son of the 1976 Formula 1 world champion, the legendary James Hunt.

Hunt, who usually competes in the Le Mans Cup series in Europe at the controls of a Nissan-powered LMP3 prototype, will make his debut for the occasion in North America, on the site where his father had faced Gilles Villeneuve. It was during the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières 1976. James Hunt had finished third and Gilles Villeneuve won the Formula Atlantic race.

To celebrate his father’s unique participation in the event, Freddie Hunt will drive the number 96 Nissan Sentra, the number his father wore at the 1976 GP3R. There he will face the regular Nissan Sentra Cup drivers, in addition to the reigning champion Kevin King, who is only playing a partial season this year. But after picking up a victory at the Canadian Grand Prix last June, there is no doubt that King remains one of the favorites this weekend in Trois-Rivières, the city where he resides.

Championship leader and mid-season champion after the races presented at the end of July at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Simon Charbonneau will try to win for the first time in his career on the famous temporary urban circuit of Trois-Rivières. A track that her main rival for the title, Valérie Limoges, has mastered to perfection, the only female driver to have ever won twice in the history of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. It was in 2019 in the Nissan Micra Cup and then last year, in the Nissan Sentra Cup.

Third in the championship and already winner three times in six races this season, Alexandre Fortin will try, like Charbonneau, to win for the first time in his career in the GP3R.

Let’s not forget either the young Justin Arseneau, rookie in the series and who has accumulated exploits (pole positions and lap records) since the beginning of the year. Only one win is currently missing from his 2022 season but it’s only a matter of time before he gets there. If we add Sylvain Ouellet, leader of the Senior class and Top 5 currently in the championship, veteran Normand Boyer, Éric Chaput and his son Frédéric, Nicolas Barrette, or Olivier Bédard, whose participation remains to be confirmed, these are nearly a dozen drivers who can legitimately claim victory in the two races contested this weekend.

In the Micra class, François Angers-Routhier will try to maintain his lead at the top of the championship. In this category, several drivers will make their comeback, like Jean-Michel Isabelle and Frédéric Bernier. Martin Barrette and the popular radio host Benoît Gagnon will be at a second event in 2022 in this class, after the Canadian Grand Prix.

In addition to on-track action, fans will be able to enjoy the return of multiple entertainment and an open paddock with no restrictions this year. Under the awnings of the Nissan Sentra Cup, it will notably be possible to drive the all-new Nissan Z on a simulator. A model which will also be used by the series as a Safety Car and which it will be possible to admire in the paddock at the Nissan Sentra Cup.

Karine Vanasse, actress and Nissan brand ambassador in Quebec, will be there on Saturday to cheer on the Nissan Sentra Cup drivers. She will reconnect for the occasion with the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, she who had discovered the event last year. She was also present at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Nissan Sentra Cup drivers will be on track four times, with a free practice session and qualifying on Friday, ahead of the first 40-minute race on Saturday at 2 p.m. The second race will take place on Sunday at 11:35 a.m.

Both races will be shown live on the Nissan Sentra Cup Facebook page as well as on giant screens for spectators in the stands. Later in the year, programs on these two races will be broadcast on RDS. Fans of the series are also invited to follow all the news on the social networks of the Nissan Sentra Cup.

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