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Bédard and Coupal win Nissan Micra Cup races at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – Just one week after the first race weekend of the 2017 season, the Nissan Micra Cup drivers were back on the track this weekend at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the Spring Classic. The second race weekend of the season marked popular actor and comedian Michel Barrette’s debut as a Nissan Micra Cup driver, and featured two action-packed races. The first race was won by Olivier Bédard on Saturday and the second race was won by Xavier Coupal on Sunday.

After a productive day of practice sessions on Friday, the Nissan Micra Cup drivers kicked off the first day of racing on Saturday with the traditional qualifying sessions, under an overcast but dry sky. Winner of the first two races of the season, Jean-Michel Isabelle earned himself the pole position ahead of 2016 champion Xavier Coupal and 2015 champion Olivier Bédard. Valérie Limoges, the only female driver competing this season, made her mark and claimed fourth fastest time ahead of Kevin King, Stéfan Gauthier, top senior class driver Metod Topolnik, Australian Keishi Ayukai, Nicolas Touchette and British driver Jake Exton. Vincent Doyle was the fastest rookie, followed by Nicolas Barrette.

In the afternoon, 22 drivers got behind the wheel of their practically stock Nissan Micras, in front of numerous fans lining the track, and competed in the first race of the weekend. A duel between Jean-Michel Isabelle and Xavier Coupal caused a minor incident at the front of the pack, allowing Valérie Limoges to take the lead halfway through the race. As soon as the race restarted, Olivier Bédard surprised his fellow drivers and claimed his first victory of the season.

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