June 12, 2011. Isabelle Tremblay from St. Hippolyte, Quebec accomplished a number of firsts this weekend competing in the Formula 1600 events during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans. In her first ever competition in a Formula Tour 1600 machine on the famed Montreal Circuit, Tremblay scored a First Place Finish (All Master Class unless noted) in the first of two races during the weekend.
In the second event of the weekend which took place under rainy conditions, Tremblay posted the quickest qualifying time, had a setback with a spin but recovered to a fifth place finish by posting lap times two seconds faster than the winner.
Several other factors make Tremblay’s accomplishments in the two Formula 1600 events even more noteworthy. Due to her busy racing schedule Tremblay didn’t even get the opportunity to test in a Formula Tour 1600 car until earlier in the week at Shannonville Motorsports Park. Plus, during the weekend schedule there was no practice time scheduled. Teams went immediately into qualifying and Tremblay performed incredibly on a circuit she had never driven before in an F1600 car.
During the qualifying session Tremblay had some difficulty with the engine revs and was unable to get full performance from the car. Two red flags also limited her session to only a total of six laps. Tremblay’s David Clubine team members replaced the battery and that helped resolve the problem. During race number one Tremblay was a bit tentative at the start and lost a couple of positions. Tremblay was able to battle back and take the Master Class lead with two laps remaining and finished ahead of experienced racers Patrick Sweeney and Guy Gilain. Tremblay finished eighteenth of the forty one competitors overall.
In the second race of the weekend Tremblay and the Formula Tour 1600 competitors not only battled each other but the rain. The wet track made for a difficult time for Tremblay as she would spin after getting through the tricky first couple of corners. Undaunted, the persistent racer pushed her car hard and learned how to handle the wet weather putting on a great charge through the field. Tremblay was turning laps quicker than the winner and climbed all the way back to fifth position.
“It was an absolutely incredible weekend” said Tremblay afterwards. “These Formula Tour 1600 cars are completely different than the NASCAR cars I have been driving. They weigh less than half of the stock cars and handle completely differently, but generate tremendous speed. I have to thank my Engineer Phil Mathews and the whole David Clubine racing team for all their help this weekend. I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish together” she stated.
Boosted after a wonderfully successful weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Isabelle Tremblay will be racing again soon. Tremblay will compete next in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series June 24 & 25 at the famed Mosport International Raceway. “I am working as hard as I can with the Dave Jacombs team and learning more each time we are at the track” said Tremblay. “We are improving every weekend and am very proud of the progress we are making this year” she added.
During the 2011 racing season Isabelle Tremblay will compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the ANCA Sportsman Series at the Autodrome St. Eustache and the F1600 Series. This kind of large-scale racing program schedule would not be possible without the impressive support of many partners for which Isabelle is extremely grateful. Isabelle Tremblay’s ANCA Sportsman Series efforts are backed by Insulation Ippersiel, Canadian Tire St. Jerome, La Pizzeria Etc and DB Imaging. The NASCAR Canadian Tire series program is made possible with support from Group Beton Brunet and ADF Diesel. Her Formula 1600 Tour receives backing from Furniture World Salotti.