Canadian Weekly Notebook - Nicholas Latifi wins first Formula 2 race

Renault Sport F1 Development Driver, Canadian Nicholas Latifi dominated the Sprint Race to record his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 2 series at Silverstone this weekend.

Canadian Weekly Notebook - Nicholas Latifi wins first Formula 2 race
 Race winner Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
 Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Scott Hargrove
Zachary Claman DeMelo, Juncos Racing
Parker Thompson
Martin Roy, Chevrolet
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Latifi dominated throughout the 21-lap Sprint Race, comfortably managing the lead to collect his first win.

“Race 1 was probably the trickiest I’ve driven in,” said Latifi. “It was difficult to follow cars ahead and eighth was the best we could manage. Starting on pole in Race 2, I got away OK and managed the gap behind. It got close at the end with the Safety Car, but I’m very happy with my first win and it’s great for the team!”

Simon Vincent and Hubert Gaudreau win Rally of the Voyageurs

Simon Vincent and his co-driver Hubert Gaudreau drive their Subaru WRX STI to victory in the fifth of nine rounds in the 2017 Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC). Presented in the Catchacoma region of Ontario, the event was given the name Rally of the Voyageurs; a rebirth of what was once one of the more popular events in the world of Canadian performance rallies.

Presented in the Catchacoma region of Ontario, the event was given the name Rally of the Voyageurs; a rebirth of what was once one of the more popular events in the world of Canadian performance rallies. Vincent and Gaudreau lead from beginning to end. Victors on six of the eight stages,

Vincent and Gaudreau lead from beginning to end. Victors on six of the eight stages, they, however, did not gain a cushion of more than thirty seconds over their closest competitors.

The fight for second place was indeed intense between former Canadian champions Peter Thomson/Frank Sprongl (the latter was co-driving for Thomson in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) and Martin Donnelly/Alan Ockwell (Subaru WRX STI). Thomson/Sprongl claimed

The fight for second place was indeed intense between former Canadian champions Peter Thomson/Frank Sprongl (the latter was co-driving for Thomson in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) and Martin Donnelly/Alan Ockwell (Subaru WRX STI). Thomson/Sprongl claimed fastest time on two of the special stages and eventually finished in second place (25 seconds behind the winners), but the spread between the two battling Ontario teams never exceeded fifteen seconds. In the end, only 11 seconds separated second and third place.

Honda Canada extends sponsorship of Honda Indy Toronto

Honda Indy Toronto along with its owners and operators, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, announced the extension of its sponsorship agreement with Honda Canada Inc. for the annual event at Exhibition Place through 2020.

Honda Canada has been the title sponsor of the race since 2009 when Green Savoree Racing Promotions relaunched the event with the Verizon IndyCar series as the feature. The 2018 Honda Indy Toronto will be a special event with Honda’s 10th year of partnership.

Thompson wins both USF2000 races in Toronto

For the second day in a row, Canadian Parker Thompson guided his Exclusive Autosport Tatuus USF-17 to a hard-won victory in the USF2000 series in Toronto. The native of Red Deer, Alberta was assisted on this occasion by an incident which eliminated the top three contenders, including USF2000 points’ leader Oliver Askew. Thompson then had to work hard to keep fellow teenager Rinus VeeKay, from The Netherlands, behind him.

Hargrove unbeatable in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

Tsawwassen, British Columbia native Scott Hargrove enjoyed a perfect sweep of the weekend, leading both practice sessions, taking pole positions and the victories for both races as well in his No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Platinum Cup entry. With two wins at this venue in prior years, he demonstrated his ability to navigate the bumps and light sprinkles of rain near the end of the race to showcase his race craft and dominate the field.

Zachary Robichon finished second in Race 1 ahead of Patrick Dussault who scored his first podium finish in the Canadian Porsche series. In Race 2, Robichon again finished second ahead of Michael de Quesada

Two wins for Kyle Kaiser in Indy Lights series

Kyle Kaiser made significant headway toward his championship quest in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires with a par of wins on the streets of Toronto. Montreal-born, 19-year-old Zachary Claman De Melo finished second in Race 1 and then third in Race 2 for team Carlin.

Martin Roy forced to retire in New Hampshire

Martin Roy, the driver of the No. 90 Gamache/Côté/GloboCam Camaro prepared by King Autosport, was forced to retire with just 30 laps to go in the NASCAR Xfinity race held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Despite fighting a ill-handling car since the start of the 200-lap race, Roy managed to pass a few rivals. However, a valve spring broke in the engine, forcing Roy to stop.

“I really like this short oval made of two long straights and two tight corners,” said Roy. “The car was very loose. Then, the problem occurred and I pitted to save the motor.”

Roy was eventually credited with a 33rd place finish.

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