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August 16, 2016



Three Poles and One Win for Exclusive Autosport in Formula Tour 1600 At GP3R



 
Estep finds much to learn on storied street course at Trois-Rivières
 
Trois-Rivières, Quebec  – It was a weekend made of equal parts success and learning opportunities for Exclusive Autosport in the Formula Tour 1600 races at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.

The event was the 47th running on North America’s oldest and most historic street course and hosted the third weekend of 2016 for Canada’s Formula 1600 Super Series that sees the fields from the Ontario and Quebec Formula 1600 championships combine to allow drivers to compete for overall supremacy.

Exclusive Autosport’s driver, Trenton Estep of San Antonio, Texas, made his street course debut this weekend in the very tight confines of the Trois-Rivières circuit.

After qualifying on pole, Estep led the field to the green flag for race 1 but was unable to hold the advantage through turn 1. As he attempted to regain the lead, he made a valiant push but was forced to retreat to a run-off area. He recovered to finish in 5th position, and during his charge through the field he set a new track lap record for the class that put him on pole for race 2.

Friday evening’s second race of the weekend proved to be the most successful for Estep and North America’s Spectrum factory team. Estep laid down an utterly dominant performance, leading from flag to flag and crossing the line with a lead of just under 17 seconds. Remarkably, the win was the first ever on the streets of Trois-Rivières for Exclusive Autosport.

Unfortunately, Saturday’s race 3 proved to be the low point of the weekend. After starting on pole for a third time, Estep was unable to retain the lead through the first turn. As he pushed hard to recover, he once again was forced into a run-off area, this time unable to continue.

Estep leaves the weekend tied with Michael Adams for the top spot in the Formula 1600 Super Series points with three rounds left to be run.

“The weekend definitely had some ups and downs,” Estep remarks, “but we managed to get Exclusive Autosport’s first win on the streets of Trois-Rivières. Taking that and what we learned on a street circuit, we will be bigger and better for Calabogie.”

“It was a bit of an up and down weekend for us,” reiterated Exclusive Autosport team principal Michael Duncalfe. “In outright performance, we were the class of the field. It was the first time that Trenton had been to GP3R and had ever driven on a street circuit, and I thought he did a great job. He learned a lot and showed how quick the car was. We’re thrilled with our win, and we going to finish off the Super Series strong next weekend.”

Exclusive Autosport returns to the track next weekend for the fourth and final event of the 2016 Formula 1600 Super Series to be held at Calabogie Motorsports Park on August 19th to 21st.

 
Exclusive Autosport Formula Tour 1600 GP3R results:

Trenton Estep (No. 90 Exclusive Autosport/Spectrum/Honda)
Race 1: 5th / Race 2: 1st / Race 3: 14th
“The weekend definitely had some ups and downs, but we managed to get Exclusive Autosport’s first win on the streets of Trois-Rivières. Taking that and what we learned on a street circuit, we will be bigger and better for Calabogie.”             
 

About Exclusive Autosport
Formed in 2013 and based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Exclusive Autosport has quickly forged a reputation as being among North America’s premier junior formula outfits. Success came quickly under Michael Duncalfe’s leadership with notable achievements including the 2015 F1600 Formula F Championship and back-to-back driver titles in 2013 and 2014 in the Canadian Toyo Tires F1600 A-Class Championship (Ontario) and the Formula Tour 1600 Championship (Quebec).
Exclusive Management Inc. is the official North American Importer and Distributor for Spectrum Chassis, designed and produced by Borland Racing Developments in Australia.
 
About Formula Tour 1600
Quebec’s Formula Tour 1600 series runs 17 races over six venues annually and includes some of the province’s most iconic events such as the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal and the oldest street circuit race in North America, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. For more information on the series and its schedule, visit http://www.siteformulatour1600.com.



Photo credit: Michel Dansereau, Flagworld.com



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