Entered this season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada, Quebec driver Valérie Chiasson contested this past weekend’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in two separate series, including the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada, to which she returned after having missed last month’s event in Toronto. On a track that she knows well, she took advantage of the popular event to capitalize on some promising performances. Unfortunately, her inexperience came into play, forcing her to retire after a spin during the first race on Saturday, just as she was in line to record her best result of the season. On Sunday, she finished in ninth place.
After having claimed her first Top 6 result in Porsche GT3 Cup Canada during the Grand Prix du Canada last June, where she was the only female of the 114 drivers, Valérie was only in her second Porshe GT3 Cup Canada event of the season on a Quebec track. As normal, two races were on the event schedule and Valérie brought her Porsche Prestige GT3 Cup car to an eighth place qualifying position leading into the two races. « I’m really looking forward to contesting the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. It’s only about one hour away from home and it’s an event that gives us the opportunity to compete in front of friends and family. It’s always fun to be there, » confided Chiasson, who was chosen to be this year’s recipient of the "Friends of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières" bursary.
As soon as the first race started under Saturday’s sunny skies, Valérie gained two spots, putting her in place to battle for a Top 6 spot during two-thirds of the event. « I climbed one position at the start, and passed another car three turns later. I then gave up that position and maintained sixth place, but not without pressure from a veteran driver behind me » explained Valérie.
She nonetheless lost the advantage of what looked to be her best result in the series, in which she is a rookie this year, when, thirteen laps from the finish she had a spin. « For several laps, Ontarian Marco Cirone had been trying to pass me. At one point, I breaked too hard, locked up my wheels, and spun into a tire wall. It wasn’t too hard a hit and only the rear wing was damaged but I was forced to retire with less than 15 minutes before the finish » explained Valérie Chiasson.
The following day, Valérie Chiasson took to the start with the sole objective of earning points and getting experience. « I crossed the finish line in ninth place after having lost a lap following a stop in the pits to remove part of the rear bumper that was just hanging on following a slight collision. Without the stop, I would’ve been able to finish in seventh, but the most important thing was to finish it. That was the only goal » concluded the driver, who is the Canadian representative for the FIA "Women in Motorsport" commission, aimed at encouraging female participation in motorsports.
For Valerie, a positive aspect retains her attention: "I really improved my performance, the times have shown throughout the weekend. It's really good for the future. A big thank you to all my team with whom cooperation was perfect throughout the weekend" she concludes.
Vancouver driver Scott Hargrove won Saturday’s race while Ontarian Daniel Morad was victorious on Sunday.
The following outing for Valérie Chiasson and the Porsche Prestige Team will be on September 3rd and 4th when the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada will hold the last of its six 2016 season events, at Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport).
Valérie Chiasson’s participation this season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada is organized in partnership with Porsche Prestige (principal partner), Total Canada, Super Remover, Anibal Automotive Design, L.P.M., VCE Auto Marketing and Pole-Position Magazine.