TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec – The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières will expand to two weekends in 2015 and feature the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The two events will be held on separate weekends from July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-8.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and all the others road racing series such as the NASCAR Whelan Autodrome St-Eustache Sportsman Series and the Formula Tour 1600 will be run from July 31-Aug. 2. Then, on Aug. 7-8 Trois-Rivieres will host the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the RXLites as part of the second Canadian Intercontinental Cup, the brand-new-for-2015 SXSX Rallycross Challenge for side-by-side vehicles and a soon-to-be-announced drift competition.
“The first running of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the Vaughn Gittin Jr. drift demonstration proved to be extremely popular with a lot of GP3R’s fans,” said Dominic Fugère, general manager of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. “However, it was an enormous logistical challenge to squeeze all these categories and demonstrations done on two different track over the course of a single four-day event. The fans did not have the chance to fully experience all of our series. By separating our traditional street racing activities from the rallycross and drift series, our visitors will be able to completely soak themselves in the experience of each form of motorsport that we present.”
Bringing GP3R on two weekends for the first time was done with the important objective of limiting the impact on the citizens of Trois-Rivières to a strict minimum. With the rallycross and drift competitions entirely enclosed on the grounds of the Exhibition Parc, the de Calonne and Papineau streets as well as the Boulevard du Carmel will be open for regular road traffic more than a week earlier than in 2014.
“It was important for us to disturb our fellow citizens as little as possible, even with our expansion plans,” said Fugère. “This being said, we’d like to thank our neighbors at the Hippodrome 3R, the Aigles Can-Am baseball organization and the Recreation Department of the City of Trois-Rivières for their collaboration in this important step in our development. “