The 2009 Quebec Formula Ford championship, called the Formula Tour 1600, kicks off in late May with the first of three doubleheaders at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Next on the calendar are rounds three and four at ICAR. The Formula Tour 1600 drivers will return to Mont-Tremblant for their second doubleheader in July. The next stop is at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres for races seven and eight. The penultimate weekend takes place at Le Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with NASCAR. The season ends in late September at Mont-Tremblant.

The single-seater, open-wheel race cars in the championship are powered by a four-cylinder, 1600-cc Ford engine, which produces120-horsepower. A mixture of European and North American chassis is used by competitors. Two of the most successful cars are constructed in Canada – the Aero and CMV. Minimum vehicle weight is determined by the suspension design and ranges from 1050 to 1125-lbs., with the driver.

Rounds seven and eight of the Formula Tour 1600 series were held at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Drivers would compete o n the eleven-turn 1.53-mile temporary street circuit for twenty-laps.

The field heads into corner one for round seven of the 2009 Formula Tour 1600. Leading the pack of twenty-two starters is the pole-sitter, Olivier Bonnet, in the No. 1 LM Scuderia prepared Vector MG93. On the outside of Bonnet is the other front-row qualifier, in the No. 94 RDS sponsored CMV, Didier Schraenen. Behind Bonnet is his brother, Michel, who qualified third fastest in the No. 2 Vector MG93.
2007 was the last time the Formula Tour 1600 raced at Trois-Rivieres. At that event, the winner was Olivier Bonnet. Bonnet was still quick when the series returned this year. He captured the pole for race one in the No. 1 Vector MG93 but could not hold-off his brother, Michel, and finished in the runner-up spot. On Sunday, the reigning champion started second but redeemed himself with a victory.
Second in the title chase last season was Michel Bonnet, the brother of the champion Olivier. They both drove LM Scuderia Vector MG93. Olivier opened the season with a victory, but Michel was yet to capture his first win of 2009. He qualified in the third position round seven and was in first place after twenty-laps of racing. The next day, Michel started on the pole but could not hold-off Didier Schraenen or his brother.
The veteran Didier Schraenen had two Canadian Formula Ford championships and a pair of victories at Trois-Rivieres. Schraenen started the weekend by qualifying on the outside of the front row. He was in contention until he crashed on the final lap of Saturday’s race. The finale provided Schraenen with an opportunity to address his race one incident and he did. After starting twelfth, Schraenen finished second.
Xavier Coupal made his first start of the 2009 Formula Tour 1600 season at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Coupal proved to be a quick study and was fourth fastest for the weekend’s first contest driving the No. 05 Mortimer Racing prepared Van Diemen RF01. With the retirement of Didier Schraenen on the final lap, he earned a third-place finish. Unfortunately, Coupal retired in round eight.
This was Marcel Lafontaine’s tenth season competing in Quebec’s Formula Ford series. Entering round seven and eight of 2009, the driver of the No. 27 Van Diemen RF01 had three podium results, one of which was a victory at ICAR. During the qualifying session for race one, Lafontaine was sixth fastest and finished fourth in the race. The next day, he started in the fourth position and earned another fourth-place.
Rookie sensation Jerimy Daniel qualified second fastest in his first Formula Tour 1600 event but retired when his No. 01 Mygale SJ02 ran out of fuel. With a lesson learned, Daniel racked up an impressive record heading into Trois-Rivieres – one victory and three runner-up results. Unfortunately, he was not able to match the pace of the leaders in rounds seven and eight and went home with a fifth and seventh-place finish.

13Michel BonnetVector MG-93LM Scuderia20-
21Olivier BonnetVector MG-93LM Scuderia20-
34Xavier CoupalVan Diemen RF01Mortimer Racing20-
46Marcel LafontaineVan Diemen RF01Max 160020-
515Serge BourdeauVan Diemen RF05Excellence Motorsport20-
67François LeblancVan Diemen RF05LC Racing20-
75Jerimy DanielMygale SJ02-20-
819Yannick BourdeauVan Diemen RF05Excellence Motorsport20-
99Franc RoironVan Diemen RF01Mistral Racing20-
10-Luc TherouxVan Diemen RF94LT Racing Team20-
118Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF97Mortimer Racing20-
122Didier SchraenenCMVRDS19-
1311Eric WannonCMVAMRAN Construction19-
1413Gerald DumoulinVan Diemen RF93-19-
1518Patrick SweeneyVan Diemen RF98RPM19-
1616Richard DumoulinVan Diemen RF90-19-
1717Lew MacKenzieVan Diemen RF96Mortimer Racing19-
1820Jean LajoieVan Diemen RF94Barracuda Competition19-
1912Ghislain TheriaultVan Diemen RF94Gis Racing Motorsport19-
2010Pascal BellemareCMVPSL Autosport5Did Not Finish
2114Alexandre LabossiereEuroSwift SC92PSL Autosport2Did Not Finish
-21Christian LavoieReynard 87SFPCL Autosport17Disqualified
--Francois BellemareEuroSwift SC92Bellemare-Did Not Start

12Olivier BonnetVector MG-93LM Scuderia20-
212Didier SchraenenCMVRDS20-
31Michel BonnetVector MG-93LM Scuderia20-
44Marcel LafontaineVan Diemen RF01Max 160020-
57Jerimy DanielMygale SJ02-20-
65Serge BourdeauVan Diemen RF05Excellence Motorsport20-
76François LeblancVan Diemen RF05LC Racing20-
89Franc RoironVan Diemen RF01Mistral Racing20-
910Luc TherouxVan Diemen RF94LT Racing Team20-
1013Eric WannonCMVAMRAN Construction20-
1115Patrick SweeneyVan Diemen RF98RPM20-
1216Richard DumoulinVan Diemen RF90-20-
1318Jean LajoieVan Diemen RF94Barracuda Competition20-
1419Ghislain TheriaultVan Diemen RF94Gis Racing Motorsport19-
1514Gerald DumoulinVan Diemen RF93-16Did Not Finish
168Yannick BourdeauVan Diemen RF05Excellence Motorsport15Did Not Finish
1721Alexandre LabossiereEuroSwift SC92PSL Autosport14Did Not Finish
1820Pascal BellemareCMVPSL Autosport10Did Not Finish
1911Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF97Mortimer Racing9Did Not Finish
203Xavier CoupalVan Diemen RF01Mortimer Racing4Did Not Finish
--Christian LavoieReynard 87SFPCL Autosport-Did Not Start
--Lew MacKenzieVan Diemen RF96Mortimer Racing-Did Not Start
--Francois BellemareEuroSwift SC92Bellemare-Did Not Start

Copyright Notice:
All content (photographs and text) appearing on this website are the exclusive property of © and are protected under International copyright laws. The subject matter on this website may not be reproduced, copied, stored or manipulated.

© Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Return to home page.