The Nissan Micra Cup series made its debut in 2015. The championship was designed to provide racers with the most affordable new race vehicle in Canada. To keep costs down and ensure all the Micras were equal, the cars are prepared by a single performance shop – Motorsports in Action.

The Micra is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine which produces 109-horsepower. For safety purposes, much of the interior (seats, door panels, etc.) is removed and a safety cage, five-point harness, window net and FIA-approved racing seat are installed. To improve the performance of the cars, they are fitted with a racing suspension kit, high-performance brake pads, Pirelli racing tires and a modified exhaust system.

In the first season, there were six race weekends - all being held in Quebec. The popularity of the series grew and in 2016, there were three race weekends held in Ontario and five in Quebec, each of which were doubleheaders. The second season starts in mid-May at Calabogie Motorsport Park. This event was followed by the first of three visits to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. The series stays in Quebec for races at Autodrome St-Eustache for rounds five and six. The championship then competes for the first time at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. Teams return to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in late July. Next on the calendar is the historic Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The series makes its second visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for rounds thirteen and fourteen. Champions are crowned in the final weekend of competition at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park would host rounds seven and eight of the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup series during the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. The races were 30-minutes in length around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The start of round seven of the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Pacing the field is the current points leader and pole-sitter, Kevin King, in the No. 40 Sorel-Tracy Nissan sponsored Nissan Micra. Sharing the front row with King is the No. 572 Nissan Micra driven by series rookie Xavier Coupal. The second row is occupied by the defending champion, Olivier Bedard and Nic Hammann.
Series rookie Xavier Coupal entered round seven at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park second in the title chase. Coupal qualified on the outside of row one for round seven and trailed the pole-sitter, Kevin King, to a runner-up result. However, King was penalized for exceeding the track’s limits and Coupal was awarded the victory. On Sunday, No. 572 Nissan Micra driver started third and captured the last spot on the podium.
The reigning Nissan Micra Cup champion, Olivier Bedard, had a slow start to the season. However, in round four at Mont-Tremblant, he scored his first victory of 2016 and claimed a second at Autodrome St-Eustache. Bedard qualified third for Saturday’s contest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and battled with Nicolas Hammann and Valerie Limoges before finishing second. On Sunday, he claimed his third win of the season.
Stefan Rzadzinski finished third in last year’s final standings. Consistent results in the first six rounds of the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup allowed him to enter the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park third in the title chase. Rzadzinski qualified fifth for the weekend’s first contest and with Kevin King’s penalty, he finished third. In the finale, he started fourth, but an error led to a six-place finish.
Entering the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park rounds, Kevin King led this year’s standing by two points; however, he would be in the third spot by the end of the weekend. King used a late-race pass to win round seven. Unfortunately, he was penalized for exceeding the limits of the track, which resulted in an eleventh-place finish. On Sunday, King fought with Olivier Bedard and Xavier Coupal to claim a runner-up result.
Quebec road racing veteran Valerie Limoges joined the Nissan Micra Cup last season and finished fifth in the championship points. Her record this year included a runner-up result in round three at Mont-Tremblant. The driver of the No. 4 H. Gregoire Nissan sponsored Nissan Micra Cup was gridded in the sixth position for race one and finished fifth after Kevin King was penalized. In the finale, Limoge was eighth.
The podium for round eight of the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In the center is the winner for the second time this season Olivier Bedard. On the left side of the rostrum is the runner-up finisher, Kevin King. Completing the podium and the new championship leader is Xavier Coupal. Standing beside Coupal is the winner of the rookie category, Stefan Gauthier.

12Xavier CoupalNissan MicraÉquipe Albi Total15
23Olivier BedardNissan MicraÉquipe Albi Total15
35Stefan RzadzinskiNissan MicraAlbi Nissan15
44Nic HammannNissan MicraAlbi Nissan15
56Valerie LimogesNissan MicraMotorsports in Action15
67Marc-Antoine DemersNissan MicraGT Academy Global15
78Karl WittmerNissan MicraH. Gregoire Nissan15
813Normand BoyerNissan MicraAlbi Nissan15
912Chris SahakianNissan MicraTeam United Auto15
1011Valerie ChaissonNissan MicraLes Blocs Normand Inc.15
111Kevin KingNissan MicraSorel-Tracy Nissan15
1218Stephane GauthierNissan MicraSorel-Tracy Nissan15
1321Mario BerthiaumeNissan MicraMB Performance15
1420Brian MakseNissan MicraGuelph & Waterloo Nissan15
1519Frederick BernierNissan MicraHi-Fi Racing15
1622Yves AubeNissan MicraVal-d'Or Nissan15
1723Peter DyckNissan MicraNRW Rennsport15
1816Edward WongNissan MicraAlta Group Nissan15
199Method TopolnikNissan MicraAzure Synoptic Racing15
2015Kirk RobinsonNissan MicraTotal Canada15
2114Martin GrayNissan MicraAlta Group Nissan15
2224David BoothNissan MicraNissan Canada Media Car15
2326Ashley SahakianNissan MicraTeam United Auto14
2417Neil VoranoNissan MicraNissan Canada Media Car8
2510Pierre ClavetNissan MicraHull Nissan3
2625Craig Willoughby SR.Nissan MicraLloyd's Laboratories0

11Olivier BedardNissan MicraÉquipe Albi Total18
22Kevin KingNissan MicraSorel-Tracy Nissan18
33Xavier CoupalNissan MicraÉquipe Albi Total18
45Nic HammannNissan MicraAlbi Nissan18
57Marc-Antoine DemersNissan MicraGT Academy Global18
64Stefan RzadzinskiNissan MicraAlbi Nissan18
710Normand BoyerNissan MicraAlbi Nissan18
86Valerie LimogesNissan MicraMotorsports in Action18
911Method TopolnikNissan MicraAzure Synoptic Racing18
109Pierre ClavetNissan MicraHull Nissan18
1114Stephane GauthierNissan MicraSorel-Tracy Nissan18
1213Valerie ChaissonNissan MicraLes Blocs Normand Inc.18
138Karl WittmerNissan MicraH. Gregoire Nissan18
1419Martin GrayNissan MicraAlta Group Nissan18
1516Mario BerthiaumeNissan MicraMB Performance18
1624Frederick BernierNissan MicraHi-Fi Racing18
1717Edward WongNissan MicraAlta Group Nissan18
1812Chris SahakianNissan MicraTeam United Auto18
1918Brian MakseNissan MicraGuelph & Waterloo Nissan18
2015Neil VoranoNissan MicraNissan Canada Media Car18
2121Yves AubeNissan MicraVal-d'Or Nissan18
2223Kirk RobinsonNissan MicraTotal Canada18
2322David BoothNissan MicraNissan Canada Media Car18
2426Ashley SahakianNissan MicraTeam United Auto17
2520Peter DyckNissan MicraNRW Rennsport6
2625Craig Willoughby SR.Nissan MicraLloyd's Laboratories0

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