MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (June 13, 2018) – Two historic series firsts marked the second weekend of Nissan Micra Cup racing in 2018. For the first time, both races were extended by 10-minutes to 40-minutes total but held on two different length tracks. The new features added to an already extremely technical Calabogie course, which includes 21 turns on the long 5.5km track described by American driver Mike Ogren in the latest Micra Cup video release as, “challenging, with a lot of blind corners.”
After Jake Exton was disqualified from Saturday’s race due to failure to meet the minimum weight requirements, the video introduces the Micra Cup officials that are responsible for ensuring that all vehicle regulations are met.
Unique to the Micra Cup and what creates such tight races is that all vehicles have identical stock model engines with no modifications allowed. Manuel da Costa, the technical services manager, and Gilles Villeneuve, the sports director, discuss the process the team goes through to check the engine seals and ensure that the minimum weight requirements are met for fair competition.
Fans can check out all of the action from Calabogie in the latest edition of Micra Cup Magazine. Included in the magazine is an interview with the first Nissan employee to compete in the series, American Mike Ogren and a spotlight on two-time Super Production Challenge series champion, Marc Héroux, who debuted in the Micra Cup in Calabogie.
The next Micra Cup event will take place at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, in the Laurentian region of Quebec on July 28-29.
For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: www.micracup.com.
Full race results: https://www.micracup.com/2018-Results_Race.
Overall championship standings: https://www.micracup.com/2018-Results_ClassGen.
2018 Nissan Micra Cup Season Calendar:
May 18 to 20 Victoria Day Weekend SpeedFest, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
June 2 to 3 Kyle Nash Race, Calabogie Motorsports Park, Ontario
July 27 to 29 Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
August 10 to 12 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec
August 24 to 26 NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
September 21 to 23 Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
About the Nissan Micra Cup
Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion & Compétition with the support of Nissan Canada, the 2015 Nissan Micra Cup exclusively featured the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including racing suspension – to render it race-ready.
Unlike most motorsport events, each competing Nissan Micra race vehicle had the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly revealed the most skilled drivers. The 2015 Nissan Micra Cup race vehicles were equipped with the Nissan Micra’s stock 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and stock 5-speed manual transmission. In its inaugural season, more than 25 Nissan Micras competed on each race weekend which included two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.
Young karting drivers, the average Canadian looking for an entry point into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to experience the rush of adrenaline inherent with racing cars are all well-suited to this series. In summary, the Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are passionate about motorsports, want to experience all the fun and thrills of racing, but without spending staggering amounts of money.
For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please go to the website Nissan.ca/MicraCup.
About the Nissan Micra
In 2014, the Nissan Micra returned to Canada after 23 years as an all-new model, offering Canadians unbeatable value with the lowest starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) in Canada at $9,998. One item that sets the 2015 Micra apart is its agility. Micra is easy to drive and park, thanks to excellent all-round visibility and turning radius, electric power steering and a power to weight ratio that surprises. Powering the front-wheel drive Micra is a DOHC 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine rated at 109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm.
About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 200 independent Nissan dealerships, including 45 that also act as Nissan Commercial Vehicles dealers, and 42 INFINITI retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.
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About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI andDatsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.
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