Chris VlokBGR Team Grote was back in action last weekend with New Zealand Driver Chris Vlok putting on a stunning performance for his first time at the second oldest street race in the world and taking his second podium of the season at the famous Trois Rivieres Grand Prix. The Trois Rivieres GP is the second oldest street race in the world to the Monaco GP. Taking a prominent fixture on the podium this past weekend, Chris now leads the Rookie Championship and is coming 6th overall.

The BGR Team Grote entry of New Zealander Chris Vlok was contesting the always exciting Trois Riviere Grand Prix in his first visit to the event, Vlok delighted the team with a very competitive opening round of the doubleheader. Progressing with every lap and learning what the car and Vlok needed, the team improved every time they hit the track. After Qualifying his car P7, Vlok managed to fight his way to 5th place in the first race, but it was when the group hit lapped traffic that Chris was held up in the wrong place and fell back to P7. “It was a tough race”, said Vlok, “The lapped traffic really held me up toward the end, it couldn’t of happened at a worse spot in the circuit and cost me two positions”. “We only had one practice session before qualifying so we didn’t have a lot of time to set the car up properly, and on top of that it was my first time at this track and also on a street circuit”. “So between learning the track and the ins and outs of my first street circuit, we were trying to get the most out of our track time”

The feature race for the Formula Tour 1600 saw Vlok battle his way up to the leaders from 8th as he got faster with every lap, and in the end he was rewarded with an excellent third place and his second trip to the podium this season. “Race two went all to plan, and the changes we made to the car really paid off” Commented Vlok, “I ran in 6th from the end of the first lap, and was slowly left behind by the leading pack, until my tires came in” “From there on in the car was a rocket, and i was able to work my way back up to them” “Lapped traffic again held me back, this time coming after the 2nd safety car as the 1st and 2nd duo pulled away from the two lapped cars in front of me, but with the yellows still out i was stuck behind them, not for long, but the damage had been done and the gap was to big to chase in the two remaining laps” “Another great weekend though and am very happy with the outcome, a big thanks to BGR, Mark, Eric and my sponsors for all the hard work over the weekend.

“We are so pleased with our performances this past weekend and our stable of excellent young drivers,” noted team owner Brian Graham. “We have a great group of mechanics and engineers and were not nervous about our ability to run in two places at the same time, we are just that confident in our crew. Chris gets better every time he gets in the car, for a first timer at the GP3R he did an outstanding job, a podium at the GP3R is so special, he deserved it. Watching our cars run at the front is what we strive for at each race and we are lucky to have such talented drivers in our cars.”

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