Nathan BlokNathan Blok, 2011 Formula 1600 Champion and current 2012 points leader, overcame his battles during the Summer Classic weekend at the famed Mont-Tremblant Circuit. The fifth and sixth races of the 2012 Formula Tour 1600 Championship took place under very hot & humid conditions while Blok dealt with a minor wrist injury from a qualifying session incident.

A shunt by Michel Bonnet during Saturday’s qualifying session left Blok off-track and into a tire wall, luckily leaving the car with minimal damage, but Nathan was left with a sprained wrist. Back on the circuit, Blok qualified his #1 Aurora Tools / Great Slave Helicopter Van Dieman 2nd out of a field of 26 competitors and shared the front row of the starting grid with pole-sitter Matthew Di Leo. Despite the troublesome injury, Blok would finish the weekend out on the podium, with the help of a lot of ice, Advil and a Tensor bandage.

The first F-1600 feature race of the weekend quickly became an impressive 3-way duel between Blok, Di Leo and Michael Adams who started from the third spot. Despite a full-course caution that brought out the Safety Car for two laps, Blok and Adams impressively battled for position the entire 15-lap heat. Coming into the final lap, Di Leo was in the lead when Adams attempted to pass Blok in Turn 4 but was not able to complete the move. Blok and Adams exited side-by-side and remained that way all the way to Turn 7 when Blok came out ahead. Blok defended another passing attempt by Adams in the next corner and would take the checkered flag in 2nd place.

“From the time I was sitting on the grid I knew I would be at a big disadvantage because of the injury I had from qualifying, but fortunately I was able to put it aside, and fight with Matthew (Di Leo) and Michael (Adams) for the early lead,” said Nathan. After the caution, Matthew got an excellent start, and began to pull away, but it was a very intense and fair race for second with Michael, and I was pleased to have come out on top.”

Sunday’s qualifying session for Race 6 of 2012 saw Blok a mere 0.02 seconds behind 2nd place Adams while Di Leo repeated his pole-position.

At the drop of the green flag, Adams made a move for the lead passing Di Leo in Turn 1. Blok stuck with the leaders and in Turn 7 he made his own pass on Di Leo grabbing 2nd place. Now pressuring the leader, Adams put two tires off the road during Lap 3 and Blok capitalized on his mistake taking the lead. Blok and Adams would trade places for the next few laps passing the first lapped car of the field on Lap 8.

A full-course caution eliminated the 11.5 second gap between the two front-runners with Jesse Lazare in 3rd position. When the course returned to green, Blok and Adams made an awesome restart to open the gap between them and Lazare, leaving the two to battle it out for the win. On the 15 th and final lap, Adams got by Blok in Turn 10 for the lead. Blok made two attempts to pass, under the bridge and again in the infamous Namarrow Corner but was unable to make the move stick, settling for his second 2nd place finish of the weekend.

“I was able to pass Mathew and Michael very early in lap 1, and I drafted with Michael to pull a big lead from the rest of the field. Unfortunately the late race caution reduced the gap we had, and after the restart, there was only a few laps to go, and we both fought for the lead to the end. Although i came in second, I am pleased to have extended my lead in the points heading into the prestigious GP3R! I would like to thank the Britain West Motorsports team for preparing an awesome car all weekend, and my many sponsors and supporters for helping me get to the podium.”

Blok enters Rounds 8 & 9 leading the 2012 Formula Tour 1600 Championship by 39 points.

For information on Nathan Blok and sponsorship, visit www.nathanblok.com or contact Steve Blok at (613) 582-3867

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