Muller and Snobeck fastest in Canada

The second and final round of the inaugural season of the Ice Racing Series International got off to a delayed start in Sherbrooke, Canada.

Muller and Snobeck fastest in Canada

Mild temperatures saw the cancellation of Friday's free practice sessions, and the scheduled qualifying sessions were postponed until Saturday morning.

Once the T3F ice-racing cars were eventually allowed onto the ice, Opel's line-up of Yvan Muller and Dany Snobeck put in an impressive performance, setting the fastest times in both sessions.

The second fastest time was set by Marcel Tarres and Jean-Pierre Richelmi in the Citroen Xsara, with James Ruffier and Bruno Saby third in their Opel Tigra.

The Subaru Forester was an excellent fourth, with regular driver Christophe Balas joined by his older brother Bertrand for this event.

This is the second time that Sherbrooke has hosted an ice-race at the Bertrand Fabi circuit. 1.6 km long, the track is extremely wide and fast. Twenty-one cars have entered the competition, run under the same rules and regulations as the 24 Hours of Chamonix.

After qualifying, the cars and drivers will compete in six 25-minute heats, with a compulsory driver change in each heat. The best five results out of the six heats will count towards the final classification.

As well as the Andros regulars such as Muller, Tarres, Ruffier and Colard, former F1 driver Jacques Lafitte has made a return to ice-racing, sharing a Porsche 993 with Patrick Postillon and Jean-Claude Dayraut. They qualified in fourteenth place.

Per Eklund and Jean-Pierre Jarier are back with the Saab 993 in which they competed at Chamonix, coming in fifteenth.

Stéphane Peterhansel , driving a Nissan Micra with Philippe Gache, failed to set a time.

Some local drivers are also taking part, such as former F3000 driver Bertrand Godin and promising young Quebec driver Marc-Antoine Camirand.

Qualifying times from Sherbrooke:

































































































































1


Muller


Snobeck


Opel Astra


1m01.689s


2


Tarres


Richelmi


Citroen Xsara


1m03.058s


3


Ruffier


Saby


Opel Tigra


1m03.126s


4


Balas


Balas


Subaru Forester


1m03.474s


5


Colard


Schlesser


Peugeot 306


1m03.611s


6


Zenere


Zanussi


Nissan Micra


1m03.988s


7


Pailler


Knapick


Citroen Saxo


1m04.772s


8


Gatta


Arpin


SEAT Cordoba


1m04.919s


9


Lebon


Mourey


BMW 318


1m05.182s


10


Neyrial


Ligonnet


Nissan Micra


1m05.292s


11


Kielwasser


Dussaucy


Nissan Micra


1m05.743s


12


Godin


Cayrolle


BMW Z3


1m05.800s


13


Ragnotti


Vaison


Renault Megane


1m06.167s


14


Laffite


Postillon


Porsche 993


1m06.534s


15


Eklund


Jarier


Saab 933


1m07.344s


16


Piodi


Ciagar


Daewoo Nexia


1m08.390s


17


Charriol


Cholley


Opel Tigra


1m10.501s


18


Maunoir


Menegoz


Citroen Saxo


1m11.022s


19


Camirand


Chrisaud


Venturi 400


1m11.036s


20


Seimbille


Stocard


Renault Clio


1m12.741s


21


Peterhansel


Gache


Nissan Micra


no time

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