Sentra Cup at F1 in Montreal: the story of passionate lovers |  Vehicle News

Sentra Cup at F1 in Montreal: the story of passionate lovers | Vehicle News

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal

Auto123 invited several car racing fans to share their experience of the two 2022 Sentra Cup races that took place during the F1 weekend in Montreal, from June 17 to 19. We provide a microphone Helene CrepaultMichel’s sister, a contributor to Auto123, and to her husband Andrew Simmonds. Yesterday was Monsieur’s turn; today, the floor is his!

See also: Nissan Sentra Cup at the 2022 Montreal Grand Prix: a love story


I still remember the first time I crossed the racetrack on Ste-Helene Island and heard a commotion, and I felt a commotion and saw the race cars hurt underneath me. My husband and I looked at each other and smiled. A very wide smile.

Lasting passion
We have been watching the F1 race for several years but have never had the opportunity to meet face to face. We had seen motorcycle races and prepared drafts, but we never ran. We all appreciate the excitement of chasing a hundred per second, the competition between teams, the bold competition, the thoughts that revolve around the circle when the five red lights turn off and give a start and, finally, the satisfaction of seeing a check. a flag was hoisted to mark the victory (or not) of our beloved driver (go Lewis!).

Later, for many years, we had the opportunity to attend other races thanks to certain connections in the family (thank you, my brother). However, eight years have passed since we set foot on the island, which itself has been banned from running for the past two years due to Covid. Like all fans, we had to be content with following our heroes on a small screen (well, not too small…).

However, with a happy mix of conditions (including the hospitality of several people), we were able to witness Montreal’s great return to F1 acrobatics. And, as a bonus, we would be the lucky witnesses for two events on the Nissan Sentra Cup calendar.

Saturday's Nissan Sentra Cup competition at the Circles Gilles-Villeneuve

Saturday’s Nissan Sentra Cup competition at the Circles Gilles-Villeneuve

Previously, we had already followed the Nissan Micra race on the Mont-Tremblant circuit and I remember very well that it was an exciting race. These small vehicles had proven to be able to descend and dominate the curved path cut off from the mountain.

Even in the shower
So we arrived Saturday morning June 18 for graduation. The temperature was very bad, it rained all day. However, we sat in our seats (weird seats!) On the hair pins and did not move anymore, thanks to a blanket brought from home and our motorcycle clothes in the rain.

The first race involved Nissan Sentras but we had to mourn the good part of the event as we wasted a lot of time getting to our destinations. After years of absence from the circuit, we had forgotten the patience needed to move through the crowd, slowly, very slowly, step by step through a narrow corridor. In my opinion, organizers still have to work on these devices.

Finally, we were able to marvel at the race cars moving around on the smooth, even dangerous road, the drivers of the area spraying unwary publicity. The race was also interrupted several times by the heat.

After Sentra came the F-1600s, the Ferraris and, finally, our heroes who struggled to put a good time under such adverse conditions.

Let’s be honest, although the cold and rain can make the race day less stressful, these Mother Nature scenarios add to the atmosphere of doubt that excites the excitement of the audience.

In fact, I highly recommend attending both weekends, regardless of the weather, for a full experience. Arrive early if you would like to share with thousands of people the indescribable joy of the festival, sounds and smells included. This early flight look will also give you the opportunity to discover new race categories such as the Sentra Cup, Ferrari Challenge, F-1600s and even compliment the F1 driver parade.

Hélène Crépault and Andrew Simmonds, on a sunny Sunday!

Hélène Crépault and Andrew Simmonds, on a sunny Sunday!

After it rained,…
Sunday, meanwhile, was perfect. It was not too cold, too hot and by this time we had woken up at 6:30 in the morning to make sure we got to our places on time. We sat with the crowd in the morning waiting for the first race. The names and order of the pilots appeared on a large screen placed directly in front of us. Names that Andrew and I did not know but which, to my surprise, announced the presence of two women in the song. There has been no female driver in the Formula 1 race for 46 years! It is interesting to note that the Nissan Sentra Cup includes people of all ages and genders.

He said the race did not last for the planned 40 minutes with the yellow flag appearing regularly. Despite that, it was long enough to give us a sporting event where speed and enthusiasm come together, such as F1, but at a much more impressive level. The pilots may be our neighbors, from Ontario or Quebec, but certainly not from Monaco. Out of every Nissan race, they work weekly as electricians, traders or teachers.

It turns the dream of car racing into reality for almost 30 drivers who will probably never get a chance to sit in a race car worth millions but nevertheless get the opportunity to drive on a popular race track. such as the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

Kevin King, on stage after Sunday's race

Kevin King, on stage after Sunday’s race

No hurry
After the race, wait a bit then go to the song. There is something strange about walking on the same stone where, a few minutes earlier, wheelbarrows were moving at a speed of 360 km / h and above. Some people take scrap tires as a reference. No one is in a hurry to leave, to end this memorable day. In the distance, we hear Carmen’s famous Bizet opera song. Music of champions.

My husband told me, after learning more about the Nissan Sentra Cup, that the idea of ​​living in holes with F1 stars and then running on the Canadian Grand Prix caliber circuit was worth the cost of entry. in series.

Personally, I am more observant and do not want too much adrenaline to pass through my arteries. I can’t even do a handshake, much to my girlfriend’s embarrassment. But I understand what he means. The F1 world is very restricted to some of the lucky people of this world. So, running in Sentra before such an event must turn out to be an unforgettable moment.

Would I go back to see the Nissan Sentra Cup race? Absolutely! Additionally, when we have to wait a whole year before watching, either face-to-face or perhaps in front of the television, another F1 race in Montreal, the Sentra Cup program includes six weekends a season, almost enough not to miss.

The series competes on six race tracks in Ontario and Quebec. On the weekend program, practice 30 minutes and qualify, then two 40-minute races. You can find more information at

Although the Montreal circuit is legendary and can not be compared to any other song in Canada, it is fun to drive to another race, park your car, walk a little and fall wherever you choose. a folding chair that will serve as our throne. during the ceremony.

In fact, the Nissan Sentra Cup is the best way to promote the Sentra on the street while giving anyone who dreams of the opportunity to enter the world of motor racing.

The next Nissan Sentra Cup event will take place at Circuit Mont-Tremblant from July 22 to 24. We plan to attend, hoping to see the full 40-minute race and thus receive our highest dose of medication…