April 27/29, will see multiple Canadian touring car champions Team Octane head to Virginia International Raceway to compete in the fourth event in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge. Roxton Pond’s Michel Sallenbach and Richmond Hill’s Nelson Chan will campaign two of Team Octane’s John Cooper Works MINIs in rounds 3 and 4 of the PWC TCA championship for the team’s first event of 2018. Swiss born Sallenbach who has three Canadian Touring Car Championship titles to his name is looking forward to his first PWC event. Sallenbach will not be seen in his trademark R58 MINI Coupe that he won his last two CTCC championships in, but will be running an R56 JCW as will Chan.
Sallenbach explained with excitement, “After racing at most of the road race tracks in Québec and Ontario, the team is heading to discover new tracks, starting with VIR; what a great track and in a wonderful area, I am really looking forward to the challenge. The Pirelli World Challenge may be a new series for me, but with similar race formats as the Canadian equivalent and the same tires, this should make it a little easier. I shouldn’t have issues learning the track, I’ve watched videos and watched my crew chief on his simulator (I personally can’t play on a simulator, I get sick after one lap). We have no idea if our package will be competitive or not but after six months without racing I can’t wait to head South”.
Chan who has become a mainstay of the team over the last two years is also relishing running at the challenging VIR track. He noted he has a busy schedule planned for 2018, “I plan to focus on my Asian TCR race program, the Macau Touring Car Championship and some endurance races. I will be attempting to qualify for the TCR Macau race in November so the extra races in Asia will give me more experience in the TCR car. After running with Team Octane in Canadian Touring Car for the last two seasons, we were able to schedule a couple of PWC events for the 2018 season that did not conflict with my Asian commitments. I am looking forward to the challenge of learning a couple of new tracks this year within the Pirelli World Challenge Championship with the goal to come back for a complete season in 2019”.
Team Owner Lauzière who drove in a couple of Pirelli World Challenge events in the past, is excited to be able to bring two cars to the VIR event. “We also plan to come back to the Watkins Glen event later in the year and are looking forward to racing against a very competitive field” added Lauzière.
About Equipe/Team Octane – Equipe/Team Octane drivers have won six driver’s Touring Class championships in the eleven years the series has run. Team Octane partners include, MINI USA.com, MINI.ca, MINI GENUINE PARTS, Castrol, Bully Clutch, Perry Auto Laval, Carrosserie Touchette, ASG Accessoire de Soudure Granby, MotorWerks Magazine, G-LOC brakes, LDS Dyno and Axalta Automotive Finishes, MotorWerks Media, HEL brake lines and Mavitec.
Equipe/Team Octane can be found on the Internet at www.facebook.com/EquipeOctane/ and www.instagram.com/teamoctane_equipeoctane/
About Michel Sallenbach – Sallenbach’s backers are MINI Genuine Parts, Bully Clutch, Castrol, Axalta, Carrosserie Touchette, Perry Auto, ASG, Lettrage Raoul, LDS Dyno, MotorWerks Media.
About Nelson Chan – Chan is supported by Forward Bravo, PSONIC INC., Simplus Realty Law
For more information on Equipe/Team Octane please contact Ian Rae at MotorWerks Media (905) 467-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact: Alain Lauzière – 450-455-2468 or by e-mail at email@example.com