Toronto (Ontario, Canada), July 17, 2022 – Thomas Nepveu has seen great success on the streets of Toronto! The driver of the #10 Cromwell | Pétrole Bélanger | Home Hardware | Karting Excellence car prepared by DEForce Racing rounded off the second and final race of the weekend to finish in second place on Sunday morning.
The weekend started on a rather difficult note, as the young driver from Oka had to learn a new urban track, lined with walls that can be treacherous at times. In fact, the qualifying session did not go as planned when Thomas grazed the wall. The DEForce Racing team was busy repairing the car in a hurry to allow Thomas to complete the final laps of qualifying.
Starting 13th in the first race, held Saturday at noon in front of an enthusiastic Canadian crowd, Nepveu showed patience and determination. He made some good passes to move up the field to finish in 11th place.
“I was disappointed with the situation on Friday, but I’m proud of our comeback in the first race,” said Thomas. “DEForce Racing gave me a great car that was extremely fast around the street course.”
Sunday’s race went much better, as Thomas started in 6th place. Indeed, the starting positions are very important on this narrow track where it is difficult to overtake.
“It was a great race,” said Thomas. “The strategy was to be patient and wait for the opportunity to overtake. There were a few incidents on track that worked in my favour as the field tightened up.”
The 20 laps were intense, but action-packed as Nepveu made his way to the front. A missed maneuver between the two drivers in front of Thomas on the penultimate lap gave him the perfect opportunity to pass and take 2nd.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario,” Thomas concluded. “I achieved my best result of the season in my home country. To be able to do it in front of my friends and family was one of the best moments of my career.”