Circuit Trois-Rivieres returns its glory with new Grand Prix events
The Circuit Trois-Rivières is one of the oldest street circuits in North America that once hosted many renowned racing championships, while today it is best-known as the host of the Canadian round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Monaco as an inspiration
The group of racing enthusiasts was delighted with what they have seen in Monaco and in 1967 they decided to emulate the same on the streets of their city in Quebec, Canada. They soon earned the support of the mayor and sponsors and the first Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres was held the same year.
Small but challenging track mostly went through the exhibition center but over the years the track was prolonged and moved within the city streets but the Porte Duplessis archway is the trademark of the track since the first day.
Racing at the Trois-Rivieres circuit was an opportunity for both talents and stars
Since its first day, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres has greatly contributed to talent development by contributing financially and providing opportunities for young drivers. Over the years, Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres hosted the races of Formula B, Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, and many other single-seaters, as well as the Trans-Am, Can-Am, American Le Mans Series, Rolex Sports Car Series, etc.
Many famous names participated in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, including James Hunt, Alan Jones, Patrick Tambay, Bobby Rahal, Patrick Depailler and many others. Among the winners of the annual race were Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Villeneuve Sr, Vittorio Brambilla, Roberto Moreno, Michael Andretti, AJ Allmendinger, Alex Tagliani, Butch Leitzinger, Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan…
Host to the various series
The current layout of the track has been used since 2000. It is counter-clockwise run 2.46 km long track. The layout is relatively simple with two long straights, and with just 10 turns, some of them being named after famous drivers like Villeneuve or Depailler.
Since 2007 probably the biggest event during the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix weekend is the Canadian NASCAR Series race but in 2014 was joined by the fast growing FIA World Rallycross Championship and its World RX of Canada race. The Circuit also hosts many national championships like Canadian Touring Car Championship and Porsche Coupe Challenge GT3.
The nearest international airport is located in Quebec City, around 75 minutes from the city of Trois-Rivieres. The circuit is located in the Exposition De Trois-Rivieres, which is easily reachable from all parts of the city.
Address: 1450 Rue de l’Hippodrome, Trois-Rivieres, QC G9A 5L9, Canada
Phone: +1 819 370 4787