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Introduced in 2015 as one of the most affordable auto racing touring series in Canada, the showroom stock based Nissan Micra Cup excelled in providing a fun motorsports experience for drivers and race fans. Heading into the second year of Canadian racing, the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup will be fought in areas outside of the province of Quebec.
Planning 8 race weekends in 2016, the Nissan Micra Cup will involve two races in each event. Races held within the province of Quebec will continue to feature three staged at Circuit Mont-Tremblant as happened in 2015. Also serving as a return date for the Nissan-supported series sophomore season, the tour will also be part of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres again in 2016.
Three races will be held in Ontario that includes the season-opening race weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park (a 5.05-kilometer track located west of Ottawa). The other two events in the province will take place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park operating as support races to the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix with IMSA and the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekend.
As of Tuesday’s announcement of the schedule, a June date is listed at ‘TBA” or to be announced. Judging from the 2015 schedule, the opening appears to relate to the Formula 1 race weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The series reports that more than 90 percent of the drivers who competed last season will be back in the Nissan Micra Cup series for 2016. Minor rule adjustments in regards to fuel, wheel camber and qualifying will occur in the new year. With an average of 25 drivers taking part in each race of last season’s series, Olivier Bedard was crowned the 2015 Nissan Micra Cup champion.
In honour of the first year of the Nissan Micra Cup, a special edition version of the affordable subcompact has been commissioned for dealerships. The 2016 Micra Cup Limited Edition channels the outer appearance of the race car and coasts on 15-inch, 8-spoke street edition wheels. Only 250 examples of the Nissan Micra Cup Limited Edition will be sold starting in the springtime. .
2016 Nissan Micra Cup Race Schedule
May 14-15 Calabogie Motorsports Park
May 27-29 Circuit Mont-Tremblant
June ? TBA
July 7-10 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 22-24 Circuit Mont-Tremblant
August 12-14 Circuit Trois-Rivières
September 2-4 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
September 23-25 Circuit Mont-Tremblant