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January 10, 2012
PROgression: Marc-Antoine Cardin Takes the Plunge in Formula 1600

Marc-Antoine Cardin
Marc-Antoine Cardin

After a season that has been stopped by a kart racing accident in Mont-Tremblant in July 2011, the young racing driver from Sorel, Marc-Antoine Cardin, has decided to make a real shift in his career. For the next season, we will be able to watch Marc-Antoine driving a one-seater car where he will wear his family team colors and start a new adventure with his team. Indeed, Cardin Motorsport Inc. will be a newcomer in this division and will take this year to get familiar with all the inner workings of this new category.

Because of a serious arm injury, Marc-Antoine had to stay out of the competition for the rest of 2011 season, therefore missing many races. He was really disappointed for not being able to participate to the Canadian Championships and thereby miss the qualifications for the worldwide championship held in Dubaï last November. After more than eight years in kart racing, Marc-Antoine has reached many of his goals and need to take up new challenges. The young pilot has the Champion title in various categories and he is very satisfied of his career achievement.

The next season should start in April if the temperature allows it. Marc-Antoine should realize the first tests of his new car at Sanair and hopes to practice as much as possible before the beginning of the races. He must understand all the doings of his car so that he can execute the right adjustments for this kind of car. At 15 years old, Marc-Antoine will drive a Formula 1600, Van Diemen 1997. This is a one‑seater type of car with a 4 cylinder Ford motor and 115 HP which can reach 240 km/h. He will use Toyo tires which are made of grooves for all kinds of temperature conditions. The races of the Formula Tour 1600 division will be held on Quebec and Ontario race circuits. The Gilles Villeneuve, Trois-Rivières and ICAR race circuits should be attended by the young driver. All the details of the races will be available on Marc-Antoine’s website when his season schedule will be definitive.

Marc-Antoine will measure himself with experienced drivers and hopes to learn from it. Obviously, Marc-Antoine will need partners’ financial support to be able to perform in this great adventure.

All the members of Marc-Antoine’s team wish to thank all of you who helped, directly or indirectly, Marc-Antoine in his career in kart racing.

Retrospective of his awards list:
Marc-Antoine has already a well-filled career. In 2005, he has been named Recrute of the Year and Vice Champion in the Cadet category. In 2006, he obtained the title of Champion in Cadet Category. In 2007, he ended the season as Montreal Cup Champion and Quebec Cup and Vega Cup’s Vice Champion. In 2008, he has been awarded with the title of Vice Champion at the Canadian Championship and at VEGA Cup in the Mini Max category. In 2009, he was the Champion of VEGA Cup and the Quebec Vice Champion in Mini Max. In 2010, he finished the season with the title of Vice Champion of VEGA Cup and is a winner of the Ferrari Scholarship Program. In 2011, the season has been cut short by an accident in Junior Rotax and he finished fourth amongst 33 drivers at the Quebec Cup and sixth amongst 47 drivers at the Rotax Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.
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