Alain Lauziere: Automotive passion for over 20 years
Alain Lauziere is the director and owner of Octane, a team which brings together today as eight beautiful orange MINI Cooper participating in the Canadian Championship CTCC since a few years already.
At the very beginning of his career as a pilot, Alain Lauziere driving an Eagle Talon in slalom and solo class. He also pilot crew Jim Kenzie Toronto BMW 318is the. BMW service for 20 years, it was in 2005 that Alain has joined the MINI Division as Director of Operations for the region MINI eastern Canada.
In 2006 he founded Team Octane which now includes drivers experience as Michel Sallenbach Paul Gravel and Eric Lacouture, among others. Journalist pilot Jacques Deshaies Trois-Rivieres was one of the first drivers to race under the Team Octane Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in 2009.
The team now has several employees and volunteers it is thanks to them Octane can afford to align several cars on the starting grid of the CTCC Touring class.
"Without them and their love of the sport, it would be impossible to finance a team like ours," says Alain when he speaks Team Octane.
For him it is not his team but "our team", as he repeated several times.
"Some of the guys in our team are from the beginning and we could not do what we do without their volunteer collaboration. We're lucky as to have the contribution of veteran Sallenbach or is the workshop crew. "
Crew: / contributors:
Marc-Andre Beaubien (Crew Chief) 2008
Louis-Philippe Allard (Crew Chief, manufacturing, electricity) 2006
Jonathan Proulx (Crew Chief) 2007
Kevin Abe (Crew, video, radio) 2006
Pierre Mandeville (Crew / Coach Driver) 2007
Miguel Paquette (Crew) 2013
Alexandre Baril (Crew) 2012
Michel Lacasse (Crew) 2012
Ian Madden (Crew) 2008
Jocelyn Touchette (Crew, painter) 2008
Maryse Taillon (Hospitalite) 2012
Melanie Voyer (Hospitalite) 2007
Philippe Roy Richard (Crew) 2013
Yannick Lupien (Crew) 2013
Jacques Fournier (Crew) 2011
Mario Villeneuve (Engineer) 2012
Jacques Cadorette (Manufacturer) 2012
Vincent Gamache (Data) 2012
Rene Lacasse (Crew Chief) 2012
Daniel Veilleux (Crew / Coach Driver) 2012
Renald Lavallee (Crew) 2012
Antoine Forcier (Crew) 2012
Sebastien Thibault (Crew) 2013
Catherine St-Pierre (Crew) 2012
Julien Sirois (Crew) 2013
Namely the question what is the implication of MINI Canada Team, the answer Alain was in his image, frank and straightforward.
"We have some interesting advantages over lightweight parts and accessories in more than a few benefits related to the results, which is appreciated by our team and our drivers. "
Again in 2014, the team can count on these benefits for the preparation of cars that are fully reviewed during the winter period.
"It is also possible to see new drivers grafted to our team in 2014, including one woman. It is therefore up to 7 or 8 MINI Cooper we can see the different tracks this year if all goes well ... At the time of writing these lines, only one car is still available for rent, and there is already of interest from a young new driver that could complement the team in the coming weeks! "Says Alain.
Whether he was driving the number 47 MINI in 2014, Lauziere replied that everything would depend on the number of pilots and crew who continue with the team.
"My priority is first and foremost to ensure that our drivers are happy and have cars always ready for action. If possible and time allows me, I will do some shopping without ... There is also the possibility that the number 47 MINI is found in the hands of another driver if the opportunity presents itself! "
Alain Lauziere thus leaves the door open, and is willing to give the wheel a driver desiring a good car ready to roll, and wishing to be support by a team of experience; if new developments occurred before the opening of the 2014 season.
Three pilots who were with the team in recent seasons are reconfirmed in 2014 and it is only a matter of days before confirming other drivers. At the moment, Michel Sallenbach n? 46 (since 2009), Paul Gravel n? 48 (since 2012) and Eric Lacouture n? 49 (since 2013) will return.
It is with great optimism Alain Lauziere, employees and Crew: considering the season 2014 CTCC championship. He also hoped for good results for its pilots than in recent years.
We will follow the progress of the team with news and results throughout the season, which will end in the NEWS section in flagworld.com.
Self Michel Flageole, Flagworld, special collaborative Guide
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