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Vincent Doyle is ready for his close-up in the Nissan Micra Cup

Quebec motorcycle racer Vincent Doyle always wanted to race cars. He’s getting his chance this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, scene of the 2017 Castrol Victoria Day SpeedFest.Doyle was the winner of a 12-race ride in the Nissan Micra Cup, courtesy of The Motorsport Agency of Toronto, which conducted a driver search that initially attracted nearly 200 entries. The Motorsport Agency marketing co-ordinator Ariela Mager whittled those down to about two dozen and, following a daylong test at a race track in Quebec that saw the finalists demonstrate speed on track as well as their ability to handle themselves in front of a media panel, Doyle emerged as the winner.The Motorsport Agency owner Juliana Chiovitti emphasized that more than anything else, the driver-search winner would have to be able to drive a racing car as fast as it will go. “But then,” she added, “the reality is that it’s 2017, and to be successful in racing, you have to be more than quick in the car. You have to be a brand ambassador and be personable and well-spoken. Vincent is all of that.”The Nissan Micra Cup is one of five series in action at CTMP this weekend. The headline race, the Can-Am 200, featuring the cars and stars of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series for stock cars, will go to the post Sunday afternoon. But in addition to NASCAR, all classes of the Pirelli World Challenge (about 100 cars have entered) will be racing, as will the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Pirelli.To say there will be non-stop action at the historic racing circuit north of Bowmanville on Saturday and Sunday would not be an understatement. Go to the website, canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, for additional information, but I will add that the traditional Victoria Day fireworks display at dusk on Saturday night is usually spectacular and not to be missed.Article Continued BelowChiovitti’s driver search for the Micra Cup car will, she expects, be shown on the agency’s YouTube channel, where many of the hopefuls already have videos posted. The search video will be available for viewing once final editing is finished.The decision to go with Doyle was a hard one, she said, considering that young racers of the calibre of Bryson Schutte of Toronto and Henry Morse of California (yes, this competition attracted international interest) had applied.“We launched the search at the Las Vegas (karting) SuperNationals,” Mager said. “We also put invitations to apply on the Canadian Karting News and the eKartingNews.com websites. People handed in their racing resumes, and I eliminated people who had either no experience or just a small amount of experience.

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