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February 08, 2013 News
PROgression: BGR Team Grote Signs Canadian Karting Star Robichon for 2013

Zacharie Robichon will contest the full Toyo Tires F1600 Championship in 2013 with BGR Team Grote (Photo: SRA Karting)
Zacharie Robichon will contest the full Toyo Tires F1600 Championship in 2013 with BGR Team Grote
(Photo: SRA Karting)

BGR Team Grote is pleased to announce the first signing of the new season, with Zacharie Robichon making the full-time jump to F1600 competition with the winning team.

After getting a taste in the 2012 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship season-finale, where he impressed the team and his peers, Robichon will now focus on a full campaign for 2013. An accomplished karter who recently represented Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals world championships in Portugal, Robichon will be a contender for not only the Rookie of the Year, but the overall title.

"I am really excited to have been given the opportunity to be racing with Brian Graham Racing this year," stated Robichon. "This being my first season in car racing, I couldn't think of a better way to start then with the BGR Team Grote. The team has a great history of developing drivers early in their career, and following a couple of outings with them in 2012, it was easy to see why. I'm really looking forward to a great 2013 season with BGR, and I know they will provide everything I need to be able to improve every time out in the car during the season. I can't wait for the season to start so we can start racing! I'd like to thank my supporters CEZAC inc., P1 motorsports fitness, BIZZIB design and the Jim Russell Karting Academy, since without them the 2013 season wouldn't be possible."

"We couldn't be happier to welcome Zacharie to the team," commented team principal Brian Graham. "After he tested with us last April and was the quickest of our four drivers, we knew he would be a contender. His karting commitments kept him busy last season and he joined us for the series finale, and was very quick once again. He ran times that were only a few tenths off the drivers who had the full season under their belts, and never put a wheel wrong. We are very confident he will be a serious threat for the Rookie of the Year award, and the overall title. The entire team is delighted to welcome Zacharie and his family to our team. We have several updates for the cars this year, and are very focused on performing at the best of our abilities."

Robichon will pilot one the teams race-winning Piper DF5 with HPD Honda power. BGR is the Piper Racecars dealer for Canada, and as such is supported by the factory with all the latest updates and information. The first year for the new chassis in Canada was very successful, with both cars visiting the winners circle with different drivers. Even as rookies, 2012 drivers Jack Mitchell Jr. and Jesse Lazare won races, set fastest laps, and put the car on the pole throughout the season.

BGR Team Grote will be looking to add Rookie of the Year number eight to their stellar record. Off-season testing will begin prior to the season to assure the BGR crew and drivers are all ready for what promises to be another great battle for the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. The 14-race Championship kicks off May 4-5, at the world renowned Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, before the annual May event at Shannonville Motorsports Park a couple of weeks later.

BGR Team Grote - http://www.briangrahamracing.com - has put more drivers in the winners circle than any other team in OFFC history, and continues to strive to provide the perfect environment for karters to make the transition to the open-wheel ranks.
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