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Marc-Antoine Camirand won his second career E3 Spark Plugs pole award Saturday for Le 50 Tours CanAm at Circuit Trois-Rivieres. (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Marc-Antoine Camirand Rockets to GP3R Pole

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que — Marc-Antoine Camirand scored the E3 Spark Plugs pole award for Le 50 Tours CanAm Saturday at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

Camirand No.22 GM Paille Chevy set a blazing lap time of 1 minute 7.179 seconds (81.990mph) to score his second career pole and second pole at GP3R. Camirand was not quick enough however, to beat Kevin Lacroix’s 2016 track record of 1:06.889.

The 39-year-old driver from Saint-Leonard- d’Aston, Quebec scored his first career pole at the 1.530-mile street course back in 2014 and looks to score the first ever road course win for his legendary N0. 22 car.

Andrew Ranger has never finished worse than second at GP3R. Ranger set a time of 1:07.203 (81.962mph) and will roll off the grid from second spot on Sunday.

Kevin Lacroix is a two time GP3R winner, scoring back-to back-wins in 2015 and 2016. Lacroix’s No. 74 set a time of 1:07.379 (81.867 mph) good enough for the third starting spot.


Defending winner Alex Tagliani and 2013 GP3R winner D.J Kennington complete the top five.

Points leader LP Dumoulin and his brother JF Dumoulin will start sixth and seventh, respectively.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver Frederic Gabillon, Simon Dion-Viens and Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate James Vance round out the top-10 starters.

Alex Labbe, making his return to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, will start from rear in Sunday’s race.

The green flag for Le 50 Tours CanAm will drop at 2:18 p.m. ET on Sunday.