Xavier Coupal was definitely not a stranger to contentious races during the season, but with the points he earned, he was able to stay ahead of Bedard in second place.

Xavier Cousal is proving that a good driver is a good driver, regardless of what they're piloting. After earning the prestigious Gilles Villeneuve Trophy in 2011 as a member of the Formula 1600 World Open-wheel Championship Canadian team, Coupal has become just the second driver to win the trophy twice, this time as the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup champion. The other double-winner was Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in 2001 and 2014.

The Gilles Villeneuve Trophy, which is awarded by Auto Sport Québec (Quebec's FIA representative), "symbolizes a Quebec driver's perseverance and racing excellence." This is the second year in a row a Micra Cup champ has taken home the trophy, with Olivier Bedard winning in 2015.

 

Nissan honours Micra Cup Champion with Gilles Villeneuve Trophy

 

Coupal dominated in his first year in the Micra Cup. He finished with an astonishing nine wins, including five at Mont-Tremblant and two at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) in Ontario.

He would have had 10 wins if not for a penalty at a race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in August that saw him drop down from first to third place. Coupal was definitely not a stranger to contentious races during the season, but with the points he earned, he was able to stay 14 points ahead of Bedard in second place.

The Gilles Villeueve Trophy was created in 1982, and was named after the charismatic Quebec-born F1 racer who died in 1982 at 32 years of age.

"I did not expect this. It's the cherry on top after an incredible season in the Nissan Micra Cup," said Coupal on the Nissan Canada website. "This series allowed me to return to motorsport after an almost two-year absence and, after a tight championship battle, I came away with the title and this prestigious Gilles Villeneuve Trophy. There are many Quebec drivers who have done extremely well in 2016; to be selected is a very special feeling."

The Gilles Villeueve Trophy was created in 1982, and was named after the charismatic Quebec-born F1 racer who died in 1982 at 32 years of age.

We can't wait to see if a Micra Cup driver can make it a three-peat in 2017.

Photos courtesy Nissan, Kanishka Sonnadara

Source: Nissan Canada

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