Georgian’s Teixeira sets record with win
August 21, 2014

Student stands next to a bright yellow car that's covered in stickers - with a helmet on the hood

Georgian’s Rui Teixeira at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Georgian’s own Rui Teixeira had a record-breaking performance at the Canadian Touring Car Championship on Aug. 6 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières was plagued with rain during practice and qualifying sessions. Teixeira, a 19-year-old student in Georgian’s Automotive Business program, had never driven his Lombardi Honda Fit in wet weather, leaving the young driver to make adjustments on the fly.

After qualifying fifth for the race, Teixeira and his Lombardi Honda Racing Team quickly made adjustments to find ways to get more speed from the car as well as fix alignment issues.

The changes worked. Teixeira wasted little time splitting two drivers to jump into third position. He followed that with a move into second place by turn three, at the famous Point Duplessis bridge.

Portrait of athletics star Rui TeixeiraWith one driver in front of him, the Mississauga native focused in to take the lead, passing the race leader by the third lap. The rest of the race, Teixeira only saw his competitors in his rearview mirror leading to his first ever Canadian Touring Car victory.

The win was also historic as at just 19 years of age, Teixeira became the youngest ever race winner.

With just one race remaining on the season’s calendar, Teixeira sits in second place in his class’ (B-Spec) standings, just 36 points behind the leader. The final race takes place at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario Aug. 30 and 31.