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de Silvestro takes Trois-Rivieres Atlantics win.

Series leader Simona de Silvestro became the most prolific female driver in the 36-year history of the Atlantic Championship after taking victory in the prestigious Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Already the most successful woman in series history, the woman with the most pole positions and the woman with the most laps led, de Silvestro broke a tie with Katherine Legge for most wins in a single season by taking a fourth victory of 2009 and the fifth of her career. She also became the first woman to win a race in any class in the 40-year history of the iconic Quebec street race.

Driving the #78 Team Stargate Worlds Swift, the 20-year old Swiss racer started from pole position and led every lap to win by 0.886secs over John Edwards. With Jonathan Summerton finishing third, de Silvestro now leads the point standings by 21, with three of twelve races remaining.

“We had a pretty good start and then we kind of pulled away,” she said, “I pushed really hard the first few laps to make a gap to both John and Summerton but, then, in the middle, the yellow flags were a little bit disturbing, because I couldn't see what was really happening, so I kind of had to slow down where the cautions were. I caught them, a little bit, at the wrong moments and that's, I think, where Edwards could close the gap to me. With ten minutes to go, though, I was protecting my car because we had to finish.

"We had a strong racecar, and I want to thank my whole team for giving me such a great car this weekend. I thought we would be struggling a little bit on the street course, but apparently not. We managed pretty well and made a great car. I'm really happy."

Edwards finished second for the sixth podium result in nine starts this season, rebounding nicely from a disappointing race last weekend at Mid-Ohio.

“It was a bit of a weird race,” the Newman Wachs driver said, “In the first half, Simona was flying and I think the closest I ever got to her was within a couple tenths on one lap - every other lap, she was between two and five tenths quicker on each lap. I think she pulled out, I don't know, between a five- and seven-second gap.

"Then, in the middle of the race, I started to speed up and she started to slow down, and Jonathan made a mistake, so I had no pressure from behind. I kept pushing and knew there was a lot of race to go. I started reeling her in and I think I finished second by a second or so, so I closed the gap and was doing faster laps than her for about the second half of the race. It looked like she just had the car to beat in the beginning but, if we could have gotten pole, we could have stayed in front of her, because it's so hard to pass here.”

Like his Newman Wachs team-mate, Summerton also picked up his sixth podium in nine starts with a third-place ride in the #34 machine, but his hopes of landing the title took a hit after admitting that he really needed to win each of the final four rounds.




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Simona de Silvestro - Team Stargate Worlds   [pic credit: Atlantic Championship/Phil Sedgwick]
Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan and Gil De Ferran during a press conference at IMS (Photo by: Tim Holle for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan and Gil De Ferran during a press conference at IMS (Photo by: Tim Holle for IndyCar Media)
Simona De Silvestro, driver of the #78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, celebrates her second place finish Saturday October 5, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Houston IndyCar Race 1 in Houston, Texas. It was De Silvestro’s first-career podium finish, and her IZOD IndyCar Series career-best finish. (Photo Credit: Perry Nelson for Chevy Racing)
Simona De Silvestro, driver of the #78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, celebrates her second place finish Saturday October 5, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Houston IndyCar Race 1 in Houston, Texas. It was De Silvestro’s first-career podium finish, and her IZOD IndyCar Series career-best finish. (Photo Credit: Perry Nelson for Chevy Racing)
Simona De Silvestro, driver of the #78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, celebrates her second place finish Saturday October 5, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Houston IndyCar Race 1 in Houston, Texas. It was De Silvestro’s first-career podium finish, and her IZOD IndyCar Series career-best finish. (Photo Credit: Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson celebrate after race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Saturday, October 5 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro celebrates after race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Saturday, October 5 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro gets airborne in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Saturday, August 31 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
KV Racing duo Simona di Silvestro and Tony Kanaan at the Pocono Open Test - July 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
The wrecked #78 KV Racing Technology car of Simona de Silvestro is removed after an early accident in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for indyCar Media.)
Simona de Silvestro on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Forrest Mellott for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro during Saturday practice for the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 - May 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Simona De Silvestro, driver of the #78 Nuclear Energy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar, will start in 3rd position for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race set for Sunday, March 24, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevrolet)
Simona de Silvestro after qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg - March 2013. (Picture Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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