After fifteen days of searching, the inevitable came on Thursday afternoon as Quebec Police confirmed the death of young kart racer Justin Roy and his father Stephane.
The pair were flying back from a fishing trip in their helicopter when it went missing just over two weeks ago. Justin, a member of the Ben Cooper Racing team, was scheduled to race in Rotax Junior at the Canadian Open this past weekend in Mont-Tremblant, but he never showed. Instead, friends, family, the Army and more were searching forests, lakes and parts of the Mont-Tremblant National park, hoping for any sign of life. That search came to an unfortunate end Thursday when their helicopter was found.
“We are all deeply saddened by the news of Stephane and Justin Roy. They will be forever missed and are always in our thoughts. Rest in Peace from the whole BCR family,” explained Ben Cooper to CKN.
Justin was in his first season of Rotax Junior, competing in the Coupe de Montreal. He had three fourth-place finishes and currently ranks third in the championship standings with two rounds remaining. Last year, he competed in Briggs Junior with BCR, and took part in the ASN Canadian Karting Championships at Mosport. He was a young driver with passion to improve and develop and a friend to many off the track.
We send out deepest condolences to the Roy family. May Justin and Stephane Rest in Peace.