SCC: Trois-Rivi?res race report

Trois-Rivières, Quebec (August 5, 2001) -- The Florida-based racing team of Speedsource scored its second victory of the weekend at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières today. After winning the Super Grand Sport class in Saturday's race, the team...

Trois-Rivières, Quebec (August 5, 2001) -- The Florida-based racing team of Speedsource scored its second victory of the weekend at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières today. After winning the Super Grand Sport class in Saturday's race, the team found its way to Victory Lane once again in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series race this morning. Sylvain Tremblay, a native of Montreal, started the Mears Motor Coach/Champion Porsche/Fikse/Dynamic Suspension-sponsored #70 Porsche 911 on the pole and was behind the wheel of Speedsource's second Grand Sport car, the #66 Porsche, when it captured the checkered flag two-and-a-half hours later.

"It's wonderful for me. This is a culmination of many years of work and anticipation," said Tremblay, who aided both the #65 and #70 Porsches in their top-two finishes. "I grew up reading about this track. To win here, finishing 1-2, I couldn't write it any better in a book."

Tremblay led the first half of the race in the #70 Porsche before pitting to turn over the car to co-driver David Shep, of Toronto. A few laps later he jumped behind the wheel of the #66 Porsche when David Mears Jr., of Orlando, brought it into the pits under a caution.

Although the #70 Porsche held the lead as the course returned to green, it took Tremblay no time at all to make his way back up to the front in the #66 car, retaking the lead in only two laps. Once he was back in front, he never looked back and cruised to a 26-second margin of victory over his teammate in the #70 machine.

However, the #70 Porsche had to battle for its second-place finish, trailing the HMS Motorsports.com #34 BMW Z3 Coupe of Villaconn International for most of the second half. With only nine laps remaining, Shep was finally able to edge past the BMW to secure Speedsource's 1-2 finish.

Although the Villaconn dropped to third overall, it easily maintained its position atop the Sport Touring class and took the team's second-straight class victory. Last month's Road America race was the site of Villaconn's first-ever win, after several podium finishes. Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Bomarito, of Salinas, Calif., was behind the wheel of the BMW, in only his third street stock race ever, when it captured the checkered flag.

"I knew I could run up front. It was just a matter of time. I wasn't expecting it to come so quickly though," said Bomarito, who earned a podium finish in his first-ever street stock race at Virginia in June.

Team Lexus earned another Sport Touring podium finish in its new IS 300, finishing second in the class. Team owner Chuck Goldsborough, of Baltimore, brought in local-favorite Jean-Francois Dumoulin, of Trois-Rivières, to help him drive the car this weekend.

The Compact 2000 class was led by the Hyundai Canada/Financialinx/Bates Adv/Clarion-sponsored #8 Tiburon for most of the race, but late-race brake troubles sent the car into the pits. The team lost a caliper during a pad change, putting it out of contention.

The US Filter #43 Acura Integra GSR of Planet Earth Motorsports was able to move up into the lead thanks to its competition's misfortune. It was followed by its sister car, the CompTech Sport #43 Acura, to give Planet Earth a sweep of the class' top-two positions. The win was the first driver victory for team founder Bill Pate, of Lafayette, Ind., since 1998.

The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series season will draw to a close next month at the Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway, the same track that the series kicked off the season at in February. The Finale will feature a six-hour Grand-Am Cup race, the longest of the season. Tickets are available for the September 12-16 race online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

-www.grand-am.com/grandamcup.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Pate , Chuck Goldsborough , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , David Shep , Jonathan Bomarito