NA-F2000: Trois-Rivieres has repeat winner

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., Can. (July 28, 2000)-- Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., won for the second consecutive year at Trois Rivieres for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Le Grand Prix ...

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., Can. (July 28, 2000)-- Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., won for the second consecutive year at Trois Rivieres for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Le Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres. Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif. and Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland, completed the top-three. Tom Dyer won the ACC class. Driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Camirand in front of his hometown crowd lost the lead in turn two at the start of the race. On lap four, Camirand retook the lead, never to relinquish it the remainder of the race despite pressure from Justus. The duo separated themselves from the rest of the field en route to a 1.215 seconds margin of victory by Camirand. The win is Camirand third of 2000 and sixth of his career, third all-time. The win also gives Camirand a tie for the all-time lead in top-ten and top-five finishes. "It's always fantastic to win at home, " said Camirand. "At the start the tire temperatures didn't come up so I was slower than I wanted. Aaron [Justus] made a pass in turn two, where I didn't think you could pass. As the race progressed I was able to get past and hold him off to the finish. I hope this is a sign of things to come tomorrow in the Atlantic race." Justus, driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck Racing/Torco Van Diemen Ford, got the start he wanted and went side-by-side into turn one with Camirand. Justus used this position to pass Camirand in turn two for the lead. Camirand repeatedly pressured Justus for position until lap four when he regained the lead. The second place finish is his fourth podium finish and he retains his championship point lead over Camirand (179-142). "The second place finish is good in terms of the overall championship," said Justus. "We're so evenly matched, Marc [Camirand] just seems to have that little extra momentum here. The side-by-side racing was just awesome. I'm really looking forward to Mosport next weekend. I really need to win there." Driving the No. 44 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Walsh recovered from a poor qualifying position to capture his third podium finish of the year. A multi-car incident in turn one on the first lap allowed Walsh to move up to sixth place after starting 17th. As the raced progressed Walsh moved up to fourth and earned third place after Martin Guimont retired with a broken throttle. Walsh earned the Taylor Engineering "Shark" award for his drive. "I feel very lucky today," said Walsh. "This result puts me back in the title chase and we're going to Mosport which I really like." Completing the top-five is Ian Lacy of North Las Vegas, Nev and the ACC class winner, Tom Dyer, of San Rafael, Calif.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Aaron Justus , Ian Lacy , Tom Dyer