Last Friday at Autodrome Granby DAVE CAMARA WAS ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DENIS LABONTE'S MISTAKE GRANBY, Que., July 3, 1999 -- If Dave Camara was able to register his fourth success of the season last Friday night at Autodrome Granby,...
Last Friday at Autodrome Granby DAVE CAMARA WAS ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DENIS LABONTE'S MISTAKE
GRANBY, Que., July 3, 1999 -- If Dave Camara was able to register his fourth success of the season last Friday night at Autodrome Granby, it's only because Denis Labonte from Victoriaville made a little mistake. Labonte had the fastest car on the Eastern Townships track but had to please himself with a second place finish followed by the most regular driver so far this season, Claude Brouillard from Tracy.
Fifth at the green flag, Labonte took the lead before the end of the first lap followed by Gino Clair, Mario Lajoie and Alain Boisvert. Then, on the first restart because of Marco Potvin's spin in turn four, Boisvert was able to move in second place. Meanwhile, Camara, the track champion at Granby, was able like always to get by many opponents from the 11th to the 3rd spot.
On the second restart on lap 11, Camara was able to take the second place from Alain Boisvert and then started to challenge seriously Labonte. At the beginning, Labonte had a comfortable margin, but every lap, Camara was gaining ground and putting more and more pressure on the leader. Labonte survived two restarts with Camara on his side, but seven laps later, by wanting to brake too late entering turn 3, Labonte lost his groove and that was enough for Camara. With two more restarts in this 30-lap feature, Camara was able to resist. Claude Brouillard finished third after starting fifteenth.
After a spinout and a visit to his crew in the pit, Marco Potvin finished 24th and lost very important points in the Molson standings. He is now in 3rd position with a deficit of 31 points on Steve Poirier while Camara is only six points behind Poirier.
In the small block category, Clement Therrien who had won his last three feature races, was plagued with mechanical problems and decided to go home before the feature. He lost the second spot to Gerry Patenaude in the standings. With a 6th place overall, veteran driver Real Lafrance was the winner followed by Patenaude and Luke Plante, the points' leader.
Earlier in the evening, David Hebert, Dave Camara and Marco Potvin were the winners in their respective heats.
For the second time this season, Christian McDermott was the winner in the 20-lap feature for the Sportsman division. He had the best on Alain Mathieu, the track champion, Robin David and Louis Bouthillier, the points' leader with a card of five wins so far this season.
Finally, Daniel Belanger, the defending champion in the Late Model class, had the luck on his side the whole evening and was able to score his first success of the season. It's at the halfway mark of this 12-lap race that the Thunderbird/Centre de l'Auto Hubertin driver was able to pass Alain Brochu. Brochu finished second followed by Roland Hebert while in the Tourism division, Andre Gauthier, the sole pick-up truck driver at Granby, had the best on young Jean Boissonneault and Steve Denis.
In the 4-cylinder class, Patrick Dupont visited the winner's circle for a first time in career.
In the Quaker State Challenge, a special race for Modified mechanics, Daniel Gauthier who was driving Gerry Patenaude's car had the best on Junior Desilets at the wheel of Steve Poirier Teo Pro Car and Richard Archambault to whom Pierre Hebert allowed him to sit in the driver's seat.
RESULTS MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 26, Dave Camara 2- 7, Denis Labonte 3- 3, Claude Brouillard 4- 28, Steve Poirier 5- 50, Hugues Mercier 6- 11, Real Lafrance 7- 72, Mario Lajoie 8- 1, David Hebert 9- 57, Gerry Patenaude 10- 24, Luke Plante 11- 11j, Jerry Pinnock 12- 71, Pierre Hebert 13- 50, Roch Poulin 14- 85, Alain Langlois 15- 61, Marc Nadeau 16- 28a, Luc Angers 17- 21, Jacques Poulin 18- 46, Kayle Robidoux 19- 23, Renald Daoust 20- 16, Eric Sundborg 21- 13, Richard Chauvin 22- 02, Mike Reyell 23- 66, Alain Boisvert 24- 25, Marco Potvin 25- 27, Robert Ranger 26- 44j, Gino Clair 27- 22, Mario Clair 28- 53, Leon Gonyo 29- 17, Patrick Labonte.
Coming up: The Canadian Triple Crown of the Advance Auto Parts Series.
July 11 Cornwall Motor Speedway July 12 Autodrome Drummond July 13 Autodrome Granby
$15, 000 (cdn) to the driver who wins the 3 races.