GRANBY, Que., May 14, 2000--Steve Poirier from Beloeil, Quebec started the Y2K well right, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby by winning the Eau Labrador 50. The Advance/Teo driver had a perfect night since earlier he had won his qualification...
GRANBY, Que., May 14, 2000--Steve Poirier from Beloeil, Quebec started the Y2K well right, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby by winning the Eau Labrador 50. The Advance/Teo driver had a perfect night since earlier he had won his qualification heat. Poirier had the best on Claude Brouillard and Alain Boisvert while in the Mod 358 division, veteran Réal Lafrance was in the winner's circle pour this 15th season opener at Granby.
The 50-lap feature race was marked by various contacts. The first one occurred at the drop of the green flag when Clément Therrien and rookie Pierre Raymond tangled in turn 1. At the restart, Brouillard took the early lead. By lap 11, following a second yellow flag, Brouillard was beaten by Poirier on the restart. Despite his efforts, he wasn't able to regain his first place and had to please himself with the second spot.
Two other veteran drivers battled almost all race long for the third spot. They were Mario Clair and Robert Ranger but neither of them were able to achieve their goal. Ranger was forced to quit within 12 laps from the checkered flag with a broken direction while Clair who crossed the finish line in third place, was later disqualified by DIRT officials because his Bicknell had failed at the scales. Alain Boisvert took the third place followed by Dominic Dufault and Réal Lafrance.
Beside Poirier, Robert Ranger and Richard Chauvin were the winners in their respective heats.
The 20-lap feature race for Modified 358 had to go on with two restarts due to mishaps in turn one. On lap 5, Réal Lafrance took over the lead from rookie Stéphane Michaud, last season Late Model champion, to score his first victory of the season. Michaud finished second followed by Claude Brouillard, Pierre Raymond and Chad Miller, last year rookie for the Champlain Valley Racing Association.
There were 17 Modified 358, but only 13 took the green flag. Many drivers had their share of problems on this opening night while others were not totally ready to race.
If some drivers were not ready for this curtain raiser, it was not the case for Stéphane Larivière in the Late Model class. Larivière took the lead at the green flag and never look edback during the 12-lap feature race.
The other winners of this first night of the season 2000, were André Gauthier (Tourism) and Pierre Grondin (4 Cylinders).