GRANBY, Que., July 6, 2003--For the last ten seasons. veteran driver Luke Plante from Sorel was unable to score more than two wins at Autodrome Granby. Last Friday, the Teo/Castrol Syntec driver was able to do so by scoring his third success of ...
GRANBY, Que., July 6, 2003--For the last ten seasons. veteran driver Luke Plante from Sorel was unable to score more than two wins at Autodrome Granby. Last Friday, the Teo/Castrol Syntec driver was able to do so by scoring his third success of the season over Claude Brouillard, defending track champion, and young Kayle Robidoux, the son of Bert "transmission" Robidoux. In 1992, Plante had finished the season with four visits in the winner's circle while his best year was in 1991 with a sheet of six wins.
Fifth at the start, Plante only needed one lap to find himself behind Wallace Stacey, the early leader. Then five laps later, Stacey had to concede his lead due to Plante's pressure. After that, Plante was never in trouble and despite four restarts, he was able to outdistance his rivals who weren't fast enough for him. As far as Brouillard is concerned, it was his best finish since his win on June 15. He was unable to catch Plante and concentrated himself to secure his second place finish in front of surprising Robidoux.
During that 30-lap feature race, Robidoux and Steve Poirier never stopped the battle for the third step of the podium. At one time, Poirier was able to get by Robidoux but two laps later, the young driver was able to regain his spot. Veteran driver Richard Chauvin finished fifth.
It was a night to forget for Clement Therrien and Martin Roy since both had better results during past programs. For his part, Therrien caused three yellow flags and was sent in the pits by flagman Francis Potvin. In the pits, his crew found a disconnected spark plug wire and that was the cause of Therrien's problems. As for Roy, after finishing in the top five four weeks in a row, he couldn't do better than a 13th place finish.
Following this feature race, Brouillard was able to reduce by five points his deficit on Steve Poirier who his first in the standings for the Carquest Auto Parts championship at Granby. Therrien lost fourth place to Robidoux and is now sitting fifth with nine points.
In the Sportsman class, Yannick Ledoux, by having the best on regular Sebastien Gougeon and Alex Fortier, was able to make his second visit of the season in the winner's circle, but it is certainly the incident between Jean Boissonneault and Arnold Cross that was the highlight of the 20-lap feature.
Sixth on lap 11 after taking the green flag in the ninth position, Boissonneault made a spectacular pass by the inside groove to take the fourth place from Arnold Cross. The Ulverton driver didn't appreciate the move that surprised him and in the next turn, he pushed Boissonneault. Cross was able to go on but Boissonneault made a spectacular roll-over. Very shaken, Boissonneault was taken out of his car by the security crew and was transported in the infield by ambulance.
Cross was disqualified for his gesture and after a check-up, Boissonneault was able to go back to his crew.
With his second place finish, young Sebastien Gougeon continues to surprise. For the fifth consecutive program, he was able to finish in the top five while Alex Fortier had his best night so far this season.
In the Semi-Pro division, Gaetan Gatien took his second feature of the season. His victims were Alain Brochu and Denis Tremblay while in the 4 Cylinders class, Francois Bernier was the winner for the fourth time so far this season.
Next Friday, there will a 50-lap feature race for the Modified division and the drivers will have to make a mandatory pit stop under the green flag, between lap 10 and 40.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 2, Luke Plante; 2- 3, Claude Brouillard; 3- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 4- 61, Steve Poirier; 5- 31, Richard Chauvin; 6- 66w, Wallace Stacey 7- 11, Real Lafrance; 8- 66, Mario Lajoie; 9- 5, Mario Moreau; 10- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr.; 11- 73, Alain Boisvert; 12- 4k, Jasmin Leveille; 13- 90, Martin Roy; 14- 24, Stephane Michaud; 15- 4, Leon Gonyo; 16- 8s, Christian Salvas; 17- 39, Clement Therrien.