Kayle Robidoux is the 18th Mister Modified GRANBY, Que., August 2, 2003--After an easy win in his qualifying heat, young Kayle Robidoux who is only nineteen years old, closed the night with a convincing victory in the 18th edition of the Mister...
Kayle Robidoux is the 18th Mister Modified
GRANBY, Que., August 2, 2003--After an easy win in his qualifying heat, young Kayle Robidoux who is only nineteen years old, closed the night with a convincing victory in the 18th edition of the Mister Modified championship, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby. It was his first visit in the winner's circle since June 2002. In the 40-lap feature, he had the best on Real Lafrance and Mario Moreau while it was a night to forget for Steve Poirier and Claude Brouillard, the most serious contenders for the Carquest Auto Parts championship in this division.
Third at the green flag, Robidoux who was able to count on a well-prepared car, took only four laps to get by Martin Roy, the early leader, and easily fly home with the victory. The son of Berthold Robidoux-Bert Transmission- survived three caution flags to achieve his goal. As for, Real Lafrance and Mario Moreau with respectively a second and a third place finish, they had their best night since a long time, especially Moreau who was plagued with motor problems very often.
For the fans in the stands who expecting an interesting battle between Steve Poirier and Claude Brouillard, because before this race, only four points separated them, they stayed on their appetite. In fact, the two drivers lost a good chance to outdistance each other due to mechanical problems.
While he was in second place on lap 4, Steve Poirier caused the first yellow flag of the race by stopping in turn two. With problems with the right rear wheel of his Teo/Industries FM, Poirier after a visit to his crew was able to go back on the track for the restart. Then dead last, Poirier volontarily stopped his car in turn one when the green flag was dropped fo the second time in that race. Back in the pits, he was retained there for one full lap due to his conduct and finished eleventh.
From that moment, Brouillard who had to taken the 11th spot on the starting grid, was in fifth place. The Teo/Eau de source Labrador driver was in a good position to take back his lead for the Carquest Auto Parts championship. But on lap 28, it was Brouillard's turn to cause a caution flag due to an overheating car. His goal to outdistance Poirier was over at this moment and he was the 10th driver to cross the finish line. Following those results and misfortune, Poirier was able to stay on top of the standings with a six point margin on Brouillard. Poirier had won the other qualifying heat while Brouillard could not do better than a fifth place finish.
Two in a row
For the second consecutive program, Alain Mathieu, the defending champion in the Sportsman division, made it in the winner's circle. It was a very spectacular 20-lap feature race with five different leaders. It's only on lap 17 that Mathieu was able to get by Pierre Raymond to clinch his second success so far this season. Raymond was followed by Francois Becksted, Alex Fortier and Jean Boissonneault.
For the second time this season, Michel Coderre was the winner in the Semi-Pro division while Patrick Dupont, the title holder in the 4 Cylinders class, took place on the fisrt step of the podium after his fourth win so far in 2003.
Mister Modified championship (40 laps)
1- 46, kayle Robidoux; 2- 11, Real Lafrance; 3- 5, Mario Moreau; 4- 73, Alain Boisvert; 5- 39, Clement Therrien; 6- 90, Martin Roy; 7- 4, Leon Gonyo; 8- 19, Michel Pelletier; 9- 31, Richard Chauvin; 10- 3, Claude Brouillard; 11- 61, Steve Poirier; 12- 1x, Wayne Stearns; 13- 66w, Wallace Stacey; 14- 2, Marco Potvin; 15- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr. DNS- 24, Stephane Michaud; 8, Christian Salvas; 54, Jean-Guy Primeau.