A spectacular win for RÃ©al Lafrance GRANBY, QC, June 12, 2004 --- Veteran driver RÃ©al Lafrance from St-Hyacinthe, Modified champion of the 2000 and 2001 season at Autodrome Granby, pleased the 5,000 spectators gathered at this speedplant...
A spectacular win for Réal Lafrance
GRANBY, QC, June 12, 2004 --- Veteran driver Réal Lafrance from St-Hyacinthe, Modified champion of the 2000 and 2001 season at Autodrome Granby, pleased the 5,000 spectators gathered at this speedplant for the 17th edition of the DÉFI-VISION by winning the 30-lap feature race. It was more than a year since Lafrance had visited the winner's circle. The DÉFI‑VISION, that special race for blind people called "the foolish race on earth", was the affair of the team composed of Brigitte Gagné and navigator Simon Delage.
Seventh at the start of this final punctuated by five yellow flags, Lafrance saw Mario Lajoie, the pole sitter, take the early lead followed by Ontario's Stéphane LaFrance and American Leon Gonyo. Then, on lap 8 while he was in second place, LaFrance caused the first yellow flag of the race with a spinout in turn one.
At the restart, Réal Lafrance who had moved up to the fourth spot, had a very good start to find himself in Lajoie's rear bumper. He then engaged in a serious challenge with the leader and by lap 16, Lafrance was able to take the first place. Before, Lafrance had a chance to do so following the second yellow flag caused by Richard Salvas, but failed to achieve his goal.
On lap 17, Lajoie went to his pit and never came back on the circuit. At that moment, Richard Chauvin appeared just behind Lafrance. A lap later, in an other restart, Chauvin had the best on Lafrance at the acceleration. His lead only lasted five laps since Lafrance who was strongly looking for a visit in the winner's circle, went back on top for the rest of the race. During that time, David Hébert was also able to challenge Chauvin and take the second place to secure his lead in the CARQUEST Auto Parts standings. Following Chauvin were Marco Potvin and Martin Roy.
Later at the technical inspection, Chauvin was excluded from the results due to a prohibited gear ratio.
Another night to forget for ex-champion Claude Brouillard and American Steve Camara, a two‑time DIRT track champion at Granby. Brouillard finished 12th and Camara 14th. Earlier, for the second consecutive night, Camara had won the consi while Mario Lajoie and Richard Chauvin were the winners in their respective heats.
Lack of discipline
The Sportsman division drivers were unruly during that night and many of them had lost a good starting position for the 20-lap feature. In fact, they were late to show up on the false grid and Ludger Lahaie, Granby's' race director, decided to allow the positions on the base of first come, first served.
Then, during that race, a lengthy one due to five yellow flags, Daniel Messier registered his second win in three starts. He had the best on Steve Bernard and rookie Alain Brochu.
As for Sébastien Gougeon, the Castrol points' leader, he took the green flag from the 18th spot. By lap 11, he was in fourth place but he went to his pit during a yellow flag and had to take place at the end of the field. He finished in sixth place.
In the Semi-Pro division, Richard Bertrand made his first visit to the winner's circle after having the best on Normand Voghell and Sylvain Allard while in the 4 Cylinders, Jonathan Jubinville had a perfect night.
MODIFIED - 30 laps
1- 11, Réal Lafrance; 2- 1, David Hébert; 3- 2, Marco Potvin; 4- 90, Martin Roy; 5- 66w, Wallace Stacey; 6- 5, Mario Moreau; 7- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 8- 115, Stéphane LaFrance; 9- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr; 10- 39, Clément Therrien; 11- 4k, Jasmin Léveillé; 12- 3, Claude Brouillard; 13- 4, Leon Gonyo; 14- 26, Dave Camara; 15-19, Michel Pelletier; 16- 44, Éric Boisvert; 17- 21, Ian Bussière; 18- 09, Alex Fortier; 19- 2x, Mario Lajoie; 20- 73, Alain Boisvert; 21- 8, Richard Salvas; 22- 24, Stéphane Michaud; 23- 31, Richard Chauvin (disqualified)