Steve Poirier involved in a spectacular accident Claude Brouillard's second win at Autodrome Granby GRANBY, Que., June 16, 2001-It was a hot summer night at Autodrome Granby, last Friday night and veteran driver Claude Brouillard, was in the ...
Steve Poirier involved in a spectacular accident
Claude Brouillard's second win at Autodrome Granby
GRANBY, Que., June 16, 2001-It was a hot summer night at Autodrome Granby, last Friday night and veteran driver Claude Brouillard, was in the winner's circle for the second time of the season in the Modified division. In this 30-lap feature, Steve Poirier and Clement Therrien were involved in a spectacular accident that could have had a bad turnout. Miraculously, both drivers escaped without injuries. It was also a hot summer night for the 35 blind persons who took part in the 14th annual Defi-Vision, a race involving people who usually are not allowed to drive a car.
Tenth on the starting grid, Brouillard saw Guy Ouellette, Kayle Robidoux and Richard Chauvin struggled for the lead. In two occasions, Robidoux who seemed in route for a first win this season at Granby, survived at those restarts. The first happened after a spectacular accident involving Steve Poirier and Clement Therrien. Entering the first turn, both cars touched each other and went directly into the concrete wall. After hitting strongly that obstacle, Poirier's car went through the air to wind up on the top. Very shaken when he got out of the car which was a complete wreck, Poirier was rushed to the hospital for further examinations. He was later released.
At this moment, Brouillard had managed to reach the fourth place. Then, it was Richard Chauvin's turn to slow his pace. Following another incident involving Carl Labonte, Gerry Patenaude and Wallace Stacey, Brouillard took advantage of his experience to outrun Robidoux at the restart and lead the last 10 laps. Mario Lajoie followed Brouillard at the finish line in front of Mario Moreau, Real Lafrance, Kayle Robidoux and American driver, Jerry Pinnock Jr.
Earlier in this very spectacular evening, Pinnock, Moreau and Labonte were the winners in their respective heats.
Trouble for Alain Mathieu
The 15-lap Sportsman feature gave some unexpected action till the end. At the start, Gerard Boutin took the early lead but a circuit later he was passed by François Becksted, winner of the preliminary heat. Becksted ran strongly during nine laps before being surprised by Alain Mathieu who was looking for his third win of the season. With two laps remaining before doing so, Mathieu saw a wheel coming off his car. At the restart, Arnold Cross surprised Becksted and Robin David who were in front of him, to take the lead and score his first success of the season. With a lap to complete, Becksted spun out and finished in the 12th spot.
In the Late Model division, Stephane Larivière scored his second straight win at Granby. Champion in this category, Larivière had the best on Michel tessier and Claude Tremblay while in the Tourism class, Sylvain Allard took the lead from Benoit Berube on the very last lap to register his first win.
Like Allard, Pierre Grondin waited the last lap to overtake Benoit Courchesne for his fourth success in five starts. Patrick Dupont was third.
Then in the 14th Defi-Vision to the benifits of the Mira Fondation who trained dogs for blind persons, accidents were countless. Guided by radio and television stars, those 35 one-night drivers had the thrill of their life. More than 6,000 spectators gathered in the stands for this unique occasion in the world. The sole winner was the Mira Fondation who raised more than $70,000 but every participant had a big smile face at the end of this 10-lap challenge.
The winner was Rock Megre who was guided by Bernard Paradis from Le Canada Français newspaper. As for Roy Dupuis, the star of the very popular series Nikita, he finished 17th, with only six laps completed. <pre> MODIFIED RESULTS (30 laps)
1- 3, Claude Brouillard 2- 09, Mario Lajoie 3- 5, Mario Moreau 4- 11, Real Lafrance 5- 46, Kayle Robidoux 6- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr. 7- 32, Guy Ouellette 8- 72, Gino Clair 9- 26, Jocelyn Perreault 10- 90, Martin Roy 11- 91, Michel Pelletier 12- 66, Martin Gagne 13- 24L, Carl Labonte 14- 11x, Wayne Stearns 15- 21, Jacques Poulin 16- 57, Gerry Patenaude 17- 4, Leon Gonyo 18- 66W, Wallace Stacey 19- 31, Richard Chauvin 20- 2, Clement Therrien 21- 61, Steve Poirier.