Last Friday at Autodrome Granby A FIRST WIN THIS SEASON FOR MARCO POTVIN AND ALAIN BOISVERT GRANBY, Que., July 19, 1998 -- Marco Potvin from Sorel and Alain Boisvert of Pointe-Claire took advantage of a doubleheader presented by promoter Bob ...
Last Friday at Autodrome Granby A FIRST WIN THIS SEASON FOR MARCO POTVIN AND ALAIN BOISVERT
GRANBY, Que., July 19, 1998 -- Marco Potvin from Sorel and Alain Boisvert of Pointe-Claire took advantage of a doubleheader presented by promoter Bob Gatien, last Friday at Autodrome Granby, to finally make their first appearance of the season in the wiinner's circle. Fans gathered for the occasion were able to witness the rescheduled features and also the ones of the 13th Mi-Season Championship. That night gave them the occasion to see a lot of action with eight features on the program. Six drivers took the occasion to register their first success at Granby this season. Also many favourites had their share of problems and couldn't as well as they had intended.
In the modified division, Potvin was the winner of the first feature. Potvin led all the 25-lap race to have the best on young Steve Poirier, Luke Plante, Dave Camara and Alain Boisvert who for this occasion was behind the wheel of the X-Tend Bicknell driven by Steve Paine for the past three years.
Then for the 13th Mid-Season Championship, many of the drivers in the Molson standings were plagued with problems. During this 35-lap race, Dave Camara took the early lead but on lap 3, after the first yellow flag, he was surprised by Marco Potvin on the restart. Potvin was doing good when on lap 13 he was forced to withdraw due a motor failure. On the third rest art of the race, Steve Poirier, second in the standings, was also forced to visit his pit due to suspension problems and lost many laps.
American driver Todd Stone took the first place given by Potvin on a silver plate by, followed by Camara and Alain Boisvert. Three laps later, Camara had to pit due to direction problems. He was able to come back before the restart but had to go back at the end of the field.
After a 4th yellow flag on lap 21, it's Boisvert who took advantage of Stone on the restart followed by Luke Plante and Stone. After, Boisvert concentrated on making sure that nobody could pass him to register his first victory of the season and his second in this modified class. Then a good battle for the second spot emerged involving Claude Brouillard, Luke Plante and Gino Clair. Clair had the last word for his best finish so far this season followed by Brouillard and Stone.
With one lap remaining, Dave Camara had to pit again due to a flat tire. Despite this unscheduled pit stop, he managed to finish ninth while due to his long stop, Steve Poirier couldn't better than a 20th place finish.
In the sportsman division, two new drivers, Alain Mathieu and Louis Boutillier, were also able to claim their first victory of the season. In the first 20 laps, Mathieu had the best on Mario Clair and Bouthillier while in the Mid-Season Championship, Bouthillier was able to collect his first success in front of Robin David and Eric Sundborg. It was not a very good night for the leaders, Mario Clair and Gerry Patenaude. In the second feature, Clair had to quit for a 16th place finish while Gerry Patenaude, the defending champion, could'nt do better than a 15th and 18th position.
Daniel Messier and Daniel Belanger took the honors in the late models division while Daniel Lacoste and Eric Archambault were able to do so in the tourism class.
Next Friday, promoter Gatien will be the host of the sole visit of the URC sprint cars.
RESULTS Modified feature from July 10 (rescheduled) : 1- LP2, Marco Potvin 2- 28, Steve Poirier 3- 26, Dave Camara 4-1, Alain B oisvert 5- L50, Luke Plante 6- 50, Hugues Mercier 7- 1X, Todd Stone 8- 7,
Denis Labonte 9- 63, Dominic Dufault 10- R39, Clement Therrien 11- 6 , Pierre Hebert 12- 27, Robert Ranger 13- 4, Leon Gonyo 14- X50, Renald
Daoust 15- 8, Francois Becksted 16- 3, Claude Brouillard 17- 02, Mike Re yell 18- 44J, Gino Clair 19- 85, Alain Langlois 20- 72, Mario Lajoie 21- 87, Richard Chauvin.
MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP (35 laps) 1- 1, Alain Boisvert 2- 44J, Gino Clair 3- 3, Claude Brouillard 4- 1X, To dd Stone 5- L50, Luke Plante 6- 7, Denis Labontew 7- R39, Clement Therrien 8- 27, Robert Ranger 9- 26, Dave Camara 10- 50, Hugues Mercier 11- 87, Richard Chauvin 12- X5, Jean-Guy Primeau 13- 4, Leon Gonyo 14- X50, Do minic Dufault 15- 6, Pierre Hebert 16- 85, Alain Langlois 17- 4x, Vern Bruno 18- 8, Francois Becksted 19- 02, Mike Reyell 20- 28, Steve Poirier 21- 72, Mario Lajoie 22- LP2, Marco Potvin.