Trois-Rivieres race report

RACE REPORT - The Player’s Challenge (Round Three) - Atlantic Round 8 (50 laps/75.3 miles/121.157 km over the 1.506-mile, 10-turn temporary street course) 2:07 p.m. - - 28-car Atlantic field pulls away for first of two ...

RACE REPORT - The Player’s Challenge (Round Three) - Atlantic Round 8

(50 laps/75.3 miles/121.157 km over the 1.506-mile, 10-turn temporary street course)

2:07 p.m. - - 28-car Atlantic field pulls away for first of two scheduled "reconnaissance" laps and 50 laps of racing.

2:11 p.m. - - #66 TAGLIANI leads the field through turn one following a "standing start" with #33 GODIN close behind ... #35 POOK stalls on the start and is pushed aside and into a safe location where it retires from the race; #4 LAZZARO passes #19 GIDLEY and #32 BARRON for third place.

2:12 Lap 2 #32 BARRON passes #19 GIDLEY for fourth place.

2:15 Lap 4 #32 BARRON sprints past #4 LAZZARO for third place; #43 BARBOSA has moved up from seventh to fifth.

2:17 Lap 5 The top five are #66 TAGLIANI, #33 GODIN, #32 BARRON, #4 LAZZARO and #43 BARBOSA.

2:20 Lap 8 #32 BARRON passes #33 GODIN on the inside while entering turn one front straight-away to move into second place.

2:22 Lap 10 #96 SCHROEDER spins and hits the outside wall on the back straight-away; driver out okay; car suffers right front suspension, wing, and nose damage; brings out a FULL COURSE CAUTION; #33 GODIN drops four positions and into sixth place after starting on the outside pole.

2:26 Lap 11 #33 GODIN returns to pit lane with reported brake problems resumes the race following brief repairs.

2:30 Lap 15 #33 GODIN returns to pit lane again for brief mechanical "look" and returns to the field for the re-start.

2:32 Lap 16 GREEN FLAG; #23 ROY stops driver’s left between turns six and seven; driver is out and okay; car retires from the race in a safe location

2:35 Lap 18 #26 CUTLER makes left front tire contact with #9 FRAZIER while attempting to maintain inside line through turn one; #3 DAVID hits #10 TAGUE in the rear while taking action to avoid contact with #26 CUTLER and #9 FRAZIER; #10 TAGUE stops in the turn one run-off and proceeds after a brief delay; #3 DAVID returns to pit lane for minor body work repair and to change the right rear tire due to flat spotting, then returns to the race; #26 CUTLER retires from the session with front suspension damage;#9 FRAZIER is also forced to retire due to contact damage.

2:43 Lap 23 GREEN FLAG

2:52 Lap 29 #41 THOMAS makes nose-to-tail contact with #11 SAHLEY while entering turn three; #11 SAHLEY sails into the run-off and returns after a brief delay; #41THOMAS continues with light front wing damage.

2:59 Lap 38 An "oil fire" erupts onboard #41 THOMAS while crossing the start/finish line; rear exhaust mount is burning brightly as the car passes through turns two and three fire before exiting into the turn three run-off, but the car laid down tremendous amounts of oil between turns one and three; driver is out and okay.

3:01 Lap 39 FULL COURSE CAUTION

3:05 Lap 45 CHECKER FLAG under caution; time limit rule of one hour enacted.

#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI, of Lachenaie, Que., wins his SECOND CAREER Atlantic race and second race in 1997 in the Player’s Forsythe Racing Team Ralt RT-40; he also won at Long Beach in round two. #43 JOAO BARBOSA, of Valongo, Portugal, scores his highest Atlantic career finish at second place in the RDS Motorsport-prepared Toyota of Portugal/Sega/Caetano Buses Ralt RT-41. #32 ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif., finishes in third place in the Lynx Racing-Victory Circle/Red Line Oil Ralt RT-41. MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.2699-seconds WINNER’S AVERAGE SPEED: 67.431 mph TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 27.668 seconds LAP LEADERS: 1-45, Tagliani

FASTEST RACE LAP: Barron at 1:03.159 - 86.068 mph; by virtue of running the fastest race lap, Barron wins the "MCI Fast Pace Award" and a $1,000 bonus. By virtue of today’s victory, ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI collects a total winner’s purse of $20,000 from the posted purse of $85,000. TAGLIANI also wins an additional $2,000 in bonus awards including $1,000 for being named the "KOOL Move Of The Race" award winner, and $1,000 for winning the "Yokohama Now You’ve Got Control" award for being able to maintain his lead throughout the entire race. BARBOSA wins an additional $1,000 bonus award for being the "KOOL Rookie Challenge" winner - a bonus presented to the highest finishing Atlantic rookie driver. ALEX BARRON maintains his lead in the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship with 100 points following his third place finish today. GIDLEY remains in second place with 91 despite a fifth place finish. TAGLIANI moves into third place from fifth with 88 points followed by GODIN with 82. CASE MONTGOMERY rounds out the top five with 75 points. STEPHANE ROY, of Saint-Sauvenur, Que., improved the most positions during the race - 13 spots - after starting 28th and finishing 15th. Meanwhile, JOQUIN DeSOTO, Miami, Fla., improved 10 spots from 24th to 14th, and CAROL SOUCY, Sept-Iles, Que., moved nine positions higher from the start, 22d to 13th.

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C2 Race and Championship Update

Two C2 entries entered and took the green light for the start of today’s race. JOAQUIN DeSOTO won in the C2 class and finished 14th place overall. DeSOTO increased his lead in the C2 championship over James Irvin, of South Miami, Fla., 53 points, 125-72. Irvin did not race this weekend.

GREG HARRINGTON, who also did not race at Trois-Rivieres, remained in third place with 56 points. JIMMY PUGLIESE was the biggest points gainer in C2. His second place C2 race finish moved him into fourth place with 46 points. FRANK ALLERS, who did not race this weekend, rounds out the top five with 45 points.

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