CARPENTIER SWEEPS TROIS-RIVIERES DOUBLE-HEADER FOR FOUR STRAIGHT WIN IN CANADA TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 4) - - Patrick Carpentier, of Joliette, Que., claimed his fourth straight Atlantic victory and second Atlantic series win in two days...
CARPENTIER SWEEPS TROIS-RIVIERES DOUBLE-HEADER FOR FOUR STRAIGHT WIN IN CANADA
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 4) - - Patrick Carpentier, of Joliette, Que., claimed his fourth straight Atlantic victory and second Atlantic series win in two days after sweeping the $170,000 Player's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres Atlantic double-header, Aug. 3-4. His domination in the last four Player's/Toyota Atlantic races -- all on Canadian soil -- has created a sizeable lead in the driver's championship, and with only four races remaining, Carpentier is clearly the driver to beat.
Carpentier claimed his third straight Atlantic pole, and never looked back, beating runner-up Paul Jasper, of Lake Forest, Ill., by 5.759 seconds, to win the 40-lap eighth round sprint. Carpentier covered the 10-turn, 1.506-mile street circuit in 44:56.527. Driving the Lynx Racing Ralt RT-41, Carpentier averaged 80.423 miles-per-hour.
By sweeping both Trois-Rivieres races, Carpentier increased his series point total to 154. Jasper, who drives the B.D.J.S.-Quaker State/SHURTECH Ralt RT-41, used a pair of second-place finishes here at Trois-Rivieres to slip into second place with 97. Lee Bentham, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is third with 96.
"If you were writing down your wildest dream, you couldn't even think of a weekend like this," said Carpentier, who won for the fifth time this season. "For both yesterday and today I just drove at my own pace without worry about racing anybody and it was good enough to win. I remember when I was young that Gilles Villeneuve won four Atlantic races from the pole, and I thought that if I could ever do that I would be the happiest person in the world, and now I am. I feel confident that my career will go forward, and I must thank Lynx Racing and (co-owners) Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty for giving me my dream."
For Jasper, the weekend was almost as dreamy. He collected a season-high and Atlantic career best second place at the Saturday race, then pushed Carpentier early in Sunday's event, before bobbling on lap 22 and dropping two positions into fourth. But Jasper, the series top rookie in the point standings, worked hard to slip past Bentham for third, then made a final charge with just two laps left. On lap 39, Jasper passed Alexandre Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., on the outside of turn one to reclaim second place.
"This race was one of the best I've had in a long time," said Jasper. "At the beginning, I was able to place pressure on Patrick. After a few laps, there were a couple of slower cars ahead of us and that slowed him down. I had a couple of shots at him, but he held his ground."
The race got off to a shaky start, however, when Jeret Schroeder, of Vineland, N.J., stalled in the Lynx Racing-Purity Farms/Ireland Coffee Ralt RT-41 during the race's standing start. Thane Sellers, of San Francisco, Calif., was unable to avoid making nose-to-tail contact with Schroeder and piled into the left rear of his Atlantic car, heavily damaging both cars and forcing a red flag. The race resumed 10 minutes later, but without Schroeder and Sellers.
Tagliani, in the P1 Racing-AGIP/Cari-All/Logibec Ralt RT-41, made a mid-race charge, overcoming Jasper for second place on lap 22, and holding the position for the next 17 laps. Eric Lang, of New York City, started off well, qualifying in the third position. But contact early in the race ended his day in the D&L Racing-LCI International Ralt RT-41.
The battle for the C2 class focused upon Mike Shank, of Columbus, Ohio, and C2 polesitter Ted Sahley, of Cleveland, Ohio. Shank started on the outside pole for C2 but slowly worked his way toward Sahley. Shank passed Sahley on lap nine, and held on for the C2 victory, and finishing eighth overall. The battle for second was tight in the closing laps between Sahley and Mike Agnifilo, of north Salem, N.Y., and with just three laps left, Agnifilo slipped past Sahley to take second.
Round nine of the 12-race 1996 Player's Toyota/Atlantic Championship will be on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (CP) -- Results Sunday of the 40-lap Player's/Toyota Atlantic Championship race on the 1.503-mile street circuit at the Player's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps completed, prize money, and reason out, if any: 1. (1) Patrick Carpentier, Joliette, Que., Ralt RT-41, 40, $26,000. 2. (2) Paul Jasper, Lake Forest, Ill., Ralt RT-41, 40, $15,000. 3. (4) Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Ralt RT-41, 40, $10,000. 4. (5) Lee Bentham, Richmond Hill, Ont., Ralt RT-41, 40, $8,000. 5. (10) Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 40, $7,000. 6. (8) Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Ralt RT-40, 40, $6,000. 7. (18) Stan Wattles, Sewall's Point, Fla., Ralt RT-41, 40, $5,000. 8. (13) Mike Shank, Columbus, Ohio, Swift DB-4, 40, $6,000. 9. (7) Martin Roy, Montreal, Que., Ralt RT-41, 40, $3,000. 10. (12) Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 40, $2,500. 11. (6) Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Ralt RT-40, 39 $2,000. 12. (14) Chris Smith, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 38, $1,500. 13. (15) Mike Agnifilo, North Salem, N.Y., Swift DB-4, 38, $2,900. 14. (9) Ted Sahley, Cleveland, Ohio, Reynard 93H, 38, $2,300. 15. (17) Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 38, $1,200. 16. (22) Jimmy Pugliese, Oceanside, N.Y., Swift DB-4, 38, $900. 17. (19) Mike Sauce, Arlington, Texas, Reynard 92H, 37, $700. 18. (20) Dave Hall, Elmsford, N.Y., Ralt RT-40, 36, gearbox. 19. (24) David Cutler, Medina, Wash., Ralt RT-40, 20, gearbox. 20. (16) Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Ralt RT-41, 8, gearbox. 21. (3) Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt RT-41, 4, crash. 22. (23) Thane Sellers, San Francisco, Calif., Reynard 93H, 0, crash. 23. (11) Jeret Schroeder, Vineland, N.J., Ralt RT-41, 0, crash. 24. (21) Russ Bond, Toronto, Ont., Reynard 92H, 0, mechanical. RACE STATISTICS:
Time of race: 44:56.527; average speed: 80.423 miles-per-hour; margin of victory: 5.759 sec.; lap leaders: Carpentier, 1-40; yellow flags: 1, for 3 laps; fastest race lap: Carpentier, 1:02.457 (86.805 mph); points standings (after eight of 12 events): Carpentier, 151; Jasper, 97; Bentham, 96; Montgomery, 84; Tagliani, 46; Wattles, 45. Next race: Round 9, Mid-Ohio, Lexington, Ohio, Aug. 11.