Still third and best rookie Kevin Lacroix comes away fourth at the GP3R Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res, August 9th, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix kept his streak going at the Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res with a fourth place overall, making it seven...
Still third and best rookie
Kevin Lacroix comes away fourth at the GP3R
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, August 9th, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix kept his streak going at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières with a fourth place overall, making it seven Top Six in a row and staying within reach of the leaders in the standings of the Star Mazda championship. Lacroix overcame difficult conditions throughout the weekend to finally come up short of another podium on Sunday. His first practice session was cut short after six laps when he hit a tire wall; he lapped the 1.52 mile 10-turn urban facility only twice before his second practice session ended with a major downpour. He had to qualify in the first group. On Sunday morning, he was fastest but was demoted two positions after ignoring the checkered flag with four other cars. Starting from eighth place, Lacroix jumped into fourth with the #74 UniSelect machine on the first lap and hung to this position until the end.
"I was a tough weekend, said the 17-year old. Trying to find the limit of my car, I hit a tire wall and lost most of my first session. The next one was lost because of the rain. I was fastest of the slow group in qualifying but I had less grip on the track. I was quickest in the Sunday warm-up but penalized for a checkered flag four other guys missed. When five guys encounter such a situation, the problem is not with them but they pay the price. I had to start behind the car that ended up second and that probably cost me some points.
Nothing major happened in the race. I had a very good start and sneaked in fourth on the first lap but I was unable to pass from then. Adrian (Carrio) was faster on the straights and I was faster in the corners. I passed him at one point but there was a yellow displayed on the next corner and I opted to let him by instead of risking another penalty. We still have four races left and I have my work cutout if I want to grab first or second in the standings."
Road America in two weeks
Lacroix and JWR will head to Wisconsin in two weeks for the next round at Road America. There will be a test day with three sessions on Thursday before the usual schedule takes place on Friday and Saturday. After the Quebec round, Lacroix remains best rookie and sits in third place in the standings with 252 points, 24 points from second and 37 from top spot. A victory is worth 44 points.