Finally a perfect night for Richard Chauvin GRANBY, Que., July 27, 2003--In front of the largest crowd of the season due to the URC'S sprinters visit, Richard Chauvin had finally lady luck on his side and had a perfect night, last Friday at ...
Finally a perfect night for Richard Chauvin
GRANBY, Que., July 27, 2003--In front of the largest crowd of the season due to the URC'S sprinters visit, Richard Chauvin had finally lady luck on his side and had a perfect night, last Friday at Autodrome Granby. Very often plagued by all kind of problems, Chauvin who had the fastest car on the track, made his first visit in the winner's circle since June 2001. In the URC'S sprint cars, Jason Clauss won his first career victory after leading all the 25-lap feature ran under green.
Second on the starting grid, Chaudin didn't have an easy ride. In the first half of this 30-lap feature for the Modified division, the winner had to resist to serious moves by Martin Roy. During that time, Steve Poirier who started 9th, was able to move up into traffic. By lap 17, Kayle Robidoux caused the first yellow of the race due to a motor failure. At that time, Poirier was already in the rear bumper of the leader. On the next lap, Chauvin went outside his groove and that was enough for Poirier to take the lead.
Then a lap later, it was Poirier's turn to cause the second and last yellow flag of this feature due to a broken front suspension part. In the pits, his crew was able to fix the car, but it was already too late for Poirier. In that incident, many drivers such as Claude Brouillard, Alain Boisvert and Leon Gonyo were able to avoid Poirier's car and gain some positions.
At the restart, Chauvin took back his lead for the win in front of Claude Brouillard, Alain Boisvert, Leon Gonyo, Clement Therrien and Poirier.
With this result, Brouillard is now only four points behind Poirier in the Carquest Auto Parts championship.
After an excellent challenge with Pierre Raymond for the checkered flag in the 20-lap feature for the Sportsman division, Alain Mathieu, the defending champion, was disqualified for an illegal motor. It was so for Steve Bernard who, as well, was the fourth driver to cross the finish line.
Before being excluded from the official results, Mathieu and Raymond had a race side by side for the most part of it. On lap 12, Mathieu was the first to cross the finish line, but three laps later, Raymond was back on top. It lasted only one lap before Mathieu regained the lead for the win.
Raymond was able to hold on to the second while Jean Boissonneault finished third in front of later disqualified Steve Bernard and Francois Becksted.
In the Semi Pro division, Alain Brochu scored his second victory of the season by having the best on Denis Tremblay, his more serious contender for the title and Normand Voghell while in the 4 Cylinders class, Steve Bernier was in the winner's circle for the fifth time this season.
Wire to wire
The 25-lap feature race for the URC'S sprint cars was very fast and without any yellow flag. Jason Clauss took avantage that he was sitting on the outside pole to take an early lead and outdistance his rival to win his first victory with this select group of racers.
He was followed by Randy West and Chris Coyle while Dave Ely, winner of four finals so far this season, finished sixth. As for Curt Micheal, last year winner at Autodrome Granby and URC'S point leader, he had to quit due to mechanical problems.
Easy but surely, Kramer Williamson was the driver who had the best performance. Twenty-third on the grid, Williamson was able to take the ninth spot. Like many others, he was hoping for a yellow flag to get near the leaders, but it never happened.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 31, Richard Chauvin; 2- 3, Claude Brouillard; 3- 73, Alain Boisvert; 4- 4, Leon Gonyo; 5- 39, Clement Therrien; 6- 61, Steve Poirier; 7- 90, Martin Roy; 8- 21, Ian Bussière; 9- 11, Real Lafrance ; 10- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr. ; 11- 5, Mario Moreau ; 12- 66w, Wallace Stacey ; 13- 46, Kayle Robidoux.