Autodrome Granby Labrador 50

DIRT officials were ready at Autodrome Granby ALAIN BOISVERT GETS THE CHECKERED FLAG GRANBY, Que., May 8, 1999-- David Hebert was the first to cross the finish line in the Labrador 50, which was the season opener last Friday at Autodrome Granby.

DIRT officials were ready at Autodrome Granby ALAIN BOISVERT GETS THE CHECKERED FLAG

GRANBY, Que., May 8, 1999-- David Hebert was the first to cross the finish line in the Labrador 50, which was the season opener last Friday at Autodrome Granby. But, he was not able to succeed in the second test, the technical inspection. Alain Boisvert who followed Hebert, was given the checkered flag. Same situation for Hugues Mercier who finished third. He was also excluded from the results of this evening.

Following those two disqualifications, Boisvert was proclamed the winner followed by Marco Potvin, Claude Brouillard, Steve Poirier and Robert Ranger. Hebert was disqualified for an illegal gear ratio while Mercier couldn't meet the minimal weight.

At the drop of the green flag of this Labrador 50, American driver Dave Camara, the track champion at Granby, took the early lead. Marco Potvin, fourth at the start, was able to get by Camara after only two laps. On lap 13, Hebert got by Potvin to get the second place followed by Alain Boisvert while Potvin dropped back in fourth.

For the fans, it was almost sure that Camara was going for his first win of the season. But, on lap 31, Camara was forced to slow his pace due to a flat tire. That situation gave a chance to Hebert to take the lead. Camara came back in the action, but was able to do better than an eighth place finish. Before the official's decision, Hebert was followed by Alain Boisvert, Hugues Mercier, Marco Potvin and Claude Brouillard at the original finish.

In that race, young Steve Poirier, the runner-up to Camara last season and the fans favorite to clinch the crown this year, was not lucky . An unscheduled pit stop in the early stages of the race forced him to restart at the end of the field. He finished fourth.

Earlier in the evening in the modified class, the heat winners were Alain Boisvert and Steve Poirier.

Due to a large number of graduations in the modified class from drivers of the sportsman division, the field in this last category was down a little bit. Twelve drivers were on the grid for the feature and Robin David was the winner.

In this 20-lap feature, Robin David and Louis Bouthillier battled strongly for the lead and it's only on the very last lap that David was able to get by Bouthillier. Alain Mathieu, defending champion and winner of the heat, finished in the third spot.

Stephane Michaud took the honors in the late models feature race. He had the best on Eric Archambault, a rookie, and Daniel Messier while in the tourism class, Stephane Ruel made it in the winner's circle. In that race, Andre Gauthier, the sole driver of a pick-up truck at Granby, flipped but was not injured.

Finally, six drivers were on hand in the new 4-cylinder division. Despite the lack of challenges, Pascal Haman and Étienne Graveline were side-by-side on every lap. It's only on the very last one, like in the sportsman division, that Haman had the last word on Graveline. With 15 cars on the grid, this new class could get the fans on their side.

Two rookies in the modified 358 class are only 16 years old. Kayle Robidoux is the son of Berthold Robidoux, the owner of BERT Transmission and Patrick Labonte is Denis Labonte's son.

RESULTS of the Labardor 50 Modified division 1- 66, Alain Boisvert 2- 25, Marco Potvin 3-3, Claude Brouillard 4-28, Steve Poirier 5-61, Robert Ranger 6-24, Luke Plante 7-4, Leon Gonyo 8-26, Dave Camara 9-8, Francois Becksted 10- 1, Richard Chauvin 11-02, Mike Reyell 12-23, Renald Daoust 13-16, Eric Sundborg 14- 39, Clement Therrien 15- 17, Patrick Labonte 16- 71, Pierre Hebert 17- 24L, Carl Labonte 18- 21, Jacques Poulin 19- 9, Yves Dessureault 20- 44J, Gino Clair 21-22, Mario Clair 22-46, Kayle Robidoux 23- 57, Gerry Patenaude 24-15, Jean-Guy Primeau.

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