Richard Chauvin had a perfect evening GRANBY, Que., June 8 2001-After experiencing more than his share of problems since the beginning of the season, Richard Chauvin finally had luck on his side, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby. The ...
Richard Chauvin had a perfect evening
GRANBY, Que., June 8 2001-After experiencing more than his share of problems since the beginning of the season, Richard Chauvin finally had luck on his side, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby. The TEO/Chauvin Automobiles driver had a perfect program. In the 30-lap feature race, he had the best on American driver Mike Romano, ex-champion at Granby and Clement Therrien, last week's winner.
After his success in his qualifying heat, Chauvin found out that he had the best car on the speedplant for that evening and managed to take advantage of it. First on the starting grid, Chauvin was able to resist at four restarts and some intimidation from Mike Ronamo on two occasions to lead the race wire-to-wire. It was a result that he was dreaming since a long time.
Eighth on the grid, Romano took only twelve laps to gain the second spot. He tried everything to take over Chauvin's first place but without any success. As far as Autodrome Granby is concerned, it was the fourth different winner in four programs.
Real Lafrance was the fourth driver to cross the finish line. He was followed by Steve Poirier. Eleventh at the start, Poirier had some engine problems on a restart and was passed by many drivers. He was able to regain some positions but not enough to be on the podium. For one, Mario Moreau who hold the second spot during twelve laps, was forced to quit due to mechanical problems. Amercian driver Chad Miller was also plagued by problems for another night.
Earlier in the evening, besides Chauvin, Real Lafrance and Martin Gagne were in the winner's circle in their respective heats.
Two in a row
For a second week in a row, Alain Mathieu took the honors of the 15-lap feature race in the Sportsman division. His victims were Robin David and Dany Bilodeau. Like for Chauvin, it was a perfect night for Mathieu who also won the qualifying heat.
In this race, Rock Poulin who had crossed the finish line in second place, was disqualified due to illegal spring valves. Then, a protest was made against Mathieu's car but after inspection, everything was found okay.
The other winners of that Circuit Bar Racing program were Stephane Larivière (Late Models), Jean Boissonneault (Tourism) and Pierre Grondin (4 Cylinders).
Results (30 laps)
1-31, Richard Chauvin 2- 1, Mike Romano 3- 2, Clement Therrien 4- 11, Real Lafrance 5- 61, Steve Poirier 6- 3, Claude Brouillard 7- 4, Leon Gonyo 8- 24L, Carl Labonte 9- 66, Martin Gagne 10- 90, Martin Roy 11- 46, Kayle Robidoux 12- 72, Mario Lajoie 13- 11x, Wayne Stearns 14- 09, Rejean Fortier 15- 26, Jocelyn Perreault 16- 32, Guy Ouellette 17- 91, Michel Pelletier 18- 1x, Alain de Grandpre 19- 66x, Wallace Stacy 20- 5, Mario Moreau 21- 0, Craig Ormsby 22- 57, Gerry Patenaude 23- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr. 24- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant