17th Mid-Season Championship at Autodrome Granby. A second win for Luke Plante. GRANBY, QuÃ©., July 21, 2002^Ã—After being plagued with brakes problems last Thursday while he was battling for the top spot, veteran Luke Plante took a solid...
17th Mid-Season Championship at Autodrome Granby.
A second win for Luke Plante.
GRANBY, Qué., July 21, 2002^×After being plagued with brakes problems last Thursday while he was battling for the top spot, veteran Luke Plante took a solid revenge, Friday night, by winning the 17th annual Mid-season Championship in the Modified division. For Plante, it was his third success in this annual event and his second of the season at the wheel of the Castrol car of Claude Marcoux. He had the best on Claude Brouillard and points' leader, American driver Donald Scarborough.
At the start, the Sorel driver who was sitting first on the starting grid, took the early lead and never quit in spite of three restarts. One after on, Vince Quenneville Jr., Réal Lafrance and Claude Brouillard tried to catch him, but Plante never failed under the pressure of his opponents. It was Brouillard who came the closest to surprise him during the very last laps after a nice comeback from the tenth spot on the grid.
In this 40-lap feature, Steve Poirier, winner of the Advance Auto Parts race at Drummondville, did a very good job into traffic climbing from eleventh to third but with only one lap remaining, he was involved in an accident with Vince Quenneville and finished thirteenth. Back at Granby, David Hébert finished sixth after passing more than ten of his rivals.
Earlier in the evening, Donald Scarborough and Claude Brouillard were the winners in their respective heats.
Like Plante, Dany Bilodeau led all of the 25-lap feature in the Sportsman division to clinch his second victory of the season. Once more, rookie Yannick Ledoux took place on the podium with his second place finish while André Gauthier was the third driver to cross the finish line.
Other winners were Michel Coderre in the Late Model division and Steve Bernier in the 4 Cylinders class. For the second time this season, Bernier was later disqualified because his Honda Civic was underweight.
Next Friday, URC drivers will make their annual visit to Autodrome Granby, were Becca Anderson won last year.
MODIFIED (40 laps)
1. 2, Luke Plante; 2- 3, Claude Brouillard; 3- 11Vt, Donald Scarborough; 4- 11, Réal Lafrance; 5- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 6- 87, David Hébert; 7- 90, Martin Roy; 8- 4, Leon Gonyo; 9- 39, Clément Therrien 10- 31, Richard Chauvin; 11-66, Martin Gagné; 12- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr.; 13- 61, Steve Poirier; 14- 66w, Wallace Stacey; 15- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr.; 16- 02, Mike Reyell; 17- 21, Ian Bussières; 18- 5, Mario Moreau; 19- 22J, Gino Clair; 20- 20, Pierre Berthiaume; 21- 2c, Claude Marcoux.