GRANBY, Que., May 25, 2003--One week after being forced to quit the race due to a contact with Luke Plante's car, talented Steve Poirier didn't take too long to bounce back. Last Friday, at Autodrome Granby, on the Fortier Transfert Ltd. night, ...
GRANBY, Que., May 25, 2003--One week after being forced to quit the race due to a contact with Luke Plante's car, talented Steve Poirier didn't take too long to bounce back. Last Friday, at Autodrome Granby, on the Fortier Transfert Ltd. night, Poirier scored his second win of this young season by having the best on Clement Therrien and the defending champion, Claude Brouillard. With this performance, Poirier was able to move in the third spot of the Carquest Auto parts championship and also completed a perfect night.
Within five laps remaining in the 30-lap feature, Poirier who had taking the green flag from the sixth place, was able to take the lead while Luke Plante who was leading since the third lap, got off his groove a little but just enough for Poirier to make the pass. It was the occasion that Poirier was waiting for.
In this feature race slowed by five caution flags, Therrien and Brouillard had a good finish considering that they had started respectively from the 12th and 13th spot. Brouillard, who was able to save his first place in the standings, had a bad start earlier in the evening. In the first heat, he was forced to quit due to a contact with Mario Lajoie and Ian Bussière. After some repairs to his FM Industries/Teo, he had to go in the consi to make the feature race grid. Regular Martin Roy and Kayle Robidoux rounded up the first five.
Winner last week, Real Lafrance held the third spot during many laps before moving down to the tenth position at the end. American drivers Jerry Pinnock and Leon Gonyo had their share of problems. Pinnock was involved in a mishap with Kayle Robidoux at the midway point and had to get back in his pits while Gonyo spun out with two laps remaining.
Earlier in the evening, besides Poirier, Luke Plante and Claude Brouilalrd were the winners in their respective heats.
A good change
Earlier in the week, Yannick Ledoux announced that he had made some changes in his team and this move paid off well. After being forced to quit due to mechanical problems in the first two programs, Ledoux led all the way in this 30-lap feature race for the Sportsman class.
Eleventh on the time trials, Ledoux had the best on Jean Boissonneault, the points' leader and the fastest driver on the track and Sebastien Gougeon.
During this feature race, Pierre Raymond who was the leader in the Castrol standings, and Francois Becksted had their share of problems and lost many precious points. Becksted was involved in a five car crash on lap 18 and his car was to badly damaged to continue while Raymond tangled with an other driver earlier at the beginning of this feature.
After winning his qualification heat, Frederic Lussier went on to score a perfect night by winning the 15-lap feature race in the Semi-Pro division while in the 4 Cylinders, Steve Bernier registered his first checkered flag of the season. He was followed by Patrick Dupont, the defending champion, and Jonathan Jubinville.
Modified (30 laps)
1- 61, Steve Poirier; 2- 39, Clement Therrien; 3- 3, Claude Brouillard; 4- 90, Martin Roy; 5- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 6- 31, Richard Chauvin; 7- 2, Luke Plante; 8- 66w, Wallace Stacey; 9- 73, Alain Boisvert; 10- 11, Real Lafrance; 11- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr.; 12- 21, Ian Bussière; 13- 4, Leon Gonyo; 14- 8s, Christian Salvas; 15- 24, Stephane Michaud; 16- 66, Mario Lajoie; 17- 5, Mario Moreau; 18- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr.; 19- 4k, Jasmin Leveille.