GRANBY, QuÃ©., June 30, 2001 - Veteran Claude Brouillard, the Eau Labrador/Teo driver achieved his goal, last Friday at Autodrome Granby by evicting RÃ©al Lafrance from the lead in the Modified Carquest points standings. It's by a third visit so...
GRANBY, Qué., June 30, 2001 - Veteran Claude Brouillard, the Eau Labrador/Teo driver achieved his goal, last Friday at Autodrome Granby by evicting Réal Lafrance from the lead in the Modified Carquest points standings. It's by a third visit so far this seaon in the winner's circle that Brouillard was able to do so. Steve Poirier and American Leon Gonyo followed him to the finish line.
In this 30-lap feature race for Modified, American Jerry Pinnock, winner of the second preliminary heat, looked like he was in route for a first success at Granby. Very fast on the speedplant, Pinnock showed some signs of weakness at the first restart and Leon Gonyo and Mario Moreau took advantage of the situation. Then, three laps later, it was Moreau's turn to outrun Gonyo for the lead.
Meanwhile, Brouillard who started 11th, had the chance to climb two spots. The new leader in the standings, slowly but surely, continued his way to the top and he was fourth at halfway. Three circuits later, he was then second. Plagued with electrical problems, Moreau had to leave him the command of the race on lap 21. This gift was enough for Brouillard to score his first hat trick of the season.
As for Réal Lafrance, the points' leader at the beginning of this Pepsi evening, a contact with Kayle Robidoux and a second one with Richard Chauvin, slowed his pace to the top and prevent him of a serious challenge with Brouillard. He finished seventh. Now, Brouillard leds by 12 points over Lafrance, the winner of the other preliminary heat.
Alain Mathieu had a perfect night in the Sportsman division and he registered his third win of the season. But, in that race, François Becksted demonstrated that he could do well with a car well prepared.
On the first row at the start, Becksted took the early lead and during nine laps before being passed by Mathieu, the points' leader. Then, Becksted concentrated himself on this second spot, a result that he hadn't register for a long time. Rookie Daniel Messier took the third place followed by Robin David et Dany Bilodeau.
Stéphane Ruel led wire-to-wire to register his first win of the season in the Late Model division. His victims were Michel Tessier and Yannick Ledoux. Sad news for Ruel, DIRT officials are still investigating his mechanic. After announcing that he will graduate in the Sportsman division next season, Jean Boissonneault who started 11th, scored his second success to extend his lead in the Prolab points standings. Benoit Bérubé was second followed by Martin Bébubé while in the 4 Cylinders class, Pierre Grondin had no problem to make his sixth appearance in the winner's circle. Like Ruel, his car is still under investigation.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 3, Claude Brouillard 2- 61M, Steve Poirier 3- 4, Leon Gonyo 4- 46, Kayle Robidoux 5- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr. 6- 31, Richard Chauvin 7- 11, Réal Lafrance 8- 2, Clément Therrien 9- 66 Martin Gagné 10- 26, Jocelyn Perreault 11- 90, Martin Roy 12- 91, Michel Pelletier 13- 66w, Wallace Stacey 14- 32, Guy Ouellette 15- 11x, Wayne Stearns 16- 57, Gerry Patenaude 17- 72, Gino Clair 18- 5, Mario Moreau 19- 22, Mario Clair 20- 31B, Pierre Berthiaume 21- 09, Mario Lajoie.