Remorquage Shefford program at Autodrome Granby RÃ©al Lafrance quick to react^Ã… Modified Champion for the last two years, RÃ©al Lafrance was quick to react last Friday night at Autodrome Granby when he took part in the Remorquage Shefford ...
Remorquage Shefford program at Autodrome Granby
Réal Lafrance quick to react^Å
Modified Champion for the last two years, Réal Lafrance was quick to react last Friday night at Autodrome Granby when he took part in the Remorquage Shefford evening program. In fact, the St-Hyacinthe driver showed all that he didn't laze around last week when he took an easy win in front of the American Donald Scarborough and Quebec's driver Mario Moreau. It was an evening to forget for Claude Brouillard, last week's winner of the 2002 season opening program. With just two programs so far this season, the crowd was able to cheer four new winners as no one was able to achieve two straight wins.
Ninth on the starting grid, Lafrance only needed eight laps to grab the lead in front of Alain Boisvert who was then putting on a good fight for second place with Leon Gonyo. From then, Lafrance was able to maintain his position even with veteran Luke Plante starting alongside him at each of the three race restarts.
For a second week in a row, Donald Scarborough took the second place on the podium while Mario Moreau, who couldn't make it in the top-10 last week, took the third step. Scarborough move up from the 16th spot on the starting grid and that turned out to be worthy as he now sits at the top of the Carquest Pieces d'autos Championship with two points ahead of Lafrance.
As soon as the green flag dropped for the 30-lap final, a race incident involving four drivers in corner two forced Steve Poirier, Vince Quenneville Jr. and David Hébert to retire early. Claude Brouillard also had his work cut out for him that night. When fighting for second place, a race incident with Michel Pelletier put him at the back of the field where he was involved only four laps later in an other incident with Pelletier and Gino Clair. Of the three, only Pelletier was able to get back in action that time.
Earlier in the evening, Leon Gonyo, Steve Poirier and Wallace Stacey won their respective qualifying heats.
In the sportsman race final, Dany Bilodeau grab the lead after six laps and when on to score his first victory of the 2002 Castrol Championship. Bilodeau, entering his second racing season in that category, never seems to be bothered after taking the lead. This outstanding result in front of veterans Robin David and Alain Mathieu allowed him to move up to the fourth place in the Championship, a great compensation after his last week's DNF.
Young driver Jean Boissonneault is strongly showing his intent to obtain the Rookie of the year title. Proving one more time that constancy is the best way to achieve that, he finished fourth in front of François Lareau.
It was a perfect evening for race winner Bilodeau as he also won his qualifying heat. Jacques Poulin did the same in the second qualifying round.
Message well receiveed
It seems that the message given to Late Model's drivers by Race Director Ludger Lahaie, was well understood as spectators where able to enjoy a thrilling race and yet a respectable one. In the last laps, race winner Alain Brochu had to deal with strong pressure coming from opponent Normand Voghell. Still Voghell had to settle for the second place ahead of Michel Coderre, Stéphane Larivière and Yan Julien.
In the 4 Cylinders category, Patrick Dupont won in front of Jean Gauthier and Steve Bernier, last week's winner. Bruno Lafontaine, the qualifying winner, grab the lead at the green flag but experienced some problems and ended up in sixth place at mid-race.
Next Friday, race Promoter Bob Gatien is presenting another program where the Sportsman feature will be a 30-lap race for the occasion.