GRANBY, QuÃ©., August 11, 2001- For the second time in his career, veteran driver Robin David clinched the Mr. Sportsman title, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby. But, it's without a doubt the spectacular crash involving Claude Brouillard and...
GRANBY, Qué., August 11, 2001- For the second time in his career, veteran driver Robin David clinched the Mr. Sportsman title, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby. But, it's without a doubt the spectacular crash involving Claude Brouillard and Michel Pelletier in the 30-lap Modified feature that got the attention of the fans. Fortunately, the Teo/Eau Labrador driver escaped safe from the debris but, this hard finish made him loose many precious points in the Carquest Auto Parts championship.
Ninth on the grid of this Sportsman 30-lap feature, David had to give Alain Mathieu a serious battle before ending in the winner's circle for the third time this season. In fact, Mathieu after a nice comeback clinched the lead on the seventh lap and saw David in his rear bumper at the same moment. Mathieu, the points' leader, was able to hold back David for the next ten circuits but, David had the last word by leading almost the second portion of the race. Young rookie Dany Bilodeau was the third driver to cross the finish line since François Becksted had to quit the race due to mechanical failure.
In the 30-lap Modified feature won by Mario Lajoie, Claude Brouillard was victim of an unexpected accident on lap 12. While he was attempting to pass Michel Pelletier by the high groove entering turn one, Pelletier never turned and instead moved on Brouillard to send him directly in the concrete wall. After a nice flight over Pelletier's car, Brouillard wound up on his four wheels, but his car as Pelletier's car were almost demolished.
Just after this spectacular crash, Brouillard who is the most serious challenger to Lafrance's title, was furious and didn't manage his words when talking about Pelletier that he believed responsible of the mishap. He certainly didn't wish for this to happen at this stage of the season. Due to his withdraw early in that race and the third place finish of Réal Lafrance, Brouillard has now moved back 47 points behind Lafrance and there is only three races remaining.
As far as Lajoie is concerned, it was his first feature win of the season. With a brand new motor in his Teo, Lajoie who also won his qualifying heat, had the fastest car on the speedplant. It only took nine laps to Lajoie to take the lead and fly home with the victory. Gino Clair who also had a very good night finished second, in front of Réal Lafrance, Clément Therrien and Kayle Robidoux.
In the Late Model class, Yannick Ledoux was in the winner's circle for the third time this season. He had the best on Gerry Bergeron and Stéphane Larivière, the defending champion and points' leader. Then in the 4 Cylinders division, François Cabana saw his perfect night come to an end on the very last circuit of this 12-lap feature as he got passed by Patrick Dupont and Pierre Grondin. He finished third.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1.. 09, Mario Lajoie 2- 72, Gino Clair 3- 11, Réal Lafrance 4- 39, Clément Therrien 5- 46, Kayle Robidoux 6- 24L, Carl Labonté 7- 57, Gerry Patenaude 8- 5, Mario Moreau 9- 2C, Richard Chauvin 10- 02, Mike Reyell 11- 66, Martin Gagné 12- 66W, Wallace Stacey 13- 4, Leon Gonyo 14- 61P, Steve Poirier 15- 91, Michel Pelletier 16- 3, Claude Brouillard 17- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant 18- 121, Richard Pontbriand 19- 2b, Claude Marcoux 20- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr.
SPORTSMAN (30 Laps) Mr. Sportsman
1.. 33, Robin David 2- 77, Alain Mathieu 3- 23, Dany Bilodeau 4- 25, Jacques Poulin 5- 6, Martin Michaud 6- 88, Steve Brodeur 7- 172, André Gauthier 8- 07, Érick Léveillé 9- 22, René Clair 10- 61, Jean Boissonneault 11- 9, Daniel Messier 12- 68A, Arnold Cross 13- 73, Benoit Langelier 14- 85, Éric Boisvert 15- 8, François Becksted