After many seasons at Autodrome Granby Leon Gonyo takes his first career win GRANBY, QuÃ©., August 25, 2001-Regular driver at Autodrome Granby since many seasons, American driver Leon Gonyo was able to make a first visit in the winner's circle...
After many seasons at Autodrome Granby Leon Gonyo takes his first career win
GRANBY, Qué., August 25, 2001-Regular driver at Autodrome Granby since many seasons, American driver Leon Gonyo was able to make a first visit in the winner's circle in career, last Friday night. Gonyo a real nice driver, even if in the past he had to challenge competitors who had more powered cars (big blocks) in the Modified division, never gave up and it's with a perfect 30-lap feature that he accomplished his exploit. His first win was well appreciated by fans who applauded the American racer for his success.
Also, Pierre Grondin achieved his goal in the 4 Cylinders class by claiming his 11th win of the season, a new record never done by any other driver (all classes included) at Autodrome Granby.
On the first row on this 30-lap Modified feature ponctuated by a spectacular crash on the very first lap, Gonyo took the lead at the green flag, survive three caution flags and also to the serious challenge of Gino Clair and Steve Poirier. During the first half, Clair was the most serious contender while in the second portion, the Bicknell/FM Industrie driver tried everything with his power-plant to take advantage of Gonyo, but he never succeeded. Very often, Poirier was beside Gonyo, but in all occasions, Gonyo was able to resist and led the race from wire-to-wire.
As for the crash on the first lap, it happened just in front of the grandstands when Richard Chauvin got a little sideways before hitting the retaining wall. At this moment, he was badly touched by many other drivers who couldn't avoid his car. Mario Lajoie, Craig Ormsby, Martin Roy, Wayne Stearns, Carl Labonté and Llyod Sturtevant were the other drivers involved.
Very shooked up, Chauvin was the driver who was touched the most seriously due to his contact with the wall and then, by the contact with the other cars. He was the last one to be released from his car. Complaining of pain in his right leg, he took place in the ambulance, but never went to the hospital. At the exception of Labonté, all other drivers involved were forced to withdraw.
By finishing third just in front of Claude Brouillard, Réal Lafrance was able to add two more points to his lead in the Carquest Auto Parts championship in that Modified class. With a margin of 43 points and only one more program on the card, Lafrance has now good chances to retain his crown for a second season in a row. It would take for Lafrance not to take the grid for that last race to give Brouillard a shot to the title, but that situation is not likely to happen.
Gonyo was the eighth different driver to get in the winner's circle at Autodrome Granby this season.
Even if mathematically, he can be reached, Alain Mathieu, with his fifth win of the season in the Sportsman division, is almost assured of the crown. In this 20-lap feature, he had the best on Robin David and Daniel Messier. It was a close finish because on the very last lap after negotiating the last turn, he was slowed down by traffic and David was closing up on him. Finally he was able to make it to the finish line.
In the Late Model division, Yannick Ledoux claimed his fourth win of the season. His victims were Normand Voghell and Ian Julien while in the 4 Cylinders class, Pierre Grondin was in the winner's circle for the 11th time this season.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1.. 4, Leon Gonyo 2- 61p, Steve Poirier 3- 11, Réal Lafrance 4- 3, Claude Brouillard 5- 5, Mario Moreau 6- 46, Kayle Robidoux 7- 91B, Alain Boisvert 8- 66, Martin Gagné 9- 72, Gino Clair 10- 57, Gerry Patenaude 11- 66W, Wallace Stacey 12- 28, Martin Hébert 13- 24L, Carl Labonté 14- 39, Clément Therrien 15- 121, Richard Pontbriand 16- 90, Martin Roy 17- 0, Craig Ormsby 18- 11x, Wayne Stearns 19- 09, Mario Lajoie 20- 2C, Richard Chauvin 21- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant 22- 2B, Claude Marcoux.
SPORTSMAN (20 laps)
1.. 77, Alain Mathieu 2-33, Robin David 3- 9, Daniel Messier 4- 172, André Gauthier 5- 07, Éric Léveillé 6- 15, Pierre Raymond 7- 8, François Becksted 8- 22, René Clair 9- 68A, Arnold Cross 10- 25, Jacques Poulin 11- 91, Jasmin Léveillé 12- 51, Michel Fagnan 13- 88, Steeve Brodeur 14- 23, Dany Bilodeau 15- 85, Éric Boisvert 16- 36, Michel Cloutier 17- 98, Gilles Lapierre 18- 61, Jean Boissonneault.