First official win of the season for Alain Boisvert GRANBY, Que., June 28, 2003--Alain Boisvert, behind the wheel of his St-Pierre Direct.com/Teo, took advantage of the mechanical problems of two of his most serious contenders to take the win...
First official win of the season for Alain Boisvert
GRANBY, Que., June 28, 2003--Alain Boisvert, behind the wheel of his St-Pierre Direct.com/Teo, took advantage of the mechanical problems of two of his most serious contenders to take the win in the special 50-lap feature race, last Friday at Autodrome Granby. The rules regarding the mandatory pit stop of this confrontation were changed at the beginning of the evening for security purposes.
The pit stop had to be done between lap 10 and 30 under a caution flag and the teams had to change the left front tire instead of the right one. Boisvert had the best on Kayle Robidoux and Clement Therrien while two of the favorites, Steve Poirier and Luke Plante had to withdraw due to mechanical failures. Before quitting the race, both were in front of Boisvert who successfully passed the technical inspection. Last May, after winning the feature of the second program, Boisvert was disqualified for an underweight car.
Due to the fact that he was the pole sitter, Ian Bussière of Drummondville took the early lead followed by Luke Plante and Richard Chauvin. Then on lap 15, Wallace Stacey stoped his car on the racetrack to cause the first yellow flag of the race as well as the perfect moment for others to do their mandatory pit stop. Fifth at that time, Martin Roy was the first one to come out of the pits followed by Luke Plante. They were followed by Greg Monica who didn't stop, Steve Poirier, Richard Chauvin and Alain Boisvert.
Two laps later, Plante was able to pass Monica who was beginning to slow down. After Plante's move, Richard Chauvin, Steve Poirier whose car was showing a lot of smoke and Alain Boisvert did the same on Monica. Then on lap 28, Poirier stopped in turn 2 due to a flat tire. At the restart, it was Plante's turn to do the same due to a broken axle. Poirier was also back in the pits but this time, for the rest of the night.
On the third and last restart, Boisvert was able to get by Roy to take the lead and fly home with the victory. A few moments later, Kayle Robidoux and Clement Therrien were also able to pass Roy who finally finished fifth because with ten laps remaining, track champion, Claude Brouillard got him to.
Despite his withdraw, Poirier is still first in the Carquest Auto Parts standings with 533 points, but Brouillard has reduced the margin for second place from 64 to 35 points. At the beginning of the evening, Luke Plante, Claude Brouillard and Real Lafrance were the winners in their respective heats.
For a second consecutive program, a new driver was able to visit the winner's circle. After Steve Bernard, last Monday, it was Benoit Courchesne, who was in the 4 Cylinders division last season, who scored his first success in the Sportsman division. Fourth on the grid, Courchesne only needed three laps to outdistance Andre Gauthier. After his move, Courchesne survived two caution flags to have the best on Sebastien Gougeon, Pierre Raymond, Francois Becksted and Jean Boissonneault who is still leading the Castrol championship even if he has only one win.
For Gougeon, it was his fourth consecutive program with a top 5 finish. Definitely, the one to watch in the coming weeks. In that class, seven drivers in nine starts have already been in the winner's circle.
Like Courchesne, Steve Daigneault took his first checkered flag in the Semi-Pro division by having the best on Gaetan Hebert and Richard Bertrand while in the 4 Cylinders class, track champion Patrick Dupont was the winner after a tremendous battle with the Bernier brothers, Steve and Francois, and also Sylvain Gagnon.
MODIFIED (50 laps)
1- 73, Alain Boisvert; 2- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 3- 39, Clement Therrier; 4- 3, Claude Brouillard; 5- 90, Martin Roy; 6- 11, Real Lafrance; 7- 31, Richard Chauvin; 8- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr.; 9- 4k, Jasmin Leveille; 10- 21, Ian Bussière; 11- 8s, Christian Salvas; 12- 5, Mario Moreau; 13- 23, Dany Bilodeau; 14- 41, Greg Monica; 15- 19, Michel Pelletier; 16- 24, Stephane Michaud; 17- 66w, Wallace Stacey; 18- 4, Leon Gonyo; 19- 2, Luke Plante; 20- 61, Steve Poirier; 21- 66, Mario Lajoie.