Sebastien Gougeon clinches the "Mister Sportsman" title GRANBY, Que., August 9, 2003-- By stopping Francois Becksted who was seeking a perfect night, Sebastien Gougeon clinched the "Mister Sportsman" title with his second visit of the season in...
Sebastien Gougeon clinches the "Mister Sportsman" title
GRANBY, Que., August 9, 2003-- By stopping Francois Becksted who was seeking a perfect night, Sebastien Gougeon clinched the "Mister Sportsman" title with his second visit of the season in the winner's circle, last Friday at Autodrome Granby. In this 30-lap feature race which was seriously challenged, Gougeon had the best on Becksted and Jean Boissonneault, the points' leader for the Castrol championship.
In this race slowed in four occasions, Gougeon who was sitting 10th on the starting grid, slowly got through traffic to find himself just behind Robin David, the early leader, on lap 17. On the second restart, on lap 20, he had the best on David at the acceleration. By then, he survived two more yellow flags to reach, not without having to struggle strongly to achieve his goal, the winner's circle.
In fact, Francois Becksted who is still looking for his first success of the season, had an early good start. Fastest driver in the time trials by only two hundreds of a second on Andre Gauthier, Becksted had also won his qualification heat. Just behind Gougeon at the start of this feature race, Becksted found himself in Gougeon's rear bumper by lap 24. Despite all his efforts, he was never able to pass the leader. In that race, Jean Boissonneault, the leader in the point standings, finished third.
In that race, Pierre Raymond, one of the favourites, was plagged by mechanical problems and had to borrow a car to make it in the final. He was forced to quit after a few laps like Daniel Messier while Alain Mathieu, the defending champion who was then third, had to visit his crew due to an overheating car. In the third portion of the race, he was able to comeback for the sixth spot.
A first one
In the 30-lap feature in the Modified division, Martin Roy who had the visit of his major sponsors in the stands, took this opportunity to prove himself. Confident of his capacities in a pre-race interview, Roy who was third on the grid, was very lucky. Due to his position, he was not involved in a spectacular accident that occurred at the start in the first turn. Many of the leaders in the standings were not so lucky and had to visit their pits before the restart. It was the case of Claude Brouillard, Steve Poirier, Mario Moreau, Real Lafrance and Alain Boisvert who had to restart at the end of the 21 car field.
It is on lap 5, that Roy took the lead from American driver Vince Quenneville. Then, Roy concentrated himself on his lead to resist to Richard Chauvin at the occasion of three other restarts. It was a first Modified victory for Roy who was disqualified a few weeks ago for using an illegal carburator for his class. This time, DIRT inspectors did not find anything suspicious on the car. Marco Potvin was the third driver to cross the finish line.
The Poirier-Brouillard battle continued in that race. Being involved in the early incident, they started the race at the end of the field. The defending champion in his Teo/Eau de source Labrador was able to reach the fourth spot while Poirier had a seventh place finish. Following this result, Poirier has only a one point lead over Brouillard in the Carquest Auto Parts championship.
Earlier in the evening, Steve Poirier, Marco Potvin and Mario Moreau were the winners in their respective heats.
In the Semi-Pro division, Alain Brochu won his third feature of the season by having the best on Normand Voghell and Denis Tremblay while in the 4 Cylinders class, Francois Bernier made his fifth visit in the winner's circle.
Mister SPORTSMAN (30 laps)
1- 44, Sebastien Gougeon; 2- 8, Francois Becskted; 3- 61, Jean Boissonneault; 4- 33, Robin David; 5- 54, Steve Bernard; 6- 07, Alain Mathieu; 7- 20, Frederick Gamache; 8- 172, Andre Gauthier; 9- 94, Steve Nadeau; 10- 648, Arnold Cross; 11- 28, Martin Hebert; 12- 99, Benoit Courchesne; 13- 63, Eric Haman; 14- 85, David Bourgeois; 15- 09, Alex Fortier; 16- 29, Martin Gagne; 17- 15, Pierre Raymond; 18- 50, Jocelyn Cordeau; 19- 1, Yannick Ledoux; 20- 88, Steve Brodeur; 21- 7, Patrice Demers; 22- 79, Dominic Brin; 23- 9, Daniel Messier; 24- 72, Maxime Lajoie.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 90, Martin Roy; 2- 31, Richard Chauvin; 3- 2, Marco Potvin; 4- 3, Claude Brouillard; 5- 11, Real Lafrance; 6- 78, Vince Quenneville; 7- 61, Steve Poirier; 8- 5, Mario Moreau; 9- 14r, Mario Clair; 10- 39, Clement Therrien; 11- 8s, Christian Salvas; 12- 24, Stephane Michaud; 13- 21, Ian Bussière; 14- 4, Leon Gonyo; 15- 1x, Wayne Stearns; 16- 73, Alain Boisvert; 17- 66w, Wallace Stacey; 18- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 19- 19, Michel Pelletier; 20- 2b, Eric Boisvert; 21- 80, Pierre Berthiaume.