THIS TIME, STEVE POIRIER WAS READY Last Friday night at Autodrome Granby BY, QuÃ©., May 15, 1999.--After experiencing mechanical problems at the season opener, Steve Poirier from Beloeil had only good words for his mechanics, last Friday at ...
THIS TIME, STEVE POIRIER WAS READY Last Friday night at Autodrome Granby
BY, Qué., May 15, 1999.--After experiencing mechanical problems at the season opener, Steve Poirier from Beloeil had only good words for his mechanics, last Friday at Autodrome Granby at the end of this second Modified feature of the season. At the wheel of his Teo/Fondations 4 Saisons/Advance, Poirier who was named “Driver of the Year” in 1998, was in the winners’ circle for the first time this season. For a second consecutive feature, Marco Potvin and Claude Brouillard had the same spots on the podium.
At the green flag, Richard Chauvin who is replacing Steve Paine in the X-Tend Bicknell took the early lead. But on a first restart on lap 8 due a fire in the Bicknell of Renald Daoust, Chauvin was beaten at the acceleration by the fast Gino Clair. Then, two laps later, Poirier who started tenth, found himself on Clair’s rear bumper and had no trouble to get by him.
With four more yellow flags in this 30-lap feature, Poirier was able to hold on. Marco Potvin, Claude Brouillard, Robert Ranger and Luke Plante followed him at the finish line. Being regular in those two features, Marco Potvin who is driving for the Daoust brothers in replacement of American driver Mike Romano, is now first in the Molson standings.
Again, Dave Camara, the Granby Modified defending champion, was plagued with problems. On lap 9, he had to withdraw with a broken suspension after his car collided with the retaining wall entering turn 4. He was then sixth and gaining ground every lap.
For a second night, Luke Plante, the other driver for the Daoust brothers but in a modified 358 Troyer, was the first in his class. By having the best on Clément Therrien and rookie Gerry Patenaude, Plante was able to maintain a perfect score.
Earlier in the evening for which 30 Modified were on hand, Robert Ranger and Pierre Hébert were the winners in their respective heats.
In the Sportsman class, Louis Bouthillier was able to take his revenge on veteran Robin David who last week waited on the very last moment of the 20-lap feature, to surprise Bouthillier and take the win. Last Friday, David tried the same thing but this time, Bouthillier was well aware. Alain Mathieu took the third place on the podium for a second week in row.
The least that we can say, is that Stéphane Michaud is well determined. For the second consecutive week, he was again in the winner’s circle. Last Friday, his victims were Marcel Godbout and Stéphane Dubuc. Again, Daniel Belanger, the track champion, was not able to do better than a sixth finish. This season, Belanger is now driving a Ford instead of a Chevrolet and he seems to have adaptation problems with his new car.
In the Tourism category, Michel Coderre led all the 10-lap feature to have the best on Ernie Bray and Paul Lavoie while in the new 4 cylinder division, Didier Gomez who was a regular driver on asphalt circuit in the past years, took the win on is first appearance on a dirt track. Pascal Haman finished second followed by Patrick Dupont.
In addition to a regular program next Friday night, promoter Bob Gatien will stage a 10-lap cash dash for the first ten drivers in the Modified standings. Last year, American driver Mike Romano was the winner over Steve Poirier and Claude Brouillard.
RESULTS MODIFIED 30-lap feature 1- 28, Steve Poirier 2- 25, Marco Potvin 3- 3, Claude Brouillard 4- 27, Robert Ranger 5- 24, Luke Plante 6- 39, Clément Therrien 7- 61, Marc Nadeau 8- 1, Richard Chauvin 9- 57, Gerry Patenaude 10- 4, Leon Gonyo 11- 21, Jacques Poulin 12- 46, Kayle Robidoux 13- 17, Patrick Labonté 14- 50, Hugues Mercier 15- 44J, Gino Clair 16- 99, David Hébert 17-47, Gilles Perreault 18- 71, Pierre Hébert 19- 72, Mario Lajoie 20- 22, Mario Clair 21- 02, Mike Reyell 22- 66, Alain Boisvert 23- 26, Dave Camara 24- 15, Jean-Guy Primeau 25- 24L, Carl Labonté 26- 23, Renald Daoust 27- 16, Éric Sundborg 28- 7, Denis Labonté.