Last Friday night at Autodrome Granby first win of the season for Martin GagnÃ© and Gino Clair. GRANBY, QuÃ©., July 14, 2002^Ã—Gino Clair and Martin GagnÃ© were ready for a double feature-race night at Autodrome Granby, last Friday. Both ...
Last Friday night at Autodrome Granby first win of the season for Martin Gagné and Gino Clair.
GRANBY, Qué., July 14, 2002^×Gino Clair and Martin Gagné were ready for a double feature-race night at Autodrome Granby, last Friday. Both drivers were in the winner's circle after scoring their first victory of the season in the Modified. During that evening, only Normand Voghell in the Late Model class was able to take the checkered flag in two occasions.
First, at the beginning of the evening at the occasion of the rescheduled feature-race of July 5, Gino Clair was able to take over the first spot from Richard Chauvin after only ten laps of this 30-lap feature and fly home with the victory, his first since 1999. He was followed by Alain Boisvert who was able to insure himself of a second place finish after an interesting battle with Richard Chauvin in the very last moment of this final. Jerry Pinnock Jr. also made a pass at Chauvin to take the third step on the podium. In this race, American driver Donald Scarborough, the Carquest Auto Parts points' leader at Granby couldn't do better than a twelfth place.
Then, in the second 30-lap feature, Martin Gagné imitated Clair with a first victory. Gagné, Kayle Robidoux and Richard Chauvin were bumper-to-bumper during the first 20 laps but Robidoux, who was the leader, had to pit due to a flat tire. After this, Gagné took only one lap to get by Chauvin who finished seventh. On the podium, Gagné was joined by Luke Plante and Clément Therrien.
This final was costly for Réal Lafrance who after being involved in an accident with Martin Roy and Donald Scarborough had to withdraw after only eight laps. Despite this mishap, Lafrance was able to retain his third place in the standings. The veteran driver was furious and blamed Scarborough's driving style for his retirement.
The second feature race of the evening in the Sportsman class was very emotive as Alain Mathieu visited the winner's circle after driving the same car that Éric Léveillé was driving when he was seriously burned at autodrome Drummond a few weeks ago. Mathieu dedicated his third victory of the season to his friend Léveillé who is still fighting for his life in a Quebec region hospital. Owners of autodrome Granby also took the occasion to give Erics' father, Alain Léveillé, an amount of $1,700 which was the result of collect made by Sportsman drivers in the stands at Granby a few weeks ago. In this 20-lap feature, Pierre Raymond was second followed by rookie Yannick Ledoux who earlier had won the first final in front of André Gauthier and Daniel Messier.
Normand Voghell took both feature races in the Late Model division while in the 4 Cylinders, Maxime Michon and Steve Bernier were the winners.
MODIFIED (30 laps) July 5 race
1. 22 J, Gino Clair; 2- 73, Alain Boisvert; 3- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr.; 4- 31, Richard Chauvin; 5- 3, Claude Brouillard; 6- 11, Réal Lafrance ; 7- 90, Martin Roy; 8- 2, Luke Plante; 9- 61, Steve Poirier; 10- 61, Clément Therrien; 11- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 12- 11VT, Donald Scarborough;13- 66, Martin Gagné; 14- 66W, Wallace Stacey; 15- 4, Leon Gonyo; 16- 24, Stéphane Michaud; 17- 5, Mario Moreau; 19- 2c, Claude Marcoux.
MODIFIED (30 laps) July 12 race
1. 66, Martin Gagné; 2- 2, Luke Plante; 3-39, Clément Therrien; 4- 73, Alain Boisvert; 5- 3, Claude Brouillard; 6- 11VT, Donald Scarborough; 7- 31, Richard Chauvin; 8- 22J, Gino Clair; 9- 66W, Wallace Stacey; 10- 11J, Jerry Pinnock Jr.; 11- 46, Kayle Robidoux; 12- 90, Martin Roy; 13- 11, Réal Lafrance; 14- 24, Stéphane Michaud; 15- 91, Marco Potvin; 16- 2c, Claude Marcoux; 17- 78, Vince Quenneville Jr.;18- 4, Leon Gonyo; 19- 61, Steve Poirier