Packed house for the 12th edition of the Defi-Vision at Autodrome Granby THIS TIME, MARCO POTVIN COULDNâ€™T STOP DAVE CAMARA GRANBY, Que., June 19, 1999â€”In front of a full house due to the presentation of the 12th edition of the Defi-Vision...
Packed house for the 12th edition of the Defi-Vision at Autodrome Granby THIS TIME, MARCO POTVIN COULDN’T STOP DAVE CAMARA
GRANBY, Que., June 19, 1999—In front of a full house due to the presentation of the 12th edition of the Defi-Vision for the Mira Foundation, Marco Potvin, the driver of the Transport Dion-Coca-Cola/Troyer of the Daoust brothers, wasn’t able to stop Dave Camara in the Modified feature, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby. This third success of Camara was not enough to steal the show from the 32 blind drivers who took part in a 10-lap race on Granbys’ speedplant. The team of Rene Sirard and Bernard Paradis as navigator was the first to cross the finish line, but without a doubt, it’s the Mira Foundation who was the winner because $75,000 was collected for this organization which trains dogs for blind people in Quebec.
As for the Modified feature, the win was without a doubt Mario Lajoie’s but rookie Eric Sundborg decided differently. On the first row at the start, Lajoie who was looking for a first success in the Modified class, was the leader during 28 of this 30-lap feature. During his lead, he survived two yellow flags and charges from Alain Boisvert and Marco Potvin. Nobody could get near him and in the fan’s mind, he would be in the winner’s circle for once.
But, during a passing maneuver on Eric Sundborg who was getting out of turn three, Sundborg, instead of going on the low bank, moved up to find himself in Lajoies’ way. Lajoie couldn’t avoid Sundborg, causing a yellow. Lajoie was able to continue but lost the first spot to Marco Potvin and found himself in fifth place for the restart with two laps remaining. Sundborg received the black flag for not observing the passing flag as directed by officials.
For Lajoie, it was too late. At the restart, Dave Camara who was 24th at the green flag found himself on Potvin’s side. Faster than Potvin, he took the lead to register his third success of the season.
Also in the Modified division, but in 358, Clement Therrien, with a sixth place overall, was the winner for a second week in a row. Plante who was second in this class was ninth overall followed by Real Lafrance who was in Granby for the second time this season.
By a few inches It’s only by a few inches, less than a bumper that Pierre Raymond, ex-champion of the Late Model class, was able to score his first victory in the Sportsman division. Raymond who was 7th on the starting grid, took the lead from Claude Morissette on lap 2 and kept it till the end of this 20-lap feature race. But, it was a very close finish, because Louis Bouthillier, the points’ leader was beside him during the last three laps. Better than that, on the second restart of this race, with one lap remaining, Raymond was able to hold on and it’s only by a few inches that he was declared the winner.
In the Late Model division, Stephane Michaud clinched his 6th triumph of the season by having the best on Roland Hebert and Daniel Messier while Jocelyn Roy was disqualified for his misconduct. For a second week in a row, Paul Lavoie was in the winner’s circle in the Tourism class and finally, Etienne Graveline took the checkered flag in the 4 cylinder division.
Special race Next Friday night, it will be the first of two visits of the Empire Super Sprints this season at Autodrome Granby. Also, there will be a special Syracuse qualifier for small blocks. At this occasion, promoter Bob Gatien announced that a special 15-lap feature for small blocks will determine the winner of that Syracuse qualifier.
RESULTS MODIFIED (30 laps) 1- 26, Dave Camara 2- 25, Marco Potvin 3- 50, Hugues Mercier 4- 28, Steve Poirier 5- 72, Mario Lajoie 6- 39, Clement Therrien 7-27, Robert Ranger 8- 3, Claude Brouillard 9- 24, Luke Plante 10- 11, Real Lafrance 11- 66, Alain Boisvert 12- 24L, Carl Labonte 13- 57, Gerry Patenaude 14- 46, Kayle Robidoux, 15- 61, Marc Nadeau 16- 4, Leon Gonyo 17- 21, Jacques Poulin 18- 9, Yves Dessureault 19- 23, Renald Daoust 20- 44J, Gino Clair 21- 22, Mario Clair 22- 02, Mike Reyell 23- 71, Pierre Hebert 24- 16, Eric Sundborg.