Sunday, May 20 2007 @ 01:37 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Stock car racing veteran, Donald Theetge of Boischatel Quebec came from 18th in the 23 car starting field to win Saturday’s Paradis du Sport 100, the ACT Castrol Series’ season opening event at the Autodrome Montmagny Speedway in Montmagny, Qc. Theetge, the 2006 champion, who has two previous victories at the 3/8ths mile high-banked paved oval in four previous races, surprisingly did not earn a qualified position in his heat race which relegated him to the rear of the starting grid.
|Donald Theetge celebrates his serie ACT Castrol victory.
Jean-Francois Dery, from Val Belair, Qc, the 2006 championship runner-up was again second to Theetge. Sylvain Lacombe, of Terrebonne, Qc, the 2005 title holder was third. Quebec City’s Alexandre Gingras and Marc-Andre Cliché from Vallee Jonction, Qc completed the top five.
Daniel Bergeron of Mirabel, Qc and Yvon Beard from St-Nicolas, Qc started on the front row with Bergeron leading the first two circuits from the pole position. A couple of yellows early in the event for minor spins allowed Bedard to take over on the third lap.
Bedard, a 25+ year racing veteran, moved into a comfortable lead as the balance of the
field battled for position. Moving through the field from his sixth post position was Karl Allard of St-Felicien, Qc. The multi-time snowmobile racing champion passed Bedard to take the lead on the 26th circuit. Following Allard was Lacombe and Gingras.
|Early race leader, Yvon Bedard ptted following an incident.
Meanwhile, Theetge was on a march toward the front, oftentimes picking off multiple cars on each trip around the speedplant. On the 29th lap he passed Gingras for third and set his sights on the top two.
On a lap 40 restart, which came out for a minor spin, Theetge passed Lacombe for second. Allard was able to maintain the top spot following the sixth and final caution but with the handling on his car going away, the leader knew it was a matter of time before he too fell victim to Theetge’s march toward the front. On lap 49, Theetge won the battle as Allard’s car drifted high through a corner.
Theetge settled into a rhythm at the front as Lacombe, Dery, Gingras and Allard battled for the balance of the top five. Over the final 10 laps the quartet had the fans on their feet as they jockeyed for position.
|Top 3 finishers (l-r) Sylvain Lacombe, Theetge, Jean- Francois Dery.
Completing the top ten were Allard, Jacques Poulin, Marc Begin, Simon Roussin and Claude Leclerc.
The ACT Castrol Series continues its 12-race, 2007 season on Saturday (May 26) at the Autodrome St-Eustache, a 4/10ths mile oval northwest of Montreal. Post time for the St-Eustache 100 is 6:00 pm.
OFFICIAL FINISH EVENT #1 - PARADIS DU SPORT 100 - MONTMAGNY SPEEDWAY