Contributed by: ACT Staff
“My car was handling well,” commented Lacombe in Victory Lane. “We didn’t do a thing to it all day. I think I would have had something for Donald and Patrick, but they made it easier for me,” he finished with a grin.
While Lacombe was the winner, the real story at Montmagny was runner-up Jean-Francois Déry of Val-Belair. Last year’s championship runner-up pitted on lap 17 with a brake problem when the event’s first caution flew. While his team worked feverishly to remedy the problem, the Montmagny 100 went back to green racing action. A spin by leader Daniel Bergeron brought out the yellow flag for a second time before another lap had been completed. Déry was able to join the back of the field on the second restart without losing a lap with a pair of Vice-Grip pliers clamped on his brake line to remedy the problem. He was able to work his way to the front of the field with the assistance of several caution periods.
Série ACT Castrol Rookie of the Year contender Spencer MacPherson from Carleton Place, ON finished third following up a top ten finish at the Toromont CAT 100 the previous week. Also turning in a career best effort was fourth place runner Jacques Poulin from East Broughton, Qc. Completing the top five was Eric St-Gelais of St Nicolas, Qc, another freshman racer with a career best effort.
Pole sitter Bergeron from St-Benoit de Mirabel, Qc recovered from his early race spin to finish sixth. Seventh went to Steven Boissonneault of Lyster, Theetge and Laperle rebounded after their lap 57 incident to finish eighth and ninth respectively. Rounding out the top 10 was veteran Yvon Bedard of St-Nicolas, another early race leader.
Nine cautions and two red flags slowed the pace at the high banked 3/8ths mile oval to one hour and 32 minutes, a stark contrast to the 38 minute race one week ago at Ottawa’s Capital City Speedway, a track of similar size and shape. None of the drivers were injured in any of the incidents and the red flags were to allow safety crews to clean up after the incidents.
The most spectacular caution happened on the 55th circuit for Normand Lavigueur of Laval, Qc. While running seventh on the front stretch, his Chevrolet suddenly veered into the front stretch wall hitting it two times with such force that a pair of concrete Jersey barriers weighing 2½ tons each were knocked over. The veteran competitor walked away from the scene.
Déry, who led the season-long Série ACT Castrol standings entering Saturday’s event extended his advantage to an unofficial 37 points over Karl Allard from St-Felicien, Qc (329-296). Lacombe’s victory vaults him from eighth into third in the point tally with 291.
Before the start of the Montmagny 100, the impressive crowd was treated to a two round Castrol Pit Stop contest by six of the 23 Late Model teams. Donald Theetge’s team set the pace in the first round with a time of 17.48 seconds. In the second go, Jean-François Déry’s crew had the fastest stop but at 17.49 seconds, they were a mere one-hundredths of a second behind Theetge who won the competition. Other participants included the crews of Yvon Bedard, Simon Roussin, Dany Ouellet and Patrick Laperle.
Official Finish of the Série ACT Castrol’s Montmagny 100 – Sat., June 16, 2007
at Autodrome Montmagny Speedway, Monmagny, Qc showing finish position, (start positions), driver, hometown, laps complete and reason out, if any:
1. (11) Sylvain Lacombe, Terrebonne, QC, 100
2. (15) Jean-Francois Déry, Val-Belair, Qc, 100
3. (5) Spencer MacPherson, Carleton Place, ON, 100
4. (21) Jacques Poulin, East Broughton, Qc, 100
5. (4) Eric St-Gelais, St-Nicolas, Qc, 100
6. (1) Daniel Bergeron, St-Benoit, Qc, 100
7. (6) Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, Qc, 100
8. (13) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Qc, 100
9. (9) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, Qc, 100
10. (3) Yvon Bedard, St-Nicolas, Qc, 100
11. (16) Karl Allard, St-Felicien, Qc, 100
12. (20) Kevin Roberge, Levis, Qc, 99
13. (2) Dany Ouellet, La Pocatiere, Qc, 91
14. (12) Alexandre Gingras, Quebec, Qc, 87, Overheating
15. (35) Jonathan Desbiens, Levis, Qc, 78, Suspension
16. (10) Claude Leclerc, Lanouraie, Qc, 75, Overheating
17. (18) Stephane Durand. Quebec, Qc, 66, Engine
18. (14) Normand Lavigeur, Laval, Qc, 55, Wreck
19. (8) Simon Roussin, Quebec, Qc, 53, Wreck
20. (22) Martin Lacombe, Terrebonne, Qc, 53, Ignition
21. (19) Eric Lehoux, Ste-Marie, Beauce, Qc, 53, Wreck
22. (17) Rejean Blanchet, St-Tite-des-Caps, Qc, 53, Wreck
23. (7) Marc-Andre Cliche, Vallee-Jonction, Qc, 41, Overheating