Saturday, June 30 2007 @ 09:37 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Mike Lavoie from Chicoutimi, Qc scored his first Série ACT Castrol win in front of a huge crowd Friday night at the Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée Jonction, a 3/8ths mile high-banked oval. Lavoie, who started on the pole of the 25-car field, got the jump on the initial green flag and spent the rest of the event looking in his rear-view mirror as he tried to stay ahead of his fellow competitors as well as keep an eye on the threatening skies.
|A huge crowd was on hand to watch the PRO-FAB 100
The PRO-FAB 100 was affected by Mother Nature for several minutes on the fifth circuit but it turned out to be just a tease. The rains began to fall in earnest just past the half-way mark and the track’s promoters were forced to cancel the balance of the race.
Following Lavoie across the line was Patrick Laperle from St.Denis, Qc, Mario Gosselin, of Lake Wales, FL, Karl Allard of St-Felicien and Sylvain Lacombe of Terrebonne, Qc rounded out the top five.
Lavoie was first chased by Steven Boissonneault then Marc Begin. The pair faded as Laperle marched his way forward. Laperle, a second generation competitor, started 14th on the grid and was able to edge ahead of Boissonneault for the runner-up spot on the 50th circuit. One lap later, the hood flew off one of the Late Models and landed on the backstretch which brought out the caution flag.. With the field lined up to resume racing on lap 52 the skies opened which ended competition in the PRO-FAB 100.
|Victory lane for the top 3, (lf to rt) third place Mario Gosselin, winner Mike Lavoie and second place Patrick Laperle.
Boissonneault crossed the line in sixth, Marc-Andre Cliche, Alexandre Gingras, Claude Leclerc and Begin completed the top ten.
The PRO-FAB 100 marked the debut of “Super” Mario Gosselin in a Série ACT Castrol event. Gosselin, a former resident of Quebec’s Beauce region, has been living in the U.S. and competing on the ARCA RE/MAX Series as well as others for the past several years. He last raced at Autodrome Chaudière in 2005.
Gosselin ran a car he built usually driven by Série ACT Castrol competitor Normand Lavigueur. Two weeks ago, Lavigueur was involved in a wreck at a series race at Autodrome Montmagny which required extensive repairs. The car was taken to Gosselin’s Florida shop. Finished on Thursday, it arrived at the race track untested in time for the final practice session.
The Série ACT Castrol resumes its 12 race schedule on Tuesday, July 24 at the 5/8ths mile Circuit Ste-Croix.