Laperle Collects SÚrie ACT Castrol Championship and $10,000 Bonus


    Stock car driver Patrick Laperle of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu was honored at the Série ACT Castrol Banquet of Champions at the Best Western Hotel Universel in Drummondville on Saturday evening.  The 31 year-old received a bonus check worth $10,000 for his efforts during the 12-race season sanctioned in Québec and Ontario by the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).

     Laperle recovered from a life-threatening illness to compete at the first Série ACT Castrol event, the Paradis du Sport 100 at Autodrome Montmagny.  Laperle went on an unprecedented streak of dominance and consistency during the year, earning two victories, four runner-up finishes, and top-ten finishes in 11 of the 12 events.  His victories came in consecutive races, with a $6,000 ACTion Super Series 200 score at Autodrome St-Eustache in July, and in a 100-lap event at Circuit Ste-Croix in August.  With additional success at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction and Capital City Speedway in Ottawa, ON, Laperle outdistanced Sylvain Lacombe – the 2005 Série ACT Castrol Champion – by 16 points to secure the title.

     Lacombe, known as “The Terror of Terrebonne,” earned three Série ACT Castrol victories during the season and received a $5,000 bonus for his runner-up effort.  Alexandre Gingras of Québec, Jean-François Déry of Val-Bélair, and Karl Allard of St-Félicièn completed the top five in order. Éric St-Gelais of St-Nicolas was honored as the Série ACT Castrol Rookie of the Year.  St-Gelais completed his first full season of Late Model stock car racing in 13th place overall on the Série ACT Castrol, with a top result of fifth place at Autodrome Montmagny in June.



    Rookie Jonathan Desbiens of Levis was voted by competitors as the Série ACT Castrol “Most Improved Driver” for 2007.  At just 16 years old, Desbiens qualified for all but one of the scheduled events, and earned his first top-ten finish at Autodrome Chaudière in the PRO-FAB 100 in August.

     Allard was named the winner of the Série ACT Castrol “Sportsmanship” award, as voted by competitors.  The multi-time Québec racing champion was an early title contender in 2007, and celebrated the birth of his daughter, Megan, in July.

     Louis Larue, President of the Réunion Pilotes Québec (RPQ) driver organization, was given a special award recognizing his efforts.  Larue was instrumental in ACT’s 2007 return to Québec racing, and was presented a plaque by ACT Vice President Darla Hartt in appreciation.

     ACT President Tom Curley thanked all involved with the Série ACT Castrol in his remarks during the evening, and announced that his ACT group will return to Québec in 2008.  A finalized race schedule should be expected in December.