Labbe Marches To ACT Riverside Victory
ST-CROIX, Quebec – Alex Labbe led the final 80 laps of the American Canadian Tour Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway Saturday on his way to his first Série ACT win of the season.
Labbe held off runner-up finisher Joey Polewarczyk Jr. over the last several restarts to claim the victory in the combination ACT US and Série ACT QC event. It was his second career Série ACT win and first since joining the Larue Industrial Snow Blower team in 2013.
Pole sitter Jean-François Déry jumped out to the early lead over the first 27 laps until Wayne Helliwell Jr. climbed his way from his ninth starting position to challenge for the lead. The pair would swap the lead several times through numerous restarts with Helliwell leading the majority of the first 120 laps. On lap 121, Labbe jumped to the point and would never relinquish the lead. Polewarczyk made several attempts to steal the win but could not find the grip on the outside and settled for second just ahead of Déry.
Patrick Hamel and Dany Trepanier battled their way from the 17th and 18th starting positions respectively to complete the top five. Ben Lynch came home sixth just ahead of Claude Leclerc who recovered from a late race incident that shuffled him back to outside of the top ten. Helliwell faded over the final few restarts and came home eighth ahead of Stephane Descoste and Jimmy Hebert.
The 200-lap event saw 19 cautions including a mandatory yellow on lap 100 for a fuel stop. The majority of the teams also took advantage of the yellow to change right side tires. The event took two hours and forty-one minutes.
Labbe becomes the 13th qualifier for the ACT Bond Auto Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21.