Laperle Conquers Ste.-Eustache
ST.EUSTACHE, Quebec — Patrick Laperle held off hard-charging Karl Allard over the final 10 laps of the Série ACT Castrol St-Eustache 300 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday.
Laperle led for the majority of the event and unofficially locks up the 2011 Série ACT Castrol title.
Laperle started 11th and worked his way to the front with the help of seven cautions by lap 79. He would lead the next 98 circuits before pitting out of the lead for tires and fuel on lap 176. With fresh tires it took him just 35 laps to work his way back to the point.
Allard started in the third position and led early while battling with Sylvain Lacombe. He relinquished the lead on lap 211 to Laperle on fresher tires. Allard chose to hold off and pit for his fresh tires on the lap-240 caution flag. After working his way back towards the front, Allard took the final restart on lap 281 as the fourth car on the track but in the second position.
After clearing the two lap cars several laps later, Allard reached Laperle’s bumper with less than 10 laps to go. The two fought hard over the remaining laps with Allard fighting to make a hole on the inside line, but making several lifts so as not to wreck Laperle. Entering turn three on the final lap, Allard once again got into Laperle and sent him sideways up the track.
With a clear lane on the inside, Allard again chose to lift and let Laperle gather the car back up. Laperle would straighten the car out and take the win followed by Allard in second.
Dany Trepanier would take the third position followed by Stephane Descoste and Sylvain Lacombe.
The 300-lap event saw 16 cautions and was completed in two hours and 15 minutes.
Patrick Laperle, Karl Allard, Dany Trepanier, Stephane Descoste, Sylvain Lacombe, Terrebonne, Patrick Hamel, Jonathan Bouvrette, Claude Leclerc, Valerie Chiasson, Patrick Cliche, Yannick Tremblay, Martin Goulet, Jr., Brandon White, David Michaud, Donald Theetge, Jacques Poulin, Martin Goulet, Maxime Pelletier, Gaetan Lauzier, Steven Boissonneault, Philippe Jeannotte, Jacques Guinette, Martin Lacombe, Dave Baldwin, Jean-Francois Dery, Gaetan Gaudreault.