Laperle Dominates At Chaudiere
VALLEE-JUNCTION, Quebec — Patrick Laperle dominated on his way to his second straight Série ACT Castrol win at Autodrome Chaudiere Friday night.
The defending Castrol late model champion lapped all but the top five of the 18 car field, while leading the final 111 laps of the 150-lap event.
Former Castrol Champion Karl Allard jumped out to the point from the outside pole after the initial green. However, his lead was short lived as Donald Theetge used the outside line to take over the lead on lap 9. Theetge broke away from the field and built himself a healthy lead over the next 30 laps. Coming off of turn four to complete the 39th circuit, Theetge unexpectedly slowed and coasted to a stop, bringing out the first caution. Theetge’s day would be over due to distributor issues.
Allard would inherit the lead for the first restart of the event, but Laperle made short work of the battle and took the lead for good on lap 40. Jean-Francois Dery chased Laperle after the second caution flag on lap 42 for a minor spin. The two worked through lap traffic but Dery could not close the gap. The third and final caution came out on lap 146 bringing the field back together, but Laperle was too strong and held a lapped car cushion over Dery on the final restart.
Laperle would cruise to the win followed by Dery, Allard, Dany Trepanier and Patrick Cliche completing the top five and lead lap cars. Daniel Descoste, David Michaud, Patrick Hamel, Tony Cote, and Gaetan Lauzier rounded out the top 10.