Laperle Surges At St.-Eustache
ST.-EUSTACHE, Quebec — Defending Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle surged for his second win of 2012 at his home track of Autodrome St-Eustache Saturday.
Laperle had to fend off former champion Karl Allard in the closing laps, as well as point leader Jean-Francois Dery who was spoiled in search of his third win in a row on the Serie ACT Castrol.
Jonathan Bouvrette lead the field to the green and ran away away after a brutal wreck off the start that claimed the car of Gaetan Gaudrealt. Bouvrette’s lead was short-lived, however, as his mirror was filled with two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge, who dove underneath to steal the lead on lap 15.
Laperle methodically worked his way through the field from the 12th starting position, and found himself in a duel with Theetge after a lap-55 caution period. Laperle bested his rival, flying to the lead to the cheers of the hometown crowd. He momentarily lost the lead to Allard on lap 63, but gained it back to drive to a series-leading seventh career victory at Autodrome St-Eustache. Laperle left only eight of the 19-car starting line up on the lead lap.
Laperle sealed the win over Allard by just .591 seconds, who had his hands full with third-place Dery. Sainte-Croix’s Patrick Hamel took fourth and Patrick Hamel rounded out the top five.
Theetge, Stephane Descoste, Dany Trepanier, Gaetan Lauzier, and Yannick Tremblay completed the top 10.
The 200-lap event was completed in 1 hour 39 minutes and 13 seconds, and was slowed by 10 cautions.