DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec – A perfect night for racing greeted the fans and competitors for round number four of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Autodrome Drummond for a first Quebec swing in ”la belle province.”
Adam Hilton and Guy Ouellette shared the top row for the 50-lap Sportsman event, Ouellette had a great jump and got the initial lead over Yves Leveillee and Steve Bernier as Hilton faded to sixth. The first caution came on lap four as Jenna David and Boyd McTavish had issues.
On the following green, Steve Bernier was the new leader using the top side as Ouellette was second and Mathieu Desjardins in third.
Bernier was pulling away from the field as Desjardins got by Ouellette for second with a dozen laps in the books.
Desjardins closed in with the leader and took the lead on lap 17 just as Samuel Lajoie slowed the field down.
When the green lights came back out, Bernier to the lead with Desjardins by his side as top 5 runner, Dany Gagné stopped in turn two and the race was slowed again.
Bernier maintained the lead as Desjardins went a little high, momentarily losing second, but was back in full force with Ladouceur still racing with him as the race closed in to halfway.
Mario Genest had a flat tire and the yellow lights were out with half the laps to go, Bernier was the leader with Desjardins, Ladouceur, Ouellette and Brad Rouse cracking the top five.
Another lap was done as Martin Giguere and Rene Clair stopped in turn two, Ouellette was able to get third as Jessica Power was a new member of the top five.
Local top runner Bernier was building himself a good lead as Ladouceur and Desjardins were swapping second spot with less than 15 laps to go.
Desjardins jumped the cushion and Jessica Power now running third but got caught in lapped traffic and Brad Rouse was able to get by Power as Desjardins was in fifth.
Bernier led the final circuits and captures his first ever DIRTcar Sportsman Series event in front of Brad Rouse who passed Ladouceur at the winner circle. Jessica Power and Mathieu Desjardins rounded out the top five.
Bernier was a happy customer in winner circle.
“We brought our other car tonight and things worked well for us, it is always fun to run against other competitors from elsewhere,” Bernier said.