MONTMAGNY, Quebec — Donald Theetge won a fierce battle with Série ACT point leader Patrick Cliche to claim the victory in the Montmagny 250 at Autodrome Montmagny Sunday.
Theetge pocketed over $4,000 after stealing the win in the final 10 laps.
Theetge and Cliche climbed through the field, from 13th and 15th, respectively, during the early stages of the 250-lap event and used the same strategy of pitting for tires on the lap 139 caution. The two worked their way back through the field to setup a spectacular final 50 laps.
For the second race in a row, Cliche led the most laps of the event but each one of them had Theetge on his rear bumper looking for any mistake or opening. Theetge pulled even with Cliche on the inside line several times, but each time Cliche would power back by on the outside.
With 15 laps to go, the duo was battling heavy lap traffic when Theetge turned up the tempo. While coming up on a lap car entering turn one with just six laps to go, both drivers overdrove the corner causing an eight-wheel slide. The pair gathered their cars back up for the drag race down the backstretch and Theetge finally got the advantage entering turn three. Cliche made several more attempts to get back under Theetge but to no avail.
Theetge claimed the win, while Cliche’s second unofficial keeps him in the point lead. Alex Labbe completed the podium with Jean-François Déry and Jonathan Bouvrette rounding out the top five.
Donald Theetge, Patrick Cliche, Alex Labbe, Jean-François Déry, Jonathan Bouvrette, Dany Trepanier, Stephane Descoste, Justin Holtom, Etienne Cliche, Patrick Boyer, Jacques Poulin, Claude Leclerc, Gaetan Gaudreault, Christopher Bedard, Patrick Hamel, Mario Gosselin, William Roberge, Maxime Pelletier, Steven Boissonneault, Marc-Andre Cliche, Martin Goulet, Leo Poirier.