ST. EUSTACHE, Quebec – Jonathan Bouvrette won the Série ACT St-Eustache 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday in dominant fashion.
He led more than half the race on his way to his first career Série ACT victory in the 2013 season finale. Jean-François Déry followed him across the line in second to claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship and a $20,000 point fund check.
Déry ran a smart and clean race to come home second and claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship by unofficially eight points. The Série ACT veteran used two victories during the season to secure his first career Série ACT title.
Dany Trepanier of St-Edouard, QC led in the early stages of the event until the suspension on his right front broke sending him into the wall in turns three and four on lap 58. That handed the lead to Bouvrette, who didn’t relinquish the top spot until the fourth caution flag of the event flew on lap 114. Under the caution period Bouvrette and the majority of the field headed to pit road for two fresh tires.
Alex Labbe gained six points on point leader Déry in the heats and entered the feature trailing by just nine points. He took advantage of the field pitting and stayed out while running in the second position. With Bouvrette visiting pit road, Labbe was handed the lead and earned an all important five points for leading a lap on the ensuing restart, shrinking Déry’s lead.
The strategy didn’t work out as Bouvrette was back in the lead with fresh tires in just two laps. Déry followed Bouvrette to the point and took over the second spot from Labbe. Without the new tires, Labbe faded back to mid-pack until the fifth and final caution on lap 130. He then pitted for tires, but had to work his way from the back of the pack.
Déry stayed glued to Bouvrette’s back bumper as the two worked lapped traffic over the final 70 lap green flag run. Labbe worked his way back up to fourth, but didn’t have enough to get around Patrick Laperle who was running third. Labbe made a last ditch effort on the final lap to get around Laperle with a bump-and-run move entering turn three. He was penalized one spot back to fourth with Laperle taking third. Etienne Cliche rounded out the top five.
Bouvrette was already invited to the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as an at-large invite. With his win he now secures the final qualifier bonus for an extra $500.