MONTMAGNY, Quebec – Patrick Cliche scored his first career Série ACT win in the Montmagny 100 at Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday.
Cliche worked his way from his 12th starting position to 4th on a lap 75 restart. He inherited the lead after the caution flew once again on lap 75 and sent the top three cars to the rear. Cliche held off podium finishers Alex Labbe and Jonathan Bouvrette for the final 25 laps and took the checkers.
Patrick Hamel and Steven Boissonneault battled for the lead over the first half of the event with Hamel taking the advantage until a caution on lap 75. The field went green again but was quickly back under yellow with the top three, Hamel, Donald Theetge and Jean-François Déry going to the back of the field.
Veteran Claude Leclerc and young Etienne Cliche rounded out the top five. Boissonneault, Hamel, Patrick Boyer, Marc Beaudoin, and rookie Martin Goulet, Jr. filled out the top ten. The event saw six cautions and was completed in just over an hour. Fifteen of the nineteen cars that took the green completed all 100 laps. Eric LeHoux did not start the main event as he suffered rear end issues.
Cliche becomes the tenth qualifier for the ACT Bond Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21. He joins Jimmy Hebert, Brian Hoar, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Bobby Therrien, Donald Theetge, Jean-François Déry, Derrick O’Donnell and Cody Blake.