STE. CROIX, Quebec — Patrick Hamel earned his first career Série ACT Castrol win after inheriting the lead with just seven laps remaining in the Hamel Construction 100 at Riverside Speedway.
Hamel ran in the second position for most of the event while battling with early leader Claude Leclerc and Donald Theetge in the later stages of the event. Hamel put up a great battle but over the final 47-lap green-flag run it appeared he had nothing left for Theetge.
Theetge was working his way through a couple of lap cars with Hamel hanging several car lengths back with seven laps to go. Theetge made contact with a lap car going into turn three on the 94th circuit, which created a slow leak in his left front tire. Hamel passed the slowing Theetge and cruised to the win. Theetge limped around for the remaining laps and finished 16th just one lap down.
Patrick Laperle recovered from an early spin to claim the runner-up position while David Michaud earned his second podium finish of the season in third. Sophomore driver Alex Labbé took fourth with veteran Claude Leclerc earning his second straight top five in fifth. Jean-François Déry, Dany Trepanier, Karl Allard, Patrick Cliche and Jacques Poulin completed the top 10.
The event saw eight cautions and took one hour and 18 minutes. Twenty-six cars were on hand for the event and they all started the feature. Twenty cars were left on the track on the final lap with 15 of them completing all 100 laps.
Patrick Hamel, Patrick Laperle, David Michaud, Alex Labbe, Claude Leclerc, Jean-Francois Dery, Dany Trepanier, Karl Allard, Patrick Cliche, Jacques Poulin, Jonathan Bouvrette, Martin Lacombe, Jonathan Urlin, Gaetan Lauzier, Tony Cote, Donald Theetge, Marc-Andre Cliche, Yannick Tremblay, Stephane Durand, Dave Coursol, St-Jerome, Steven Boissonneault, Eric Giguere, Jonathan Desbiens, Jimmy Cormier, Marco Savoie, Kevin Roberge.