ST. EUSTACHE, Quebec – Patrick Laperle claimed the American-Canadian Tour St-Eustache 100 win in front of his hometown crowd at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday.
The 100-lap event was originally scheduled for June 1 but was postponed twice due to rain before being scheduled as the first leg of a doubleheader weekend. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City took second position and strengthened his point lead heading into tomorrow’s 200-lap finale at St-Eustache.
Second place point man Alex Labbe led early in the event before fading backwards in the middle stages of the event. Donald Theetge stole the lead from Labbe until contact on a lap 15 restart sent him spinning in turn one. Jonathan Bouvrette edged Labbe on the ensuing restart and appeared to be the fastest car on the track until Déry got by him while the two worked through lapped traffic.
Déry led from lap 42 through 86, earning an all important 5 bonus points for leading the most laps. Laperle was all over the back bumper of Déry looking for any mistake. The mistake finally came on lap 86 when Déry slipped up while negotiating a lapped car. Laperle got by on the outside and never relinquished the lead. Déry settled for second, while Labbe clawed his way back to third. Theetge and Bouvrette both recovered from spins to finish in the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Déry entered the event with a 12 point lead over Labbe. He gained another 3 points and now unofficially leads by 15 going into tomorrow’s season finale 200.