Theetge Starts From Back and Still Wins at Montmagny
Defending ACT Castrol Series Champ Doesn't Let Anything Slow Him Down
Stock car racing veteran, Donald Theetge of Boischatel Quebec came from 18th in the 23 car starting field to win Saturday’s Paradis du Sport 100, the ACT Castrol Series’ season opening event at the Autodrome Montmagny Speedway in Montmagny, Qc. Theetge, the 2006 champion, who has two previous victories at the 3/8ths mile high-banked paved oval in four previous races, did not earn a qualified position in his heat race which relegated him to the rear of the starting grid.
balance of the top five. Over the final 10 laps the quartet had the fans on their feet as they jockeyed for position.
Completing the top ten were Allard, Jacques Poulin, Marc Begin, Simon Roussin and Claude Leclerc.
The ACT Castrol Series continues its 2007 season on Saturday (May 26) at the Autodrome St-Eustache, a 4/10ths mile oval northwest of Montreal. Post time for the St-Eustache 100 is 6:00 pm.
Donald Theetge celebrates his victory at Montmagny. (ACT Photos)
Jean-Francois Dery, from Val Belair, Qc, and the 2006 championship runner-up was again second to Theetge. Sylvain Lacombe, of Terrebonne, Qc, the 2005 title holder was third. Quebec City’s Alexandre Gingras and Marc-Andre Cliché from Vallee Jonction, Qc completed the top five.
Daniel Bergeron of Mirabel, Qc and Yvon Beard from St-Nicolas, Qc started on the front row with Bergeron leading the first two circuits from the pole position. A couple of yellows early in the event for minor spins allowed Bedard to take over on the third lap.
Bedard, a 25+ year racing veteran, moved into a comfortable lead as the balance of the field battled for position. Moving through the field from his sixth post position was Karl Allard of St-Felicien, Qc. The multi-time snowmobile racing champion passed Bedard to take the lead on the 26th circuit. Following Allard was Lacombe and Gingras.
Meanwhile, Theetge was on a march toward the front, oftentimes picking off multiple cars on each trip around the speedplant. On the 29th lap he passed Gingras for third and set his sights on the top two.
On a lap 40 restart, which came out for a minor spin, Theetge passed Lacombe for second. Allard was able to maintain the top spot following the sixth and final caution but with the handling on his car going away, the leader knew it was a matter of time before he too fell victim to Theetge’s march toward the front. On lap 49, Theetge won the battle as Allard’s car drifted high through a corner.
Theetge settled into a rhythm at the front as Lacombe, Dery, Gingras and Allard battled for the
CANADIAN TOUR OFF TO A GOOD START
A successful start to the Serie ACT Castrol has our Canadian neighbors excited for the season. Donald Theetge came from deep in the field at Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday afternoon to win the Paradis du Sport 100 and kick off another chapter in the ACT history book.
In front of a good crowd on a picture-perfect day, Theetge bested a field of 23 cars and came out on top of a sensational battle for the win involving Sylvain Lacombe, Jean-Francois Dery, Karl Allard, Alexandre Gingras, and Marc-Andre Cliche.
“I think that was the best ACT race of the year so far,” said ACT President Tom Curley. “I really had no idea that Donald Theetge was going to hold on and win until the last lap. It was a great opener for the series.”
Theetge has committed to running the full ACT Late Model Tour (unofficially referred to as the “US Tour” at times), and will pick and choose his starts in the Serie ACT Castrol. Theetge is the defending champion of the series, which began in 2005 under a different sanction and title. The Boischatel, QC racer finished in the Top 10 with the “US Tour” at Airborne Speedway on May 12, and credited his success at Montmagny in part to the preparation he has undergone in the states this season.
LAPERLE IS BACK..SORT OF….AT MONTMAGNY
Among the entrants in the Paradis du Sport 100 was Patrick Laperle, who is recovering
from a severe illness. The race was Laperle’s first of the season after a long stay in a
hospital near his St-Denis, QC home.
Still not up to 100%, Laperle drove his car on the pace lap and pitted to allow substitute
driver and cousin, Jacques, to take the controls and earn points in his place.
Unfortunately, Jacques was involved in a crash on lap 1 and was forced to retire from the
race. Patrick Laperle was credited with a 23rd-place finish.
Tom Curley addresses the drivers' meeting.
Patrick Laperle's #91 in traffic.