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MICHAEL PARENT WINS OFFICIAL OPENING AT RPM SPEEDWAY 2.0




Michael Parent wins the official opening ...

The leaders and the entire RPM Speedway team were eager to show everyone the hard work of the past few weeks and it was finally yesterday that they were able to officially open the RPM Speedway 2.0 . Although almost all the infrastructure has been improved, the track has remained intact and as usual, there has been a show that only the Short Track Spectacular can offer.

The Modified were Sail panels teams for the occasion since we were entitled to the 2nd round of the Canadian Side Panel Series. 28 Modified responded with the goal of becoming the driver to win the first victory of the RPM Speedway 2.0. In the practice timed practice sessions, Steve Bernier, Dominic Dufault and Sébastien Gougeon were fastest in their respective groups. Taking advantage of their leading position at the start of their qualification, they were all able to win.

Following the freelancing, Michael Parent, who had the happy hand, brought the peloton to the green flag of this 50-lap final. From the start, a pileup occurs and several pilots are involved. If the vast majority can leave after a visit to the wells, it is unfortunately the end of the emissions for the veterans Claude Brouillard and Alain Boisvert. In the relaunch, Michael Parent proves that his team came across the right adjustments by maintaining their first position convincingly. Mario Clair quickly took 2nd place ahead of Steve Bernier and Simon Perreault. Parent is very fast and he keeps Clear at a reasonable distance. With so many cars, passing the latecomers is a difficult task and despite everything, Parent remains first and navigates in an exceptional way among them. Bernier approaches Clair and on the 32nd lap he manages to pass # 22. Two laps later, Clair is deported and back to the 7th allowing Perreault, Gougeon and Hébert to pass. Parent will resist Steve Bernier's onslaught at the end of the race and win the first victory in the history of RPM Speedway 2.0. Bernier finished 2nd ahead of Simon Perreault, Sébastien Gougeon and Dominic Dufault. In the last lap, Mathieu Boisvert is victim of a violent rollover in the curve # 3 and fortunately the driver escaped unscathed unlike his car that seemed demolished. Parent will resist Steve Bernier's onslaught at the end of the race and win the first victory in the history of RPM Speedway 2.0. Bernier finished 2nd ahead of Simon Perreault, Sébastien Gougeon and Dominic Dufault. In the last lap, Mathieu Boisvert is victim of a violent rollover in the curve # 3 and fortunately the driver escaped unscathed unlike his car that seemed demolished. Parent will resist Steve Bernier's onslaught at the end of the race and win the first victory in the history of RPM Speedway 2.0. Bernier finished 2nd ahead of Simon Perreault, Sébastien Gougeon and Dominic Dufault. In the last lap, Mathieu Boisvert is victim of a violent rollover in the curve # 3 and fortunately the driver escaped unscathed unlike his car that seemed demolished.

The Pro-Stock had an appointment for the first round of their series Farnham Ale & Lager and several guest drivers joined the group to try to win the victory. It was just two guests who won the qualifiers while Stéphane Lebrun and CD Beauchamp won their race. Dany Voghel went a little more affluent by winning the Cash Dash of 4 rounds. The final of 50 laps will keep us in suspense while the fight for the head involving Guy Viens, Marc Lalonde and Yves Hamel is very tight. Come keep inside the circuit while Lalonde and Hamel use the outside instead. Moreover, this is what will trap Lalonde since it will hit the wall and move back several positions. After being involved in 2 clashes, C. D Beauchamp goes back every time the peloton to return in the group of head. Last party, the 11 of Stéphane Larivière makes a recovery but sees his race end in the bend # 1 as he hits the wall and climbs on it. Beauchamp will take advantage of a neutralization to win positions and the 43rd round, he manages to overtake Guy Viens and lead to victory. Come 2nd in front of Yves Hamel, Bruno Cyr and Dany Voghel.

It was the presentation of the first race of the JMG Raymond Cup for the Sportsman and they had a final of 40 rounds on schedule. During the qualifications, won by Normand Hamel, Mario Lajoie and Even Racine, Alexandre Salvas sees his car turn on itself during a collision. Fortunately, it will be without too much damage and the Sorel-Tracy driver will be able to take part in the final. We use the dice to determine the number of positions that will be reversed for the start and André Manny benefits from them by inheriting the pole. From the second lap, Felix Murray takes the lead and leads the first 23 laps. Even Racine will then overtake him on the 24th lap. On a raise, on lap 35, Root goes up too high and it allows Moise Pagé to momentarily take the lead but Racine resumes his due a lap later and it will be the overtaking of the victory. Racine wins the race ahead of Moise Pagé, Félix Murray, Normand Hamel and André Manny.

The Mini-Mods were on track for a 20-lap final that was marked by several neutralizations and a red flag while Jean-Christophe Bolduc's ONE car hit the wall hard between curves 3 and 4. The driver took the path of the ambulance by preventive measures but he is doing well.

The race was the affair of André Gagné who had a perfect car and which allowed him to resist all the raises. He finished first in front of Jonathan Lapolice and Daniel Demers.

The Mod-Lite were on the track for a 25-lap final at the very end of the program and Eric Caron in # 11 won a victory he dedicated to his father. Caron led the entire race, but behind him Jason Parent, Eric Désilets, Kevin Burke and Kevin Boucher-Carrier took turns trying to take his position but car 11 was too fast. Burke and Allyson Prince complete the podium.

At intermission, spectators saw Samuel St-Hilaire win in Slingshot JR after a great fight on the track with Chloé Grondin, Mathis Raymond and Loic Messier. In the SR Slingshot, Normand Gilbert seemed to be heading for victory, but a mechanical break opened the door for Keven Letendre to win. He finished in front of Aryane Imbeault and Karl Letendre. The race was punctuated by several yellow flags and clashes which, thankfully, remained minor.

And now it's done, the ice is broken at RPM Speedway 2.0 and all the team would like to thank the spectators who have come in large numbers for this event and invites you, Monday, June 24th when the tradiotiionel will be presented Quebec Bowl. The Modified will be on track for 2 finals of 40 laps and the Sportsman will have 2 finals of 20 laps in the program. The Lightning Sprints, Sport-Compact and Mini-Mod will also be partying.

Tommy Lavallée
RPM Speedway