Courtesy Hankook Championship Media
Ste-Pie-de-Bagot, September 12, 2005 – Federation Auto-Quebec Hankook Championship drivers offered race fans an intense show at Sanair on Saturday, in front of a crowd of more than 1 800 people. The day saw a lot of last minute development, notably doctor Jocelyn Hebert’s win in Touring class despite an impressive qualifying performance by the Kensai team mates. Ontario’s Malcolm Strachan confirms the title and wins the GTO Championship in his first year of competition in the province.
“Another successful racing program, declared series promoter Dominic St-Jean at the end of the day, and we never tired of saying it. The drivers gave up a heck of a show, with close fights in all the classes, especially Touring and Formula 1600. In five races, Jocelyn Hebert is the first driver to win a second race this season in Touring. This shows you the level of dedication of the teams this season in offering race fans good times.”
A lot was expected of the Kensai Racing team this weekend, and Travis Walker (Acura RSX Type S) scored a pole right out of the box, with team mate Valerie Limoges (Acura RSX Type S) coming third. Only doctor Jocelyn Hebert (Acura Integra) spoiled their perfect qualifying effort, wedging himself between the two with a second place.
Come the race, the story was much different. With Walker faltering in the early laps, the usual suspects made themselves known. Yves Bedard (VW Golf GTI) took second place behind Hebert, and Valérie Limoges (Acura RSX Type S) completed the podium in third.
In the rookie race, the fight between the three top contenders was fierce, with Stephane Carrier (VW Jetta GTX) putting the best qualifier of the bunch at 13th, followed by Musique Plus VJ Babu (Hyundai Tiburon), back from injury, in 14th and Vincent Basile (Honda Civic) in 16th. The trio came across the finish line one behind the other, but in a different order, with Basile in front in 10th, then Carrier (11th) and Babu (12th).
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The task of budging Philippe Gelinas from his first place spot in the standing was a family affair this weekend. The father-son duo of Michel and Olivier Bonnet dominated qualifying with a one-two punch they proceeded to repeat in reverse order at the end of the race, Olivier taking the win in front of his dad. Franc Roiron managed to redeem a disappointing qualifying effort and turned his seventh spot on the grid into a third spot finish. Serge Bourdeau finishes 4th in his best-career finish, followed by Jean Arseneau and Eric Van Peperstraete. Philippe Gélinas was disqualified following a post-race inspection.
In GTO class, Ontario’s Malcolm Strachan (Chevrolet Corvette Z06) confirms the GTO title by winning the double-header in Sanair. Race incidents for his closest rival Fernand Leblanc (Porsche 911 RSR) opened the door wide for Malcolm to achieve his goal.
In GTU class, Fernando Scattolin (Porsche 911) also scored a double, edging Mark Gawronski (Honda CRX) to the line in the first race, and George Moutafis (BMW M3) in the second. Normand Robert (Mazda RX7) made a successful return after missing the last race to score a third place in the second race. The GTU class is still wide opened heading into the season finale in Mont-Tremblant.
Finally, Fernand Leblanc’s concerns with his car profited Erik Kerub (Acura NSX SC) who won the GT class race. He was followed at the line by Paul Bissonnette (Ford Mustang GT).
The final event of the 2005 Hankook Quebec Championship will be held in Mont-Tremblant, from September 24 to 25.
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The Championship is proud of its prestigious partners : Hankook Tires, Excellence Chrysler, Motul, Cogismaq, Trac Racing Depot, G-nius Communication, Optik Design, Lettrage Provan and RDS Motorisé. For more information on the Quebec Championship, full results and high-resolution pictures, please visit www.autocourse.ca , or contact Dominic St-Jean by phone at (514) 382-8777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.