Weekly Report (3rd to 8th of August 2021)
My buddy Ron Morin came to my rescue with the use of his truck until Seaway GM (where the car is being fixed) could get me a ‘loaner’ .
There was a good crowd of people there for the regular weekly races.
Wednesday was a quiet day with not much going on,
First thing on Thursday morning, I got a call from Seaway GM to let me know, they’d got a ‘loaner’ for me.
A Chev Traverse .
After giving Ron his truck back, I now have a set of wheels to use until my Impala is fixed.
First thing on the agenda that day was to watch a few practice laps at the Cornwall Motor Speedway. Some of my local racers had rented the track for some afternoon testing sessions.
I’d seen on the St Lawrence Ship Watchers F/B page that a fancy private yacht , named the Scout was passing by, and thought I’d go and get some pics.
I caught it at Glen Walter, just as it was passing the Federal Sakura.
On Friday it was time to head to Autodrome Granby again.
Don Simpson and I went up in the Traverse .
It was Sail Panel night for the Modifieds, which made a nice change.
In the past I never liked them fitted to the Modifieds, but these days, I’ve relented, and find them a refreshing change once in a while.
The program consisted of the usual, Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Sport Compact.
After the intermission , the Pro Stocks had their feature.
The Modifieds were next and starting at the front were two friends of mine, Luke Whitteker and Steve Bernier.
They both dueled side side by side until Luke took control.
Steve started to drop back which allowed Martin Pellettier and David Hebert to pass and take second and third.
This was Luke’s second win at Granby this year , in the Pierre Daganais owned car.
Like I said, Luke’s been a friend for a long time, so once again I jumped in, for a cheeky Vic Lane pic.
The last race of the night was for the Sportsman, and surprisingly the night was still young.
The checkers came down on young Felix Roy, just before 10-30 pm, well before the 11-00 curfew.
Felix is the youngest son of Martin Roy, a former top Modified and NASCAR driver.
The next day, Saturday the 7th of August I had a very busy agenda.
For over ten years I have known Isabelle Tremblay, from the days when she competed in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Isabelle is now residing in the Gatineau area, and this year she was involved in the staging of the Auto Show Gatineau.
It was being held on Saturday 7th of August in Aylmer , Que , and she asked me to go a long to take some pictures.
The full gallery of pictures can be seen in the ‘Latest Photos’ section.
By mid afternoon I was on the move again.
My next destination was the Brockville Ontario Speedway.
The weather forecast was for rain, but I’d heard nothing on social media about a cancelation so carried on regardless.
By the time I reached the track at 5-30 it was raining , but there were still people lining up to get in and no signs of it being rained out.
The skies on the horizon were a lot brighter , so it wasn’t long before the wet stuff stopped.
It was then a task for Paul Kirkland and his team to prep the track .
There was a busy schedule to get through, consisting of Modifieds, Sportsman , Rookie Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Sprint Cars and Vintage Modifieds (two features)
The program was rushed along as quickly as possible, and thankfully the planned intermission autograph session was scrapped.
The features went like this .
First Vintage Randy Gaudet
Rookie Sportsman Tristan Ladouceur
Street Stocks Brock Cullen
Mini Stocks Hayden Brown
Modifieds Brian McDonald
Sprint Cars Matt Billings
Sportsman Bobby Herrington
The late start obviously meant a late finish. and the Sportsman feature was done just before mid night.
There was one more race to go, the second Vintage feature of the night, but I chose to miss this and get myself home. This was won by Josh Powers.
Sunday, as usual was an evening date at the Cornwall Motor Speedway .
That gave me most of the day to relax before heading to the track around 5-00 pm.
On arrival , it started to rain, but quickly stopped. More rain was expected later so the race management opted for a quick turn around of events.
In addition to the usual Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks, the Mini Modifieds were there replacing the Rookie Sportsman on this occasion.
Their feature which ran after the heats and before intermission was won by Johnathan Lapolice.
Next up were the Mini Stocks where Alexis Charbonneau got his second feature win of the weekend.
The 40 lap Pro Stock feature followed this where Pascal Payeur took the win.
The Modifieds were next , and this was a good one.
Lee Ladouceur took the early lead in this but was eventually over hauled by Luke Whitteker ,
Luke looked all set for the win until Kyle Dingwall made a pass for the lead on the last lap.
That’s two feature wins this year for Kyle at Cornwall,
The last race of the night was the Sportsman feature where William Racine made a late race charge to pass past Samuel Charland to take the checkers.
The show was all over , soon after 10-00 , just what I needed after a busy weekend