Quebecer Raphaël Lessard finished second on Saturday, as the season’s curtain raiser in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, on the small oval at Sunset Speedway.
Treyten Lapcevich won the race.
Another Quebecer, Marc-Antoine Camirand, finished fourth. The driver of the No. 96 GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada Camaro dominated the vast majority of the race to finally reach the finish in fourth place after a lively end of the race.
Camirand, who set up the Camirand Performance team and built his own cars during the off-season, quickly showed that he would be a strong contender for the NASCAR Pinty’s Championship.
He dominated a good part of the NTN Ultimate Bearing 250, leading no less than 203 laps, but had to concede first place on a relaunch late in the race. He battled to regain the lead in the final NASCAR overtime restart, but eventually rallied to the finish in fourth place after that spirited finale.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to be so dominant from the first race. Too bad the end result doesn’t reflect how well my #96 GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada Camaro performed, but we’re already accumulating valuable championship points. We have an excellent team in place, we are proud to represent the colors of Paillé course//racing and I am convinced that this is only the beginning of the great things that we can accomplish together », mentioned the driver from Saint- Léonard-d’Aston, after the race.
For his part, his teammate Andrew Ranger had a much more difficult day. At the wheel of the No. 27, he had to fight with a car that was difficult to maneuver. Thirteenth after practice and qualifying, he completed the race trying to control a very oversteering car.
“It’s not the start of the season we were hoping for. Tuner Wight Motorsports and I tried to improve the car’s set-up throughout the day, without success. However, I am confident that we can come back strong quickly, because we will have a brand new car for the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next weekend,” said Ranger, who is credited with 12th place in the ‘arrival.
Next week, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario.