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Villeneuve Narrowly Edges Picton's Strachan

LeCircuit Mt. Tremblant was the picturesque setting of Quebec's Fall Classic Sept. 24,25,26.

As Quebec's premier sports car race, large fields of Ferrari's, Porsches, Corvette's and BMW's entertained large crowds under blue skies and amid mountains of brilliant colours with his 700 hp twin turbo Porsche clearly the class of 50-car entry, Jacques Villenueve (no relation to the F1 driver) won pole position.

On his first ever event at Circuit Mt. Tremblant, Picton's Malcolm Strachan quickly came to grips with the difficult 16 corner high speed track and found its blind over-crest, undulating corners to his liking and posted second fastest times in qualifying.

Norman Guindon in a Powell Motorsport Corvette was third quickest, followed by several Ferraris and Porsches.

Race one on Saturday saw Villenueve rocket away to an unsurmountable lead. Strachan with 250 less horsepower and a tired and difficult transmission, clung grimly to hold second place over Norman Guindon's Corvette. The weekends main event started at 3p.m. Sunday under perfect racing conditions with Villenueve once again putting his ultra-powerful Porsche to good use.

At the start, Strachan was shuffled back to fifth as a result of the slow shifting transmission. By the end of the first lap it was Villenueve, Guindon, Burrows and Strachan. By the third lap he had battled back to third and was locked in a battle with the Ferrari 360 Challenge of Burrows. As Burrows and Strachan approached a lapped Honda Civic, the Civic lost control in the extremely fast corner two. Burrows spun to avoid the Civic, forcing Strachan to thread the needle and dart between two spinning racers at 120 m.p.h. in corner two.

Strachan then distanced himself from the third-place Guindon to finish a strong second place in his Konica-Minolta Corvette.

With numerous kart racing wins in Quebec during the 90's and his finish in the Fall Classic, Strachan's name is once again in the French newspapers.

The final race of the season runs at Mosport this weekend.

Picton Gazette



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