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
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
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.