Race winner Coelho (c), runner-up Labranche (l) and Almeida (with guest) all performed brilliantly at a wet Mont-Tremblant. Race winner Coelho (c), runner-up Labranche (l) and Almeida (with guest) all performed brilliantly at a wet Mont-Tremblant. By Bob Szoke

Coelho wins crazy race

Written by  on Monday, 13 August 2012 11:26

By John Hopkins

MONT-TREMBLANT, Que. – Longueuil, Que.’s Alex Coelho won a wet and wild fourth round of the Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike Championship at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Sunday.

Riding the Black Sheep Racing / A.C. Graphics Kawasaki ZX-6R, Coelho took the lead from Luc Labranche on lap five of the 10-lap race and held on for a 1.817-sec. victory over the Team Extreme Superbike / Ricky Bobby Racing Kawasaki rider.

Nuno Almeida of Newcastle, Ont. finished third aboard his Noodles Racing / GP Bikes / Eurocorsa Performance Triumph 675.

“I just wanted to follow the pace of the guys ahead to get a sense of the conditions, and I felt really comfortable,” said Coelho, who spent the first three laps in third place behind Labranche and Almeida. “I wanted to have the lead just before halfway in case there was a red flag, and I just rode an easy and calm race.”

Coelho did have one anxious moment on the wet track as he battled Labranche for the lead, nearly highsiding.

The win was Coelho’s first in the Amateur Sport Bike class, although he did take the victory in the first Amateur Superbike national of 2011 at Circuit ICAR. His charge from ninth on the grid to the race win earned him the Performance Under Gear Performer of the Race Award.

It was a tough day for the contenders in the Amateur Sport Bike title battle. Championship leader Philippe Masse had qualified on pole over two seconds quicker than the rest of the field on a dry track, but he crashed his racingphil.com / Pete’s Superbike Kawasaki ZX-6R on the opening lap and again on lap four. He still managed to salvage seventh at the finish and the St-Hyacinthe, Que. rider actually stretched his lead in the standings to 43 points over Will Hornblower heading into the season finale doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in two weeks.

Hornblower had qualified second on the Hornblower Racing / Blue Streak / ProPulsion Yamaha YZF-R6 but the Sarnia, Ont. rider faded to a ninth place finish.

One of the stars of the race was Hugo Fournier on his Yamaha YZF-R6. The St-Eugene de Lamartine, Que. rider charged from ninth at the end of the opening lap up to second by lap seven, but crashed in turn eight on the next lap. He did have the consolation of setting the fastest lap of the race, a 1:59.944 on his seventh tour.

Race Results

Pos

No.

Name

Hometown

Total distance

Laps

Best Tm

In Lap

Diff

Make

Model/Engine

Total Tm

Comment

1

210

Alex Coelho

Longueuil, QC

42.600

10

2:01.594

6

Kawasaki

ZX-6R

18:46.013

2

888

Luc Labranche

Mirabel, QC

42.600

10

2:02.566

9

1.817

Kawasaki

ZX-6R

18:47.830

3

117

Nuno Almeida

Newcastle, ON

42.600

10

2:02.091

10

1.958

Triumph

675

18:47.971

4

92

Dominic Dupont

Montreal, QC

42.600

10

2:05.849

10

55.223

Kawasaki

ZX-6R

19:41.236

5

12

Mitch Card

Ripley, ON

42.600

10

2:05.965

9

1:19.541

Honda

CBR600RR

20:05.554

6

73

Michael Cote

Riviere-Rouge, QC

42.600

10

2:08.995

8

1:05.716

Suzuki

GSX-R600

19:51.729

Penalized 1 position for Technical Infraction

7

18

Philippe Masse

St-Hyacinthe, QC

42.600

10

2:01.149

9

1:22.319

Kawasaki

ZX-6R

20:08.332

8

320

Chris Dopke

Cambridge, ON

42.600

10

2:08.232

9

1:24.979

Honda

CBR600RR

20:10.992

9

89

Will Hornblower

Sarnia, ON

42.600

10

2:12.282

10

1:28.268

Yamaha

YZF-R6

20:14.281

10

61

Seth VanDongen

Belle River, ON

42.600

10

2:10.927

7

2:02.429

Yamaha

YZF-R6

20:48.442

11

763

Joe Rodrigues

Weston, ON

38.340

9

2:19.955

7

1 Lap

Suzuki

GSX-R600

19:37.692

12

26

Jean-Sebastien Perreault

Becancour, QC

29.820

7

2:24.829

3

3 Laps

Kawasaki

ZX-6R

20:01.439

DNF

314

Hugo Fournier

St Eugene de Lamartine, QC

29.820

7

1:59.944

7

DNF

Yamaha

YZF-R6

12:37.761

DNF

8

Geoff Cole

Elmsdale, NS

8.520

2

0

DNF

Yamaha

YZF-R6

3:56.443

DNS

30

Eric Gagnon

Ste-Sophie, QC

-

0

DNS

Suzuki

GSX-R600

DNS

901

Renee Larouche

Mirabel, QC

-

0

DNS

Honda

CBR600RR

DNS

266

Martin Gosselin

Plessisville, QC

-

0

DNS

Honda

CBR600RR

DNS

310

Eric Joly

Longueuil, QC

-

0

DNS

Kawasaki

ZX-R6

Point Standings

1

18

Philippe Masse

180

2

89

Will Hornblower

137

3

110

Austin Shaw-O'Leary

119

4

117

Nuno Almeida

111

5

182

Simon Hamel

85

6

99

Jean-Francois Aubin

84

7

888

Luc Labranche

84

8

210

Alex Coelho

73

9

92

Dominic Dupont

68

10

314

Hugo Fournier

65

11

212

Riley Dawe

57

12

320

Chris Dopke

38

13

763

Joe Rodrigues

34

14

12

Mitch Card

29

15

26

Jean-Sebastien Perreault

28

16

73

Michael Cote

27

17

274

Luke Bauer

27

18

28

John Parkin

27

19

291

Dean Johnson

25

20

985

Glenn Cauley

23

21

43

David Tremblay

19

22

61

Seth VanDongen

19

23

78

Jason Rideout

19

24

57

Martin Richard

19

25

141

Crowdis Roberts

17

26

8

Geoff Cole

15

27

29

Eric Fiset

13

28

270

Chris Fehr

12

29

197

Philippe Bonin

10

30

62

Reiner Griese

10

31

310

Eric Joly

8

32

20

Brian Madeley

8

33

137

Stephane Leduc

4

34

103

Jamie Young

4

35

30

Eric Gagnon

2

36

94

Paul Hollister

2

37

51

David Buckland

1

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