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May 11, 2020, BURLINGTON – It wasn’t how he scripted his race execution, but Alex Labbe was strong when it mattered taking the Right Choice Auto Sales 100 win Sunday. The Canadian Sim Racing Series (CSRS) presented by Lacroix Tuning visited the tricky 1.5 mile oval on iRacing, and the event was marred with cautions.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Labbe. “We had a couple incidents, and we had to go back through the field. I knew if we had long runs I would be pretty decent.

Labbe led the most laps in the event with 56 tours spent at the helm.

“Treyten (Lapcevich) was really really fast on the short runs. I had better pace than Treyten later in a run, but Treyten was really good on stickers.”

Ultimately Lapcevich wound up fifth after a late-race restart, and it was Michael Moorley who posed the biggest threat to Labbe’s victory. Moorley was two laps down at one point in the race, and in a restart with just five laps to go lined up in the 13th spot.

His fresh tires allowed Moorley to charge the outside lane vaulting all the way to second place before running out of laps.

“The runs on the outside were absolutely phenomenal,” said Moorley. “The guys were actually letting me go by, so I have to thank them for that. I’m very surprised at how that (the outside lane) was working.”

Moorley’s final pass of the night came on third-place finisher Raphael Lessard who wound up third. He completed the move out of turn four on the final lap.

“It was a lot of work,” said Lessard of the race. “There was a lot of caution. I would have liked to have run more green flag laps. I missed it in qualifying and started 17th.

“We had 100 laps to get to the front. We finally got there, but Alex was really good at the end. Michael on new tires was way faster than all of us. First race we were second, and now we were third. For the championship it is looking pretty good. It was very hard to gain position.”

Raphael Lessard battles with round 1 winner Blake Reinhart. Both would earn top-five finishes

The frequent caution flags were a product of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s narrow confines combined with an extremely competitive field of 43 drivers. Only half a second separated the qualifying times from first through 40th.

Rounding out the top five was week one winner Blake Reinhart and Lapcevich. Sixth through 10th were Alex Guenette, Jeff Cote, Maxime Poitras, Bertrand Godin, and Kyle Rochelle.

The Right Choice Auto Sales Hard Charger Award was earned by Godin who started 40th and advanced into the top 10 at the finish. The Lacroix Tuning Smooth Move of the Race Award went to Moorley for his slick execution in moving from 13th to second in just five laps at the end of the race.

Bertrand Godin battles with Connor James.

Rounds three and four of the month-long series present a new challenge for the 60-racer series. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) is host to next Sunday’s race, and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal will host round four on May 24th.

The 56-lap event at CTMP is the series most high profile event – the final race of CTMP’s Castrol Victoria Day e-Speedfest Weekend. The race will stream live at 9 pm on GForceTV, and so will the public qualifier at 11 am, Sunday, May 17th.

“We are excited to work with the great people at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to participate in their Victoria Day Weekend event,” said league co-founder Adam Ross. “We expect great racing on the track, and a big audience following from home.”

The CSRS presented by Lacroix Tuning visits Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this Sunday, May 17th, with the streams starting at 11 am for public qualifying and 9 pm eastern time on GForceTV.net. Learn more about the CSRS by visiting www.CanadianSimRacingSeries.com.

 

To register for CSRS Public Series qualifiers, simply visit https://form.jotform.com/201143392266248 , and sign up. There is no charge!

 

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VICTORY LANE QUOTES:

 

 

WINNER – Alex Labbe:

It wasn’t easy. We had a couple incidents, and we had to go back through the field. I knew if we had long runs I would be pretty decent.

Treyten was really really fast on the short runs. It all worked out there at the end.

I wanted to build a little gap there. I had better pace than Treyten later in a run, but Treyten was really good on stickers. I had a little breathing room. I just tried to save a little bit of my right front tire in case we had a late caution.

 

SECOND PLACE – Michael Moorley:

Believe it or not I restarted 13th on that last restart, and I had nice good tires. The runs on the outside were absolutely phenomenal. The guys were actually letting me go by, so I have to thank them for that.

I’m very surprised at how that (the outside lane) was working. I was kinda trying it a little bit further back in the field. It was running hard up there.

Just want to give a shout out to you guys at G Force TV. I want to give a shout out to Darkhorse and to CSRS.

 

THIRD PLACE – Raphael Lessard:

It was a lot of work. There was a lot of caution. I would have liked to have run more green flag laps. I missed it in qualifying and started 17th.

We had 100 laps to get to the front. We finally got there, but Alex was really good at the end. Michael on new tires was way faster than all of us.

First race we were second, and now we were third. For the championship it is looking pretty good. It was very hard to gain position.

 

 

 

    Right Choice Auto Sales 100
    Canadian Sim Racing Series
    Time Trial Results  
         
         
         
  Car # Name   Fastest Lap Time
1 36 Alex Labbe 29.856
2 12 Blake Reinhart 29.857
3 74 Kevin Lacroix 29.879
4 32 Treyten Lapcevich 29.894
5 6 Michael Moorley 29.895
6 26 Trent Ringler 29.895
7 1 John Schweickart 29.9
8 76 Cayden Lapcevich 29.915
9 11 Jeff Cote 29.917
10 55 Will Larue 29.955
11 38 Jarrett Herbison 29.974
12 12 Tom Senchak 29.974
13 51 Frederik Ladouceur 29.992
14 118 Jean-Philippe Bergeron 29.996
15 88 Connor James2 30
16 10 Shane Billings 30.001
17 4 Raphael Lessard 30.018
18 29 Jason Metcalfe 30.021
19 19 Justin Arseneau 30.026
20 39 Alex Guenete 30.031
21 28 Jonathan Cote2 30.04
22 6 Felix Gratton 30.078
23 95 Anthony Simone 30.083
24 1 Kyle Rochelle 30.083
25 33 Brett J Taylor 30.084
26 35 Adam Ross 30.085
27 23 Maxime Poitras 30.095
28 96 Olivier Bédard 30.104
29 82 Calum McNicol 30.12
30 18 Colin Livingston 30.132
31 97 Maxime Gauvreau 30.142
32 52 Jessy Lambert2 30.171
33 61 John Fletcher 30.174
34 85 Steve Cote 30.184
35 91 Jeremy Gagnon2 30.216
36 72 Alexandre Labrosse 30.218
37 129 Danny Caouette 30.231
38 17 DJ Kennington 30.282
39 0 Jacob Exton 30.295
40 77 Bertrand Godin 30.314
41 25 Larry Jackson 30.345
42 31 Wyatt Seburn 30.447
43 56 Francois Verville 30.475
44 43 Francis Daigneault 30.573
45 9 Todd Seburn 30.778
46 15 Anthony Rinomato 31.195
47 24 Dany Lacroix N/T
48 90 Lucien JR Campeau N/T
49 19 Mario Lachance2 N/T
50 9 Mathieu Kingsbury N/T