“This result is unexpected, certainly, but that proves that we are continuously improving. “
At the end of the line, Alex Labbé had all the reasons to celebrate its 11th place, Saturday afternoon, in Series XFinity.
A performance all the more meritorious as it was achieved in the circuit of intimidating Bristol, Tennessee, where he made his first visit.
“I knew that this track was difficult, said the driver of Saint-Albert in a telephone interview with the Newspaper, but not to this extent.
“It requires to be alert at all times and it is also very physically demanding. A small mistake can direct you to the walls of protection, without the possibility to avoid contact. “
In qualifications, where he was responsible for the 16th time faster, Labbé has not been excluded from the latest round will bring together the 12 faster by only four hundredths of a second. The table was set.
Labbé has been trapped in the early laps when the cars are hung in front of him.
“My car is part head-to-tail, he told, but fortunately the damage was limited to a few components of the body. “
The same situation occurred in the end of the race and, once again, the damage was minimal.
In the same turn
Labbé is one of the 12 drivers (out of the 40 runners) have travelled the 300 laps regulatory.
The Quebec conceded yet a lap to the leaders, but his team, AM Premium Racing, has opted for the bold strategy is to stay on the track after the final neutralization to take back lost ground.
“A top 10 was possible towards the end, said Labbé, but the condition of our tires, we were not allowed to double opponents. “
The race was won by
the American Ryane Preece, who became the seventh driver in seven races this season, to parade around the circle of the winner in the antechamber of the Cup Monster Energy.
Labbé, him, well surpasses the best result of his 10 entries at Serial life XFinity. He had finished 17th on the oval of Las Vegas on march 3.
Paths to discover
Labbé now occupies the 18th rank in the cumulative ranking, with a harvest of 116 points. The first 12 will be selected to participate in the playoffs. Her next races will take place in Richmond (April 20), Talladega (April 28) and Dover (5 may), the three circuits that he would have to discover.
On the ring speed of Talladega, a circuit similar to that of Daytona, where in February last, he would have been able to finish among the top 10, Labbé nourishes great ambitions. And for good reason, because there will be celebrating on the same day of his 25th birthday.
Rossi dominates at Long Beach
Alexander Rossi, who started in pole position, won yesterday the Grand Prix of Long Beach, California, the third stage of the championship IndyCar. The U.s., door-colors of the stable Andretti, was ahead of Australian Will Power (Penske) and Ed Jones (Ganassi), united arab Emirates.
The best performance by a canadian came from Toronto’s James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Motorsports), who placed ninth at the finish, while his team-mate Robert Wickens, struggling with a gearbox recalcitrant, finished in 22nd place.
The young montrealer, Zachary Claman DeMelo, to him, was forced to abandon the race after hitting a wall of protection on the 59th lap, while he occupied the 19th place.