Trois Rivieres Grand Sport Race: Lally and Camirand Take Victory
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Andy Lally won his second straight Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport (GS) race Sunday and in the process gave co-driver Marc-Antoine Camirand a record-tying eighth circuit victory in the 39th annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The duo averaged a race record 71.910 mph.

Lally and Camirand combined to lead 74 of the 80 laps - including the final 49 - in the No. 79 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3, with Lally winning by 0.372 seconds over James Gue. It marked the team's first ever KONI Challenge victory, Camirand's second - both coming at the 1.521-mile Trois-Rivieres temporary circuit - and Lally's fourth. Lally won last Sunday's GS race at Iowa Speedway driving a Porsche 997 for TRG.

Lally came under fire from Gue late in the race when the No. 41 TRG Porsche 997 stopped on the track, causing the final of two full course cautions of the day. But Lally held his line and didn't allow the JBS Motorsports driver - who ran second for much of the event - past, and he held off a three-car train behind him.

Camirand started from the pole and led the opening 25 laps before diving into the pits for the team's only stop. When leader Joe Foster - who ran second to Camirand before pacing six laps - pitted under a full course caution on Lap 32, Lally obtained the lead and pushed the No. 79 ahead to more than a four-second advantage before the final caution.

In addition to his second KONI Challenge victory at Trois-Rivieres, it was the eighth victory for Camirand, of St. Leonard d'Aston, Quebec, on the Trois-Rivieres streets, tying Jacques Bienvenue for the most victories ever. Bienvenue set the mark in 1985.

Prior to Gue catching Lally, the main battle was for second. Gue was doing his best to hold off Billy Johnson, Craig Stanton and Scott Maxwell for several laps, with Johnson glued to his rear bumper for much of the race's second half. Stanton and Maxwell traded positions on occasion, but Maxwell - pushing for a season-best third GS victory with Foster - was assessed and stop-and-go penalty for jumping the race's final restart. The pair finished 10th.

For Gue and Bret Seafuse, it was the team's second podium finish in three races and third this season, and first of three Mustangs in the top five at Trois-Rivieres. In addition, the duo finished second last month at Barber Motorsports Park in the No. 37 JBS Motorsports Trumansburg Shursave Ford Mustang GT. Gue and Seafuse also pulled to within 10 points (190-180) over leaders Jep Thornton and Jeff Segal, who finished 12th at Trois-Rivieres. The car was assessed a stop-and-go plus 60-second penalty after running over equipment during the team's only stop.

Johnson and co-driver Ray Mason were third in the No. 52 Rehagen Racing Columbus Truck & Equipment Ford Mustang GT - only 0.941 seconds - and the team's No. 59 Rehagen Racing Roush Performance Products/Valvoline Ford Mustang GT - co-driven by Jack Roush Jr. and Dean Martin - was fifth.

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