By John Hopkins
ST-EUSTACHE, Que. – Philippe Masse claimed his second straight Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike win in impressive style at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday.
After a poor start left him fifth on the opening lap of the 12-lap race the St-Hyacinthe, Que. rider charged up to second on lap two and then chased down leader Will Hornblower, taking the lead on lap eight. He pulled clear for a 2.095-sec. victory on the Racingphil.com / Pete’s Superbike Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Sarnia, Ont.’s Hornblower took second on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and St-Jerome, Que.’s Jean-Francois Aubin completed the podium on the Ricky Bobby Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.
Masse’s performance was similar to his effort in the opening round of the Amateur Sport Bike series at Shannonville Motorsport Park two weeks ago, when he also fought his way up to the front of the field. As at Shannonville, he was awarded the Performance Under Gear Performer of the Race Award for his effort.
Such was Masse’s superiority over the class that his fastest lap of the race, a 47.423 on lap five, was over half a second quicker than the next best effort, which came from Hornblower. Masse’s time was just off the new class record of 47.386 he had set in taking the pole for the race on Saturday, when he was over a second clear of the field.
Masse now leads the class standings with 107 points to the 84 of Aubin and Hornblower’s 73.
Hornblower did well to take his first national podium finish in the class. The former Honda CBR125R Challenge race winner had qualified third and got into the lead off the start, opening up a lead of 2.2 secs. by lap two.
Aubin ran third all the way, although throughout the race he was chased by a pack of four other bikes. He crossed the line just ahead of Hugo Fournier’s Yamaha YZF-R6, which had qualified second, the Pete’s Superbike / LAS Suspension / Michel Brossard Suzuki GSX-R600 of Simon Hamel and Luke Bauer’s Yamaha, respectively.
Maritime up-and-comer Austin Shaw-O’Leary had been part of this scrap but lost touch on lap eight and finished seventh aboard his GoLo Racing / Dua Motorsports Honda CBR600RR.
The race had been originally scheduled for 16 laps but was shortened after a red flag came out for a crash by Marco Sousa on lap one. The Schomberg, Ont. racer was not seriously hurt in the incident.
1.Philippe Masse, St-Hyacinthe, Que., Kawasaki ZX-6R, 9:34.778
2. Will Hornblower, Sarnia, Ont., Yamaha YZF-R6, +2.095
3. Jean-Francois Aubin, St-Jerome, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600, +9.587
4. Hugo Fournier, St-Eugene de Lamartine, Que., Yamaha YZF-R6, +10.113
5. Simon Hamel, Rosemere, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600, +10.604
6. Luke Bauer, Guelph, Ont., Yamaha YZF-R6, +11.336
7. Austin Shaw-O’Leary, Falmouth, N.S., Honda CBR600RR, +14.271
8. Alex Coelho, Longueuil, Que., Kawasaki ZX-6R, +20.831
9. Riley Dawe, Toronto, Ont., Yamaha YZF-R6, +23.620
10. Martin Richard, Victoriaville, Que., Yamaha YZF-R6, +24.643
11. Nuno Almeida, Newcastle, Ont., Triumph Daytona 675, +25.300
12. Luc Labranche, Mirabel, Que., Kawasaki ZX-6R, +25.804
13. Eric Fiset, St-Constant, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600, +26.582
14. Dominic Dupont, Montreal, Que., Honda CBR600RR, +30.539
15. Philippe Bonin, St-Dibure, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600, +31.136
16. Eric Joly, Longueuil, Que., Kawasaki ZX-6R, +1 Lap
17. John Parkin, Kitchener, ON, Triumph Daytona 675, +1 Lap
18. Stephane Leduc, St-Colomban, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600, +1 Lap
Did Not Start
Marco Sousa, Schomberg, Ont., Suzuki GSX-R600
Daniel Moffet, St-Marthe Sur Le Lac, Que., Honda CBR600RR
David Tremblay, Longueuil, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600
Michel Boule, Rawdon, Que., Yamaha YZF-R6
Fastest Lap: 47.423 secs. by Philippe Masse on lap 5
1. Philippe Masse, 107
2. Jean-Francois Aubin, 84
3. Will Hornblower, 73
4. Austin Shaw-O’Leary, 63
5. Simon Hamel, 58
6. Riley Dawe, 57
7. Nuno Almeida, 42
8. Hugo Fournier, 35
9. Luke Bauer, 27
9. John Parkin, 27
11. Alex Coelho, 23
11. Glenn Cauley, 23
13. Luc Labranche, 21
14. David Tremblay, 19
14. Martin Richard, 19
16. Joe Rodrigues, 17
17. Chris Dopke, 15
18. Eric Fiset, 13
18. Jean-Sebastien Perrault, 13
20. Dominic Dupont, 12
20. Chris Fehr, 12
22. Philippe Bonin, 10
22. Reiner Griese, 10
24. Eric Joly, 8
24. Brian Madeley, 8
26. Stephane Leduc, 4
26. Jamie Young, 4
28. Paul Hollister, 2
29. David Buckland, 1