Marc-Antoine Camirand now occupies the exclusive first place in the cumulative ranking of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
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The driver from Saint-Léonard-d’Aston learned Thursday morning that he was recovering the 12 points that had been taken from him following a penalty imposed a few days after his victory in Edmonton on July 23.
Following a post-race inspection, the officials of the Canadian series had judged that the exhaust system of his car did not comply with the prescribed regulations.
However, Camirand, who wears the colors of the Paillé team, has always claimed that the said component did not present any anomaly.
The decision was made a little earlier than expected and it is therefore with a comfortable priority of 12 points at the top of the table that he will present himself at the next stage, on August 27 at the ICAR road circuit in Mirabel. .
“Justice has been served”
Following Tuesday night’s race on Oshweken clay, where he finished fourth, Camirand tied for the top of the standings with Ontario’s DJ Kennington with 385 points.
“We were very confident of winning the case and justice has been done,” he exclaimed in an interview with the Journal.
“With a 12-point lead,” he continued, “we will approach the next races with enthusiasm, while thinking of collecting precious points in the championship. »
Successful practice sessions
If Camirand has never won the victory at ICAR, he has always behaved well at the complex built on the site of Mirabel International Airport.
“We had the chance to participate in two private test sessions on this track this year and everything went well,” said the man who, in four starts, has a presence on the third step of the podium (2017). and a seventh place finish (2015).
As for the allegations concerning a possible non-standard rear suspension, which had been the subject of complaints from certain rival teams earlier this season, “the file is closed and everything is in order”, confirmed Camirand.
Tagliani blanched too
Camirand will try to win a first title in the series and succeed Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, crowned champion last season.
Another Quebec driver, Alexandre Tagliani, also won his appeal, this time on Wednesday, and was able to recover the 12 points he had lost during a race in Western Canada, where he was accused of unsportsmanlike behavior on Track.
He now occupies third place in the standings and thus maintains his chances of also winning a first championship in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with only three events on the calendar.