Bowmanville, Ont. June 22, 2013. On the heels of a satisfying finish last week, Martin Roy pulled out a top ten finish despite a shaky road to the final lap at the Clarington 200.
Roy took to the track for practice on the oval at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after a rain delay behind the wheel of his #90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge. The car was running well, but the team looked to make some adjustments to improve the performance and handling prior to qualifying. Despite his crew’s best efforts, the changes didn’t pan out to expectation, and the team rewound to their previous set-up. Regardless of the vehicle’s handling troubles, the team still pulled out an 11th place qualifying.
In the early going of the race the car performed well, keeping Roy inside the top 10, but #90 was still dissatisfied with the handling of the Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge.
“The set up for this new car did not suit us today,” Roy said after the race. “We made changes in practice that didn’t really help us, even when we went back to our original set up the car did not perform very well.”
Crew Chief Mario Gosselin was determined to overcome the performance issues and decided to utilize strategy to earn a satisfying finish. Roy completed scheduled stops for tires and fuel early on, hoping to secure a top track position. Their strategy was solid, and Roy was able to muscle his way inside the top 10 despite his vehicle not running at peak performance on long runs.
#90 battled to the end, eventually crossing the finish line in sixth place, up five spots from his 11th place start.
“I’m happy we could salvage a sixth place finish,” Roy said. “It’s good for points but we will have a different set up the next time we race this car.”
After yesterday’s race, Martin Roy sits in 7th place overall with 103 points..
Martin Roy and his #90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge team will be back in action for round four of the series, Sunday July 7th at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC.
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