ST-EUSTACHE, Qué. -- Confusion hangs in the air over the Série ACT-Castrol championship battle. The Canadian sister series to the ACT Late Model Tour ran its final event of 2009 on Sunday night -- the annual St-Eustache 300 at Autodrome St-Eustache near Montréal -- hyping a close title chase between bitter rivals Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge.
And as of early Tuesday morning, no champion has been announced. The ACT website is also not functional as of 3:00am Tuesday, due to a bandwidth issue.
A short press release on the front page of the website on Monday named Jonathan Urlin of London, Ont. as the winner of the St-Eustache 300 over Sylvain Lacombe and Karl Allard, but other than noting that a scoring recheck is currently under way, little else was made official by Waterbury, Vt.-based ACT.
According to the official French-language ACT website, Theetge is the unofficial champion over Laperle by a single point, 725-724. Theetge entered the race with a 33-point cushion over Laperle, but reportedly encountered problems after crashing early in the St-Eustache 300. Laperle dominated by leading many laps, but faded with a leaking tire late in the race.
Vermont Motorsports Magazine has learned that an official announcement is expected from ACT some time on Tuesday, and will post information as it becomes available.