Interview

Lessard on Camirand – “He just dive bombed me.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

INNISFIL, Ontario — A late restart is always bound to produce fire works and that was the case on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

Raphael Lessard made his move on Marc-Antoine Camirand, who had dominated to that point, only for the pair to make contact afterwards. The result was Treyten Lapcevich sneaking by them both to score his first career victory, with Lessard crossing the finish line second.

Despite coming up one spot short on repeating his success from the previous season, he says the day turned out better than he predicted after struggling in practice.

“First part of the race, we were okay, just trying to ride and trying different stuff for the second half of the race,” he told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “I knew Camirand was super fast, class of the field obviously. So second half of the race, was just trying to keep pressure, and make him burn his stuff up. I was burning my stuff up too, and I was hoping there’d be a restart because the outside run really well for me the first of couple of laps.

“I passed him clean, and he just dive bombed me on the green-white-checkered, almost wreck me, and then Treyten took the lead and I ran out of time. I can’t thank everyone for their support. We’ll make it happen sometime this year for sure.”

The NTN Bearings 250 at Sunset Speedway marked his first race with Ed Hakinson Racing as he is scheduled to run all the oval events throughout 2022. Getting used to a new team as he says is “always tough.”

“Not working with the same guys, they don’t know exactly what you like,” he explained. “You just have to listen to them and what they think. I have to bring some new ideas and I think that’s what I did today and made it way better. It’s my job as a driver to try and inform the team as best as I can and that’s what I did. I mean, I’m really looking forward for the rest of the season as all the ovals, I think we can get some wins.”

With the confidence on his shoulders from the early season success, the focus is now set on capturing trophies from here on out.

“We always want to win, that’s what we want,” he commented. “I think that’s what we’re going to do. They’re all great race tracks for me – (Autodrome) Chaudiere, that’s my home track, can’t wait to get back there.”

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