Tristan Vautier boosts Indy Lights title bid with Trois-Rivieres win
Tristan Vautier closed right in on Indy Lights championship leader and Sam Schmidt team-mate Esteban Guerrieri by taking his third victory of the season in Trois-Rivieres in Canada
Polesitter Vautier had to accept second place behind the flying Peter Dempsey at first, as Belardi Auto's Irishman jumped from fifth to second away from the start, then grabbed the lead from Vautier. A gearbox problem would end Dempsey's day after just eight of 60 laps, though.
With Dempsey out, Vautier was free to edge away from Gustavo Yacaman and win by six seconds in the only Indy Lights round that takes place away from the IndyCar calendar.
Guerrieri could only manage fourth, denied the final podium spot by Carlos Munoz, so the Argentine's points lead is down to seven over Vautier with two rounds to go.
Title contender Sebastian Saavedra had to retire with a fuel pressure problem so is now 37 points adrift of Guerrieri.
Results - 60 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Tristan Vautier Schmidt 59m09.0503s 2. Gustavo Yacaman Moore + 6.6530s 3. Carlos Munoz Andretti + 13.0633s 4. Esteban Guerrieri Schmidt + 15.5541s 5. Oliver Webb Schmidt + 37.9525s 6. David Ostella Moore + 1 lap 7. Jorge Goncalvez Belardi + 2 laps Retirements: Victor Carbone Schmidt 29 laps Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti 22 laps Juan Pablo Garcia Jeffrey Mark 11 laps Peter Dempsey Belardi 8 laps
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