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MOSPORT RECORD BOOK REWRITTEN OFTEN IN 2007 Outright lap record reset for the first time in five years (BOWMANVILLE, ON -- NOVEMBER 12, 2007) Lap records fell in bunches at Mosport International Raceway in 2007. In all, 17 new records ...

MOSPORT RECORD BOOK REWRITTEN OFTEN IN 2007
Outright lap record reset for the first time in five years

(BOWMANVILLE, ON -- NOVEMBER 12, 2007) Lap records fell in bunches at Mosport International Raceway in 2007. In all, 17 new records were established at Mosport's famed 4 km road course, 15 of which occurred during the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. Among the many records that were reset during that event was the outright mark which had stood for five years. The old standard fell when American Le Mans Series driver Dindo Capello took to the track to qualify for the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport last August and rewrote the Mosport record book.

During the Saturday afternoon qualifying session Capello posted the fastest lap in Mosport's rich 46-year history, a sparkling time of 1:05.829 behind the wheel of an Audi R10 TDI prototype for his fourth LMP1 pole position of the 2007 season and first overall pole since 2001. He edged out Penske Motorsports' Romain Dumas by 0.09 seconds in the No. 7 Porsche RS Spyder, the LMP2 pole-winner, shattering the previous mark of 1:07.169 which was set by Frank Biela behind the wheel of an Audi R8 in August 2002. Although Dumas wasn't quite as fast as Capello, his time of 1:05.919 was good enough to reset the LMP2 qualifying record.

"I was surprised how good the grip was in the first two runs," Capello said. "I didn't push so much these practices because I never got to try new tires. And during the first run I found the grip was very good. I made a good decision to come in and ask the engineers if I could swap the rear tires because I was having trouble in the really slow corners. Then when I went back out I tried hard and found I could push hard so I ran like hell and got a great lap."

Markham, Ontario's Daniel Morad, one of Canada's young open-wheel stars, also etched his name in the Mosport record books after he turned the fastest Formula BMW USA race lap en route to clinching his first Series championship.

Among the other new records set at Mosport in 2007 were in the P1 (qualifying and race), P2 (qualifying and race) and GT2 (qualifying and race) classes of the American Le Mans Series and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge (race).

<pre> Mosport lap records established in 2007

CLASS TYPE DRIVER/CAR DATE TIME MPH KM/H

OUTRIGHT Qual: Dindo Capello, Audi R10 TDI Aug. 2007 1:05.829 134.476 218.748

ALMS P1 Qual: Dindo Capello, Audi R10 TDI Aug. 2007 1:05.829 134.476 218.748

ALMS P1 Race: Marco Werner, Audi R10 TD Aug. 2007 1:06.371 133.377 216.962

ALMS P2 Qual: Romain Dumas, Porsche RS Spyder Aug. 2007 1:05.919 134.292 218.449

ALMS P2  Race           Ryan Briscoe, Porsche RS Spyder
        Aug. 2007    1:06.490   133.138   216.573

ALMS GT2 Qual: Jaime Melo, Ferrari 430 GT Aug. 2007 1:17.841 113.724 184.992

ALMS GT2 Race: Jaime Melo, Ferrari 430 GT Aug. 2007 1:18.539 112.713 183.348

Formula BMW USA Race: Daniel Morad, Formula BMW FB02 Aug. 2007 1:23.464 106.062 172.529

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Race: Tom Papadopoulos, Porsche/997 Aug. 2007 1:23.260 106.322 172.952

IMSA Lites L1 Qual: Gerardo Bonilla, Elan DP02 Aug. 2007 1:19.214 111.752 181.786

IMAS Lites L1 Race: Gerardo Bonilla, Elan DP02 Aug. 2007 1:19.214 111.752 181.786

IMSA Lites L2 Qual: Dan McBreen, West WR1000 Aug. 2007 1:22.504 107.297 174.536

IMSA Lites L2 Race: Dan McBreen, West WR1000 Aug. 2007 1:22.861 106.834 173.785

IMSA Lites L3 Qual: Richard Spicer, FSCCA Sports Car Aug. 2007 1:24.937 104.223 169.537

IMSA Lites L3 Race: Richard Spicer, FSCCA Sports Car Aug. 2007 1:25.080 104.047 169.252

NASCAR CDN Series Qual: Andrew Ranger, Ford Fusion June 2007 1:25.436 103.614 168.547

NASCAR CDN Series Race: Andrew Ranger, Ford Fusion June 2007 1:25.881 103.077 165.871

-credit: mosport

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