NICK WITTMER WINS THE HONDA/MICHELIN CHALLENGE SERIES PROVISIONAL POLE AT THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO Toronto, Friday, July 8, 2005 - Nick Wittmer, of Hudson (QC), posted the quickest time during the first Honda/Michelin Challenge Series ...
NICK WITTMER WINS THE HONDA/MICHELIN CHALLENGE SERIES PROVISIONAL POLE AT THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO
Toronto, Friday, July 8, 2005 - Nick Wittmer, of Hudson (QC), posted the quickest time during the first Honda/Michelin Challenge Series qualifying session held Friday at the Molson Indy Toronto, Round 4 of the 2005 schedule. Wittmer drove his Honda Ste-Rose around the 2.824-kilometre downtown Toronto street course in 1 minute 30.898 seconds for an average speed of 110.262 km/h. He edged his brother Kuno (1:31.043) by only 0.145 seconds to score the first Honda de Sigi provisional front row start of the season.
Third place went to Frédérick Lelièvre of Mont-Joli (QC) who lapped the course in 1:31.213. Didier Schraenen, of Mont-Saint-Hilaire (QC), came in fourth ahead of Alex Penfold of Georgetown (ON) and Robert Boyer of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs (QC). Rookie Matt Champagne of Fonthill (ON) finished seventh overall.
''We are looking to make it three poles in-a-row on Saturday,'' said Nick Wittmer who won the last two poles in Montreal and Mosport. This was teamwork at it's best. We drafter one another during the whole session and it worked well for both cars.''
Hi brother Kuno thought otherwise as far as the pole is concerned. ''Tomorrow (Saturday) is my turn to win the pole,'' said the elder Wittmer. ''I think I still have a bit more left in the car because I was not going all out today. We are going to put new brake pads on tomorrow and new Michelin tires and we should be good for the pole.''
The series will be back on track Saturday at 9:15 a.m. for the second round of qualifying. The combined sessions will set the grid for Round 4, scheduled to start later that day at 5:00 p.m.
The Honda Michelin Challenge Series is sanctioned by ASN Canada FIA, sponsored by Honda Canada Inc. and co-sponsored by Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Supporting partners include; Dynamic Suspensions, Bosal, CSC Racing Products, Goodridge, NGK Spark Plugs, Hawk Performance, Mechanix Wear and Racing Radios.