KUNO WITTMER WINS THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO TO BECOME THE FOURTH HONDA MICHELIN SERIES WINNER THIS YEAR Toronto, Saturday, July 9, 2005 - Kuno Wittmer of Hudson (QC) won the Honda Michelin Challenge Series race held Saturday at the Molson ...
KUNO WITTMER WINS THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO TO BECOME THE FOURTH HONDA MICHELIN SERIES WINNER THIS YEAR
Toronto, Saturday, July 9, 2005 - Kuno Wittmer of Hudson (QC) won the Honda Michelin Challenge Series race held Saturday at the Molson Indy Toronto to become the fourth winner in as many races in 2005. Starting outside the front row next to polesitter Nick Wittmer, Kuno followed his younger brother's Honda de Ste-Rose car for the first 13 laps. He then made his move at the end of the back straight to lead the final five laps and win his first race of the season.
Frédérick Lelièvre of Mont-Joli (QC) finished third behind Nick Wittmer, but not before he had a go at Nick on the last lap. The gap between the two cars at the finish line was only 0.063 seconds. Fourth place went to Series defending champion Steven Laporte, of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs (QC), who edge Alex Penfold of Georgetown (ON) by only 0.028 seconds. Both cars crossed the finish line glued to one another. Ryan Kelly of London came in sixth, followed by Kris Rams of Toronto. Top rookie was Richard Penfold who finished eighth overall.
''Team orders were whoever gets to the corner first takes charge of the race,'' said race winner Kuno Wittmer. ''Nick had a great start and I curled in behind him and waited for the right time to make my move. When he braked a little late, I made the pass. My experience on the Toronto track paid off today. We had great race and I'm happy to win my first race of the season.''
In the second qualifying session held earlier on Saturday morning, Nick Wittmer won his third consecutive pole of the season to start Round 4 from first place on the grid. ''I had an amazing start, and we started to pull away,'' said Nick Wittmer. ''It worked well until lap 14 when my brother (Kuno) went by. He got a wicked draft from me and he took advantage of it by passing me entering corner 3. It was a tough and exciting race, but I'm happy with the results. It's my first race here, and anywhere on the podium was what I was looking for.''
In the provisional championship race, Laporte still leads with 125 points. Nick Wittmer moves into second place with 116 points, three more than Didier Schraenen, who finished 3 laps down in 14th place in the race after hitting the wall on the outside of turn 3. Fourth place belongs to Honda de Sigi Autosport driver Kuno Wittmer with 107, followed by Alex Penfold, fourth with 106.
Drivers have four weeks off before Round 5 to be held the weekend of August 7 at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières.