CUNNINGHAM, KLEINUBING THWART FIELD IN WORLD CHALLENGE BATTLE LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Two extended cautions during Saturday's 45-lap, 68.85-mile World Challenge race couldn't slow Peter Cunningham down as he drove his No. 42 RealTime ...
CUNNINGHAM, KLEINUBING THWART FIELD IN WORLD CHALLENGE BATTLE LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Two extended cautions during Saturday's 45-lap, 68.85-mile World Challenge race couldn't slow Peter Cunningham down as he drove his No. 42 RealTime Racing/Comptech Acura NSX away from the field for an 4.750-second victory over the No. 65 Saleen Allen Racing Saleen Mustang of Ron Johnson at the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
"This was fantastic," said Cunningham. "We've always run well here, and it was great to come back and not have any problems. The BFGoodrich Tires T/A spec radials did fine, and the racing was better today because no one had an unfair advantage."
Cunningham started in second behind pole sitter Terry Borcheller (No. 56 Saleen Allen Racing Saleen Mustang), who held the lead until lap 22 when retired with a broken exhaust manifold. Once in the lead, Cunningham checked out quickly, opening a large gap between himself and Johnson that extended to as much as nine seconds before the second of two full-course cautions came out, both for on-course incidents that resulted in no serious injuries.
"We thought about trying to make a run at the lead when we went green after the caution," said Johnson. "At that point, however, the difference became so great that we decided to let P.D. (Cunningham) get away and try to hold onto second."
Johnson had no time to worry about catching Cunningham because his mirrors were full of the No. 31 Viper Speed Dodge Viper of Bobby Archer, who finished third in his first racing action in over two years.
"We were pleased," said Archer. "We have a volunteer crew with little sponsorship. I had enough in the car to harass Ron, but not enough to really challenge him. We are at the bottom of the learning curve with this car, and going straight up."
The Touring Two Class contest showcased an intense five car shoot-out with the No. 43 RealTime Racing/Comptech Acura Integra R of Pierre Kleinubing taking a 1.703-second victory over teammate Michael Galati in the No. 43 RealTime Racing/Comptech Integra R. Kleinubing and Galati finished fifth and sixth overall in a race where they both kept pace with the larger T1 cars.
"This track is all about momentum," said Kleinubing. "To be fast you have to hold your speed coming off the hill. That allowed us to keep up with the T1 cars, too."
Kleinubing swapped the lead with Walter Puckett in the No. 6 ICY Quaker State Saturn at least four times throughout the race, taking the lead for good on lap 42. Waiting in the wings to pass Puckett two laps later was Galati, who earlier in the race had dropped from his start on the pole to fifth after getting caught in traffic.
"I was blocked on the first restart and saw Pierre (Kleinubing), Walter (Puckett) and Taz (Harvey) go by," said Galati. "I battled back and finally got a nice shot at Walter coming off the hill where I was able to get by."
After two races, Johnson leads the T1 Class Drivers' Championship point standings with 56, followed by Reese Cox, 48; Cunningham, 44; and Chris Wiehle, 34. In the T2 Class, Kleinubing tops the Drivers' Championship with 65 points, followed by Galati, 58; Johannes van Overbeek, 47; Lance Stewart, 41; and Puckett and Hugh Plum, 36.
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LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Results from Saturday's 45-lap, 69.3-mile World Challenge race at Lime Rock Park, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, class, car, laps and reason out. 1, (2), Peter Cunningham, West Bend, Wis., T1, Acura NSX, 45. 2, (4), Ron Johnson, Wayzata, Minn., T1, Saleen Mustang, 45. 3, (6), Bobby Archer, Ft. Worth, Texas, T1, Dodge Viper, 45. 4, (5), Reese Cox, Marietta, Ga., T1, Chevrolet Corvette, 45. 5, (14), Pierre Kleinbing, Erechim, Brazil, T2, Acura Integra R, 45. 6, (13), Michael Galati, North Olmsted, Ohio, T2, Acura Integra R, 45. 7, (17), Walter Puckett, Shelby, N.C., T2, Saturn SC, 45. 8, (10), Randy Roatch, Wichita, Kansas, T1, Porsche 911, 45. 9, (19), Taz E. Harvey, Danville, Calif., T2, Honda Prelude, 45. 10, (26), Johannes Van Overbeek, Pleasanton, Calif., T2, BMW 328is, 45. 11, (25), Alain Chebeir, Pelham, N.Y., T2, BMW 328is, 45. 12, (23), Hugh Plum, Chadds Ford, Pa., T2, BMW 328is, 45. 13, (22), Stuart Jones, Holyola, Mass., T1, Pontiac Firebird, 45. 14, (20), Kenneth Lubash, Stamford, Conn., T1, Chevrolet Camaro, 45. 15, (15), Lance Stewart, Jupiter, Fla., T2, Acura Integra R, 44. 16, (27), Will Turner, Newburyport, Mass., T2, BMW 328i, 44. 17, (21), Steve Lisa, Scottsdale, Ariz., T2, Oldsmobile Achieva, 44. 18, (28), David Rosenblum, Langhorne, Pa., T2, Saturn SC, 44. 19, (31), Mark Reed, London, England, T2, Oldsmobile Achieva, 44. 20, (18), Tom Kelly, Hopedale, Mass., T2, Volkswagon GTI, 44. 21, (24), Fred Pignataro, East Northport, N.Y., T2, Ford Contour SVT, 44. 22, (29), Jim Lovett, Deerfield, Ill., T2, BMW 328i, 44. 23, (32), Manny Matz, Somers, N.Y., T2, Mazda RX-7, 43. 24, (30), Brad Creger, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, T2, Acura Integra R, 43. 25, (34), Walter Dethier, Warren, Conn., T1, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 43. 26, (35), A.J. Frank, Bluffton, S.C., T2, Honda Acord, 43. 27, (33), Walter Markes Jr., Bronx, N.Y., T2, BMW 325is, 43. 28, (37), Hugh Stewart, Massipequa, N.Y., T2, Volkswagon Jetta, 43. 29, (39), Pierre Bareil, Cap Madeleine, Canada, T1, Ford Mustang LX, 42. 30, (43), Richard Ellinger, North Potomac, Md., T2, Mercedes-Benz, 42. 31, (42), Fred Meyer, Dallas, Texas, T2, Acura Integra R, 42. 32, (1), Terry Borcheller, Scottsdale, Ariz., T1, Saleen Mustang, 35, Mech. 33, (7), Grant Carter, Severn, Md., T1, Chevrolet Camaro, 34, Mech. 34, (8), Bob Schiesser, Brookfield, Conn., T1, Ford Mustang, 34, Mech. 35, (12), Peter Polli, Mendon, Vt., T1, Chevrolet Corvette, 34, Mech. 36, (41), Grant Lockwood, Cumming, Ga., T2, BMW3, 32, Mech. 37, (40), Guy Pine Pavageau, Columbia, Md., T1, Chevrolet Camaro, 27, Mech. 38, (36), Dino Hamilton, Sherman Oaks, Calif., T2, Dodge Neon, 23, Crash. 39, (38), Cliff Nystedt, Watermill, N.Y., T1, Chevrolet Corvette, 19, Trans. 40, (11), David Schardt, Dayton, Ohio, T1, Toyota Supra Turbo, 18, Overheat. 41, (44), Alex Krugman, Great Neck, N.Y., T2, Mazda RX-7, 12, Mech. 42, (9), Chris Wiehle, DeKalb, Ill., T1, Chevrolet Corvette, 6, Mech. 43, (3), Kim Baker, Lime Rock, Conn., T1, Chevrolet Corvette Z-R1, 1, Fire.
Overall time of race: 58 minutes, 37.552 seconds. T1 Class average speed: 70.924 miles-per-hour T1 Class margin of victory: 4.75 seconds T1 Class lap leaders: Laps 1-20, No. 56 Terry Borcheller; Laps 21- 45, No. 42 Peter Cunningham T1 Class fastest race lap: Terry Borcheller, 0:59.181 (93.678 mph)
T2 Class time of race: 59 minutes, 13.641 seconds T2 Class average speed: 70.204 mph T2 Class margin of victory:1.703 seconds T2 Class lap leaders:Laps 1-11, No. 44 Galati, Laps 12-17, No. 6 Puckett, Laps 18-39, No. 43 Kleinubing, Lap 40, No. 6 Puckett, Laps 41-45, No. 43 Kleinubing T2 Class fastest race lap: Pierre Kleinubing, 1:01.574 (90.038 mph)