Davis Takes World Challenge GT Pole at Mosport CANADA (May 17, 2009) -- Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., captured his fourth-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge pole in preparation for this afternoon's Round Four GT race at...
Davis Takes World Challenge GT Pole at Mosport
CANADA (May 17, 2009) -- Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., captured his fourth-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge pole in preparation for this afternoon's Round Four GT race at Mosport International Raceway, part of the Victoria Day Speedfest. After a post-qualifying coin flip, the top five inverted and Davis will start fifth, with fifth-qualifying Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., starting first.
Driving the No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions/SunMicro Ford Mustang Cobra, Davis traded the top spot on the time charts several times with his close friend Eric Curran and his No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette. On his eighth lap around the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit, Davis turned a blistering 1:23.379 (106.171 mph) to solidify the pole from Curran by 0.370-second.
"The track was ice cold when we started," Davis said. "As we put laps down and the session went on, the track just got faster and faster with the cold air making good horsepower for all of us. My last lap, I got a great tow behind Andy [Pilgrim] and I think that was the difference for us on that lap."
It is Davis' second-career pole at Mosport, the site of his first-ever World Challenge pole driving a RealTime Racing Touring Car in 2005.
While Davis was happy to gain the 15 points for taking the pole and extend his Championship lead, he was not happy to see the coin flip result. Despite starting fifth on the grid, he remained optimistic for the race.
"I hope I can get back to the front, this is a tough place to pass," Davis said. "We've been working on our launch control and hopefully we can make up some spots on the start."
Curran's time of 1:23.749 (105.702 mph) showed that he certainly has the speed to take his third-straight World Challenge GT win at Mosport International Raceway. No World Challenge driver has ever won three in-a-row at the Canadian circuit.
A winner a fortnight ago in New Jersey, Andy Pilgrim qualified his No. 8 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 third with a time of 1:23.847 (105.578 mph) and is the only driver in the top five unaffected with the inversion.
Jason Daskalos, of Albuquerque, N.M., was fourth fastest in his No. 5 Daskalos Development Dodge Viper with a 1:23.872 (105.546 mph) in his first race since Long Beach in mid-April.
Pobst struggled with his No. 1 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 throughout the weekend, having transmission issues on the test day and Saturday, and then having a misfire at the start of the session. While the other racers lapped the track, Pobst's crew went to work, finding the issue and getting him out with only time for five laps. On his final tour, he turned a 1:24.182 (105.157 mph), good enough for fifth place. With the coin flip, he will start at the point of the grid in the race.
"I'm an optimist, so when the car wasn't running early, I felt I would still have a chance," Pobst said. "The main issue is, I don't have any real practice in the Volvo here, but I have run lots of laps at Mosport and that helped."
Pobst won the pole at Long Beach, but lost the coin toss and started fifth for that race.
Dino Crescentini (Porsche 911 GT3), Tony Rivera (Porsche 911 GT3), Sonny Whelen (Chevrolet Corvette), James Sofronas (Porsche 911 GT3) and Jeff Courtney (Dodge Viper) completed the top 10.
Today's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Four race makes its standing start at 1:20 p.m. (EDT). For live timing, notes and streaming audio, please visit www.world-challenge.com. Today's race will be broadcast on SPEED Tuesday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
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