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Toronto: K-PAX/3R Racing qualifying report

K-PAX Porsches fill Toronto front row Randy Pobst and K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche win WCGT pole in Toronto Toronto, Ontario Canada (July 7, 2007): Randy Pobst of Gainesville Georgia won the pole position for Round 6 of the SPEED World Challenge...

K-PAX Porsches fill Toronto front row
Randy Pobst and K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche win WCGT pole in Toronto

Toronto, Ontario Canada (July 7, 2007): Randy Pobst of Gainesville Georgia won the pole position for Round 6 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Championships here on the street track in downtown Toronto Ontario as he blasted his K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car around the difficult street track in 1:15.261.

"I could see that this track was going to need a special setup and the K-PAX and 3R racing guys gave me that today," said Pobst after his pole winning run. "And my teammate Michael is right behind me so it is an all K-Pax/3R Porsche front row!"

"This is my first pole of the season for the K-PAX/3R Racing team and I'm very happy to be there because it is a great place to start a street race, on the front row and have all of the mayhem behind you," said Randy Pobst with his patented smile.

"The Porsche is well suited to this Toronto course. We are one of the lightest cars in the GT class this is a Porsche type of track. I hope that the race goes green for the distance but I don't think it will because this track is very demanding and the slightest little mistake is met with a concrete wall!"

"I was really pleased with the lap, it was a good clean lap," Pobst said of his 1st GT pole position of 2007. "I was following Andy Pilgrim (driver of the #8 Cadillac which qualified 4th) who had a big lockup into the hairpin and made a mistake someplace else so that was a good break for us because he still turned in a pretty good lap."

As was the case for Pobst Michael Galati of Olmstead Ohio made his first flying lap count and made it an all K-PAX Porsche front row as he turned the second fastest lap of the session in his #23 3R Racing prepared Porsche of 1:15.391.

Galati's time held up a late session challenge from Canadian driver Ron Fellows who will start 3rd in his Cadillac CTS-V with a best lap of 1:15.403.

"It was close but no cigar," Michael Galati said of his qualifying run which fell agonizingly short of his K-PAX teammate Pobst as Michael said he unfortunately left just a little on the track today.

"I went out on my flier lap and hit the brakes where I did yesterday but I got a little brake lock up and got the car sideways in turn 3 so I lost a little bit of time there and lost a little bit of time in turn 8."

"But I am pretty happy with my time and I am extremely happy for the K-PAX team and congratulations to my teammate Randy. Overall I am a little bit disappointed because I thought that I could get the pole but considering that I missed all most all of the practice yesterday I am pretty happy with where we are right now!"

Pobst's pole win was the second for the K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches with Michael Galati winning the pole at Charlotte earlier in May.

"I thought that Toronto would be our strong course and it turned out to be just that so we are feeling pretty good about that," said 3R Racing's Bob Raub. "We got so little practice in yesterday once we got in a good fast time we used the second half of the session as a practice session and to be sure that we had a setup that Randy and Michael would be comfortable with in the race. We wanted to work on the setup without hurting the tires so we didn't go back out trying to go really fast."

The K-PAC 3R Racing Porsches of Pobst and Galati will take on the always tough World Challenge GT competition as Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series is set to take to the Toronto streets on Sunday July 8th at 5:25 PM Eastern Time.

The race will be broadcast on a tape delay basis and shown on Saturday July 14th at noon Eastern Time on SPEED TV.

-credit: k-pax/3R

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Series PWC
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati