Acuras 1-2 at Watkins Glen RTR Drivers Improve Points Lead After Six of 12 Rounds Watkins Glen, NY -- July 4, 2010 -- Round Six of the 2010 World Challenge Championship took place over the Independence Day weekend at the historic Watkins Glen ...
Acuras 1-2 at Watkins Glen
RTR Drivers Improve Points Lead After Six of 12 Rounds
Watkins Glen, NY -- July 4, 2010 -- Round Six of the 2010 World Challenge Championship took place over the Independence Day weekend at the historic Watkins Glen International 3.4-mile long course. RealTime Acura pilots Peter Cunningham and Nick Esayian qualified first and second in the GTS category and went on to finish on those top two podium steps after the all green flag 22-lap sprint.
Cunningham's pole was a series record-tying 36th of his World Challenge career and record-extending 35th series race victory. From the standing start the No. 43 Acura TSX was never headed, only having to contend with the faster GT class cars going past while slicing through the slower Touring Car traffic at the same time.
Esayian had to work for his second place finish in the matching No. 34 machine when third quickest qualifier Ernie Jackubowski, in a Porsche Cayman S, used his higher horsepower to slip by at the standing start. The pair raced cleanly for a couple of laps, with the Acura putting its power down where it counted. The TSX closed the gap in the twisty sections of the course and Esayian secured the pass under braking into turn one and inched away.
The victory at the Glen was the second for the RealTime team in seven attempts and the first World Challenge race victory for Cunningham at the undulating upstate New York circuit. In 1987, Cunningham scored his first-ever professional win there, sharing the driving duties in a Team Honda CRX Si in the 24-hour Firestone Firehawk event.
"I've always enjoyed competing at Watkins Glen--one of the best permanent tracks in North America," Cunningham noted. "It was a great Fourth of July weekend and the fans were there in force to celebrate our Nation's birthday!"
Now at the halfway point of the 2010 World Challenge season, Cunningham holds a 90-point advantage over second place Esayian in the Drivers' Championship, 701-611. And Acura holds a substantial lead over Porsche for the Manufacturers' Championship.
After one weekend off, the World Challenge teams travel north to the challenging street circuit in Toronto, Canada for the Acura Sports Car Challenge, July 17-18. For the fourth time so far this year, this production-based series will share the card with the IZOD Indy Car series.