Gibbons grabs the pole for the Berms R Us presents the Clarington 200 CASCAR Super Series race at Mosport Int'l Raceway OSHAWA, ON - A pair of qualifying sessions took place at Mosport Int'l Raceway on Saturday afternoon to set the starting grid...
Gibbons grabs the pole for the Berms R Us presents the Clarington 200 CASCAR Super Series race at Mosport Int'l Raceway
OSHAWA, ON - A pair of qualifying sessions took place at Mosport Int'l Raceway on Saturday afternoon to set the starting grid for Sunday afternoon's 'Berms-R-Us presents the Clarington 200' CASCAR Super Series race. Peter Gibbons who won this event in 1999, 2000 and 2003 set the fastest time in the first session and it held up throughout the second to earn him his second consecutive Super Series pole position.
Gibbons' Canadian Tire Chevrolet lapped the 10-turn, 2.459-mile Mosport road course in one-minute and 26.183 seconds to establish a new CASCAR qualifying record. That translated into an average lap speed of 165.290 km/h.
Four-time and reigning Super Series National champion Don Thomson posted the best time of the second session, but it wasn't enough to bump Gibbons from the top of the combined session speed chart. The Home Hardware Chevy driver's best effort was 1:26.515, which will place him alongside of Gibbons on the front row to start Sunday's 51-lap feature race.
Starting third will be Thomson's sophomore teammate, J.R. Fitzpatrick, driver of the #84 Cambridge Rigging Chevrolet. Last year's runner-up in the Rookie of the Year chase attended a road racing school during the off-season and it paid off during qualifying today at Mosport.
Fitzpatrick will start beside St-Eustache Super Series race winner Kerry Micks. The Power Water Taurus driver is a talented road racer and he will be a threat on Sunday. Current points leader Ron Beauchamp Jr. will line up sixth in his MOPAR / Exide / Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, just behind last year's Mosport road course race winner Jeff Lapcevich (Fastline / Tim Horton's / EMCEA Transport Chevrolet Monte Carlo).
In all, 33 drivers qualified for the 'Berms-R-Us presents the Clarington 200'. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 2 p.m. The CASCAR Power Water Sportsman Series opens its 2005 racing season this evening at the Mosport Speedway half-mile oval.