Pobst takes fourth Speed GT win of season at Laguna. MONTEREY, Calif., (September 22, 2002) - Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., out dueled Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., to take his fourth win of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT...
Pobst takes fourth Speed GT win of season at Laguna.
MONTEREY, Calif., (September 22, 2002) - Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., out dueled Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., to take his fourth win of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT season, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Justin Marks, of Woodside, Calif., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 22 1st Interstate Inn/3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Pobst started fourth, but was held-up at the start by Johannes van Overbeek, of Danville, Calif., who got off the line slowly when the green light came on. Pobst quickly moved his way back through the field, and on lap nine, drove past Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, to take the lead. From there, he cruised to his fourth SPEED GT victory of the season, averaging 71.431 mph, with a winning margin of 1.848-seconds.
"The early laps were wild and crazy," said Pobst. "It's a high quality team and I think it shows in the results.
"While realistically we are not in the championship fight, we will continue to work towards next year and future years in the SPEED World Challenge Championship."
Cunningham, driving the No. 42 RealTime Racing Acura NSX, started from the Woody's Ice pole position, but was in second place by turn one as Galati shot past him at the start. Cunningham spent the majority of the event running in third spot, behind Galati and Pobst, but on lap 17, moved inside of Galati entering turn eleven and grabbed second place, remaining there until the checkered came out on the 26-lap event.
"I had a little wheel spin at the start, but was solidly in second place into the first turn," said Cunningham. "I was able to build a gap on the guys behind me, as Randy [Pobst] and Paul [Edwards] battled for position."
Marks who started the event in fifth, in the No. 80 Flextronics/Shoreline/Brocade Porsche 911 Cup, battled early with Paul Edwards, of Santa Maria, Calif., including some heated bumping as the two ran up the hill to the corkscrew. Marks was able to move past Galati with eight laps remaining, to claim a career-best third place.
"This was like Christmas for me," said Marks. "It's really great to finish on the podium here, in front all my friends and family and our home town sponsors."
Galati maintains the point lead, with 221, over Cunningham, with 198, who moved into second spot with his finish today. Behind them are Jeff McMillin (182), van Overbeek (175) and Young (162). Porsche maintains its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship standings, with 56, followed by Audi (41), Acura (32), BMW (26) and Saleen (10).
The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel October 5 at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).
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