Michael Culver, Matt Plumb lead wet day of Mosport SCCA Speed World Challenge practice. CANADA (May 16, 2003) -- Canadian Michael Culver and rookie Matt Plumb, of Newport, R.I., battled rain and wind to lead practice for this weekend's Ontario...
Michael Culver, Matt Plumb lead wet day of Mosport SCCA Speed World Challenge practice.
CANADA (May 16, 2003) -- Canadian Michael Culver and rookie Matt Plumb, of Newport, R.I., battled rain and wind to lead practice for this weekend's Ontario More To Discover Victoria Day Weekend SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT and Touring Car Round Two races, respectively, at Mosport International Raceway.
Driving his No. 14 First Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Culver, originally from Canada, but now living in Westport, Conn., turned a fastest lap of 2:02.804 (72.085 mph) around the 2.459-mile circuit in the first of two sessions. The conditions slowed the SCCA Speed GT pace by 34 seconds from the race lap record of 1:28.375, set by David Farmer in 2002.
Farmer was second fastest in his No. 35 Metric Chemical Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, followed by the Champion Racing Audi RS 6 duo of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati and the Black Dog Racing Corvette of Tony Gaples.
Plumb, driving the No. 50 duPont Motorsport/ERT BMW 325, turned a fastest lap of 1:53.226 (78.183 mph) in the second of two sessions to lead the SCCA Speed Touring Cars--a full 18 seconds off the record pace from 2002.
Defending Series Champion Peter Cunningham was second fastest in the official debut of the new No. 1 TeamRTR/Nissan Motorsports Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, running a lap of 1:53.728 (77.838 mph) to lead the first session. Brazilian Pierre Kleinubing was third in the RealTime Racing Acura RSX-S, followed by Jon Prall's STaSIS Audi A4 and Nic Jonsson's Lectair/Techmark Corp BMW 325Ci.
In all, only eight of the 22 entered SCCA Speed GT cars braved the conditions, while 33 of the 45 entered cars in SCCA Speed Touring Cars set a time. Qualifying for this weekend's races is set for Saturday morning at 9:10 a.m. (EDT). The local forecast currently shows a strong potential for rain in the morning, but should clear up by the afternoon's SCCA Speed Touring Car race. The SCCA Speed GT race will be run Sunday morning.
For more information, including live timing and scoring, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
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