Farmer scores first Speed GT win for Corvette in two years at Mosport. CANADA -- David Farmer, of Albemarle, N.C., recorded his first career win and scored the first victory for Corvette in SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT Championship...
Farmer scores first Speed GT win for Corvette in two years at Mosport.
CANADA -- David Farmer, of Albemarle, N.C., recorded his first career win and scored the first victory for Corvette in SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT Championship competition since 2000 at the Mosport International Raceway Ontario Presents Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend. Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., finished just 0.244-second behind, followed by Johannes van Overbeek, of Danville, Calif., in the thrilling 29-lap, 71.311-mile contest.
Farmer started third in the No. 35 Metric Chemical Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, and ran third in the opening laps behind polesitter Michael Galati, who again utilized the Champion Audi S4 Competition's superior all wheel drive launch, and Cunningham, who started on the outside pole.
Galati led a train of five cars for the first nine laps that also included van Overbeek's Porsche and the BMW M3 of Jeff McMillin. Each of the drivers swapped positions numerous times, but it was Galati at the point until Cunningham finally surged ahead in the No. 42 RealTime Racing Acura NSX SC after numerous attempts, which saw the impossible happen two straight laps--two cars going through turns eight and nine at speed. A slight bump from Cunningham put Galati sideways momentarily, which permitted the Acura to slip through in turn five.
"I got into the back of Galati going into five," said Cunningham. "I got by him, but feel bad about getting it done that way."
Once Cunningham was clear, he could never pull out to more than a one second advantage over Galati and van Overbeek. After running fourth for two laps, Farmer slipped past the Porsche on lap 12, and set his sights on Galati.
On lap 19, he was past on the back straight, and Farmer looked ahead to Cunningham. As the two battled at the front, Galati slid off course on lap 22, and fell into the grips of van Overbeek and McMillin, who could not match the pace of the lead duo. Lap after lap, Farmer would set the race's fast lap, then Cunningham would take it away in defense of his lead.
On lap 24, the two encountered the lapped car of Jeff Wade going into Moss corner. Instead of moving to the side of the leader's battle, the car exited turn five in the middle. Cunningham went right and Farmer went left entering the back straight, but Wade moved to the right, stunting Cunningham's progress and allowing Farmer to take the lead.
Farmer and Cunningham continued the battle for the remaining five laps, but it was the yellow Chevy that would get the best of the orange and white Acura today.
"I came up behind the lapped car [Wade] and he looked like he was going to be in the middle of the track, so Peter [Cunningham] and I split him," said Farmer, whose previous best finish was fifth at Mid-Ohio in 1994. "Suddenly, he cut off Peter, so I didn't even have to lift to make the pass.
"I'm thrilled with the win. The entire weekend was truly amazing for us. We rebuilt virtually the entire car since Sebring. We have a very good package and there is a wide mix of cars at the front. This is just great!"
Farmer's move to the front also netted him the Rogaine Hair Raising Pass Of the Day.
Upset with the way things shook out, Cunningham was unable to win his second-straight Mosport GT race. He was, however, quick to give credit to Farmer on his first win.
"It was good racing out there today," said the driver who took the all-time career starts lead, with 93, to go along with his lead in nearly every other statistical category. "I had a lot of fun. We have a good package. Farmer did a great job today. He was faster than me in some spots and I was faster in others.
"[The lapped car] went wide like he was getting out of the way, but he didn't and that led to disaster for me."
Van Overbeek's finish was sweet redemption after getting caught up in a startline wreck at Sebring in his No. 81 Flextronics/Shoreline/Brocade Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. He managed to hold off McMillin for third after the two got by Galati, whose car's handling went off after his off-course excursion. Galati would come home fifth in the end, creating a tie between he and Cunningham at the top of the Speed World Challenge Drivers' Point Standings, with 58. Farmer moved into third, with 50, followed by McMillin (49) and John Young (42), who finished sixth.
The series next runs at Lime Rock Park in one week's time.
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