Pobst and Galati qualify their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches in 2nd and 3rd for Mosport SPEED GT race Bowmanville, Ontario Canada (August 25, 2007): Randy Pobst and Michael Galati qualified their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars into the ...
Pobst and Galati qualify their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches in 2nd and 3rd for Mosport SPEED GT race
Bowmanville, Ontario Canada (August 25, 2007): Randy Pobst and Michael Galati qualified their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars into the 2nd and 3rd positions during a wet qualifying session here at Mosport Park in Ontario Canada for Round 8 of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series which will be run later today.
The 2007 GT championship points leader Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia used a late session qualifying flying lap of 1:39.950 to move up onto the front row in his #22 Porsche.
"Wow, I'm thrilled with the result," Randy Pobst said of his qualifying run to the front row. "It was a very different and challenging qualifying session because the conditions were constantly changing and drying.
"I knew that the track was getting faster and faster and I knew we had to it right at the end of the session because that was when the track was best. But you could never give up because you never knew if it was going to start raining again. So every lap had to be THE lap!"
Pobst set his best lap as the session was ending jumping from 4th to 2nd as the checkered flag fell on the session. Lawson Aschenbach won the pole position with a time of 1:39.654.
"When I first went out I felt no grip in my Toyo Tires and the other guys were being much more aggressive so I just let them go," Randy said of the early part of the session. "I let them go by me and then I started getting comfortable and the Toyos started working and I found some traction and I built up to it gradually.
"I am thinking championship and I want to be smart. When I found out where the traction was then I could go fast without taking too much risk."
"My K-PAX/3R Porsche was a good package on the wet track and my crew chief Will Moody did a great job setting the car up," concluded Pobst. "But then the K-PAX/3R team is a first class team so even in unusual conditions they still give you a good car and put us on top!"
The session was started on a wet but drying Mosport track and Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, was provisionally on the pole as Michael and his #23 K-PAX Porsche were the fastest package on the track while the track was still wet.
"Early on I was fairly quick and I caught up to Randy (Pobst) and the Cadillacs pretty easily," said Galati of the earlier part of the session. "Then I tried spacing myself but I was surprised at how quickly I was able to catch back up to the Cadillacs in the wet.
"I got the pole and then Ron (Fellows) got by me so I gave myself some room and got back on the pole by a full second. I came into the pits because I didn't know if we had enough fuel and then the other Cadillac (Aschenbach) got by me for the pole."
The track was drying however and as the session progressed the Cadillacs of Lawson Aschenbach and Ron Fellows were able to lay down the power of the V8s and move up into the top two spots before Pobst and Galati improved their times to move past Fellows.
"Dax (crew chief Dax Raub) sent me back out but unfortunately both laps in the dry I got caught in traffic," said Galati. "I thought we could get the pole but it was one of those deals.
"The times were definitely improving because the pole time started out with a 43 and then down to a 41 and then a 39 so the track was improving. When it was wet our car was working really well but even in the dry track I think we could have had the pole anyway but I got caught up behind a couple of Vipers and I still did a 1:40 flat so I was right there!"