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Mosport: Peter Cunningham, Pierre Kleinubing take poles

CANADA–Teammates Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., and Pierre Kleinubing, of Brazil, re-wrote the Mosport International Raceway Speedvision World Challenge GT and Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car record books, each taking the ...

CANADA–Teammates Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., and Pierre Kleinubing, of Brazil, re-wrote the Mosport International Raceway Speedvision World Challenge GT and Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car record books, each taking the pole position for this weekend's Round Two races. Cunningham, driving the No. 42 RealTime Racing BMW M3, turned a fastest lap of 1:28.175 (100.395 mph) around the 2.459-mile circuit, eclipsing the old record of 1:28.499 (100.02 mph) set by Rob Fellows in 1997. Cunningham will lead the 37-car field to the green light Sunday afternoon. "We had an engine misfire, but it worked fine on my fastest lap," said Cunningham, who sits third all-time on the World Challenge poles list. "After that, it made a funny noise, so we came in and worked on it. Quite a few cars have more horsepower, but this BMW goes around the corners like nothing else. Zippy the Chimp could have driven this car!" Qualifying second in the Speedvision GT was 1999 race winner and series' champion Bobby Archer, of Ft. Worth, Texas, who turned a lap of 1:28.608 (99.905 mph) in his No. 32 IQuest/Viper Speed Dodge Viper GTS. Michael Galati, of North Olmstead, Ohio, qualified his No. 9 Champion Audi S4 Competition third, with a lap of 1:29.474 (98.938 mph). John Heinricy, of Holly, Mich., and Frank Allers, of Copuitlam, B.C., completed the top-five. Kleinubing, driving the No. 42 BuySellorHold.com/RealTime Racing Acura Integra R, shattered his own Speedvision Touring Car track record by almost three seconds with a lap of 1:33.367 (94.813 mph). Kleinubing will line up next to teammate Hugh Plumb, of Chadds Ford, Pa., who turned a lap of 1:34.072 (94.102 mph). "There was a lot of traffic out there," said Kleinubing, who is second all-time with 14 poles. "Actually, it helped me. I got a really good draft from a couple of cars coming up the back straightaway for my fast lap. After that, I just did a cool-down lap and parked it." Rookie teammates Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Neal Sapp, of Elicott City, Md., will line up third and fourth in today's race, driving identical ProPartsUSA.net BMW 328cis. Taz Harvey, of Danville, Calif., rounds out the top-five.

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Series PWC
Drivers John Heinricy , Pierre Kleinubing , Michael Galati , Peter Cunningham , Taz Harvey , Bobby Archer , Hugh Plumb
Teams RealTime Racing