Dobson takes first career Speed Touring Car Race win at Mosport. CANADA (May 18, 2002) -- Ken Dobson, of Carmel Valley, Calif., captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship race win, topping a 47-car...
Dobson takes first career Speed Touring Car Race win at Mosport.
CANADA (May 18, 2002) -- Ken Dobson, of Carmel Valley, Calif., captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship race win, topping a 47-car field at the Ontario Presents Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at Mosport International Raceway. Early leader Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., and Brazil's Pierre Kleinubing completed the top three.
Dobson moved from fourth to second in the No. 7 SSF Imported Auto Parts/Westek Electronics BMW 325Ci at the start and dogged Turner's No. 92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i for the first 18 laps. When Turner bobbled exiting turn two on the 19th tour, Dobson was there to take the lead.
Familiar with the lead, but never a winner, Dobson slowly pulled away in the seven remaining laps to take the win by 1.881 seconds, averaging 63.725 mph in a race slowed by an extended caution.
"It feels unbelievable to actually have won a Speed Touring Car race," said Dobson, who moved into a tie for the points lead with Pierre Kleinubing after two rounds, with 60. "I've been close on several occasions, so it's great to finally get that first win.
"After I got around Will [Turner] in turn two, I almost made the same mistake the next lap. When the white flag came out, I didn't even pay attention to it. I was just trying to drive that last lap like it was any other lap. I didn't want to even think about taking the win until I crossed the line."
Turner attributed much of the success of his team, which also saw Frank Selldorff move into third before spinning in mud on the track, to a new motor package. The finish moved Turner into third place in points, with 47, heading into his home track race next weekend at Lime Rock Park.
"I felt really comfortable coming into the Mosport weekend," said Turner, who set the race's fastest lap with a record 1:35.254 (96.336 mph). "It was a combination of the testing we did that gave us a nearly perfect setup when we arrived here. I was trying to maintain the lead when I went wide in turn two and Ken took advantage of it."
Winner of the opening round at Sebring, Kleinubing started second in the No. 1 RealTime Racing Acura Integra R alongside rookie polesitter Scott Bradley. The two were split by Turner at the standing start, heading downhill into turn one. After running as low as fourth, Kleinubing spent the latter stages of the event holding off Bradley's Mazda to nab the final spot on the podium.
"The BMWs have a lot more horsepower than last year," said two-time defending series Champion Kleinubing. "I feel like I was missing a gear going down the backstretch. It won't be as big of a difference at a place like Lime Rock next weekend."
Bradley, of Mountain View, Calif., held on for fourth, the best ever for a Mazda Protégé ES after recording the car's first pole position. Taz Harvey, of Danville, Calif., changed engines after qualifying and moved up from his 22nd starting spot to finish fifth.
Boris Said, who jumped into T.C. Kline's BMW 328Ci between qualifying and the race, advanced 14 spots from his 47th starting spot on the first lap to earn the B&M Holeshot Award.
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