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BRASELTON, Ga. (October 3, 2001) -- Hugh Plumb, of Chadds Ford, Pa., captured his first 2001 SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Superchips pole position for Round Nine, part of the Petit Le Mans Presented by Audi ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 3, 2001) -- Hugh Plumb, of Chadds Ford, Pa., captured his first 2001 SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Superchips pole position for Round Nine, part of the Petit Le Mans Presented by Audi doubleheader finale weekend at Road Atlanta, moving him into second in points with only two races remaining. Neal Sapp, of Ellicott City, Md., and points leader Pierre Kleinubing, of Brazil, completed the top three. Driving the No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura Integra R, Plumb turned a fastest lap of 1:41.184 (90.370 mph) around the 2.54-mile circuit to earn his second-career pole, and give him two points, moving ahead of Don Salama in the season's point standings. "I'm really excited--that moves me into second in points," said Plumb, who has four career victories. "My buddy Pierre [Kleinubing] helped me with the draft down the back straight. On this track, there's such a speed differential between the fast and slow cars that you have to get it done early. We went out and turned two quick laps and then drove around the remainder of the session looking for a gap. It should be a good race, the BMWs are still strong in a straight line, but we have the cornering speed." Driving the No. 55 duPont Racing BMW 325is, Sapp earned his fifth front-row starting spot of the season with a lap of 1:41.266 (90.296 mph), narrowly missing his third pole of the season. Kleinubing, who holds a 49-point advantage over teammate Plumb, need only finish seventh in the No. 1 RealTime Racing Acura Integra R Friday to secure his second-consecutive Speedvision Touring Car title, and third in five years. Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., and Steve Pfeffer, of Scottsdale, Ariz., completed the top five in their BMWs. The Superchips Qualifying session was cut short by five minutes after Mike Buzzetti, of Paso Robles, Calif., made heavy impact with the front straight wall after losing control in the last corner. While awake and alert at the scene, Buzzetti was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for further evaluation and x-rays. Kleinubing has the opportunity to inch even closer to the title Thursday, when qualifying for Sunday's final round will occur before Friday's Round Nine race.

-SCCA/SCCA ProRacing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Pierre Kleinubing , Steve Pfeffer , Will Turner , Don Salama , Hugh Plumb
Teams RealTime Racing