Cunningham Nets 36th World Challenge Win, Wittmer Scores First Victory in Touring Car RealTime Acura team leader Peter Cunningham secured his fourth GTS category race victory of the 2010 World Challenge Championship season at the Acura Sports...
Cunningham Nets 36th World Challenge Win, Wittmer Scores First Victory in Touring Car
RealTime Acura team leader Peter Cunningham secured his fourth GTS category race victory of the 2010 World Challenge Championship season at the Acura Sports Car Challenge, held on the street circuit surrounding Toronto's Exhibition Place.
RealTime teammate Nick Esayian recovered to finish third after a midrace scrap with a Porsche Cayman. This was Esayian's fifth podium appearance in 2010.
In addition to the pair of Acuras it fielded, RealTime also entered its Honda Racing Development-built Honda Civic Si in the newly reconfigured Touring Car division of World Challenge. Canadian hotshoe Nick Wittmer qualified the No. 93 rocket on pole and was never headed en route to his first World Challenge victory, in only his fourth series start.
Round Seven of the 12-race season here in Toronto was the third and final street course appearance and the fourth of five shared weekends with the IZOD Indy Car Series in 2010.
"The Canadian fans really enjoy seeing the World Challenge cars take to the streets," Cunningham said. "And there were plenty of Honda and Acura supporters pleased to see the RealTime cars shine at the Acura-sponsored event!"
Cunningham's pole position time of 1:20.924 was at an average speed of 78.073 miles per hour around the tight and twisty 1.755-mile temporary track. It was his fifth pole of the year and the World Challenge record breaking 37th of his career.
From the standing start, Cunningham's No. 43 Certified Pre Owned--sponsored Acura TSX won the drag race to the first corner and never looked back. Meanwhile, second fastest qualifier Esayian in the matching No. 34 machine was unable to duplicate his normal John Force launch and was eaten up by third quickest GTS starter Ernie Jakubowski's Porsche. After a midrace pass attempt went awry, Esayian was forced to settle for third.
Next up for the World Challenge Series is the double header on August 7-8 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Rounds 8 and 9 for the production-based sports cars will share the weekend with both the IZOD IRL cars as well as the American Le Mans Series at the competitive and picturesque permanent road circuit.
The Toronto World Challenge race will be broadcast on Versus on July 31st at 300p EST. This special two-hour show will also include a midyear recap, covering the highlights of the first six races of the exciting 2010 season.