CUNNINGHAM, CHEBEIR TAKE WORLD CHALLENGE WINS ON THE STREETS OF TROIS- RIVIERES TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can.(August 2) -- Peter Cunningham, driving the No. 42 CompTech/RealTime Racing Acura NSX, passed Lou Gigliotti's No.1 LG...
CUNNINGHAM, CHEBEIR TAKE WORLD CHALLENGE WINS ON THE STREETS OF TROIS- RIVIERES
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can.(August 2) -- Peter Cunningham, driving the No. 42 CompTech/RealTime Racing Acura NSX, passed Lou Gigliotti's No.1 LG Motorsports Saleen Mustang on lap 27 and never looked back, taking the T1 Class SCCA World Challenge victory by 5.484 seconds on the streets of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can. In the T2 Class, Alain Chebeir, driving the Last Minute Racing BMW 328is, topped the ICY Racing/Quaker State Saturn SC of Paul Booher to score his second career World Challenge victory and his first podium finish of 1997. Cunningham, of West Bend, Wis., started the 34-lap, 51.204-mile race third and ran in third until leader Rob Fellows, of Toronto, Ontario, Can., suffered a broken lower control arm on lap 22, ending his day in 18th while Cunningham advanced to second and Gigliotti, of Garland, Texas, moved into the lead. After stalking Gigliotti for five laps, Cunningham made and out-braking maneuver as the pair dove into turn four of the 10-turn, 1.506-mile street circuit. The duo ran side-by-side to turn six before Cunningham was able to put enough distance on Gigliotti to keep the position for good, scoring his third win of the season in the process. "I got a run on Lou and was close enough in the braking zone to outbrake him into turn four," said Cunningham. "He passed me back the next corner but I had the inside line, and then the next couple of corners I was able to get just enough of a lead where I didn't have to do anything defensive and I was able to build a lead." Kermit Upton III of Ludlow, Vt., finished third in the Mountain Autosport BMW M3, followed by Ron Johnson, of Wayzata, Minn., and Grant Carter, of Bowie, Md. Chebeir, of Phelam, N.Y., started third after posting the fastest qualifying time and wasted no time in moving to the front, passing his teammate Johannes van Overbeek for the lead on lap five, holding the position to take a 3.221-second margin of victory. "Trois-Rivieres was my first-ever World Challenge start back in 1994," said Chebeir. "I have a French background and I've always wanted to win here. We had good traction coming out of the corners and the car ran really well." Finishing third in the T2 Class was Michael Galati, followed by Taz Harvey and Walter Puckett. Leading the T1 Class Drivers' Championship point standing is Cunningham, with 191 points, followed by Gigliotti, 175; Fellows, 146; Simon Greg, 143; and Johnson, 124. In the T2 Class standings, Galati leads with 190, followed by Booher, 176; Pierre Kleinubing, 166; Chebeir, 158; and Harvey, 138.
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. - Results from Saturday's 34-lap, 51.204-mile SCCA World Challenge race on the street of Trois-Rivieres, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.
T1 Class 1. (3), Peter Cunningham, West Bend, Wis., Acura NSX, 34. 2. (5), Lou Gigliotti, Garland, Texas, Saleen Mustang, 34. 3. (1), Kermit Upton III, Ludlow, Vt., BMW M3, 34. 4. (4), Ron Johnson, Wayzata, Minn., Saleen Mustang, 33. 5. (8), Grant Carter, Bowie, Md., Chevrolet Camaro, 33. 6. (10), Harry Bytzek, King City, Ontario, Can., Porsche RSR, 33. 7. (11), Thomas Safar II, Point Pleasent, N.J., Chevrolet Corvette, 33. 8. (18), Duane Grahovec, Palos Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 33. 9. (13), Chris Camedella, Milford, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 32. 10. (12), Doug Frazier, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 32. 11. (14), Walter M. Swick, Concord, Ohio, BMW M-3, 32. 12. (7), C. David Seuss, Charlestown, Mass., Saleen Mustang, 32. 13. (16), Rael, Quebec, Can., Chevrolet Corvette, 31. 14. (19), Peirre Bareil, Quebec, Can., Mustang LX, 31. 15. (17), Jacques Rivard, Quebec, Can., Porsche 911, 30. 16. (9), Rick Dilorio, Acton, Mass., Ford Mustang, 29. 17. (20), Trevor Goddard, Niagara Falls, N.Y., Ford Mustang, 29. 18. (2), Rob Fellows, Ontario, Canada, Saleen Mustang, 22, Suspension. 19. (6), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Saleen Mustang, 20, Over Heat. 20. (15), Sean Grosman, Ontario, Canada, Chevrolet Camaro Z-28, 0, DNS. T2 Class 1. (3), Alain Chebeir, Pelham, N.Y., BMW 328is, 32. 2. (2), Paul Booher, Pinellas Park, Fla., Saturn SC, 32. 3. (5), Michael Galati, North Olmsted, Ohio, Acura Integra R, 32. 4. (6), Taz E. Harvey, Danville, Calif., Honda Prelude, 32. 5. (8), Walter Puckett, Shelby, N.C., Saturn SC, 32. 6. (4), Pierre Kleinubing, Erexim, Brazil, Acura Integra R, 31. 7. (1), Johannes van Overbeek, Pleaston, Calif., BMW 328is, 31. 8. (9), David Rosenblum, Langhorne, Pa., Saturn SC, 31. 9. (10), Fred Pignataro, East Northport, N.Y., Mazda RX-7, 31. 10. (12), Ronald C. Jesberger, New Hyde Park, N.Y., Mazda RX-7, 29. 11. (11), Fred Meyer, Dallas, Texas, Honda Prelude Si, 29. 12. (13), Michael Defontes, Baltimore, Md., Oldsmobile Achieva, 28. 13. (7), Jim Lovett, Highland Park, Ill., Honda Prelude Si, 21, Mech. 14. (14), Lu Ryba, Huntington Beach, Calif., Oldsmobile Achieva, 0, DNS. Race Statistics T1 Class time of race: 41 minutes, 26.393 seconds. T2 Class time of race: 42 minutes, 08.450 seconds. T1 Class average speed: 74.137 miles-per-hour T2 Class average speed: 68.615 miles-per-hour T1 Class margin of victory: 5.4839 seconds T2 Class margin of victory: 3.221 seconds T1 Class fastest race lap: No. 4 Fellows, 1:11.278 (76.062 mph) T2 Class fastest race lap: No. 22 Chebeir, 1:17.013 (70.398 mph) T1 Class lap leaders: laps 1-4, No. 25 Upton III; laps 5-21, No. 4 Fellows; laps 22-26; No. 1 Gigliotti; laos 27-34, No. 42 Cunningham. T2 Class lap leaders: laps 1-4, No. 23 van Overbeek; laps 5-32, No. 22 Chebeir