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Yacaman captures TUDOR Championship Pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Posted by: newsla on Jul 13, 2014 - 06:48 AM
Yacaman captures TUDOR Championship pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Gustavo Yacaman captured his first pole position in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a lap of one minute, 9.167 seconds (127.986 mph). It was the second consecutive pole for the OAK Racing team, which won the pole two weeks ago at Watkins Glen with Alex Brundle at the wheel of its No. 42 Morgan/Nissan.


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“Here it is very important to be on the pole,” Yacaman said. “We definitely have an aero(dynamic) advantage, but we have a big power disadvantage. It’s going to be a matter of managing traffic, which is very difficult at this track with the massive speed difference in the high-speed corners.”

Sunday's Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance - the series' only stop outside of the U.S. - (2 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) will be a two-hour and 45-minute race.

Yacaman will be accompanied on the front row by Ryan Dalziel, who qualified the No. 1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b/Honda second with a lap of 127.986 mph. Richard Westbrook will start third in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP at 127.113 mph. Westbrook and co-driver Michael Valiante are going for their second consecutive TUDOR Championship victory after winning at Watkins Glen.

Meanwhile, the GT Le Mans pole was won by Canadian Tire Motorsport Park track veteran Kuno Wittmer with a lap of 117.709 mph. This is the first class pole position for the driver from Montréal and the second pole for the SRT Motorsports team this season.

“The first time I ran on this track, I was 16 years old, so personally it’s an achievement and a dream come true, but I have to finish my mission tomorrow,” Wittmer said. “The SRT Dodge Viper was just on point. We went out with a different strategy than previous qualifications and it was really on third or fourth laps that tires were at best. I dug into my bag of tricks and we were there.”

A late flying lap by Antonio Garcia put him within 0.072 seconds of the GTLM pole, but he wound up second in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Garcia and Corvette Racing teammate Jan Magnussen are going for their fourth consecutive TUDOR Championship race victory Sunday. Wolf Henzler will start third in the GTLM class with a lap of 117.456 mph in the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR.

Dodge swept the pole positions for both GT classes. Dutch racer Jeroen Bleekemolen put the No. 33 Viper SRT GT3-R on the GT Daytona class pole with a lap of 112.050 mph. It was his second straight pole at this track, as he claimed the top position for the ALMS GTC class last year.

“It was a great achievement for the whole team,” said Bleekemolen. “It’s a new car, a new project. We’ve been unlucky in the races, but we’ve shown some speed in previous events. But finally we were able to put it on the pole. Now we have to finish the job tomorrow, we led some race but were unable to put it on the podium.”

The No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS driven by Spencer Pumpelly initially qualified second, but was moved to the rear of the field due to a ride-height infraction revealed in post-qualifying technical inspection. As a result, Dane Cameron moves up to second on the GTD grid in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 at 111.808 mph.

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