WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Karl Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada, youngest of the Wittmer racing brothers, captured the Touring Car pole position Saturday at Watkins Glen International for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen presented TM Performance.
Driving the No. 91 Classic BMW BMW M235iR sports car, Wittmer established a new TC track record with a time of two minutes, 2.609 seconds at an average speed of 99.00 miles per hour to start from the pole in Saturday’s 12 p.m. Round 11 TC event.
Trailing Wittmer in TC qualifying Saturday was two-time race winner Johan Schwartz of Huntersville, N.C., in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing/West Virginia University BMW M235iR at 2:02.744 (98.90 m.p.h.) followed by Robert Nimkoff of Newton, Conn., in the No. 20 AutoTechnic Racing BMW M235iR at (98.51 m.p.h.) and current TC point leader Vesko Kozarov of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the No. 3 Rearden Racing Nissan 370ZX TC Spec at 2:03.410 (98.36 m.p.h.).
Rounding out the top five in the 20-driver field was Matt Travis of The Woodlands, Tex., in the No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M235iR at 2:03.692 (98.14 m.p.h.).
Sunday’s Round 12 40-minute TC race is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Qualifying results for Touring Car Round 11 40-minute sprint race in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen presented TM Performance at Watkins Glen International. All results are provisional until posted Final.
Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, ,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, QC,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,8,Not Running,2:02.609,99.0
2,2, ,Johan SCHWARTZ,Huntersville, NC,DNK,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:02.744,98.9
3,3, ,Robert NIMKOFF,Newtown, CT,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,6,Not Running,2:03.225,98.5
4,4, ,Vesko KOZAROV,Salt Lake City, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,6,Not Running,2:03.410,98.3
5,5, ,Matt TRAVIS,The Woodlands, TX,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Not Running,2:03.692,98.1
6,6, ,John WEISBERG,Webster, NY,USA,Mazda MX5 TC Spec,8,Not Running,2:03.695,98.1
7,7, ,Dennis HANRATTY Jr,,USA,Lotus Exige,10,Not Running,2:03.893,97.9
8,8, ,Jeff RICCA,Milford, CT,USA,Genesis Coupe,8,Not Running,2:04.029,97.8
9,9, ,Jayson CLUNIE,Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, CA,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:04.280,97.6
10,10, ,Paul TERRY,Filmore, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,9,Not Running,2:04.317,97.6
11,11, ,Mark BRUMMOND,Charlotte, NC,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,7,Not Running,2:04.669,97.3
12,12, ,Steve STREIMER,Portland, OR,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,10,Running,2:04.844,97.2
13,13, ,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,11,Running,2:05.361,96.8
14,14, ,Greg NITZKOWSKI,La Canada, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,10,Running,2:06.243,96.1
15,15, ,Jason STANLEY,Fayetteville, NC,USA,Genesis Coupe,5,Not Running,2:06.380,96.0
16,16, ,Jacob RUUD,Franksville, WI,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,6,Not Running,2:07.380,95.3
17,17, ,Joshua FORAN,Odenville, AL,USA,Honda Civic Type R,10,Running,2:07.910,94.9
18,18, ,John ALLEN,Denver, CO,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:08.418,94.5
19,19, ,Bruce WEXLER,Babylon, NY,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:08.747,94.2
20,20, ,Jack BARUTH,Powell, OH,USA,Honda Accord V6,9,Not Running,2:08.754,94.2
21,21, ,Dinah WEISBERG,Webster, NY,USA,Mazda MX5 TC Spec,8,Not Running,2:16.059,89.2