Davis Takes World Challenge GT Pole at Mosport

By: SCCA Series Staff

Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., captured his fourth-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge pole in preparation for this afternoon's Round Four GT race at Mosport International Raceway, part of the Victoria Day Speedfest. After a post-qualifying coin flip, the top five inverted and Davis will start fifth, with fifth-qualifying Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., starting first.

Driving the No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions/SunMicro Ford Mustang Cobra, Davis traded the top spot on the time charts several times with his close friend Eric Curran and his No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette. On his eighth lap around the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit, Davis turned a blistering 1:23.379 (106.171 mph) to solidify the pole from Curran by 0.370-second.

"The track was ice cold when we started,” Davis said. “As we put laps down and the session went on, the track just got faster and faster with the cold air making good horsepower for all of us. My last lap, I got a great tow behind Andy [Pilgrim] and I think that was the difference for us on that lap.”

It is Davis’ second-career pole at Mosport, the site of his first-ever World Challenge pole driving a RealTime Racing Touring Car in 2005.

While Davis was happy to gain the 15 points for taking the pole and extend his Championship lead, he was not happy to see the coin flip result. Despite starting fifth on the grid, he remained optimistic for the race.

“I hope I can get back to the front, this is a tough place to pass,” Davis said. “We’ve been working on our launch control and hopefully we can make up some spots on the start.”