Ron Fellows Scores World Challenge GT Win
When Ron Fellows arrived at the registration trailer outside Mosport International Raceway on Sunday morning, we’re not sure if he knew what exactly time it was. What he did know was that there was a job to be done, and that is exactly what he set about to do. An hour later, he was flying through Mosport’s 10-turn geography like the pro he is. Two hours after that, he had qualified the #2 Carlisle Companies/Cragar Wheel-sponsored Corvette in second place for that afternoon’s World Challenge race.
The previous 24 hours had been a whirlwind, seeing Fellows participate in the Corvette Racing celebrations at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in California. He almost missed a flight connection in Calgary, Canada on the return trip, arriving at Mosport with about an hour to spare.
Fellows would line up beside series veteran, Randy Pobst, who had won the World Challenge Saturday race. The #6 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 demonstrated the advantage of all-wheel drive at the race start, leaping ahead of the pack. Fellows dropped a spot to third-starting Kuno Wittmer, who jumped to second in in the #13 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Viper competition coupe. Wittmer’s advantage was short-lived, though.
Fellows got by Wittmer in Turn 10, completing the first lap of the race. For the next 15 laps, Fellows hunted down Pobst, posting a record 1:23.828 lap in the process. A dramatic pass put Fellows into the lead and he charged to the end from there. Post commented that the heavily-ballasted Volvo didn’t perform as well in Sunday’s warmer temperatures and once Fellows had made it by, “That was it. I couldn’t run with him after that.”
Fellows captured his fourth World Challenge win and third at Mosport International Raceway. Randy Pobst finished second and Jason Daskalos, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, took the final podium spot in his Dodge Viper, after passing Wittmer in the last lap.
World Challenge racing will return July 17-18 to the streets of Toronto, as part of the Honda Indy Toronto event.