SANTA CLARITA, CA (August 17, 2010) – A pair of victories for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course were enough to clinch Acura’s ninth Manufacturers’ Championship in Sports Car Club of America World Challenge competition, with three rounds remaining in the 2010 series for production-based racing cars.
The GTS class victories of Cunningham – his fifth and sixth of the season – extended his series-record career total to 38. Cunningham now has a 164-point drivers’ championship lead over teammate Nick Esayian, who finished second in both Mid-Ohio events.
Cunningham led the first race at the classic Mid-Ohio circuit from flag-to-flag on Saturday, but Sunday’s round was a tougher proposition.
“Off the start, the rear drive of the Porsche Cayman got the better of me today,” Cunningham said following Sunday’s race. “I had a couple of [early] opportunities to try to pass, but I wanted to be patient and not rush into it. I knew my Acura would stay under me. Finally, he got a little bit sideways in [Turn] Nine, and I just shoved it in there and made a clean pass.”
Next up for SCCA World Challenge competitors will be another doubleheader weekend, the SCCA Pro Racing Sports Car Wars, Sept. 10-12 at Virginia International Raceway.