One fine Fellows

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:23 AM ET

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — It was just enough of a misstep to get Ron Fellows’ attention on Saturday when he was passed by nearly half a dozen cars within the first few hundred yards of the start of the SCCA World Challenge race at Watkins Glen International.

Fellows had started on the outside of the front row in his No. 2 Carlisle Companies/Cragar Corvette. Only the

No. 6 K-Paks Volvo of Randy Pobst was in front of him.

But when the lights went out to start the race Fellows’ Corvette seemed to stall.

“That’s exactly what it did,” Fellows said.

“It did the same thing at Long Beach in the spring, but we weren’t able to recover then.”

On Saturday, however, it took the Mississauga driver only two laps to make up for the mistake.

After the second lap the familiar No. 2 yellow Corvette was 2.5 second back of Pobst but in just a single trip around the Glen’s 5.4-kilometre road course, Fellows had narrowed the gap to just .5 seconds.

“I knew once I got the car back in shape after that first lap I would be able to catch the leaders pretty quickly,” Fellows said. “But catching Randy and passing him was another matter.”

The passing attempt almost turned into a disaster.

Fellows got up to Pobst bumper coming down the front straightaway and looked inside going into Turn 1 when the No. 6 Volvo suddenly locked up its brakes.

“I thought for sure I was going to get into the back of him and maybe wreck us both,” Fellows said.

“But at the last second I was able to avoid him to make the pass.”

From then on, it was just a formality.

The win was Fellows’ fifth of his career in the World Challenge series and the second consecutive win this season.

Montreal’s Kuno Witmer ended up second in the

No. 13 Dodge Viper, having also passed Pobst, who ended the day in third.

Pobst complained that the extra weight the all-wheel drive Volvo has to carry because of its horsepower advantage put a target on his car from the very start.

“I was able to get a great start but I knew because of the 90 pounds extra weight we carried that Ron would catch us on the long runs,” Pobst said.

The World Challenge series runs next at the Honda Indy Toronto on July 17.


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