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Bell, Baas Take Poles in KONI Challenge Qualifying

Bell, Baas Take Poles in KONI Challenge Qualifying

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 5, 2009) – Matt Bell paced Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport (GS) qualifying Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen International, earning his fourth pole position in six races in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. The Los Altos, Calif., driver will lead the field to the green flag at 4 this afternoon on the historic 3.4-mile, 11-turn track.

Complete qualifying results can be found here.

Meanwhile, Ian Baas garnered his team’s second straight Street Tuner (ST) pole position, driving the No. 171 APR Tuning/Gunther VW Volkswagen GTI for APR Motorsport. Baas’s car also started on the pole at Lime Rock Park two weeks ago, and was the top-qualifying car in the series’ last visit to Watkins Glen.

Bell’s time of 2:04.576 (98.253 mph) broke a track record, set by Tom Long two seasons ago (2:05.134). Meanwhile, Baas’s time of 2:09.746 (94.338 mph) was more than a second quicker than Aaron Povoledo’s time (2:11.016), set last year in the same car.

Starting alongside Bell is Duncan Ende in the No. 39 TheDigiTrust Group/Adams Polishes Porsche 997. Third and fourth were Dean Martin and Bret Seafuse, hailing from nearby Trumansburg.

Next to Baas will be teammate Mike Sweeney. Point leader Christian Miller claimed third on the charts, next to reigning race class winner Adam Burrows.

The green flag for the two-and-a-half hour TheGlen.com 200 will fly at 4 this afternoon.

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