BOWMANVILLE, Canada (June 24, 2012) - Gary Kwok, who lives in nearby Markham, Ontario, has plenty of laps around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It just took him 26 laps longer than he thought to get his first Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car win; while Andre Rapone, of Thornhill, Ontario, was busy on Sunday grabbing his third Touring Car-B victory of the Motul CTMP Grand Prix presented by Optima Batteries weekend.
Kwok's No. 82 M&S Produce/Ultimate Racing Honda Civic Si crossed the finish line first during Saturday's second Touring Car race, but was found to be underweight in post-race technical inspection and was disqualified. On Sunday, Kwok made sure the win stuck, racing away to a 2.508-second victory in the 40-minute timed race that lasted 26-laps and 63.934 miles. The winner averaged 93.765 mph in the caution-free race on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit
Kwok started the race fifth and inherited one spot when Shea Holbrook's second-starting No. 67 TrueCar.com Honda Civic Si spun in the second corner of the race, then moved around the Compass360 racing teammates Todd Lamb (No. 71 National Karting News/HPD Honda Civic Si) and Ryan Winchester (No. Ligon Industries/HPD Honda Civic Si) on lap five.
He and Winchester battled to hold the second spot, which became a tussle for the lead when Michael Cooper's No. 03 MAZDASPEED Motorsports MAZDASPEED3 ran wide on lap six and surrendered the point. That moment was named the Kia Turning Point of the Race
The pair opened up a gap on the rest of the field, and were all alone when Lamb lost his left rear Pirelli P-Zero tire to mechanical failure on unlucky lap 13.
Kwok moved around Winchester for the lead on lap 17 with the Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race, and steadily pulled away, opening up as much as a 3.5-second gap before slotting into the final margin of victory unchallenged.
"Throughout the race, Winchester appeared to wear his tires down," Kwok, a Chinese native said through a translator after the race. "And as the race came to a close, I was able to take advantage of that and pull away."
Winchester came home in second-place, his third runner-up finish of the season. He also turned the fastest lap of the race in 1:32.688 (95.507 mph).
"Unfortunately our teammate spun there at the start and got us stacked up,"