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Bourdais on pole in Toronto
Toronto, Canada (Sports Network) - Sebastien Bourdais won Saturday's Champ Car final qualifying session for the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on the city streets. The No.1 Newman/Haas/Lanigan driver circled the 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street course in 58.288 seconds (108.393 m.p.h.) barely beating Justin Wilson
The pole win earned the three-time series champion his second championship point of the weekend. The Frenchman has never finished lower than fifth in four starts in Toronto, which includes a win in 2004.
The pole victory was Bourdais' third of the season and 28th of his Champ Car career.
Wilson (58.299) will start on the front row with Bourdais.
Oriol Servia (58.661) and Simon Pagenaud (58.664) will make up row two.
Robert Doornbos, who is tied for the points lead with Bourdais, struggled to a 12th-place finish. Despite the bad starting spot, he is finally getting to show what he can do when he gets in a competitive car.
The Rotterdam native never really got that chance when he drove for the non- competitive Formula One Minardi team in 2005 and Red Bull Racing in 2006. In 11 starts his best finish was 12th in 2006 at both China and Brazil.
Now with Minardi Team USA he has begun to show his talent. He opened his rookie Champ Car Series campaign with a second place at Las Vegas. Following his only bad outing at Long Beach (13th), Doornbos has found himself on the podium four consecutive times, including a win last week at Mont-Tremblant.
The race is set to drop the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m.
07/07 15:32:03 ET
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