LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2007) –Andy Pilgrim became the first SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship driver to break the 1 minute 26 second barrier at Long Beach, but it was Team Cadillac teammate Ron Fellows who stole the glory in the final minute of Saturday morning’s final practice session.-30-
Driving the No. 16 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V, defending race winner Fellows, of Mississauga, Ontario, turned a fastest lap of 1:25.552 (82.812 mph) with 45 seconds remaining in the brief, 20-minute session. The lap was 0.794-second faster than the existing course record of 1:26.346 set by Tommy Archer in 2006.
“The track was slicker than yesterday even though the lap times were faster,” Fellows said. “It was quite a bit warmer yesterday than it was this morning and it took the car longer to come around. The car kept getting faster and faster and I turned off three fast times there at the end.
“It was good, but we’ve still got some things to work on. I think we’re probably going to need another second [in qualifying] to be honest. The Cadillac is stopping and going around corners really well, but we’re off the mark going in a straight line.”
Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., came in second in the session with a fast time of 1:25.685 (82.684 mph) in his No. 8 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V. Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas, Texas, was third in his No. 28 LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevrolet Corvette with a lap of 1:25.853 (82.522 mph), the only other car under the 1:26 barrier.
K-PAX Racing teammates Michael Galati and Randy Pobst were fourth and fifth in their Porsche 911 GT3s, turning fast laps of 1:26.029 and 1:26.069, respectively.
Point leader Eric Curran (Chevrolet Corvette), Hollywood’s Tomy Drissi (Chevrolet Corvette), Sonny Whelen (Chevrolet Corvette), Archer (Dodge Viper) and Lawson Aschenbach (Cadillac CTS-V) completed the top 10.
Qualifying for Sunday’s race will take place at 8:30 a.m. (Pacific) Sunday morning, with the race making its standing start at 4 p.m. following the Champ Car race. To catch all the action via live timing and scoring and live lap notes, please visit the SCCA Pit Board at www.world-challenge.com.
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