Tommy Milner was tops in morning practice at Road Atlanta (Weber image).
In only his fifth event of
the SCCA SPEED GT season, Milner was hard to beat in the No. 21 Rahal Letterman
Racing Aston Martin DB9, leading the session early and continuing to improve
his time as Pobst tried to bump him from the top spot.
"Obviously, the car is
pretty good,” Milner said. “We've just been working very hard. At New Jersey—the car was
pretty good, but it wasn"t the best in the rain and that sort of hurt our
chances of having a good run in the dry. The car has been fast all year long,
with the exception of at Road America.
Yesterday was very productive for us—I got a lot of time in the car and we made
some good changes in each session. If we can keep heading in that direction
we’ll be in good shape.”
When the checkered flag fell
on the 20-minute session, Milner still held the fastest lap of the session, a
1:26.505 (105.704 mph).
“I’ve run two Petit Le Mans
here at Road Atlanta and, in fact, my first ever race was here at Road Atlanta
in the Panoz series in 2003, so I know the track pretty well.
“My quickest time was in the
middle of the session. We started out on stickers and I was able to back up the
quick time after the newness had worn off the tires. The car is pretty
consistent and I’m definitely happy with the way it’s handling right now.”
Pobst, the current point
leader and favorite to take the SPEED GT Championship crown this weekend,
turned a fast lap of 1:26.635 (105.546 mph) around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile
course, putting his No. 1 K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 second on the time sheets.
Daskalos climbed the
practice times throughout the session in the No. 5 Coastal Pet Products Dodge
Viper, ending the session in third with a lap of 1:26.732 (105.428 mph).
Coming off a podium finish
at New Jersey Motorsports
Park last weekend, Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif.,
was fourth fastest. Davis
turned a 1:26.740 (105.418 mph) in the No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang
Returning to SPEED GT after
a four-race absence, Ritch Marziale, of Tempe,
Ariz., was fifth in the No. 56
All-Cut Concrete Cutting Dodge Viper with a lap of 1:26.868 (105.263 mph).
Turning only one flying lap
in the session, Eric Curran managed to put his Chevrolet Corvette sixth on the
order. He was followed by the Cadillac CTS-V of Michael McCann.
Winner of the most recent
round at New Jersey
James Sofronas was eighth in his Porsche 911 GT3.
The Porsche 911 GT3s of Tim
McKenzie and Michael Galati completed the top 10.
Andy Pilgrim, the only
driver with a mathematical chance to unseat Pobst, did not complete a full
practice lap after having an axle failure in his Cadillac CTS-V.
second SCCA SPEED GT practice session of the day is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.