Road America: Series practice one report

DE FERRAN KEEPS ACURA ON TOP AT ROAD AMERICA Eager to add another of North America's classic circuits to his victory list this season, Gil de Ferran set the fastest lap in Saturday morning's practice session for the Time Warner Cable Road Race...

DE FERRAN KEEPS ACURA ON TOP AT ROAD AMERICA

Eager to add another of North America's classic circuits to his victory list this season, Gil de Ferran set the fastest lap in Saturday morning's practice session for the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America. The Brazilian team owner and driver set a lap of 1:49.874 (132.632 mph) in the XM Acura ARX-02a that he will drive with Frenchman Simon Pagenaud.

Pagenaud and his boss are on a four-race winning streak and can set a record with another victory in Sunday's race. In Saturday's first practice, de Ferran was 1.216 seconds quicker than Intersport Racing's Jon Field in the Lola B06/10-AER that he will drive with son Clint.

David Brabham was third quickest in the Patron Highcroft Racing Acura ARX- 02a at 1:51.349 (130.875 mph) that he drives with Scott Sharp. The pairing leads the P1 championship by nine points over de Ferran and Pagenaud.

As he was Friday, Dyson Racing's Guy Smith went quickest in LMP2. The British star turned a best lap of 1:52.245 (129.830 mph) in the Mazda- powered Lola B09/86 coupe that he will drive with Chris Dyson. Adrian Fernandez was next in the class championship-leading Lowe's Fernandez Acura ARX-01b. The Mexican star's best lap was a 1:53.016 (128.945 mph) as he and teammate Luis Diaz attempt for their sixth win in seven races.

Fernandez was 0.340 seconds better than Marino Franchitti in Dyson's second coupe. The Scot and Butch Leitzinger were winners two rounds ago at Lime Rock Park.

GT2 was a dogfight. BMW Rahal Letterman Racing's Tommy Milner was quickest with lap of 2:09.147 (112.839 mph) in the BMW M3 that he will drive with Dirk Muller , last year's class pole-winner in a Ferrari. Wolf Henzler was 0.055 seconds off the pace in the Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR that he will drive with Bryce Miller.

Risi Competizione's Jaime Melo was third-fastest at 2:09.258 (112.742 mph) in the Ferrari F430 GT that he will drive with Pierre Kaffer. The top seven cars in class were separated by 0.36 seconds.

Martin Snow was the quickest Challenge class driver with a lap of 2:18.210 (105.440 mph) in the Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that he will drive with wife Melanie. The Snows, the only husband-wife duo to win a race in the Series, have won two of the first three Challenge rounds.

Bill Sweedler was second quickest with a 2:18.726 (105.047 mph) in the ORBIT Racing Porsche that he is driving with Ed Brown.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Dirk Müller , Guy Smith , Butch Leitzinger , Scott Sharp , Gil de Ferran , Jon Field , Luis Diaz , Jaime Melo , Marino Franchitti , Martin Snow , Pierre Kaffer , Wolf Henzler , Tommy Milner , Chris Dyson , Bryce Miller , Ed Brown , Bill Sweedler
Teams Risi Competizione , Dyson Racing