Dalziel leads by example at Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia (April 16, 2005) -- Ryan Dalziel and Pacific Coast Motorsports fired a warning shot to their American Le Mans Series GT1 rivals today as the 23-year-old Scot powered the #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R to the top of the time sheets in this morning's practice session for tomorrow's Sportsbook.Com Grand Prix of Atlanta, the second round of the 2005 ALMS season.
Dalziel continues to impress despite being a sports car rookie and his efforts this morning hustling the privateer Corvette C5-R round the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta course brought the reward of besting the two factory-backed Corvette C6-R's in practice with a flying lap of 1m17.792s -- a time faster than Ron Fellows' qualifying benchmark of 1m18.632s set at the Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta in 2000.
Dalziel, partnered with Alex Figge at PCM, not only topped the GT1 practice times, his last lap charge was a stunning fourth tenths of a second faster than the #4 works-Corvette fielded by the experienced duo of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta who in turn headed their team-mates Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell in third.
Having lead the GT1 practice times in just his second ALMS outing Dalziel commented:
"The team has continued to work really hard since our top ten finish at Sebring last month. The changes made to our car have definitely increased our competitiveness. I had a great time out there in practice this morning and the result proves we have the capability to mix it up with the works teams. Hopefully we can maintain our pace in this afternoon's qualifying session and guarantee an exciting battle with the factory boys tomorrow."
GT1 qualifying starts at 2:50pm EST this afternoon with tomorrow's Sportsbook.Com Grand Prix of Atlanta set to go green at Noon.