BELL TOLLS FOR ROBERTSON FORD: QUICKEST IN THE WET New Ford GT-R fastest during damp Thursday afternoon session Rob Bell made a bit of history Thursday afternoon at Road Atlanta with the fastest lap in a wet second practice session for Petit Le...
BELL TOLLS FOR ROBERTSON FORD: QUICKEST IN THE WET
New Ford GT-R fastest during damp Thursday afternoon session
Rob Bell made a bit of history Thursday afternoon at Road Atlanta with the fastest lap in a wet second practice session for Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2. The British driver set the time in the new Robertson Racing Ford GT-R that he is driving with David Murry and Anthony Lazzaro.
Bell's lap of 1:33.319 (97.986 mph) was 0.382 seconds better than Timo Bernhard in the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, running as an unclassified entry.
The No. 04 Robertson entry joins the sister entry of Craig Stanton and the husband-wife duo of Andrea and David Robertson in the 45-car field for the final race of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Murry qualified on the GT2 pole at Road Atlanta last year, the first for the Dick Barbour Racing-run squad. The track serves as the team's home base.
Only nine cars went out in a session that started under heavy rain. The skies (and precipitation) lightened by the end with skies clearing for Thursday night's two-hour practice session.
Magnus Racing's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car was third-quickest and first of the GT Challenge cars. Andrew Davis' best time was a 1:38.610 (92.729 mph).
In the prototype ranks, the Libra Racing LMP2 Radical-IES turned a lap of 1:40.248 (91.214 mph). Audi Sport's Marcel Fässler, fastest in the Thursday morning session, was the only LMP1 car to go out; his best lap in the afternoon was a 1:49.443 (83.550 mph).
The 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 is set for 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 2. SPEED will air the race starting at 11 a.m., with live radio coverage available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Americanlemans.com will stream qualifying live starting at 3:15 p.m. ET on Friday, October 1. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.