TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec â€“ The top seven Grand American Road Racing Association SportsRacer teams will be battling for the Informix Way Fast Award in qualifying Saturday on the 1.5-mile Trois-Rivieres street circuit. Fridayâ€™s opening...
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The top seven Grand American Road Racing Association SportsRacer teams will be battling for the Informix Way Fast Award in qualifying Saturday on the 1.5-mile Trois-Rivieres street circuit. Friday’s opening practice sessions saw no clear favorite emerge for Sunday’s Player’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, with all seven separated by less than one second at one point.
Oliver Gavin emerged with the quickest lap of the day, 1:00.374, 90.695 mph on the tricky circuit, in the InterSport Banana Joe’s Judd-Lola B2K10.
Second, a mere five-thousandths of a second behind, was James Weaver in the Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Ford, 90.687 mph.
“We kept making changes throughout the day, and the car kept working better and better,” said Gavin.
“We’ve seen how fast the Lola (Gavin) can do on one lap, but we’re not really sure what they can do during a long run,” said Weaver, the Grand-Am SportsRacer points leader with only two races remaining. “So we’re scrambling to find more speed. It’s going to be a very, very exciting race. The fans are going to be in for a fantastic afternoon.” Third quickest, at 89.945 mph, was the Doran Lista Special of Didier Theys and Ross Bentley, followed by the Dyson Riley & Scott Ford of Rob Dyson, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and John Paul Jr., 89.689 mph; Scott Schubot and Claude Bourbonnais in a Ford Lola B2K10, 88.678 mph; Jack Baldwin and George Robinson in the Informix Software Riley & Scott Judd, 88.505 mph; and the Ferrari 333SP of Mimmo Schiattarella and Ralf Kelleners, 88.296 mph.
The Archangel Motorsports Nissan-Lola of Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton led the SportsRacer Lights Class, 84.487 mph. The Saleen SR team of Terry Borcheller and Rob Johnson led GTO practice, 83.316 mph. Rick Fairbanks and Andy Pilgrim led GTU practice in a BMW M-3, 79.839 mph, while the Camaro of Craig Conway and Doug Goad was fastest in American GT, 79.713 mph.
Qualifying to set the starting lineup for the 28-car field will be held Saturday at 1:45 p.m. Sunday’s 92-lap race takes the green flag at 3:15 p.m.
Sunday’s event will be the eighth on the inaugural Grand-Am schedule, with only the August 25-27 Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at Watkins Glen International remaining.