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Laguna Seca: GT practice two notes

Henzler Fastest In Combined SPEED GT Practice At Laguna MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2005) -- Germany's Wolf Henzler finished up practice for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship 2005 finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna...

Henzler Fastest In Combined SPEED GT Practice At Laguna

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2005) -- Germany's Wolf Henzler finished up practice for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship 2005 finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in a familiar place, atop the time sheets.

Driving the No. 55 Applied Materials/Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Henzler turned a succession of laps in the 1:30 range--the only driver to reach that milestone all day, finishing with a fastest time of 1:30.419 (89.105 mph) around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit. The lap was faster than his existing qualifying lap record of 1:31.469, set in 2004.

Robin Liddell, who paced the opening practice session in his No. 66 AXA Financial/PFAFF Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, was second fastest on the day, with a lap of 1:31.001 (88.535 mph) in the afternoon session.

The Porsche duo bodes well for the marque's hopes in the Manufacturers' Championship Presented by RACER Magazine. Porsche presently holds a three-point advantage over Cadillac.

Defending series Champion Tommy Archer was third fastest in the No. 1 c3controls/3R-Racing Dodge Viper after turning a 1:31.010 (88.526 mph) in the afternoon session. Archer is currently eight points behind Championship leader Andy Pilgrim, who was the fastest of the XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-Vs in fourth, turning a quick time of 1:31.104 (88.435 mph). Teammate Max Angelelli was fifth on the day, with a lap of 1:31.127 (88.412 mph).

Qualifying for Sunday's finale, which will be live on SPEED Channel at 2 p.m. local (5 p.m. Eastern) is scheduled for Saturday morning at 9:55 a.m. (PDT). To follow live timing and scoring for every SCCA SPEED World Challenge session, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Robin Liddell , Tommy Archer , Max Angelelli , Wolf Henzler