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Road America: Series GT practice one report

Wittmer Puts Woodhouse Viper Atop World Challenge GT Opening Practice ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 14, 2009) -- Kuno Wittmer, of Montreal, Que., made the best of his first official foray into SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT competition, ...

Wittmer Puts Woodhouse Viper Atop World Challenge GT Opening Practice

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 14, 2009) -- Kuno Wittmer, of Montreal, Que., made the best of his first official foray into SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT competition, leading the opening practice session in preparation for Sunday's World Challenge Road America Grand Prix Presented by StopTech. James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., and Dino Crescentini, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., completed the top three.

Driving the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper that won the 2008 event with Tommy Archer behind the wheel, Wittmer turned a lap of 2:17.041 (106.339 mph) around the 14-turn, four-mile circuit.

"This is an awesome opportunity that Mr. Woodhouse has given me this weekend," Wittmer said of joining Bob Woodhouse's team for Round Eight. "He jumped into one of [RealTime Racing's] Acuras and he's giving me the opportunity drive his Viper. Being P1 in the first practice of my GT debut feels really good. I don't want to get my hopes up too high, because all these guys are very competitive and very quick. There's a Championship at stake here and I don't want to screw it up. I'm here to have some fun, go for the win and stay out of people's way. I need to get some confidence and experience under my belt first."

Wittmer pilots the No. 44 Acura/RealTime/Red Line Oil Acura TSX full time in World Challenge Touring Car and needs to adjust to the different cars between sessions.

"The width of the car and the heat of the cockpit are so much different," he said. "I've already tested this Viper, three years ago at Sebring with Autohaus, so I kind of knew that it would take some getting used to."

Sofronas, who finished third at Mid-Ohio one week ago, turned a 2:17.512 (105.974 mph) in the No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 to finish the session second. Sofronas' teammate Crescentini ran a best time of 2:17.596 (105.910 mph) in the No. 4 Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3.

Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., was fourth fastest in the No. 1 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60, turning a 2:17.699 (105.830 mph). His teammate, Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., was fifth, with a 2:18.165 (105.473 mph) in the No. 8 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60.

Point leader Brandon Davis (Ford Mustang Cobra), Tony Rivera (Porsche 911 GT3), William Ziegler (Porsche 911 GT3), Gunter Schaldach (Porsche 911 GT3) and Brian Kubinski (Chevrolet Corvette) completed the top 10.

The SPEED World Challenge GT Championship will run its second, and final, practice session Friday at 5:15 p.m. Live timing and notes are available at www.world-challenge.com. Sunday's World Challenge Road America Grand Prix Presented by StopTech is scheduled to make its standing start at 9:35 a.m. (CDT).

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-credit: scca pro racing

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Series PWC
Drivers Tommy Archer , Randy Pobst , Tony Rivera , Brian Kubinski , Kuno Wittmer , James Sofronas , Bob Woodhouse , William Ziegler , Dino Crescentini , Brandon Davis , Gunter Schaldach
Teams RealTime Racing , Global Motorsports Group , HART