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Road Atlanta: GT practice one report

Road Atlanta SPEED GT Practice Topped by Milner BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2008) -- Tommy Milner, of Leesburg, Va., led an official SPEED World Challenge session for the first time by topping morning practice for the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED GT ...

Road Atlanta SPEED GT Practice Topped by Milner

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2008) -- Tommy Milner, of Leesburg, Va., led an official SPEED World Challenge session for the first time by topping morning practice for the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED GT Finale Presented by Foametix, part of the 11th Annual Petit Le Mans Presented by the All New MAZDA6 at Road Atlanta. Current Championship point leader Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., was second fastest, followed by Jason Daskalos, of Albuquerque, N.M.

In only his fifth event of the SCCA SPEED GT season, Milner was hard to beat in the No. 21 Rahal Letterman Racing Aston Martin DB9, leading the session early and continuing to improve his time as Pobst tried to bump him from the top spot.

"Obviously, the car is pretty good," Milner said. "We've just been working very hard. At New Jersey--the car was pretty good, but it wasn't the best in the rain and that sort of hurt our chances of having a good run in the dry. The car has been fast all year long, with the exception of at Road America. Yesterday was very productive for us--I got a lot of time in the car and we made some good changes in each session. If we can keep heading in that direction we'll be in good shape."

When the checkered flag fell on the 20-minute session, Milner still held the fastest lap of the session, a 1:26.505 (105.704 mph).

"I've run two Petit Le Mans here at Road Atlanta and, in fact, my first ever race was here at Road Atlanta in the Panoz series in 2003, so I know the track pretty well.

"My quickest time was in the middle of the session. We started out on stickers and I was able to back up the quick time after the newness had worn off the tires. The car is pretty consistent and I'm definitely happy with the way it's handling right now."

Pobst, the current point leader and favorite to take the SPEED GT Championship crown this weekend, turned a fast lap of 1:26.635 (105.546 mph) around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile course, putting his No. 1 K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 second on the time sheets.

Daskalos climbed the practice times throughout the session in the No. 5 Coastal Pet Products Dodge Viper, ending the session in third with a lap of 1:26.732 (105.428 mph).

Coming off a podium finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend, Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was fourth fastest. Davis turned a 1:26.740 (105.418 mph) in the No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang Cobra.

Returning to SPEED GT after a four-race absence, Ritch Marziale, of Tempe, Ariz., was fifth in the No. 56 All-Cut Concrete Cutting Dodge Viper with a lap of 1:26.868 (105.263 mph).

Turning only one flying lap in the session, Eric Curran managed to put his Chevrolet Corvette sixth on the order. He was followed by the Cadillac CTS-V of Michael McCann.

Winner of the most recent round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, James Sofronas was eighth in his Porsche 911 GT3.

The Porsche 911 GT3s of Tim McKenzie and Michael Galati completed the top 10.

Andy Pilgrim, the only driver with a mathematical chance to unseat Pobst, did not complete a full practice lap after having an axle failure in his Cadillac CTS-V.

The second SCCA SPEED GT practice session of the day is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Live timing and lap notes are available at www.world-challenge.com.

-credit: scca pro racing

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Eric Curran , Michael McCann , Tim McKenzie , Brandon Davis , Tommy Milner , Jason Daskalos , Ritch Marziale