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Road Atlanta: Touring Car practice one report

Wittmer Paces Morning SPEED Touring Car Practice at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (October 3, 2007) -- Kuno Wittmer, of Montreal, Quebec, needed only a lap at Road Atlanta to lay down the fastest practice time of the morning. Seth Thomas, of ...

Wittmer Paces Morning SPEED Touring Car Practice at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 3, 2007) -- Kuno Wittmer, of Montreal, Quebec, needed only a lap at Road Atlanta to lay down the fastest practice time of the morning. Seth Thomas, of Cumming, Ga., and Pierre Kleinubing, of Coconut Creek, Fla., were second and third fastest, respectively, in the first of two practice sessions for Round Nine of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship, part of the 10th Anniversary Petit Le Mans.

A light drizzle began to fall on the SCCA SPEED Touring Cars as they made their way on course for the 20-minute morning practice session, but that didn't stop Wittmer from turning a time of 1:32.890 (98.439 mph), more than half a second faster than the current qualifying lap record of 1:33.523 (97.772 mph).

"The first ten minutes were fine. It was very dry," Wittmer said. "There were a couple of sprinkles, but nothing that could wet the track completely. I came in a couple times for changes and the car got a little bit better. The last half of the season it was raining quite a bit more and it wasn't really worth it. The track was still pretty dry, but it was slick in places."

Wittmer's No. 44 Acura Certified Pre-Owned/RealTime Acura RSX is the same car Eric Curran used to win the pole last year at Road Atlanta and Wittmer admits there weren't many changes that needed to be done from last year's set-up.

"Eric Curran proved that the car could be pretty quick around here, so I said, 'why don't we just start with what Eric did last year. Then we changed a couple of things to suit my driving style. It's proven to be really good again."

Georgia driver Thomas was second-fastest in the session, turning a 1:33.091 (98.226 mph) in his No. 38 Bimmerworld BMW 325i.

Wittmer's teammate and defending SCCA SPEED Touring Car Champion Pierre Kleinubing ended the session in third, posting a 1:33.367 (97.936 mph) in his No. 1 Acura Certified Pre-Owned Acura TSX.

RealTime Racing team owner Peter Cunningham, of Grafton, Wis., was fourth fastest. The No. 42 Acura Certified Pre-Owned Acura TSX driver entered a time of 1:33.388 (97.914 mph). James Clay, of Blacksburg, Va., who was back in the car for the first time since Toronto, completed the top five, turning a 1:33.466 (97.832 mph) in his No. 36 Bimmerworld BMW 325i.

Michael Galati was the fastest Mazda 6 in sixth, followed by the quickest Audi A4 of Ian Baas and the Acura TSX of Brandon Davis., all of whom entered times under the current qualifying record.

Charles Espenalaub (Mazda 6) and Chip Herr (Audi A4) completed the top ten.

The second practice session for Round Nine of the SCCA SPEED Touring Car Championship is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (EDT) today. Qualifying will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Live timing and lap notes are available at www.world-challenge.com

-credit: scca

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Drivers Pierre Kleinubing , Michael Galati , Peter Cunningham , Eric Curran , James Clay , Kuno Wittmer , Chip Herr , Ian Baas , Seth Thomas , Brandon Davis
Teams RealTime Racing