Buffomante Tops First Day of Mustang Challenge Practice in Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, 18 June - Tony Buffomante remains the driver to beat after the first day of official practice for the Ford Mustang Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Buffomante Tops First Day of Mustang Challenge Practice in Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio, 18 June - Tony Buffomante remains the driver to beat after the first day of official practice for the Ford Mustang Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The current championship leader, carrying the momentum of his race win at the previous round in Watkins Glen set the standard in both of Friday's 30-minute practice sessions.
Buffomante's overall best time came in the morning when he stopped the clocks at 1:36.225 seconds after his 2.25-mile tour of Mid-Ohio. That eclipsed his best time from the afternoon session, recorded at 1:36.394 seconds, which was afflicted by warmer temperatures turning the track greasy. His afternoon time would also stand as the second best time overall.
Ben Crosland's return to Mustang Challenge race action earned him the right to be called the second fastest driver in practice by recording a best lap of 1:36.405 seconds in the morning session. Jason von Kluge, the current championship runner-up, gets the credit for being the third best driver of the day, breaking form by taking his best time from the afternoon session. His lap came in at 1:36.437 seconds.
Pratt Cole and Dan Aweida took their best times from the afternoon session at 1:35.560 seconds and 1:36.620 seconds respectively; thus, rounding out the top-5.
"We spent the afternoon trying to learn what the car wants when the temperature goes up and the track gets greasy," said Buffomante of Napier, Illinois, who drives the No. 34. Capaldi Racing Mustang. "I think we have found a pretty good balance for qualifying tomorrow so I don't think we'll make any drastic set-up changes tonight."
Qualifying takes place tomorrow at 10:15 AM EDT, a few hours later than this morning's practice session. Temperatures are expected to be warmer than today, but with the field on brand new BF Goodrich g-Force R1 tires for the first time this weekend, expect times to dip into the 1:35 second bracket in the battle for pole.
Buffomante for one is hoping to keep his pole streak alive as he conscious of the fact that he owes his current position in the championship as much to bonus points as he does to race results. Crosland, von Kluge, Cole and the rest may have other ideas...tune into www.mustangchallenge.com to stay up to date!