Fifth place Atlanta start for Dalziel and Figge Braselton, Georgia (April 16, 2005) -- Having set the pace in the first of Saturday's practice sessions, Pacific Coast Motorsports had to settle for fifth fastest in the ALMS GT1 class at the end...
Fifth place Atlanta start for Dalziel and Figge
Braselton, Georgia (April 16, 2005) -- Having set the pace in the first of Saturday's practice sessions, Pacific Coast Motorsports had to settle for fifth fastest in the ALMS GT1 class at the end of this afternoon's 20-minute qualifying session for tomorrow's Sportsbook.Com Grand Prix of Atlanta.
Ryan Dalziel stunned the GT1 field this morning firing the #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R to the top of the timesheets, the 23-year-old Orlando resident notably faster round the challenging 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit in his privateer entry than the two factory-backed Corvette C6-R's.
The advantage swung back in favor of the works team in this afternoon's qualifying session however as Johnny O'Connell and Olivier Beretta locked out first and second piloting the #3 and #4 C6-R entries respectively while Ryan's Pacific Coast Motorsports team-mate, Alex Figge, qualified fifth in GT1 and 12th overall for tomorrow's 2 hour 45 minute endurance 'sprint', the second round of the 10-race 2005 American Le Mans Series.
Looking ahead Dalziel remained optimistic:
"I'm confident we'll have a good car for the race. We showed at Sebring that when we're racing we can post consistent lap times and I'm sure the same will be true tomorrow. I'm looking forward to an exciting race and hopefully we'll get back up there and show our potential again."
James Weaver steered his Dyson Racing Team Lola to the P1 class and overall pole position with a hot lap of 1m11.241s, four tenths faster than Marco Werner in the Champion Audi R8.
Tomorrow's race starts at Noon EST with live coverage throughout the United States on the CBS television network from 1pm-3pm. MotorsTV will broadcast the entire race live across Europe.