Mustang FR500C on the pace in rainy practice in Virginia David Empringham's championship chances of clinching the Grand Am Cup Driver's title continue to look strong after the Ford Racing Technology/Multimatic Motorpsorts star dominated with ...
Mustang FR500C on the pace in rainy practice in Virginia
David Empringham's championship chances of clinching the Grand Am Cup Driver's title continue to look strong after the Ford Racing Technology/Multimatic Motorpsorts star dominated with team-mate Scott Maxwell at a rainy Virginia International Raceway today.
The #05 Ford Mustang FR500C was fastest in both sessions with team-mates Gunnar Jeannette and James Gue equally as impressive - both taking turns at the top of the practice timesheet during both sessions.
Empringham needs a 10th place or better to clinch the driver's championship while a Ford Mustang victory, coupled with a strong result by a rival manufacturers Porsche, Cadillac or Nissan could wrestle the manufacturer's and team's championship from BMW as well.
Today's opening practice session was held in heavy rain as the circuit was struck by the remnants of hurricane "Tammy". The afternoon second practice gave the teams the chance to try the circuit on slicks as the rain abated and dry line began to form.
The Multimatic Motorsports team will have one final practice session tomorrow morning at 9.00am following by qualifying at 11.00am. The 200-mile final round of the 2005 Grand Am Cup Championship will greet the green flag at 1.50pm.
"We really had an awesome day. Today's success we can really put down to our driving talent," Multimatic Vice President Larry Holt said.
"We gave the guys a reasonable car but the conditions were very tricky out there. It was wet, drying and then dry - I could have given them anything and they would have done a great job.
"David was constantly a second and half to two seconds quicker than anybody out there when the track was drying and Scotty did the same in the morning in the rain.
"Gunnar and James were only just behind. Gunnar was very quick on slicks before David even tried them and James also took his turn at the top of the timing screen early in the session. Today was 100 per cent down to the drivers - they did a great job."
In conjunction with the final round of the Grand Am Cup Championship, Multimatic Motorsports has launched a new website (pictured right) which features the complete history of the Toronto-based squad as well as dedicated sections for Multimatic's Rolex Series and Grand Am Cup programs.
The new website has been specially developed with an online content management system which can be specifically adapted for any motorsport application. Multimatic's new online website development application will be available for sale to other motorsport teams throughout the world.