CHRISTODOULOU FASTEST IN FRIDAY PRACTICE 1 FOR THIS WEEKEND'S ROUND THREE OF THE STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK MMP (May 15, 2009) -- In the cool of the morning, English racer Adam Christodoulou continued his near-domination...
CHRISTODOULOU FASTEST IN FRIDAY PRACTICE 1 FOR THIS WEEKEND'S ROUND THREE OF THE STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
MMP (May 15, 2009) -- In the cool of the morning, English racer Adam Christodoulou continued his near-domination of pre-race practice sessions turning a lap (1:44.608 / 104.894 mph) in his #11 JDC Motorsports Mazda that was 4/10ths of a second clear of the second-fastest car, Joel Miller's #2 JDC Motorsports / Fader Higher Productions / Mockett / Burns Truck & Trailer Mazda (1:45.014 / 104/489 mph).
It's obviously a lot cooler than yesterday afternoon and that helped us, along with the fact that yesterday we seemed to be the track sweepers for all the other series and today the Formula BMWs went out first with allowed us to get decent tire temperatures early and jell the whole thing together," said Christodoulou. "We changed the car setup quite dramatically last night and it seems to have worked extremely well; yesterday I had quite a lot of oversteer, but this morning the car felt quite even so this afternoon we just have to work toward qualifying and possibly a bit of race setup."
Taking away Christodoulou's 4/10ths advantage, the first thirteen cars in the 33-car field are circulating around the Miller Motorsports track within one second of each other. Louisiana racer Alex Ardoin, currently 5th in the championship battle, has been a consistent presence in the top-5, turning a 1:45.086 (104.417 mph) in the #51 JDC Motorsports / Oral & Facial Surgery Center / Twister Trailer Mazda. And Brazilian Caio Lara, quick in both Thursday sessions was again fast, his lap of 1:45.020 (104.438 mph) in the #19 JDC Motorsports Mazda good for third on the time sheet.
Perhaps the most notable -- and closely-watched -- upgrade was that of Irishman Peter Dempsey, who spent both sessions yesterday in the mid-46s and today upped his game to a 1:45.187 (104.317 mph) that put him 5th on the time sheet in the #3 AIM Autosport / Motorsport Ireland / Queyside.ie Mazda. Dempsey won four Star Mazda Championship races in 2008, and took his first win of 2009 in Round Two at Virginia International Raceway. Also making dramatic improvements over Thursday's sessions, where he ranked 22nd in the morning and 10th in the afternoon, was Scandinavian racer Anders Krohn, driving the #27 Mundill / Trallfa / Colosseum Mazda. His lap of 1:45.220 (104.284 mph) put him 6th in the order, much more in line with where you would expect the 2008 FF2000 champion to be running.
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