SCCA Speed World Challenge driver Bill Auberlen takes both the GT and Touring Car poles at Road Atlanta. The first driver in the series this season to grab the double pole position. At Sebring in March, Auberlen sat on the pole for the Touring...
SCCA Speed World Challenge driver Bill Auberlen takes both the GT and Touring Car poles at Road Atlanta. The first driver in the series this season to grab the double pole position.
At Sebring in March, Auberlen sat on the pole for the Touring Car race which he later won. For round two held at Mosport in May, Auberlen held the GT pole. For the year, the BMW driver has four poles, this is his fifth career pole.
Today open up with showers making it a damp track. The GT drivers swapped the pole several times in the session, Randy Pobst followed closely by Nic Jonsson, Michael Galati and Hans Stuck.
Jonsson took it from Pobst before Pobst answered back. Stuck sat at the top with four minutes left, at the same timeframe that Auberlen jumped from 17th to third.
On the final lap of the timed session, Auberlen won the pole with a time of 1:31.110 (100.362 mph). Pobst will join the BMW Team PTG driver on the front row with his best lap at 1:31.653. The Champion Racing driver's teammate Galati will start fifth in today's race.
"Came out on dry tyres after the early part of the session," said Auberlen. "They were much better, went faster. Today's car was right on the money."
Auberlen's two teammates start third (Jonsson), fourth (Stuck) and sixth (Said). 3R Racing's Mike Fitzgerald will start Porsche in start in seventh.
Post-qualifying tech inspection failed the No. 9 BMW of Jonsson, removing him from third to the back of the field.
The Touring Car field took the green for their qualifying session on a drier track. Jeff Altenburg put his Mazda Protege on the top spot until John Prall took the Audi R4 to the top. Auberlen took it on lap four and the only challenge came at the end.
"Shauna's (Marinus) doing a phenomenal job here," Auberlen commented. "I definitely want it to be dry conditions for both races."
Shauna Marinus will start on the front row just 0.071 seconds off of Auberlen's 1:39.320 (92.066). Marinus' teammate Altenburg will start 3rd on the grid. Rookie James Clay will start fourth in Sunday's Touring Car race.