Leighton Reese qualifies the Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 6th for Round 4 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series at Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio: (May 21, 2005) Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota qualified in 6th position at the Mid-Ohio race...
Leighton Reese qualifies the Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 6th for Round 4 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series at Mid-Ohio
Lexington, Ohio: (May 21, 2005) Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota qualified in 6th position at the Mid-Ohio race track in Lexington Ohio for Round 4 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series on Saturday May 21st in his black and yellow Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette C6.
Leighton recorded his first hot lap at 1:28.569 and was expecting a quicker time on his second qualifying lap but the Viper just ahead of Reese on the track slowed going through the high speed turn one due to the local yellow for a car that had spun into the gravel outside of the turn. This slowed Leighton slightly as the Viper and Reese's Corvette are faster in different parts of the track. His second hot lap turned out to be slower at 1:28.8.
"I think that the second lap would have been better, but McCann lifted for the yellow," Reese said after the session. "I don't think it cost us a position but we would have been closer to the #28 car (who qualified 5th at 1:28.094). Traffic is such an issue in World Challenge Qualifying."
Wolf Henzler killed the field with a sizzling time of 1:26.820, a new track record, in his Porsche 911 while the three Team Cadillac CTS-Vs of John Heinricy, Max Papis, and Andy Pilgrim qualified 2dn through 4th with nearly identical times of 1:27.511, 27.602 and 1:27.775 all of which were also under the existing track record.
Reese will start this afternoon's GT race (scheduled to start at 5:35 PM) in 6th place and right behind Leighton will be defending series champ Tommy Archer. Is Leighton concerned about the usual great starts Archer and his powerful Viper get?
"Sure," smiled Reese. "If he gets by me on the start it will be very difficult to get back past him."
"I know I have a decent race car so I'm hoping to get a good start because this track is so hard to pass on," Reese commented. "I just have to get into that big freight train and go!"
"I am really looking forward to this race," Reese concluded. Last year we struggled in practice and really struggled in the race but this year we are running strong. Joe and the Banner Racing team gave me a great car today." The Round 4 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series, scheduled for 29 laps around the 13 turn 2.25 mile Mid-Ohio track, will start at 5:35 PM Eastern Time and will be broadcast on tape delay on Saturday May 28th at 4 PM Eastern Time on the SPEED Network.