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Road America: GT qualifying report

Auberlen takes pole for Speed GT race at Road America. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 2, 2003) -- Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., took the pole for Sunday's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America.

Auberlen takes pole for Speed GT race at Road America.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 2, 2003) -- Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., took the pole for Sunday's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America. Auberlen's teammate Austrian Hans Stuck, was second, followed by Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga.

Auberlen, driver of the No. 7 BMW Team PTG BMW M3, captured his fourth GT pole this season after turning the fastest lap of the weekend at 2:18.433 (105.269 mph). He set a GT track record despite early damp conditions on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn track.

"After the bad weather, what I think people did was they went out, ran and burned their tires down before the track was ready," Auberlen said describing the strategy he used to capture the pole. "I just cruised around. I took part in the 'lets just dry the track out' process without ever leaning on a tire. I never took the 'goodness' out of the tire. Then when somebody set a fast lap, Hans did it; I said okay that's it. I took off with one lap and did it. The inclement weather definitely helped us."

BMW Team PTG will start 1-2 on the grid after Stuck, driver of the No. 8 BMW M3, turned a lap of 2:18.767 midway through the qualifying session. Stuck is coming off a third place finish at Infineon Raceway last weekend and has three podium finishes in as many races.

Pobst, second in GT Championship points and the pilot of the No. 2 Champion Racing Audi RS 6, secured the third position with a lap of 2:19.638 (104.361 mph). Pobst looks to return the Champion Racing Audis to the podium after his disappointing 15th-placed finish at Infineon following a flat tire. Pobst has five podium finishes in six races this season.

Team PTG will have three cars in the first two rows, thanks to No. 6 Boris Said's fourth-place qualifying run. Mike Fitzgerald, driver of the No. 22 1st Interstate Inn 3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, who had been the fastest in the first two practice sessions, qualified fifth.

The standing start for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race is set for 11:25 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, Aug. 2.

For more information, including live timing and scoring, visit www.world-challenge.com.

-scca pro racing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Mario Andretti
Teams HART