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Good day for Hayner ends in 11th place. Braselton, Ga. -- April 17, 2005 The ...

Good day for Hayner ends in 11th place.

Braselton, Ga. -- April 17, 2005 The #5 GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging GTO, driven by Stu Hayner, finished in 11th place after starting in 14th in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT race. The series is running as part of the Grand Prix at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga., April 15-17. The race ran at 8:55am EST and aired on SPEED Channel same-day tape delay at 1pm.

"We needed a run like this," commented Hayner after the race. "We finally got to see what the car would do after pushing it hard for a full 50 minute race. We've got some balance issues to sort out and need to take a look at the brakes and tire-wear-- but these are the things we needed to learn. We can improve from this."

Hayner ran has high as eighth during the race.

"The car was very competitive early on," Hayner continued. "I felt confident putting the car through its paces and trying different parts of the track. Late in the race, though, the handling started going away. I experienced some issues with the rear brakes and the tires were pretty much gone."

Hayner was destined for a 9th place finish. However, on the last lap slower traffic came into play.

"I really wanted to see the team break into the top-10," said Hayner. Unfortunately, I had some miscommunication with slower traffic on the last lap. I had to make and evasive move and ended up having a minor off that cost us a couple of positions. We'll get 'em at Mid-Ohio."

The team also participated in off-track activities with hospitality programs for guests from GMAC Commercial Finance in Atlanta and in conjunction with Chili Pepper racing will entertain families from the Lighthouse Retreat, a seaside family retreat established to serve families caring for children with cancer.

The SPEED World Challenge will move on to Mid-Ohio for the SPEED World Challenge Weekend presented by Trenton Forging Quality Formed Solutions, May 20-22.


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