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Road Atlanta II: GT Wednesday notes

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2003) -- Local driver Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., set the pace for the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT combined practice sessions Wednesday at Road Atlanta. Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., was second fastest in ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2003) -- Local driver Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., set the pace for the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT combined practice sessions Wednesday at Road Atlanta. Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., was second fastest in practice, while Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., was third.

Thanks to cool temperatures and near perfect track conditions, Pobst drove the No. 2 Champion Audi Racing Audi RS 6 to the fast lap time of 1:28.549 (103.264 mph) on the 12-turn, 2.54-mile track.

"That Audi RS 6 loves that cool morning weather here at Road Atlanta," Pobst said about his fast practice time. "We basically went out for a qualifying run and it was great. I think we are genuinely competitive here for the first time in terms of a win. And, I want to get a win for Champion Racing."

Pobst's lap time was more than two seconds and three miles per hour faster than the Speed GT qualifying record at Road Atlanta. Auberlen holds the mark, at 1:31.110 (100.362 mph).

Fitzgerald, defending Road Atlanta Speed GT race winner, turned the second fastest lap of the day with a 1:29.007 (102.652 mph) in his No. 22 Coors Light/1st Interstate Inns/3R Racing Porsche 911 Cup.

Auberlen drove his No. 7 BMW Team PTG BMW M3 to the third fastest lap today with a 1:29.125 (102.597 mph) set in the warmer afternoon session. Auberlen hopes to clinch the Speed GT Drivers' Championship this weekend.

Michael Galati, of Olmsted, Ohio, was fourth fastest and Hans Stuck, of Austria, completed the top five.

Twelve drivers were under the existing track qualifying record.

Speed GT qualifying is set for 1:55 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Oct. 16. The 27-lap, 68.58-mile Round Nine race will make its standing start at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati