K-PAX Racing Teammates Pilgrim and Pobst Turn Volvos Loose on Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 23, 2009) -- K-PAX Racing teammates Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., showed that their Volvo S60s were the...
K-PAX Racing Teammates Pilgrim and Pobst Turn Volvos Loose on Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 23, 2009) -- K-PAX Racing teammates Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., showed that their Volvo S60s were the class of the field today during SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT practice at Road Atlanta, in preparation for this week's Toyo Tires Road Atlanta Grand Prix Presented by Dish Network. Pilgrim was fastest in the afternoon session, while Pobst paced this morning's practice.
Even though Pilgrim only turned a handful of laps in the afternoon session, he still recorded the session's fastest time with a 1:26.916 (105.205 mph). Lingering driveline issues from the morning practice session relegated Pilgrim's No. 8 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 to seven laps in the 45-minute practice session.
"We had some issues with the driveline this morning," Pilgrim said. "We still have issues with the driveline. Basically, I got one lap in. We've got some things to work on, unfortunately. I'm happy to be quickest, but it's just practice. I'm very surprised actually. I just did one lap at the beginning and basically that was it.
"We can certainly put a lap together, but the race is way more than one lap .We [Pilgrim and Pobst] both have more problems once we do more than one lap with the fronts pushing. We've got a lot of weight in the front of the car, so we may have a good first lap, but it's going to be a whole race we need to work on. That's what we are trying to work on right now."
Pobst turned the second fastest lap this afternoon with a 1:27.053 (105.039 mph). However, he went faster this morning in his No. 1 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 with a 1:26.563 (105.634 mph). Pobst is a two-time race winner at Road Atlanta and hopes to win his second race of the season Friday.
Tony Rivera, of Missouri City, Texas was third fastest in the afternoon session. Driving the No. 97 Tax Masters/Brass Monkey Racing Porsche 911 GT3, he turned a fast lap of 1:27.533 (104.463 mph).
Piloting the No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3, James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., was fourth fastest with a time of 1:27.799 (104.147 mph). Sonny Whelen, of Old Saybrook, Conn., turned the fifth quickest time, a 1:27.973 (103.941 mph), in his No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette.
Overall, Pobst was the fastest in World Challenge GT today, followed by Pilgrim, Brandon Davis with a 1:27.209 (104.851 mph), Boris Said with a 1:27.227 (104.830 mph), and Sofronas.
The World Challenge GT qualifying is set for 1 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Sept. 24. Live timing and lap notes for both sessions are available at www.world-challenge.com.
-credit: scca pro racing