SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2003) -- BMW Team PTG driver Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and LectricAir/Techmark Autosport driver Nic Jonsson, of Sweden, were the quickest in practice for this weekend's Grand Prix of Sonoma SCCA Speed World...
SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2003) -- BMW Team PTG driver Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and LectricAir/Techmark Autosport driver Nic Jonsson, of Sweden, were the quickest in practice for this weekend's Grand Prix of Sonoma SCCA Speed World Challenge GT and Touring Car races Round Six and Round Five, respectively, at Infineon Raceway.
Auberlen powered his No. 7 BMW M3 around the 2.52-mile road course in a time of 1:42.462 (88.540 mph), nearly six seconds below the qualifying record, owing to the series' new Toyo tires. Auberlen, currently third in the GT Championship Points, looks to put his car at the front of the grid when the SCCA Speed GTs get set to qualify at 11:15 a.m. (PDT) Saturday morning.
Phil McClure, driver of the No. 73 Aggregate Industries/3R Racing Corvette, was second fastest in practice with a 1:43.192 (87.913 mph), followed by Boris Said, Hans Stuck and Mike Fitzgerald.
Jonsson was the quickest in SCCA Speed Touring Car practice with a lap of 1:53.740 (79.760 mph). This is the first time either Jonsson or team Techmark Autosports has led a Speed Touring Car practice.
Speed Touring Car point leader Auberlen, who is coming off a victory at Road Atlanta, turned the second fastest lap at 1:54.014 (79.569 mph). Auberlen was followed by local driver, Shauna Marinus, of Folsom, Calif., who also is coming of a strong performance at Road Atlanta with a third place podium finish. Pierre Kleinubing and Jeff Altenburg completed the top five fastest in both practice sessions. SCCA Speed Touring Car qualifying is set for 11:40 a.m. (PDT) Saturday morning.
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