Bill Auberlen repeats at Sebring for the pole position for the season opener SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race. The winner of last year's Sebring pole, Auberlen commented "Everything was perfect." The GT polesitter for the Sebring...
Bill Auberlen repeats at Sebring for the pole position for the season opener SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race. The winner of last year's Sebring pole, Auberlen commented "Everything was perfect."
The GT polesitter for the Sebring event is Max Angelelli. New to the series, Angelelli does not qualify as a rookie in the very competitive SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT due previous racing experience, "I have had six days of testing and practice at Sebring prior to the qualifying session."
Auberlen placed the Turner Motorsport BMW 325i on the pole with a time of 2:23.199 for a speed of 93.017 miles per hour around the 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway road course. The 2003 champion took his ninth career pole ahead of Bob Stretch by 0.124 seconds.
"Last year was a lot easier than this year," Auberlen commented. "Last year, BMW cars were proven in race competition, whereas the Mazda and Honda teams were still in development stages. This year, everyone has caught up."
Angelelli's experience includes the former North American Touring Car Championship in which he had last standing start (1998). Angelelli will attempt that feat on Saturday early evening in his Cadillac CTS-V. He took his first pole position by a 1.112 second margin over the Corvette of Lou Gigliotti.
"I got a good slip stream from my teammate (Andy Pilgrim) on my fast lap," stated Angelelli. "It's great to be here and being with Cadillac is also great."
Team Cadillac had six days of testing and practice prior to today's qualifying session swapping parts, gearboxes and production parts to get the two team Cadillacs ready. "The time on the track and with the team was really good as we are ready for this event."
Angelelli's time was clocked at 2:09.076 for a speed of 103.195 miles per hour. His teammate, Pilgrim sits fourth on the grid, when asked about possible team orders, Angelelli responded, "I hope they say that Max must win!"
Stretch will join Auberlen on the Touring Car front row for the standing start in his Wheels America BMW 325Ci at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Behind the two Bimmers are Pierre Kleinubing and Nic Jonsson. The Acura of Kleinubing will surrounded by the three BMWs.
LG Motorsports' Corvette Z06 driven by Giglioti will try to best the Cadillac at the green flag standing start at 4:35 p.m. Saturday. Second row belongs to Randy Pobst (Audi RS 6) and Pilgrim.