Ave Leads Wet Trans-Am Practice Day at Mosport CANADA (May 16, 2009) -- Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., only turned five laps between the two light rain-filled Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am practice sessions today. But, that was all he needed to turn...
Ave Leads Wet Trans-Am Practice Day at Mosport
CANADA (May 16, 2009) -- Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., only turned five laps between the two light rain-filled Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am practice sessions today. But, that was all he needed to turn the fastest lap in preparation for Sunday's Round Three race at Mosport International Raceway, part of the Victoria Day Weekend. Simon Gregg, of Ponte Verda, Fla., was second fastest overall.
Driving the No. 10 McMahon Group/Stumpf Ford Ford Mustang, Ave turned a fastest time of 1:24.537 (104.716 mph) around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit in the afternoon session. This will be the Trans-Am point leader's third-career start at Mosport and is looking to capture his first-career win. His best start was sixth and his best finish was 11th.
Gregg did not go out in the morning practice session due to the wet conditions. However, he turned 12 laps in the afternoon session and powered his No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette to the second fastest time of 1:28.945 (99.526 mph).
Rookie Glen Jung, of Osteen, Fla., also completed 12 circuits during the afternoon practice and turned the third quickest lap of the day in his No. 77 Mazdaspeed/Goodyear Mazda RX-7 with a 1:36.925 (91.332 mph).
Jorge Diaz Jr., who led this morning's practice in the No. 2 JD Racing Jaguar XKR, skipped the afternoon session and was fourth fastest overall with a 1:41.763, while Tomy Drissi drove the No. No. 5 Night at the Museum 2 Jaguar XKR to the fifth-best time of 1:47.244 (82.544 mph).
Local driver Blaise Csida, from nearby Stouffville, Ontario, was the only other driver (of the 14 registered for the event) that recorded a practice time today. Piloting the No. 07 BC Race Cars Cheverlet Corvette, he turned a time of 1:49.399 (80.918 mph).
Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am series qualifying is set for 10:35 a.m. Sunday, May 17, with the green flag set to drop on Round Three at 3:20 p.m.