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Paul Holton Fastest in Thursday Road Atlanta CTSC Practice Sessions

C0mpass Racing’s Paul Holton was fastest overall in the first two practice sessions of the day on Thursday (Oct. 11) at Road Atlanta.  Holton topped the charts early on in Practice No. 2 with a lap at 102.834 mph.

Practice No. 1

In the early morning practice session, Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s Damien Faulkner was fastest in his Techemet-sponsored Mercedes-AMG GT4.  Faulkner’s lap at 102.408 mph was one-eighth of a second faster than KohR Motorsport’s Kyle Marcelli.  Stephen Cameron Racing’s Greg Liefooghe, debuting new sponsorship on his BMW M4 GT4, was third quickest, followed by Joey Atterbury in the second KohR Mustang.  Murillo Racing’s Eric Foss was fifth quickest.

In TCR, JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was fastest in class with a lap at 100.177 mph, good enough for 19th overall in his Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport.  Simpson’s time was three-sevenths of a second faster than eEuroparts.com Racing’s Tom O’Gorman.  Rumcastle Racing’s Tanner Rumburg was third in his Volkswagen, followed by the Audis of Lee Carpentier and Kuno Wittmer.

Street Tuner saw BimmerWorld Racing’s Devin Jones top the charts with a lap at 94.086 mph, good enough for 32nd overall.  Jones’ time was seven-tenths of a second faster than Bodymotion Racing’s Max Faulkner.  MINI JCW Team’s Mat Pombo was third quickest.

The session ended a couple of minutes early after Quest Racing’s Roger Eagleton spun off at Turn 2.  Eagleton was ok, but the car missed the second practice session.

IMSA CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTSCAR CHALLENGE FOX FACTORY 120 PRACTICE NO. 1 RESULTS

Practice No. 2

In the early afternoon practice, Holton’s chart-topping lap, which is an unofficial CTSC track record, came less than five minutes into the session.  The time was one-third of a second faster than Foss in the No. 56 Mercedes.  Motorsport in Action’s Jesse Lazare was third quickest in his McLaren, followed by BimmerWorld Racing’s Tyler Cooke in his BMW.  Liefooghe was fifth fastest.

O’Gorman was fastest in TCR with a lap at 100.274 mph, good enough for 21st overall.  The lap was eight-hundredths of a second faster than Compass Racing’s Britt Casey Jr.  Wittmer was third fastest, followed by Simpson and Pierre Kleinubing in the No. 75 Compass Racing Audi.

Street Tuner was led by MINI JCW Team’s Mat Pombo with a lap at 94.290 mph, good enough for 33rd overall.  The lap was seven-tenths of a second faster than brother Mark Pombo in the No. 52 MINI.  Jones was third fastest.

Unfortunately for the MINI squad, the No. 52 MINI wit h team owner Luis Perocarpi at the wheel came to a halt between Turns 2 and 3 late in the session.  A red flag was thrown to retrieve the stricken MINI, although it didn’t appear that there was any smoke or fluids dropped on-track.

IMSA CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTSCAR CHALLENGE FOX FACTORY 120 PRACTICE NO. 2 RESULTS

Missing from both practice sessions was the No. 46 TeamTGM Mercedes of point leaders Hugh Plumb and Owen Trinkler.  The point leaders did not participate in either session.

CTSC teams have a short 15-minute warmup session scheduled for 4:35 p.m. today.  That rolls into a 5 p.m. qualifying session that will set the grid for Friday’s FOX Factory 120.

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor. Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

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