Borcheller, Trinkler Pace First Day Of Continental Tire Practice

July 16, 2010
Michael Harker, GRAND-AM

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Of the more than 50 cars entered for the eighth round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Terry Borcheller was the fastest in Friday’s two practice sessions, and his No. 45 Fall-Line/Stable One BMW M3 is a favorite to win the pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session.

Borcheller topped the 54-car field with a time of 1:30.300 (89.701 mph) in the afternoon session on the 2.25-mile, 12-turn track. Borcheller is teamed with Andrew Hendricks.

The top five of the Grand Sport (GS) class was dominated by BMWs. David Russell and Barry Waddell paired to turn in the second fastest time of the day – 1:30.320 (89.681 mph) – in the No. 99 Automatic Racing BMW M3. Third was Joey Hand in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3, who lapped the track at 1:30.420 (89.582 mph). He is teamed with Michael Marsal. Fourth were Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi in the No. 13 RumBum.com BMW M3 with a time of 1:30.646 (89.359 mph).

Breaking the BMW dominance were Billy Johnson and Jack Roush Jr., who clocked in at 1:30.785 (89.222 mph).

In the Street Tuner (ST) class, Owen Trinkler earned a quick time of 1:33.984 (86.185 mph) in the No. 198 Cruise America/4 Winds RV Mini Cooper S. He is sharing the car, which was the team’s first car built it built solely on its own from the ground up, with Randy Smalley.

Behind were Lawson Aschenbach and David Thilenius in the No. 74 Skunk2/HPD Honda Civic Si at 1:34.795 (85.448 mph); Todd Lamb and Glenn Bocchino in the No. 31 i-MOTO Racing/Cybernation MAZDASPEED3 at 1:34.882 (85.369 mph); Andrew Carbonell and Rhett O’Doski in the No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 at 1:34.969 (85.291 mph); and Zach Lutz and Ryan Eversley in the No. 75 JC Concrete/HPD Honda Civic Si at 1:35.026 (85.240 mph).

Qualifying for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge begins at 10:10 a.m. ET Saturday.

source http://www.grand-am.com

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