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Hurley Tops Pirelli World Challenge Opening Practice In Atlanta

Hurley Tops Pirelli World Challenge Opening Practice In Atlanta

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BRASELTON, Ga. – Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., led the opening Pirelli World Challenge practice on Wednesday morning for Friday’s Cadillac Road Atlanta Grand Prix in his Corvette, while Eric Foss, of Dallas, Texas, and Josh Hurley, Gainesville, Fla., used experience to lead the GTS and Touring Car classes, respectively.

Josh Hurley’s APR Volkswagen led Touring Car’s Wednesday morning practice. (Weber photo)
Skeen and teammate Patrick Lindsey led the GT class and overall in their CRP Racing Corvettes, with Skeen topping the charts with a 1:22.996 (110.174 mph) in the No. 2 Cragar Wheels/CRP Chevrolet Corvette. Just 0.063-second separated his best lap from his teammate’s No. 12 Hawk Performance/CRP Corvette, in second with a 1:23.059 (110.090 mph).

Hurley, a former karter and SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen TDI Cup race winner at Road Atlanta, made his Pirelli World Challenge debut by leading the Touring Car practice with a lap of 1:36.590 (94.668 mph) in the No. 57 APR Motorsports Volkswagen GTI.

That lap was just 0.004-second ahead of second place Lawson Aschenbach’s No. 71 Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Si who turned a lap of 1:36.594 (94.664 mph), with Aaron Povoledo’s No. 88 K-Pax Racing Volvo C30 just 0.042-second behind after a 1:36.632 (94.627 mph).

“The last time I was quickest in practice here I won TDI Cup in 2008,” Hurley said. “It’s my first time back here, so it’s fun to be back in a Volkswagen and back on top of the charts at Road Atlanta.

“I knew it was going to be close, especially between Aaron Povoledo and Lawson, too. We looked at the rules package and I knew it was going to be real close. I was expecting a race, and it’s actually a little closer than I thought. I was hoping we’d have them by a little more.”

Further tightening the field, Tristan Herbert was only 0.311-second behind Hurley in fourth position behind the wheel of the No. 33 Brimtek/GermanAutoParts.com Volkswagen GTI. Kevin Gleason, Hurley’s APR teammate, was fifth in the session with a 1:37.244 (94.031 mph) in the No. 58 APR Motorsports Volkswagen GTI.

The Pirelli World Challenge returns to the track on Wednesday afternoon for the second practice in preparation for Friday’s season finale. Follow all live timing and notes at world-challenge.com. Saturday’s race will be broadcast live on world-challengetv.com.

For more information, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

Follow World Challenge on Twitter @WCRacing.

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