Norman Will Start EMCO Gears Classic in 11th in APR Audi R8 Grand-Am
Norman Will Start EMCO Gears Classic in 11th in APR Audi R8 Grand-Am
Altberg paces CTSCC Team to Qualify Sixth in Close ST field
June 8, 2012 (Lexington, Ohio) – The rolling hills of Mid-Ohio are a complete change of scenery from the street circuit of Belle Isle, but APR Motorsport was prepared for the change in scenery. After a relatively quiet week, where the team only raced its Rolex Series Audi R8 Grand-Am in Belle Isle, the entire team – and additional five Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge cars – took to the track for Friday’s qualifying sessions.
Returning to qualifying duties in the no. 51 APR Audi R8 Grand-Am, Dr. Jim Norman put in a solid performance in Friday’s fifteen-minute qualifying session to put the car 11th on the grid for Saturday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic.
“We’re definitely looking for a little more speed out of the R8, but we do have a really consistent car that will be good throughout the race,” said Norman. “With where the car has been at this season, we knew that Mid-Ohio would be a struggle but the car has been better than we expected. We’d like to get a strong finish for all the guys at APR Motorsport who have been working so hard on the car all year.”
Aleks Altberg led the four APR VW’s in a caution-filled qualifying session for the CTSCC Emco Gears Classic. With limited green flag time for all of the ST-class cars, Altberg clicked off a 1:37.252, good for sixth, his second top-ten qualifying effort of the 2012 season.
Daniel LaRiva drove his no. 191 VW Jetta GLI to 23rd on the grid. With his qualifying time further reduced due to a penalty, Nate Norenberg only managed one flying lap to end up right behind LaRiva at 24th on the grid in the no. 161 APR VW GTI – just ahead of teammate Juan Alvarez, in the no. 131 APR VW Jetta GLI, in 25th.
“I think we may have gotten a bit lucky by getting a clean lap in the qualifying session, but David (Cheng) and I have been really happy with our APR VW this weekend,” said Altberg. “We both are enjoying Mid-Ohio and the car is working well. As crazy as some of these starts have been this year, I just want to have a clean start and turn the car over to David in good shape.”
The team’s no. 41 APR Audi S4, which had a new driver combination in Hector Guerrero and Alex Popow, will not make the race after Guerrero went off course and made heavy contact with the turn two barrier. Hitting oil after a car in front of him blew an engine, the damage was sufficient to park the Audi for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday’s CTSCC race will start at 11:00 AM ET, with the Rolex Series race following at 4:30 PM ET. The Rolex Series race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
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