Baptista, Mantella and Stacy Round Out the Top Five in Qualifying

LAKEVILLE, Conn. – After a damp morning and mid-day, the track was dry and quick for GTS competitors in qualifying, and a full out assault on the last flying lap delivered Martin Barkey the pole at Lime Rock Park. Barkey lowered his time at the last moment to take pole by just .064 seconds in his Mantella Autosports KTM Xbow GT4.

Ian James, who paced the GTS practice session just before qualifying, was second fastest in his Panoz Avezzano GT.
“I’m very excited again with the pole position,” said Barkey. “My first pole was last weekend at CTMP and now this one at Lime Rock. Once again, Mantella Autosports has given me a great car and this is a fantastic place to drive. I was a little concerned leading up to the final laps. I didn’t think I had the speed to go for the pole. We needed to get the tires up to temperature to get a quick lap. I love lapping this track.”

James will line up alongside Barkey for the race. Rodrigo Baptista was third fastest in the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. He was followed on the time sheets by Anthony Mantella in a KTM Xbow GT4 as all competitors picked up speed throughout the session.

Nate Stacy rounded out the top five in GTS qualifying, with a lap of 57.161 in a Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.

GTS competitors next take to Lime Rock Park at 5:05 p.m. EDT on Friday for their first race of a double-header weekend event at Lime Rock Park featuring all Pirelli World Challenge classes. Due to inclement weather conditions, live streaming of the race on World-Challenge.com and MotorTrendOnDemand.com may be hindered. All results are provisional until posted Final.


Results of the GTS Presented by CaseIt Rd.7 Qualifying round Friday at Lime Rock Park. All results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, Pro,Martin BARKEY,Huntsville, ON,KTM Xbow GT4,10,Not Running,56.430,94.0
2,2, Pro,Ian JAMES,Paradise Valley, AZ,Panoz Avezzano GT,9,Not Running,56.495,93.9
3,3, Pro,Rodrigo BAPTISTA,Barcelona, Spain,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,9,Not Running,56.722,93.5
4,4, Pro,Anthony MANTELLA,Toronto, ON,KTM Xbow GT4,9,Not Running,57.078,92.9
5,5, Pro,Nate STACY,Tulsa, OK,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,7,Not Running,57.161,92.8
6,6, Pro,Lawson ASCHENBACH,Palm Beach Gardens, FL,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,6,Not Running,57.177,92.8
7,1, Am,Mark KLENIN,Lone Tree, CO,McLaren 570S GT4,6,Not Running,57.287,92.6
8,2, Am,Cameron CASSELS,Coldstream, BC,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,10,Not Running,57.342,92.5
9,3, Am,George KURTZ,Paradise Valley, AZ,McLaren 570S GT4,9,Not Running,57.438,92.3
10,4, Am,Alan BRYNJOLFSSON,Port Orange, FL,McLaren 570S GT4,5,Not Running,57.516,92.2
11,5, Am,Chris HALL,,Ford Mustang,10,Not Running,57.724,91.9
12,6, Am,Jason BELL,Tampa, FL,KTM Xbow GT4,11,Running,58.100,91.3
13,7, Am,Adam MERZON,Greenwich, CT,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,10,Not Running,58.230,91.1
14,8, Am,Tony GAPLES,Libertyville, IL,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,10,Running,58.353,90.9
15,9, Am,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M3 E46,5,Running,59.788,88.7
16,10, Am,Bill ZIEGLER,Ponte Vedra, FL,KTM Xbow GT4,2,NC,1:00.962,87.0
17,11, Am,Craig LYONS,Newport Beach, CA,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport,0,NS,,
18,7, Pro,Nico JAMIN,,KTM Xbow GT4,0,NS,,
19,13, Am,Roman DE ANGELIS,Belle River, ON,KTM Xbow GT4,0,NS,,
20,12, Am,Ricco SHLAIMOUN,Irvine, CA,KTM Xbow GT4,0,NS,,
21,8, Pro,Andrew AQUILANTE,Chester Springs, PA,Ford Mustang Boss 302,0,NS,,
22,9, Pro,Ernie FRANCIS Jr,,Ford Mustang,0,NS,,
23,14, Am,Fred ROBERTS,Toronto, ON,Maserati GT4,0,NS,,
24,10, Pro,Jeff COURTNEY,Milwaukee, WI,Maserati GT4,0,NS,,