Austin, Texas – The first GTS Pirelli World Challenge practice session of 2016 was paced by Dore Chaponick Jr., at Circuit of the Americas in the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by VP Racing Fuels. The KTM X-Bow GT4 driver ran a fastest timeof 2:17.380.
Ten minutes into the hour-long GTS practice, Nate Stacy, driving the No. 14 Roush PerformanceRoadRacing Ford Boss 302, jumped to the top of the charts with a lap of 2:20.072.
As lap times dropped, Chaponick Jr., in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, then went to position one with a lap of 2:18.480.The next lap he went quicker, dropping the best time down to 2:17.922.
Then it was Lawson Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, going fastest and lowering the quick time by two thousandths of a second just before the session was red flagged for a short period.
Back under green flag conditions, and with 20 minutes remaining in the session, Brett Sandberg, in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, went fastest with a time of 2:17.492.
At the same time, Stacy also improved his best time in the No. 14 entry, with a fast lap for position two at 2:17.550.
Lap times continued to fall with 15 minutes left to go in the session, as Scott Dollahite, in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, went second quick just ahead of Parker Chase, driving the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4. Then it was Stacy, moving to third with a lap of 2:17.867, splitting the times of Dollahite and Chase.
As the session started to come to a close, Chaponick Jr. went fastest with a lap of 2:17.380, besting fellow KTM driver Sandberg by .112 seconds.
GTS drivers next take to the track at COTA for another practice session at a 1:30 p.m. Central. Follow live timing and scoring at www.world-challenge.com.