Lakeville, Conn. – Anthony Geraci, Elivan Goulart and Will Rodgers led TC, TCA and TCB practice, respectively on Friday morning at the Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Park Grand Prix presented by Bentley. Weather conditions were 79 degrees and partly cloudy for the 40-minute session.
Early in the session it was John Weisberg, in the No. 5 BERG Racing Power Brake/REDCOM/Red Line Oil/Powerflex/Mann’s/Miller/MCS Mazda MX-5, going to the top of the time charts with a lap of 58.474 over Adam Poland, in the No. 33 Doghouse Performance Edge Addicts Mazda MX-5, who had logged a 58.778.
In TCA, Elivan Goulart, in the No. 70, S.A.C. Racing/SCDA1.com Mazda MX-5 Cup, set the early pace with the fastest lap in class and in TCB, it was Will Rodgers in the No. 65 Hale Motorsports Solvang Brewing Co/Kelly Benefit Strategies/Foundation Fighting Blindness Mazda 2, out front with a 1:07.730.
Times continued to improve at Lime Rock, which is often referred to as Connecticut’s “bullring,” for its short and aggressive layout. Touring Car classes ran the classic layout at the seven-turn 1.5 mile course.
Weisberg dropped fast time to 58.316, ahead of Anthony Geraci, in the No. 69 S.A.C. Racing European Granite & Marble Group, Inc. Mazda MX-5, who was second quick with a time of 58.331. In third at the top minute mark it was CTMP race winner Nick Wittmer, in the No. 91 Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord V-6 Coupe.
The times shuffled quickly in TC, with Geraci then running a 58.081 to take over fast lap honors.
In TCA, Goulart had improved quick lap to 1:00.505 ahead of Eric Powell, in the No. 23 Tech Sport Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup. But then Powell responded, going to first in class with a time of 1:00.478.
In TCB, Rodgers improved to a 1:05.854, first in class ahead of P.J. Groenke, in the No. 25 Tech Sport Racing, Verax.ca/Tundra/Clorox Pool & Spa/Cabano’s Comfort Food/Clairhaven, Ltd/Martinrea Intl Inc/Pelto Agri Investments/Ro-Ro Property Management Corp./Warp Speed Computers Inc., Chevrolet Racing.
At the 20-minute halfway mark, Geraci continued to be quick, but Shea Holbook, in the No. 67 Shea Racing BUBBABurger/LucasOil/KoniShockAbsorbers Honda Accord V-6 Coupe, had moved up to second with a time of 58.174 with Wittmer in third. Those times changed again as Weisberg went to first with a lap of 58.004 in an incredibly close field in the TC class, and then became the first driver to eclipse the 58 second mark with a better time of 57.688. Geraci also found his way into the 57s with a time of 57.835.
TCA, Goulart held down pace-setting status for the session at the half-way mark ahead of Powell with Kevin Anderson, in the No. 22 Tech Sport Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup, in third.
TCB remained unchanged with Rodgers fastest ahead of Groenke and Henry Morse, in the No. 14 Hale Motorsports MorseGPS powered by CalAmp/MazdaSpeed/FreeM USA/Corksport Performance/Rolling Hills Prep/Hale Motorsports/Bell/Leatt Prep Mazda 2.
With the all-green-flag session coming to a close, Geraci dipped under the existing Touring Car track record, set in 2004 by Bill Auberlen (57.678), with a lap of 57.400 to lead the session over Weisberg, who improved to 57.419, Holbrook and Wittmer.
In TCA, Goulart was fastest by five hundredths of a second over Powell, with Anderson in third.
In TCB, Rodgers was quickest of all, with Groenke and Morse following.
Touring Car class drivers next take to Lime Rock Park for qualifying at 1:25p.m. eastern. Follow live timing and scoring on world-challenge.com.