ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Jeff Ricca, of Milford, Conn. secured his first career Pirelli World Challenge Series TC pole for Saturday’s Round 7 TC/TCA/TCB race at the DeVILBISS Grand Prix at Road America presented by Cadillac. Tony Rivera, of Vista, Calif., and Glenn Nixon, of Mission, B.C. scored the TCA and TCB poles respectively.
Early in the 30-minute session, Ernie Francis Jr., of Davie, Fla, in the No. 98 Breathless Racing/Time4Learning Mazda MX-5 set the pace in TC with a 2:27.140. Jeff Altenburg, the 2007 Touring Car Champion, of Ellicott City, Md. in the No. 15 HPA Motorsports VW Jetta GL1 went to the top of the TC charts eight minutes in with a 2:27.063. Moments later, Ricca, in the No. 78 GenRacer/Enthuspec Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T set the fastest lap in TC with a 2:27.044
TCA Drivers’ Championship points leader coming into the weekend, Jason Wolfe, of Mount Vernon, Ohio , set the early pace with a 2:36.423. Twelve minutes in Rivera in the No. 86 Tiburon Motorsports Brass Monkey Racing Scion FR-S went to the top of the TCA charts with a 2:35.703. Fifteen minutes in Rivera improved to a 2:35.120 and then at the 23 minute mark he improved his time to a 2:34.452. Of note, Kevin Anderson, of a 2:36.244
In TCB, Nixon set the early pace with a 2:56.624. Nixon’s teammate Andrei Kisel, of North Vancouver, B.C. in the No. 57 Racing.ca/LaptopScreen.com MINI Cooper moved to the top with a 2:56.623. Nixon then went faster with a 2:56.615.
For Rivera, it’s his third pole this season, and for Nixon second pole of the season.
Results are provisional until posted final. TC, TCA, and TCB drivers next take to the track for Round 7 Saturday at 8:10 a.m. Central. Watch live streaming of the race at world-challengetv.com and torque.tv.