GTS points leaders hoping to keep up championship momentum
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Blackdog Speed Shop’s two OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.Rs will look to work their way up through the GTS field after GTS qualifying Friday at Road America.
Driver’s Championship leader Lawson Aschenbach will start seventh in class after a lap of 2:18.321 in the No. 10 OMP/Eibach Chevy Camaro Z/28.R. Although in the fourth row, Aschenbach’s time put him less than 0.3 seconds from the top-four. It’s an indication of how close much of the GTS field is after qualifying.
A red-flag period with eight minutes left brought in the field for a short stoppage. Aschenbach tried to better his best time but called off the try halfway through the lap.
“That wasn’t a very positive qualifying session, and the red flag didn’t help,” Aschenbach said. “I thought we could go quicker than what we showed in practice. Road America is all about momentum and speed, and we’re lacking that at the top end. We seem to be pretty good in the middle part of the lap so we need to see what we can do to find some time in the first and third sectors. We can’t do anything to stop other cars going by us on the long straights. The good news is that we have a solid Team Chevy OMP/Eibach Camaro Z/28.R and the best group in the paddock at Blackdog Speed Shop. With the crew and strategy we have, you can never count us out.”
Tony Gaples set a best lap of 2:20.152 to qualify 15th in the No. 11 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. He didn’t go back out after the red flag, so his Pirelli tires should have a little more life in them than some of the other GTS competitors.
“The lack of top speed hurt us in qualifying,” Gaples said. “It’s always something we are trying to overcome, and Road America’s length amplifies that. Mechanically the OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R was better than it has been so that’s a positive. There’s still work to be done. At least we have data on what the track will be like during the first race tomorrow. Let’s see what kind of tricks the Blackdog Speed Shop guys have up their sleeves!”
For the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season, Blackdog Speed Shop is proud of the support from its partners OMP, Eibach and Team Chevy.
The first of two Pirelli World Challenge GTS races at Road America is set for 6:45 p.m. ET on Saturday. Race 2 is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Live race coverage from Road America is available at MotorTrendOnDemand.com. CBS Sports Network will air GTS action from Elkhart Lake at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 7.
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