Enge, Buffomante On Top in GT, GTS Road America Practice

June 19, 2014
Enge, Buffomante On Top in GT, GTS Road America Practice

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Tomas Enge, of Liberec, Czech Republic, and Tony Buffomante, of Naperville, Ill., led the GT and GTS timesheets during the opening practice session for the Cadillac Grand Prix at Road America, Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season.

Enge, back for the first time since St. Petersburg in the No. 25 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, laid down his best time of 2:08.222 around the 4.084-mile Road America road course. This marks the first time the series has been to Road America since 2009, and marks Enge’s first start at Road America since racing an Aston Martin DBR9 in the GT1 class of the American Le Mans Series in 2006.

“We did lot of changes during the session. In the morning, we didn’t run so much,” Enge said. “I think the conditions were good timing for trying a lot of different things on the car. The car is on the pace and it’s great to be back here with this fantastic Reiter Engineering Lamborghini.”

The pair of R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3s were second and third. Nick Mancuso, of Chicago, was second in the No. 16 at 2:08.633 with Anthony Lazzaro, of Atlanta, Ga., third in the No. 61 at 2:08.825.

EFFORT Racing had by far its best practice session of the season with Tim Bergmeister, of Langfeld, Germany, fourth at 2:09.065 in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R. Teammate Michael Mills, of Angleton, Texas, was sixth overall and leading GT-A driver at 2:09.197 in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R.

Splitting the two in fifth overall, and first of the Audis, was Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., in the No. 2 Hawk Performance Audi R8 Ultra at 2:09.168.

Buffomante led the GTS contingent in the No. 33 Capaldi Racing/Ford Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S at 2:18.927, as he seeks his first career Pirelli World Challenge series win this weekend to add to his two podium finishes.

In second was Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, in the No. 38 Kia Optima at 2:18.979. Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., was third in the No. 73 RESET-MD/StopTech/Motul Porsche Cayman S, 2:19.142.

Jack Roush Jr., of Livonia, Mich., was fourth in the No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R at 2:19:428 with Nic Jonsson, of Buford, Ga., fifth in the No. 36 Kia Optima at 2:19.455. Jonsson is just back from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he competed with Krohn Racing in a Ferrari F458 Italia.

Of note, Butch Leitzinger, of State College, PA, in the No. 08 Bentley/Breitling/Mobil 1 Bentley Continental GT3 for Dyson Racing Team Bentley, had a transponder issue in that car which meant it did not register an official time. An unofficial number placed the car in the high 2:08.9 range. Alec Udell, of The Woodlands, Texas in the No. 17 Watson Racing/MDG/Eurotech Industries Ford Mustang Boss 302S also had a transponder issue in GTS.

Also of note, Mark Klenin, of Denver, Col., will now be in the No. 62 Invisible Glass Aston Martin GT4 for Automatic Racing in GTS.

Bret Curtis, of Austin, Texas in the No. 32 Valspar Paint/Spectra Resources/United Steel Supply Audi R8 Ultra (GT-A) and Geoff Reeves, of Columbus, Ohio in the No. 40 Shadow Works/Best IT Chevrolet Camaro (GTS) have been withdrawn from the weekend.

The next on-track session for Pirelli World Challenge GT, GT-A and GTS competitiors is qualifying on Friday morning, which runs from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. CT.