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Winchester Tops World Challenge Qualifying

AUSTIN, Texas – Ryan Winchester scored his second career Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Pole and led a pair of teammates to the top of the time sheets on Friday at Circuit of The Americas.

Fifteen-year-old Ernie Francis Jr. scored his first career Touring Car B pole in the same session to set the grid for Saturday’s Round 1 Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac Sports Car Challenge TC/TCB race.

Winchester posted his pole time of 1:46.382 (77.832 mph) on the 2.3-mile National Course at COTA, just 0.023-seconds faster than Compass360 Racing teammate Remo Ruscitti. Winchester’s No. 72 Ultimate Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si and Ruscitti’s No. 71 Ultimate Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si will share the front row for Saturday’s race after Ruscitti laid down an official time of 1:46.405 (77.815 mph).

“Qualifying got off to a good start,” Winchester said. “The order was based off the highest returning driver in the (2012 season) points, so I got to go out first. I got my two clean laps and ended up putting the fastest time of the session down. I get to start out front, which is going to be huge this weekend.

“For the races I expect it to be a hard-fought battle between the three (Compass 360) team cars. The Volkswagen’s have shown to be fast, but we’ll see what happens in the race. We’re looking for a one-two-three finish and that’s what we’re expecting to get.”

Brett Sandberg, driving the No. 70 Ultimate Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si, snuck into the top three late in the 30-minute session with a time of 1:46.916 (77.444 mph) on his seventh lap. Sandberg’s lap completed the qualifying sweep for Compass360 Racing.

Posted by on May 17 2013 Filed under Latest Headlines, Road Racing, SCCA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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