BRETT SANDBERG TAKES POLE AGAIN AT MID-OHIO
Last minute! Round 13 (Mid-Ohio GTS race 1) was officially postponed due to safety reasons and heavy thunderstorms over the Mid-Ohio region. The race may be rescheduled at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next October! Round 14 is scheduled on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. EDT. Brett Sandberg in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 captured the pole for GTS Round 13 at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio presented by Honda Racing HPD. Drivers Jade Buford, Lawson Aschenbach and Jeff Courtney rounded out the remainder of the first two rows of the competition grid. Scott Heckert in the No. 54 SIN Cars/Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4 managed the best qualifying time of 1:27.661 in only five laps of the session, but his times were disallowed due to an SCCA rule that prevents a pit stop during qualifying. Current points-leader Sandberg ticked off the next fastest lap time of 1:27.722 at 92.665 mph to secure the pole.” Sandberg said. “It’s great to win the pole. The crew guys have done an excellent job all weekend with the car. The track changed a bit with the new IndyCar rubber on the surface. So we adjusted for that. And the car felt very good in qualifying. Now we just need to put it together for today’s race. This track seems to work well for the X-Bow. Now I’m just anxious to go racing this afternoon.” Buford’s No. 45 SIN Cars/Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4 clocked a lap 0.25-seconds slower than Sandberg, putting him in P2. Aschenbach, second in GTS points, took a 1:28.096-second lap at 92.272 mph that was quick enough to land him in P3 in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Sandberg’s teammate, Bill Ziegler, driving the No. 9 Swisher Racing KTM X-Bow qualified 15th. With half the competitors within a one-second differential and most of the field within 1.5-seconds, Round 13 is sure to be highly competitive when the race gets underway at 5 p.m. EDT today. Stream the race live via MotorTrendOnDemand.com and get live timing at World-Challenge.com.