Friday, August 25, 2006

Honda's F1 & Rolex Series practice

Honda Formula 1 practice from the Turkish GP:
Jenson set the third fastest time of the day whilst third driver Anthony Davidson, running for the first time at the Istanbul Park Circuit, ended the afternoon session fourth. Rubens Barrichello posted the 10th fastest time.

In typically hot conditions in Istanbul it was back to business as usual with Jenson and Rubens focusing on this afternoon’s session to fine-tune the car set-up to the demands of this undulating anti-clockwise circuit. The only glitch in an otherwise straightforward day was a failure with Anthony’s car at the end of the morning session, the timing of which fortunately minimised the amount of lost running.

Photo/news used with permission

Rolex Series practice:
SONOMA, Calif. (August 24, 2006) -- Under perfect weather conditions for the first-ever Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve practice session at Infineon Raceway, defending Daytona Prototype champion Max Angelelli posted the quickest lap in preparation for Saturday's Sonoma 250 (SPEED, August 27, 3:00 p.m. ET).

In the closing seconds of the two-hour practice session, Angelelli posted a best lap at 1:30.100 (100.688 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley to top the time charts. The lap was slightly quicker than the best lap turned by Angelelli's co-driver, Jan Magnussen, who led the session until Angelelli's last-minute flyer. Angelelli--who has finished inside the top-four positions in his last eight Rolex Series feature races--is hoping to keep his Daytona Prototype championship hopes alive in the Sonoma 250, the penultimate round of the 2006 Rolex Series schedule.

No. 72 NEC Porsche GT3 co-driver Wolf Henzler posted the fastest GT class practice lap time Thursday afternoon at Infineon Raceway with a time of 1:39.356 (91.308 mph) in Tafel Racing machine he will share with co-driver Robin Liddell this weekend.

Henzler and Liddell come into the Sonoma 250 weekend just 11 points behind No. 65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R co-drivers Andy Lally and Marc Bunting in the current driver standings (442-431). The No. 72 Porsche duo was victorious in their last trip to northern California, winning May's U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Photos/news used with permission of the Grand American Road Racing Association.


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