The Squadra Corse Ferrari took a pair of competitive qualifying positions Saturday morning as the SRO GT World Challenge America entered the second half of the season at Road America. The event is also the first to be open to race fans since the series’ March visit to Circuit of the Americas.
Pro-Am. Martin Fuentes and Rodrigo Baptista will once again share the No. 1 Hublot/Ferrari of Ford Lauderdale/The Concours Club Ferrari 488 GT3, entering the weekend one point shy of the championship lead in the Pro Am division with six races over three weekends remaining.
Fuentes was fastest in the category in the opening Pro Am qualifying that set the field for the Saturday race, turning a lap of 2:08.254-seconds, a time that was also good for third overall on the classic 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit.
Baptista took third in Pro Am category and fifth overall in the second qualifying session which will set the grid for the Sunday race. The Brazilian turned a lap of 2:06.224-seconds. Baptista – fastest overall in both of Friday’s practice sessions – elected to save his tires during qualifying, turning only two laps at speed, thus preserving the rubber for the high-degradation surface of the Wisconsin-based circuit.
GT Sports Club. Mark Issa is a late entry in the GT Sports Club America division for the Road America weekend, driving the No. 31 TR3 Ferrari 488 GT3. GT Sports Club America runs concurrently during the opening 40 minutes of each GT World Challenge America event. Issa was fastest in Friday practice, running a quick time of 2:11.659-seconds.
Schedule. The opening 90-minute race takes the green flag today at 1:45 p.m. (all times CT). Sunday’s event is set to start at 2:15 p.m.