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Hedman Aims To Close GT-A Gap At Road America
Posted by: newsla on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:31 PM
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Hedman Aims To Close GT-A Gap At Road America


A brace of fourth place finishes in the Detroit rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge three weeks ago allowed DragonSpeed driver Henrik Hedman to narrow the gap to GT-A (amateur) class points leader Michael Mills while staying tied with Tim Pappas for second in the standings after six of 14 races.

 

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This week, Hedman arrived at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America – rated North America’s greatest race track by DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian – targeting further progress toward the top of the table. The Florida-based Swede made a promising start by taking his Ferrari 458 GT3 to the third best GT-A time in today’s opening practice session over the rolling terrain and fast sweeps of the 4.0-mile circuit.

Detroit found Hedman struggling with a sub-par set-up and low grip at the temporary Belle Isle park circuit early on, but gaining pace throughout the weekend as more rubber was laid down. Lining up 16th on the grid for Saturday’s race, Henrik briefly held fourth ahead of Pappas’ Mercedes soon after the start before falling back to fifth. GT-A leader Mills dropped to the back of the class after an on-track incident in his Porsche four laps from the end, promoting Hedman to fourth in GT-A and 13th overall at the flag.

Fourth in the warm-up on Sunday morning heralded a stronger race. From last in class on the grid, Henrik passed Bret Curtis’ Audi on lap 16 and Pappas on lap 20 on the way to duplicating his Saturday result, the latter move ensuring he and the more experienced Pappas took away equal points from the Motor City.

Henrik Hedman: “Detroit wasn’t our best performance, but the car is better here at Road America and I’ve made a good start today, so I’m hoping to take the battle to the class leader this time out.”

Elton Julian: “Henrik’s determination and consistency have kept him in the GT-A title hunt, and he’s still the highest placed rookie in the class. Now with our engineer Mark Schomann back in harness with Leon Gutfreund after Le Mans, we’re looking to get a bit more speed out of the car to help Henrik take that next step up in competitiveness. It’s always a pleasure to be at Road America, but a couple of strong results would make it even more enjoyable!”

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