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Banner day at Barber for Collins, Reese.


If qualifying is any indication, things are shaping up for a 'banner weekend' for Banner Racing as its two Pontiac GXP.Rs line up on the front row for Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Barber Motorsports Park.

Kelly Collins placed the #07 Pontiac on pole for the GT-only race, extending the car's record to four poles in the past five races. However, despite the qualifying success, the team of Collins and Paul Edwards is still searching for their first win of 2007.

"I was going to try to go by [Craig] Stanton, but he took off, so I decided to give him some ground and give me something to chase after," Collins revealed, "The car is the best it's been in the past two days. We were good this morning, but then went the wrong direction this afternoon, so we went back to this morning['s settings], used a softer front bar, and ran consistent laps and ran it as hard as we could until we ripped the tyres off.”

Starting alongside Collins on the front row will be the second Banner Racing entry driven by Leighton Reese. Reese and Tim Lewis Jr, after Reese qualified the #06 in a time of 1min 29.738secs.

“For my personal ego, we'd like to be P1, but if the #06 or #07 does well, it's a victory for Pontiac and a victory for Banner,” Reese said, “That's all we care about right now. Good job for Kelly Collins, he ripped off a flier, and we squeaked one out over Craig Stanton and the Farnbacher guys. It should be a good battle tomorrow.”

Stanton, co-driving the #85 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 with Ian Baas, fell just short of Reese to qualify third, while Nick Ham will start the #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 alongside the American veteran. Ham and co-driver Sylvain Tremblay have won three times this season, but remain involved in a close race for the GT title.

Eric Curran's #03 Georgian Bay Motorsports Corvette provides the fourth different engine manufacturer in the top five, while series points leader Dirk Werner will take the #87 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports entry from seventh.


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John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Matt Bell, drivers of the # 9 Camaro GS.R, race to second place Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
The GAINSCO Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The Beyer Racing Pontiac at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The GAINSCO entry at night at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am]
The Beyer Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The Beyer Racing Pontiac in action at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The #57 Stevenson Motorsport Pontiac [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
The #99 GAINSCO Racing entry [Pic credit: grand am]
The Childress-Howard Motorsport entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
The Childress-Howard car in action at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
The Beyer Racing Pontiac Riley at Daytona [Pic credit: Mark Weber]
#32 PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R - Barrett/Forest/Merrill/Salvo/Westphal [Pic credit: Grand Am]
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