August 23, 2005 Elkhart Lake, WI.  Tim Barber clinched the GT America Championship portion of the 2005 Trans-Am Series this weekend at Road America.

 

 


 

 

The team traveled directly to Elkhart Lake from the previous stop of the series in Denver where Tim had suffered a severe crash in practice yet prevailed to finish second in the race.

 

The first practice session at Road America saw Tim setting the second quickest lap time in the GTA class at his first visit to the venerable circuit.  The same scenario was played for the second practice session

 

The crash in Denver had done more damage than was immediately assessed and a mechanical issue developed.  Unfortunately, the team was not able to secure and install a necessary part until after qualifying, relegating Tim to the back of the grid.

 

The part was installed in time for Tim to set the fastest  GTA lap time in the third practice session by three tenths of a second.  It was clear that Tim was ready for the race and to lay claim to the 2005 Championship.

 

Race day saw another ghost of Denver appear as the car was moved to the starting grid.  The differential which normally drives both rear wheels equally was only turning one rear wheel with power.  Apparently, the differential had partially failed as it came off the track from the last practice session so it was not detected.  There was no time to repair or replace the differential so Tim started the race with a ‘wounded’ ride.  The differential lasted for 12 racing laps and then finally completely broke sidelining Tim after 12 laps but finishing in 3rd place for the race and clinching the series title for 2005.

 

This is the second time Tim Barber has been crowned GT America Champion, the last time was 2001 when he took the championship in his rookie year.  This is the first year Tim has run the series since then, so Tim is two for two in his appearances and championships in the GTA series.