Mosport International Raceway
Bergmeister Puts Lizard Porsche on Second Row of Mosport GT Grid; Black Swan Takes GTC Pole
Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), driving the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR he will share with fellow Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (USA), qualified third in the tough GT field for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Mosport.
Bergmeister, who will start behind the two factory BMWs, and ahead of two Ferraris, was pleased with the way his Porsche handled and performed during practice and qualifying today.
“By the time we got to the qualifying session, the No. 45 was really good; on my second lap, which would have been the quickest, I was held up by one of the Ferraris. I was able to keep improving over the four laps, but that was all that we had today. We need to finish as high as we can to continue our points comeback, so, hopefully we’ll be able to keep out of trouble and combined with good pit stops, we’ll see where we end up,” said Bergmeister, who finished second with Long two weeks ago at Lime Rock.
The Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Bryan Sellers (USA) Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR qualified seventh in GT, while the Bryce Miller/Sascha Maassen Paul Miller Racing Porsche is 11th, and the Seth Neiman/Marco Holzer Flying Lizard Porsche is 14th in class.
In GT Challenge, after a near miss at the last race at Lime Rock, the defending GTC champions Black Swan Racing are back on top of the field, with Damien Faulkner (Ireland) putting their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the pole in the ride he will share with team owner Tim Pappas. The Grand Prix of Mosport will start Sunday at 3:05 PM EDT, and will last two hours and 45 minutes.
The 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport International Raceway is about an hour’s drive east of Toronto. It is regarded as one of the fastest and most demanding circuits on the American Le Mans Series calendar. Canada’s oldest permanent race track opened in 1961 with a sports car race that Stirling Moss won with a Lotus 19. From 1967 to 1977, the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix was also held in Mosport.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, the most successful GT race car of the last eight years takes off into this season with a raft of improvements. The output of the four-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine has increased to 455 hp (335 kW). Priority in the further development of the car was given to the newly designed aerodynamics at the front and rear. In 2010, the 911 GT3 RSR again won the environmental "Michelin Green X Challenge” classification as the GT vehicle with the best overall efficiency in the American Le Mans Series.
Since 1999 Porsche has scored a total of seven class wins in Mosport. Joerg Bergmeister contributed greatly to four of these: In 2005 and 2009 he won with Patrick Long in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, in 2003 and 2004 he triumphed with his works driver colleague Timo Bernhard.
By: porsche motorsport