Flying Lizard No. 45 Fifth and No. 44 13th in Qualifying for Laguna Seca
October 9, 2009 - Salinas, California - Joerg Bergmeister qualified the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche fifth in GT2 today and in the No. 44 Seth Neiman qualified 13th for the Monterey Sports Car Championships on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette is on the GT2 pole. The top ten GT2 cars were within nine-tenths of a second of one another in the session; Joerg was four one-hundreths of a second behind the fourth place qualifier, Wolf Henzler of the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche.
Joerg commented, "Qualifying was close today. Unfortunately on my quick lap I hit some traffic and fifth place is all we had. I think we should have a pretty good racecar tomorrow; it was very consistent this morning on used tires. Thirty-three cars on this track means a great deal of traffic, so we expect a lot of yellows and that might mix things up a bit."
Flying Lizard is seeking to clinch the GT2 driver and team championships this weekend. In the No. 45 Porsche, Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long are 19 points ahead of Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer of the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari. Laguna Seca is worth 25 points for first place, so if the No. 45 finishes tenth or better (and completes 70 percent of the overall leader's race length, which is required to score points), Bergmeister and Long will win the GT2 drivers' championship and Flying Lizard will win the team championship-no matter where the No. 62 finishes. With third place worth 18 points, if the No. 62 finishes third or worse, the No. 45 will win the championship, even if they do not finish the race. In the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche, Johannes van Overbeek will team with Seth Neiman, who is in seventh place in the drivers' championships.