Long Beach: Warm up report

WERNER, AUDI TO THE TOP IN LONG BEACH WARMUP The stage is set for the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the American Le Mans Series' first race at the historic southern California venue. Marco Werner turned in the best lap in Saturday morning's ...

WERNER, AUDI TO THE TOP IN LONG BEACH WARMUP

The stage is set for the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the American Le Mans Series' first race at the historic southern California venue. Marco Werner turned in the best lap in Saturday morning's 20-minute warmup session for Audi and its diesel-powered R10 TDI. The German's time of 1:14.346 came on his final lap of the session and beat out Penske Motorsports' lead Porsche RS Spyder by 0.224 seconds.

The session saw a number of changes at the top of the timing sheet. Acura, Porsche and Audi all were quickest at one point with the P2 Acuras and Porsches sitting 1-2 overall before Werner's lap in Audi's lead P1.

Romain Dumas was the quickest driver for Penske, less than 0.2 seconds ahead of Butch Leitzinger in Dyson Racing's Porsche RS Spyder, the best showing for a Dyson car this weekend. Third in P2 and fourth overall was this afternoon's pole-sitting Andretti Green Racing Acura ARX of Bryan Herta at 1:14.906. Teammate Dario Franchitti qualified first overall Friday.

Panoz Team PTG set the pace in GT2 with Joey Hand's lap of 1:22.600 in the Panoz Esperante GTLM he will share with Redondo Beach's Bill Auberlen. The Panoz was 0.023 seconds ahead of the quickest Porsche, the Tafel Racing entry of Robin Liddell. Porsches held positions two through four and were ahead of the pole-sitting Ferrari F430 GT from Risi Competizione.

Corvette Racing's two Corvettte C6.Rs chose not to run in the session.

The Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of the 2007 American Le Mans Series, is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 14. SPEED will provide same-day broadcast coverage from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET. MotorsTV in Europe, SPEED Latin America and 7TV in Russia will carry the race live. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Dario Franchitti , Robin Liddell , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Marco Werner , Romain Dumas
Teams Corvette Racing , Risi Competizione , Dyson Racing