PATRICK LONG'S LEADING LIZARD PORSCHE "ON OUR PROGRAM" FOR ALMS MID-OHIO GT QUALIFYING WITH EIGHTH PLACE GRID POSITION LEXINGTON, Ohio - August 6, 2010 - Patrick Long (USA), qualifying the points-leading Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3...
PATRICK LONG'S LEADING LIZARD PORSCHE "ON OUR PROGRAM" FOR ALMS MID-OHIO GT QUALIFYING WITH EIGHTH PLACE GRID POSITION
LEXINGTON, Ohio - August 6, 2010 - Patrick Long (USA), qualifying the points-leading Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR that he will share in tomorrow's Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), finds himself behind three Ferraris, two Corvettes, and two BMWs in eighth place despite the fact that the team is confident about its race set-up.
"We are certainly aware that the others are going fast, but we have made good progress on our set-up program, shaving tenths of a second off our time at each session. Like at Laguna when Joerg hit all his marks in qualifying and we started seventh, we have to follow our plan from the time we unload the car to the end of the race. So far this season, good pit stops, strategy, reliability, and mistake-free driving have put us on top of the points. If we continue that, as we did at Long Beach, Laguna, and Lime Rock - where we won - our Lizard Porsche will contend for the victory," said Long.
The Bryan Seller (USA)/Wolf Henzler (Germany) Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR qualified 11th, and the Patrick Pilet (France)/Seth Neiman Flying Lizard Porsche was 13th.
In the ALMS GT Challenge class for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the departure from the series of the points-leading Gonzales/Leitzinger car has left the championship wide open. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) captured his fourth straight pole in the Black Swan Racing Porsche which he shares with team owner Tim Pappas (USA). Bryce Miller (USA) and Luke Hines (England) were second in the Orbit Racing Marquis Jet Porsche, while Bret Curtis/James Sofronas qualified third in the GMG Racing Porsche.
"Although our cars are closely matched by the rules, we have our spring rates and shocks we can adjust for set-up, so this give us more flexibility than my team has in the Supercup series," said Bleekemolen, a multi-time Porsche Supercup champion in the 911 GT3 Cup car.
"This is my first time to Mid-Ohio, and I am still learning the rhythm of the turns here, but I am really enjoying the course," he said.
The Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder, which won the race overall at Lime Rock two weeks ago, and which is only seven points out of the LMP points chase, will not race this weekend as an off-track excursion on Thursday damaged the car beyond an at-the-track repair. The team is getting new parts, and will have the car ready to race at the next ALMS event at Road America in Wisconsin.
-source: porsche motorsport