Alex Job Racing qualified first and second in the GT class for the second of two Canadian races in the American Le Mans Series, set for Sunday at Mosport International Raceway. Lucas Luhr qualified the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche on the class pole in one minute 20.939 seconds on the 2.459-mile road course. The point he earned for the pole moved him into a tie for first place in the GT driver championship with his co-driver Sascha Maassen. Jörg Bergmeister qualified just behind Luhr (1:21.125) in the No. 22 Porsche he drives with Timo Bernhard.
"The first lap was not so bad. Then I started the second lap and it was so much better, so I kept that one. After the second time, I came in because it was enough," said Luhr. "I'm happy I got the extra point. I think it's unfair to have just one champion because we do everything together all year, so we should share the championship."
Bergmeister noted the team didn't follow its usual custom of waiting until halfway through the session to qualify. "It looked a little bit like rain was coming, so we wanted to be on the safe side." he said. "The car was understeering in qualifying, but it should be pretty good for the race. The car was getting better the more laps I did because the front was getting more temperature in it. But I didn't want to do any more laps because I needed the tires for the race."
Sascha Maassen wrapped a promotional tour in Toronto on Thursday with some smooth dance moves. After local driver Melanie Paterson told Maassen and Panoz driver David Brabham that Germans (Maassen) and Australians (Brabham) can't dance, the two decided to prove her wrong. As the 70s song YMCA blasted through the Hard Rock Cafe, they demonstrated their prowess with all the right moves.
"Melanie Paterson mentioned that Germans and Australians can't dance, so once there was the right song for us, we danced," Maassen explained. "We were standing on the bench and dancing, so I hope she changed her mind. It was the right song because I know it. I sang it once before at a Christmas party when we had a little bit of hot wine - gluhwein. I know the moves!"