AJR on GT Pole at Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia -- Alex Job Racing driver Romain Dumas set a new track record in his number 24/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to be on the pole at Road Atlanta for round eight...
AJR on GT Pole at Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia -- Alex Job Racing driver Romain Dumas set a new track record in his number 24/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to be on the pole at Road Atlanta for round eight of the American Le Mans Series race to be run tomorrow. Teammate Timo Bernhard qualified in fourth position in the number 23 AJR Porsche.
Dumas set his fast qualifying lap on the second circuit of the Road Atlanta course. Under warm conditions, 83 degrees, the French driver put in a time of 1:22.724 and a speed of 110 mph to start on the front of the GT grid. This pole position is his fourth of the season. "We had some brake problems in the morning practice and we didn't have a chance to get them adjusted properly before qualifying and that was a small issue. The team rebuilt the system and it is just a matter of getting them set for the race so we can do that tomorrow morning. My second lap was the best, but I thought it had a little more in it so I did a fourth lap, but came up on some traffic. I am happy with the pole; it is nice to start at the front in a 10-hour race."
Timo Bernhard had a disappointing qualifying session setting a time of 1:23.832 four-tenths slower than his morning practice time. "We had an issue with the car. It just felt really unbalanced, so we have to put it on the measuring scale and see what the problem is and get ready to race from the second row of GT tomorrow. I am confident the team will sort it out and we will have a competitive Porsche for the race."
"Congratulations to Romain, four poles in as many attempts in your rookie year is a pretty nice record," said Alex Job, team owner. "The team did an excellent job to get the car back in shape after our practice mishap on Sunday. Timo had a difficult session; he is usually the driver to beat in qualifying. We will get to the bottom of the issue and have it ready for morning practice."
AJR driver Timo Bernhard currently leads the driver's points standings with 113. To secure the title, Bernhard and teammates will have to come away from Petit with a 24 point advantage. Alex Job Racing can clinch the ALMS GT team standings by finishing one car ahead of the pursuing second place Porsche team.
#23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Timo Bernhard, Jorg Bergmeister, Sascha Maassen
#24/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Wolf Henzler
Petit Le Mans will be will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 11:30 a.m. with segments at 5:30 p.m. and the finish at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.