Road Atlanta: Porsche qualifying report

PENSKE PORSCHE RS SPYDERS 1-2-3 IN LMP2 QUALIFYING AT PETIT LE MANS BRASELTON, Georgia - October 3 - When Penske Racing decided to add a third Porsche RS Spyder for the 2008 Petit Le Mans, the intent was to put as many positions between ...

PENSKE PORSCHE RS SPYDERS 1-2-3 IN LMP2 QUALIFYING AT PETIT LE MANS

BRASELTON, Georgia - October 3 - When Penske Racing decided to add a third Porsche RS Spyder for the 2008 Petit Le Mans, the intent was to put as many positions between their cars and the rival Acuras for the Saturday's ten-hour event. Little did they expect, however, that they would qualify in the top three spots on the LMP2 grid and shut out the Acuras for the start of the race.

Ryan Briscoe (Australia), who will co-drive the #5 Penske Porsche RS Spyder with Helio Castroneves, qualified fourth overall and first in LMP2, with the #7 Penske Porsche with Romain Dumas (France), who will drive with Timo Bernhard (Germany) qualifying second in class and Sascha Maassen (Germany), who will drive with Patrick Long (USA), qualifying third.

"We had to stop for fuel part-way through the qualifying session, but the car was great and it seemed to feel even more energetic after the stop," said Briscoe, has a successful IndyCar season with Penske Racing, score two wins.

"It was a good team effort to prepare three cars, and the hard work for the long race tomorrow is still ahead of us, but the Penske Porsches are still off to a good start," he said.

The fastest Acura, driven by Frank Montagny, qualified fourth.

In GT2, the Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 RSR of Dirk Werner/Joerg Hardt (both Germany)/Bryce Miller (USA), qualified by Werner, will start on the front row of the field, less than a tenth of a second behind the Melo/Salo Ferrari. The Mueller/Farnbacher Ferrari qualified third, followed by the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister/Wolf Henzler/Marc Lieb (all Germany).

-credit: porsche

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Patrick Long , Ryan Briscoe , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas , Dirk Werner , Bryce Miller
Teams Team Penske , Flying Lizard Motorsports