Laguna Seca: Bell Motorsports qualifying report

Kelleners Qualifies Sixth at Laguna In Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 MONTEREY, Calif., April 30 - Ralf Kelleners saved his best for last in Saturday's Daytona Prototype qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He set his ...

Kelleners Qualifies Sixth at Laguna In Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54

MONTEREY, Calif., April 30 - Ralf Kelleners saved his best for last in Saturday's Daytona Prototype qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He set his fastest time on his seventh and final lap in the 15-minute session to qualify sixth for tomorrow's Rolex series race here in the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54.

Kelleners, of Dusseldorf, Germany, will share the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing entry with Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga.

The race, called the Road & Track 250, will be broadcast live on SPEED at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Kelleners' qualifying time was 1:25.073 for the 2.238-mile road course for an average speed of 94.705 miles per hour.

Kelleners was actually quickest for a few seconds during the qualifying session after his third lap in the session, but the competition is so intense that his rivals quickly knocked him back a few spots. The pole went to Oswaldo Negri with a 1:24.357 (95.508 mph), which wasn't much faster than the Kodak EasyShare car's best time. Kelleners' best lap was also only four-tenths of a second off the car that won the last race and qualified third here today.

"The car is quite a bit better than it was at Fontana," Kelleners said moments after qualifying. "The team has done a lot of work with our engine and also continued to reduce the car's weight. That plus thinking about our set-up carefully has given us a few tenths here and there. Working on everything at once, bit by bit, the end result is an improvement."

Kelleners hung back at the start of the qualifying session and was the third-to-last driver to actually take to the track. That was an effort to get at least a few clean laps in. Traffic is expected to be a very big challenge in tomorrow's 250 miles/112 laps and/or two hours and 45 minutes race.

This is the series' first race at this particular course.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Terry Borcheller