RYAN BRISCOE SCORES FIRST POLE OF THE SEASON AS PENSKE PORSCHE RS SPYDERS ONCE AGAIN FIRST AND SECOND OVERALL; TIMO BERNHARD, GUY SMITH IN TOP FOUR FOR PORSCHE DETROIT -- August 31 -- Australian Ryan Briscoe recovered from a crash into the tire...
RYAN BRISCOE SCORES FIRST POLE OF THE SEASON AS PENSKE PORSCHE RS SPYDERS ONCE AGAIN FIRST AND SECOND OVERALL; TIMO BERNHARD, GUY SMITH IN TOP FOUR FOR PORSCHE
DETROIT -- August 31 -- Australian Ryan Briscoe recovered from a crash into the tire barrier in an afternoon practice to turn the fastest lap in qualifying less than one hour later, putting his number six Penske Porsche RS Spyder on the overall pole for Saturday's Detroit Belle Isle Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch.
Briscoe, who notched his first pole position of the year, said he was fortunate that the LMP2 class car that he and co-driver Sascha Maassen (Germany) will drive in the American Le Mans Series race suffered only cosmetic damage, and that he learned his lesson around the Belle Isle circuit.
"There is no room for mistakes around this fast, but tight street course," said Briscoe, who captured the top spot after three other drivers had topped the list earlier in the session.
"You not only have to gauge your speed to avoid the concrete walls that line the track, but you have be patient when passing the slower GT cars, realizing they don't have that much room to move over," he said.
Points leaders Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) share the front row with their Penske RS Spyder teammate, qualifying second in their number seven racer. The Andretti-Green Racing Acura is third, followed by the Chris Dyson (USA)/Guy Smith Dyson Racing RS Spyder (fourth). In all, six LMP2 cars qualified in front of the first LMP1 car -- the Audi R10 TDI of McNish/Capello.
In GT2, the Patrick Long/Darren Law Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was the top Porsche qualifier (fourth) behind three Ferrari 430s. The Jim Tafel/Dominik Farnbacher Porsche was fifth. Both these Porsche qualified well after recovering from morning practice accidents on the tough two-mile course.
The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, Round 10 of the 2007 American Le Mans Series, is set for 3: 15 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 1 from the Belle Isle circuit in Detroit. Coverage of the Series' first visit to Detroit will be aired on SPEED from 9:30 PM. ET on Saturday to 12:30 AM Sunday. XM Satellite Radio will air the American Le Mans Radio broadcast from noon to 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 2 on XM channels 144 and 145. Live timing and scoring, as well as radio commentary, will be available all weekend on www.americanlemans.com
-credit: porsche motorsport