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The Alex Job Racing McKenna/mail2web.com™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS powered Sascha Maassen to the fastest speed in qualifying for the GT class today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Maassen and co-driver Lucas Luhr will start Sunday's Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships from the first position in the GT class after qualifying the No. 23 Porsche at 1:26.182. His time eclipsed the previous qualifying lap record of 1:26.265 set in 2001.
Teammate Timo Bernhard qualified his No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna/Porsche 911 GT3 RS at 1:26.475. He and teammate Jorg Bergmeister will start Sunday's race from second position in GT class on the 35-car grid. Bernhard experienced a loss in rear grip going into turn nine which caused him to spin and bump into the tire wall. The left rear bumper cover was quickly mended and taped by the crew and the Porsche was sent back out. Bernhard's qualifying lap came within only three tenths of a second behind his teammate, despite the incident.
Timo Bernhard, No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna/Porsche 911 GT3 RS
"When things like this happen, it's a little difficult with my confidence. Racing car drivers don't like to be second, but it is good that I was able to come back with an ok qualifying lap. This track changes so much and it even changed from the last practice right before qualifying. That is what makes this track very challenging for us. We're still having oversteer problems which is part of why I spun, but we'll get it right for tomorrow. I am disappointed right now because of my mistake."
Sascha Maassen, No. 23 Alex Job Racing McKenna/Porsche 911 GT3 RS
"We made the decision to change our setup right before qualifying and I guess it worked well. I was able to do my qualifying during my first hot lap. The Michelin tires are really improving and we are going faster than this morning in practice. It feels quite good right now and even better because we now have the new track record and have finally taken it away from the BMWs. Now it's back home with Porsche. I promised my teammates at the golf tournament on Thursday that if our team wins the tournament, we can win the race. Since we won the tournament now I guess I'm trying to live up to that promise!"
Alex Job, team owner of Alex Job Racing
"It's been a good two days for us so far. The weather is great and we did well in qualifying. What happened to the 24 car is unfortunate but Timo really made a good comeback after he spun. I think we're in a good position for the race tomorrow. Things are looking good."