front row Farnbacher Loles Racing will start the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from second on the GT2 grid, after a strong qualifying run on Friday. Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, set the provisional class ...
Farnbacher Loles Racing will start the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from second on the GT2 grid, after a strong qualifying run on Friday.
Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, set the provisional class pole position time in the first four minutes of the 20-minute qualifying session and held the top spot until the final minute. His fast lap of one minute 20.199 seconds represented an average speed of 101.36 mph on the 2.258-mile road course, just 0.174 seconds and 0.22 mph behind the class pole-winning Ferrari. The front-row start follows Werner's GT2 class pole at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut last week.
"The car was very fast during qualifying, but the window to turn a fast lap during the short session is only a lap or two, and I lost a tenth [of a second] or two from traffic in both laps," Werner said. "You can't win the pole every week -- we started first at Lime Rock last Saturday -- but we think the car is set up well for the race. There are many more opportunities for the prototypes to pass the GT cars here, so we should have fewer yellow flags than last week. We are shooting for another podium finish."
Darrell Carlisle of McLean, Va., earned two top-10 class finishes in the IMSA Challenge by Michelin races at Mid-Ohio on Saturday. He qualified his No. 43 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car eighth in the Platinum Cup class with a lap of 1:27.813 (92.569 mph). He gained one position in the first 25-minute race to finish seventh in class. He started the second race of the day -- a 30-minute sprint -- from sixth in class, but dropped back two positions to finish eighth.