Mid-Ohio: Panoz Motor Sports qualifying report

Panoz attack nets 2-3 grid positions at Mid Ohio Panoz Motor Sports stars David Brabham and Bryan Herta showed they are out to topple the Audi American Le Mans Series dominance after qualifying second and third in official qualifying at Mid Ohio...

Panoz attack nets 2-3 grid positions at Mid Ohio

Panoz Motor Sports stars David Brabham and Bryan Herta showed they are out to topple the Audi American Le Mans Series dominance after qualifying second and third in official qualifying at Mid Ohio today.

The Panoz pair toppled two of the three Audi machines in qualifying, proving their win at this track last year was no fluke.

Although the team suffered a tough time at the Le Mans 24 Hour, it also won the last round of the ALMS at Sears Point in May.

Brabham stopped the clocks at 1 minute, 14. 814 seconds in qualifying, just ahead of team-mate Bryan Herta who recorded a time of 1:15.084.

Jan Magnussen will share the driving duties tomorrow with Brabham while Bill Auberlen will drive with Herta.

"I am certainly happy with the way qualifying turned out," Brabham said.

"I probably could have gone a little bit quicker but I had a really hard time trying to get a clear lap in traffic.

"The one time I did get a clear lap I actually hit the outside kerb coming out of turn one and lost a little bit of time. I doubt I could have matched Beila's time, but we are certainly well placed to challenge strongly tomorrow.

"Bryan did a great job in the other car and it is a really good sign for the team to have two cars run so strongly in qualifying.

"The Michelin tires were really impressive because I was able to have quite a few attempts at a quick time without the tires starting to fade. That will be a good sign for tomorrow."

A former resident of nearby Columbus, Herta's 3rd spot on the grid is the best performance of his American Le Mans Series career to date.

"The team has worked really hard on improving the car and I think we have quite a good balance for the race tomorrow," Herta said.

"Audi are always hard to beat but we have to continue to put the pressure on them and see what happens.

"I have really enjoyed being back here at Mid Ohio after so many races and testing here in CART. It is actually quite different in a sportscar because your braking points are different in these cars and you actually use a few different lines around the course."

Tomorrow's 2 hour, 45 minute race starts tomorrow at 2.00pm.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Bryan Herta