POINTS LEADER BERGMEISTER CAPTURE ALMS GT2 POLE IN FLYING LIZARDS PORSCHE; RS SPYDER FOURTH IN LMP2 IN SEASON DEBUT LEXINGTON, Ohio - August 7 - For Porsche race fans, it was a flashback to the last several years in the American Le Mans Series...
POINTS LEADER BERGMEISTER CAPTURE ALMS GT2 POLE IN FLYING LIZARDS PORSCHE; RS SPYDER FOURTH IN LMP2 IN SEASON DEBUT
LEXINGTON, Ohio - August 7 - For Porsche race fans, it was a flashback to the last several years in the American Le Mans Series with a 911 and a prototype competing for the top of the qualifying charts as Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) put the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the GT2pole and Klaus Graf (Germany) drove the Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder to a fourth-place position in LMP2 qualifying for tomorrow's Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge will get the green flag at 3:00 PM ET, and be broadcast on a delayed basis on NBC-TV on Sunday, August 9, from 2:30 PM ET - 4:30 ET. The race can also be heard live on American Le Mans Radio at www.americanlemans.com, which will also provide live timing and scoring.
For Bergmeister, the defending ALMS GT2 champion, it was his seventh career pole in the American Le Mans Series, and second this year (Salt Lake City being the other one). His Flying Lizard teammate this year is fellow Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Bellair, Florida), and the pair has a 25-point lead over the Melo/Kaffer Ferrari drivers, who qualified second.
"We were fighting an under-steer issue in the previous practice sessions, but we found a set- up solution and the car was really hooked up for qualifying," said Bergmeister, who won his title last year with the Lizards and Wolf Henzler (Germany).
"The track is very slippery, and the amount of rubber left on the surface by the IndyCars later today will help determine how much grip we will have for the race," he said.
The new GT2 Corvette is third on the grid, followed by one of the factory BMW M3s. Fifth on the grid, but less than a half-a-second from the pole, is the #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, qualified by Henzler and co-driven Porsche factory Junior driver Martin Ragginger (Austria).
In LMP2, the #6 Team Cytosport Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder ran as high as second in class and third overall during the 20-minute prototype qualifying session, and finally settled for a fine sixth overall and fourth in LMP2 in its maiden voyage for owner Greg Pickett.
Pickett, who chose veteran German driver Klaus Graf to qualify the car, bought the #20 Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder earlier this year, and the car has been fast since it came off the track yesterday. Porsche enthusiasts fondly recall the three straight championships won in the Porsche RS Spyder 2006 - 2008 by Penske Racing, with Dyson Racing helping Porsche fend off the Acura manufacturer's challenge with podium finishes in 2007 and 2008.
In the ALMS Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars which run in the Patron GT3 Challenge series, former Star Mazda and LMP2 prototype driver Guy Cosmo grabbed the pole for himself and co-driver/car owner John Baker. Shane Lewis/Gerry Ventos are second, with Bill Sweedler/Ed Brown third. Pre-event favorites Martin and Melanie Snow - winners at Salt Lake City, were third, followed by Lime Rock winners Bob Faieta/Wesley Hoagland.
-credit: porsche motorsport