Mid-Ohio: Porsche Saturday report

Timo Bernhard Scores GT Pole Position in Alex Job Porsche; Teammate Lieb is Third Followed by the Law/Lizards Entry For Sunday's Event LEXINGTON, Ohio - June 26 - Timo Bernhard, from Dittweiler, Germany, despite a qualifying session spin ...

Timo Bernhard Scores GT Pole Position in Alex Job Porsche; Teammate Lieb is Third Followed by the Law/Lizards Entry For Sunday's Event

LEXINGTON, Ohio - June 26 - Timo Bernhard, from Dittweiler, Germany, despite a qualifying session spin necessitating a tow into the pits, captured the pole in his Alex Job Racing McKenna mail2web.com #23 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for Sunday's American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio event.

Bernhard, who holds the inside track in the GT championship points chase, will co- drive with Jorg Bergmeister, also from Germany. The team won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, round #1 of the American Le Mans Series, but only Bernhard scored points as Bergmeister was sick and could not drive. The lap after he turned his fast time, Timo spun at turn #11, and as he tried to get going, the starter failed, bringout the red flag and a tow truck.

The new #50 Panoz Esperante with Saelens/Jeannette place second on the grid, but lost its motor in qualifying, making their plans for tomorrow uncertain, and the Marc Lieb/Romain Dumas #24 Alex Job Porsche was third.

Darren Law, from Phoenix, AZ, driving the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, is fourth after being fastest in the previous two practice sessions. Law, who will be co-driving with Johannes van Overbeek, from San Francsico, helped the Sonoma, Calif.-based Flying Lizard team feel better after losing its other team car yesterday in a practice accident. Teammate Lonnie Pechnik was driving the #44 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR when it was struck by a GTS car, bending the tub and causing the team to go to its back-up Porsche 911 GT3 RS (the one that ran at Sebring) for Sunday's event. The team has purchased a new body tub from Porsche, and will rebuilt the car next week at the Lime Rock event, hopefully in time for the July 5 event in Connecticut. Pechnik put the backup car in the eighth qualifying position.

David Murry, from Cummings, GA, qualified the GT class Le Mans-winning #31 Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fifth on the grid, while Tim Sugden from England, qualified sixth in the #79 J3 Racing Porsche 911 GT23 RSR.

Cort Wagner, from Los Angeles, qualified The Racer's Group Porsche he is co-driving with fellow Southern Californian Patrick Long, and they will start seventh on Sunday. The rest of the GT grid is listed below.

The American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio will be televised live on the CBS television network starting at 2:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday, June 27.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Murry , Darren Law , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Patrick Long , Johannes van Overbeek , Romain Dumas , Tim Sugden , Lonnie Pechnik , Alex Job , Cort Wagner
Teams Flying Lizard Motorsports