MOSPORT FAST, TRICKY TURNS CHALLENGE PORSCHE TEAMS PORSCHE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES TEAMS TAKE ON TRICKY MOSPORT COURSE ATLANTA August 27 -- After five GT2 class victories so far this season with their Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3...
MOSPORT FAST, TRICKY TURNS CHALLENGE PORSCHE TEAMS
PORSCHE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES TEAMS TAKE ON TRICKY MOSPORT COURSE
ATLANTA August 27 -- After five GT2 class victories so far this season with their Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series, Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) are on a steady title course. The Porsche factory drivers are eager to make another step towards winning the championship in the GT2 class when the race series with the world's fastest sports cars takes on the Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, on the outskirts of Toronto.
The Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport will take place on Sunday, August 30, at 3:05 PM EDT, and will be televised live on SPEED TV. Live timing and scoring, as well as live radio coverage can be found on the series web site www.americanlemans.com.
Defending champion Joerg Bergmeister travels to Canada's oldest race track with its many narrow, fast corners with mixed feelings. On the 2.459-mile circuit, he celebrated three victories with Porsche between 2003 and 2005, but this weekend will still be a challenge.
"There are tracks that suit us better. The main priority at the third to last race of the season is to defend the comfortable points' lead. Our strongest rivals for the title are Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer with the Ferrari. We want to cross the finish line ahead of them. If we can do this, like in Elkhart Lake recently, then we won't even mind if we don't win. A podium result should be possible though."
This confidence approaching the end of the season comes after a great deal of hard work on the part of the clear points' leaders starting for the Flying Lizard Motorsports team. With five straight wins against strong competition from Ferrari, BMW and the Chevrolet Corvettes they not only equaled the GT2 record in the American Le Mans Series, but also secured an excellent starting position for the closing stages of the series.
Patrick Long: "Thanks to the reliability of the 911 GT3 RSR and our team's perfect work we are in an excellent position. We will do everything to make sure we have something to celebrate after the season finale." Flying Lizard Chief Strategist Thomas Blam discussed Mosport strategy, pointing out the increased competition on GT2 causes extra thought.
"It's tough at this point in the season: we have to balance our effort to win the race with making sure that we finish ahead of the No.62 Risi Ferrari. With six or seven GT2 cars now positioned to win and all running very close together, we have to weigh fighting for individual positions with the BMWs and Corvettes with trying to maintain our point lead over the Ferrari. We saw at Road America how quickly things can change: we were in solid third, next thing you know we are seventh and the Ferarri is in second and suddenly the point gap is closed up."
The title favorites receive support from their teammates Darren Law (USA) and Seth Neiman (USA), who share driving duties in the second Porsche 911 GT3 RSR run by Flying Lizard Motorsports. For Farnbacher Loles Racing, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Dirk Werner (Germany) will race another 911 GT3 RSR.
"This will be my first ALMS race after a while," Werner said. "I can't wait to get back in the Porsche RSR and work together with Wolf and the whole Farnbacher Loles Racing team and to compete with all the great drivers and teams that are competing in GT2. Of course I followed the last few races and I know that it is harder than ever to take home a win, but I will give my best to help get a good result."
Wolf Henzler of Nurtingen, Germany is pleased to be racing with Werner again, and after a rough weekend at Road America, is hoping that he and the team get the results they deserve at Mosport.
"I'm looking forward to Mosport and I am happy that Dirk is back in the car as my co-driver," Henzler said. "Typical for Mosport are very fast turns which require a compromise between top speed for the long straight and a certain amount of downforce for the fast turns."
Henzler continued, "The Team is pushing very hard, but we haven't got the results we deserved. I hope we can leave all the things that happened behind us and finally get back to the podium."
The Porsche RS Spyder of the Team Cytosport, which crowned its highly-anticipated comeback in the LMP2 class with two podium places from two races, will rejoin the action at the ten hour Petit Le Mans classic on the time-honored Road Atlanta circuit. Also, there will be no ALMS Challenge class at either Mosport or Road Atlanta that class will wrap up its season at the ALMS finale at Laguna Seca.
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