DUMAS SETS TRACK RECORD; BERGMEISTER SECOND IN PORSCHE GT2 IN ALMS MOSPORT QUALIFYING The championship battle between two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs continues with Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas in the Alex Job Hyatt ...
DUMAS SETS TRACK RECORD; BERGMEISTER SECOND IN PORSCHE GT2 IN ALMS MOSPORT QUALIFYING
The championship battle between two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs continues with Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas in the Alex Job Hyatt #23 and Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long in the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning #31 - with just 0.125 of a second difference between them - as Dumas set the GT2 track record while capturing the pole position for Sunday's Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport, in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada.
BOWMANVILLE, ON. - September 3 - Romain Dumas, from Ales, France set the track record with a lap time of 1 minute, 18.321 seconds in his quest to become an American Le Mans Series GT2 champion in the Alex Job Racing Hyatt Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. He adds this record to the existing race-lap record he set last year here at the 2.459 mile, 10 turn road course. He is tied with his teammate Timo Bernhard for the GT2 class lead, just two points ahead of rival teammates Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long in their Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
"It's as important to have a strong finish as it is to have good start," Dumas said. "Timo (Bernhard) and I are so close it really doesn't matter. Tomorrow I will be starting in the car and Timo will finish."
"Petersen has been applying pressure all year and they are right on our tail in qualifying," said Team Owner Alex Job. "The top eight cars are very tight, so we are looking for a very competitive race tomorrow."
Second place on the grid is Jorg Bergmeister for the second race in a row. His best qualifying lap time in the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was 0.125 seconds slower.
"I did my quickest time in the second lap and we decided to conserve tires for the race," said Jorg Bergmeister. "It wouldn't have made any sense to try and stay out and go quicker. In the race, I think, it doesn't matter if you start P1 or P2 [position one or position two]. Last year was really, really tight so I think it will be a nice battle again between the [number] 23 and the 31."
Further down on the starting grid is the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR #44. Last year's GT2 pole winner and class track record holder, Lonnie Pechnik injured his hand in a non racing pit accident while getting ready to qualify. Seth Neiman qualified the car today and David Murry of Cumming, GA will be available to fill in if necessary during the race tomorrow.