ROMAIN DUMAS DESTROYS MOSPORT LMP2 QUALIFY RECORD (HIS OWN) AS THE PENSKE RS SPYDER CAPTURES CLASS POLE; IT'S FERRARI/PORSCHE/FERRARI/PORSCHE IN GT2 BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (Canada) - August 23 - Romain Dumas (France) turned the "perfect lap" en ...
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (Canada) - August 23 - Romain Dumas (France) turned the "perfect lap" en route to a new class record, smashing his own fastest qualifying lap from last year by 1.6-second in the #7 Penske Porsche to earn the LMP2 pole for Sunday's Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport.
Dumas, who, with his co-driver Timo Bernhard, has been fastest since the cars started practice on Friday, said he went all-out to set the fastest time. Although he and Timo were the fastest car on the track in practice both yesterday and this morning, the LMP1 Audi took the first two positions overall on the grid, showing their 150 horsepower advantage. But Dumas and Bernhard, who are in the LMP2 points battle with the Acuras, accomplished their qualifying goal.
"The RS Spyder was very quick this afternoon, and I was pushing to the maximum to get the LMP2 pole. I made no mistakes, and was not slowed by any traffic, so the results were good. And the track record? Our new DFI (direct fuel injection) engine has to get the credit for that, as the power over a bigger range and the increased horsepower gave us greater speed," said Dumas, who earned the 16th pole of his ALMS career by averaging more than 137 miles-per-hour over the 2.459-mile circuit - regarded as one of the quickest and most difficult on the American Le Mans Series calendar.
The power output of the successful 2006 and 2007 championship winning Porsche RS Spyder 3.4-liter V8, which has so far claimed victory from four of the seven races run in this year's ALMS, increased with the new engine from 476 to 503 hp (370 kW) at 10,000 revs per minute. Maximum torque rose from 370 Nm (273 ft. lbs.) at 7,500 revs to 385 Nm (284 ft. lbs.) at 8,500 revs. The most compelling feature of the DFI version of the successful Porsche 3.4-litre V8 motor is its improved energy efficiency - an important element in endurance racing. Despite an improved power output, fuel consumption was significantly reduced.
The four Acuras took the next four LMP2 class positions, followed by the #6 Penske Porsche RS Spyder, qualified by Sascha Maassen and co-driven by Patrick Long. Right behind them are the two Dyson Porsche RS Spyders, qualifying sixth and seventh in class, with Marino Franchitti/ Butch Leitzinger sixth and Chris Dyson/Smith seventh.
The battle for the championship in the production-based GT2 class shows no signs of letting up at Mosport this weekend as the Melo/Salo Ferrari edged the Dirk Werner/Pierre Kaffer Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR by less than two-tenths of a second. Werner held the top position for the first half of session at track-record pace before the Ferrari turned its fast lap.
The Farnbacher/Mueller Ferrari qualified third, with the Joerg Bergmeister/Wolf Henzler fourth in the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, followed by the team #46 Flying Lizard Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek/Patrick Pilet. Marc Basseng, who will co-drive the VICI Racing Porsche with Nicky Pastorelli, qualified seventh in GT2, and the Seth Neiman/ Lonnie Pechnik Flying Lizard Porsche is tenth.