ROMAIN DUMAS CAPTURES THIRD LMP2 POLE IN THIRD TRY AS PORSCHE RS SPYDER BREAKS CLASS QUALIFYING RECORD BY MORE THAT TWO SECONDS AT PORTLAND GRAND PRIX PORTLAND, Ore. - July 21, 2006 - Romain Dumas from France captured his third LMP2 pole in...
ROMAIN DUMAS CAPTURES THIRD LMP2 POLE IN THIRD TRY AS PORSCHE RS SPYDER BREAKS CLASS QUALIFYING RECORD BY MORE THAT TWO SECONDS AT PORTLAND GRAND PRIX
PORTLAND, Ore. - July 21, 2006 - Romain Dumas from France captured his third LMP2 pole in three tries today as his Porsche RS Spyder, prepared by Penske Motorsports, was the only car to break the Portland International Raceway track record in preparation for Saturday's American Le Mans Series Portland Grand Prix.
Dumas, who will sharing driving duties with Germany's Timo Bernhard, bested the LMP2 qualifying record by more than two seconds. It was the only track record to fall during today's session. With the air temperature topping 105 degrees F (40.6 degrees C) and track surface heat measured at 135 degrees F (57.2 degrees C), Dumas was pleased to have the pole even though he could not turn the fastest overall time.
"Once we realized that we had no chance to catch the LMP1 class Dyson Lolas for the overall pole, we decided it was not worth ruining our tires or risking an off-track episode to improve our time any more. Timo has already run fast during the previous practice session, so we worked to improve our race set-up and save our tires to the first part of the event tomorrow," said Dumas, who earned his tenth ALMS career pole position.
"To qualify between the two Audi R-10 LMP1 cars - and fourth overall - is a good result for us," said Dumas.
The Porsche RS Spyder, qualified by Sascha Maassen, is second in LMP2 and sixth overall. Maassen and co-driver Lucas Luhr are only one point out of the ALMS LMP2 Drivers Championship points lead, so a first or second place finish tomorrow could vault them into first place in points. Maassen/Luhr won LMP2 in the previous round of the series in Salt Lake City last week, while Bernhard/Dumas have scored LMP2 wins at Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock, with the Mid-Ohio victory being an overall triumph - Porsche's first in ALMS.
GT2 - Ferrari, Porsche, Porsche
Despite losing a driver's side window and side view mirror during the session right before qualifying, Jorg Bergmeister took the Petersen/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to a front- row position on the GT2 class grid for tomorrow's Portland Grand Prix. Bergmeister, who will share the driving duties with Patrick Long, was a half-second behind the pole-sitting Ferrari 430. Third was the Alex Job Racing Porsche of Mike Rockenfeller and Scotsman Robin Liddell, who is replacing Klaus Graf In the Alex Job line-up. Rockenfeller did the qualifying in today's session.