BERGMEISTER WITHIN A SECOND OF ROAD AMERICA GT POLE IN FLYING LIZARD PORSCHE; GRAF PUSHES RE-BUILT MUSCLE MILK PORSCHE RS SPYDER INTO THIRD ON LMP GRID --Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) took his fifth straight pole in ALMS GTC in his ...
BERGMEISTER WITHIN A SECOND OF ROAD AMERICA GT POLE IN FLYING LIZARD PORSCHE; GRAF PUSHES RE-BUILT MUSCLE MILK PORSCHE RS SPYDER INTO THIRD ON LMP GRID
--Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) took his fifth straight pole in ALMS GTC in his #54 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup--
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - August 21, 2010 - Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), the Porsche factory driver who has proclaimed Road America as his favorite track in the entire world, worked his #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from eighth place in the previous GT practice session to fourth on the grid for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series Round #7 by eStar.
"We knew from Mid-Ohio two weeks ago that starting this competitive class from eighth position is the hard way to make it to the podium, so we pushed very hard for the best qualifying effort we could. The team worked to improve the set-up from the previous sessions, and we were pleased with our time - only eight-tenths of a second off the pole. We now have to concentrate on race strategy, and mistake-free driving," said Bergmeister, who has been the ALMS GT champion the last two years - last year with his current co-driver Patrick Long (USA).
The points difference between BMW, Ferrari and Porsche is really non-existent, with Long and Bergmeister leading the class with 103 points, followed by the Melo/Bruni Ferrai (95 points) and the Auberlen/Milner BMW (92 points). And complicating the matter is the fact that the two factory Corvettes - out of contention for the season points championships - are getting faster every week, and have taken the one-two positions on the grid for tomorrow's event.
In the GT manufacturers championship, BMW and Ferrari are tied with 105 points, and Porsche has 103 points.
Other Porsche 911 GT3 RSR qualifiers include the Team Falken Tire Porsche of Wolf Henzler (Germany/Bryan Sellers (USA), ninth in class; and Seth Neiman/Darren Law (both USA), in the second Flying Lizard Porsche, 13th in class.
In the Le Mans Prototype (LMP) class, the rebuilt Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder, complete with a new chassis, is third on the grid after Klaus Graf (Germany) earned the inside of the second row for tomorrow's race. The rebuild, along with the replacement co-driver, Porsche factory pilot Timo Bernhard (Germany), was necessary after season-long co-driver Greg Pickett went off the course with a mechanical problem two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, suffering a back and rib injuries, and dinging the tub of the RS Spyder. The Porsche qualified two places ahead of the Brabham/Pagenaud Honda, which leads the Porsche by 23 points in the standings.
Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) grabbed his sixth straight pole (only five officially after his Long Beach pole was taken away due to a technical violation on the car) in the ALMS GT Challenge class with the class-leading Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car he shares with team owner Tim Pappas (USA). Despite the fact that he went off the course, damaging the front end of his TRG Porsche only two laps into qualifying, Andy Lally (USA) will start second on the grid with co-driver Duncan Ende (USA). The Bret Curtis/James Sofronas GMG Porsche, which finished second at Mid-Ohio, will start third.
-source: porsche motorsport