BERNHARD, BERGMEISTER ONE-TWO IN PORSCHE GT2 QUALIFYING SHOOTOUT AT ALMS ROAD AMERICA EVENT --The two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs fighting for the championship - the Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas Alex Job Hyatt Porsche and the Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick...
BERNHARD, BERGMEISTER ONE-TWO IN PORSCHE GT2 QUALIFYING SHOOTOUT AT ALMS ROAD AMERICA EVENT
--The two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs fighting for the championship - the Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas Alex Job Hyatt Porsche and the Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche - qualified less than three-hundreths of a second apart as Bernhard out-dueled Bergmeister for the pole position for Sunday's Generac 500 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - August 20 - Timo Bernhard, from Dittweiller, Germany, continues his march to repeat as American Le Mans Series GT2 champion as he grabbed the class pole for tomorrow's Generac 500 at Road America in the Alex Job Racing Hyatt Porsche 911 GT3 RSR he will share with co-driver Romain Dumas. Bernhard, who edged second-position qualifier and former teammate Jorg Bergmeister by less than three-hundreths of a second, knew he had accomplished something by winning his seventh career pole.
"As Jorg's former teammate for three years, I know that Road America is his favorite track, and he would be trying very hard to win the pole today. Also, Jorg and Patrick Long in the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche have been fastest in every practice session so far this weekend, so I knew it would take a great lap to beat them. I had one clear lap, and I turned the pole-sitting time," said Bernhard, who won his first ALMS race here in 2002 with Bergmeister as his co-driver.
Bernhard/Dumas are six points ahead of Bergmeister/Long with four races remaining.
Third on the grid is the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche with drivers Johannes van Overbeek, from San Francisco, and Jon Fogarty, from Petaluma, CA, sharing the racing duties. Fogarty and van Overbeek, who have two third-place finishes and a fourth in the last three events, are trying to stay in points contact with the GT2 leaders. Fogarty took the third grid position away from the Auberlen/Liddell Panoz with less than five minutes to go in the qualifying session.
Fifth on the grid is the BAM! Porsche of Le Mans GT2 winner Mike Rockenfeller, from Germany, co-driving with defending Porsche Michelin Supercup champion and current SCCA Speed World Challenge contender Wolf Henzler, also from Germany, while the second Flying Lizard Porsche of Lonnie Pechnik/Seth Neiman is sixth. The second Alex Job Racing Porsche of Darren Law/Ian Baas is seventh, while the Tim Sugden/Justin Jackson J3 Porsche is eighth.