First pole Alex Job Racing will start first and second in the GT class for Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, after a perfectly executed qualifying session. JÃ¶rg Bergmeister won his first American Le Mans Series GT pole position,...
Alex Job Racing will start first and second in the GT class for Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, after a perfectly executed qualifying session. Jörg Bergmeister won his first American Le Mans Series GT pole position, driving the No. 22 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche he shares with Timo Bernhard and Marc Lieb. He lapped the 2.54-mile road course in one minute 23.922 seconds. Sascha Maassen was second in the No. 23 Porsche, in 1:24.068.
"Thank you to the team, they did a great job," Bergmeister said. "It's my first pole in the ALMS and I'm really happy! We put a little softer tire on the left rear, so I had to push from the beginning because I knew the tire would drop quite quickly. My second lap when the tire was best, I had traffic, so I had to push even harder. I was just pushing as hard as I could."
Bergmeister earned a bonus point for the pole, so he is tied with Bernhard for third place in the GT driver standings. The team plans to have Lieb drive the most race laps to earn the final bonus point, leaving Bergmeister and Bernhard tied in final standings. Maassen trails Luhr by one point, so he hopes to drive the most laps in the No. 23 car, so the two will be co-champions in the class. Maassen had the challenge of being quick in qualifying, but not fast enough to win the pole, which would have given him one point too many.
"It was pretty difficult to judge my speed because we didn't have a reference lap in the car. So I had to judge my speed and I did it right, but it wasn't just pure ability, there was a little bit of luck involved!" Maassen said. "We're on the front row, that was our goal for today. We are in good shape for the race and for the championship, so I hope we continue with the program we have planned and then I'll hopefully be a happy man tomorrow."
Five members of Alex Job Racing will play in the American Le Mans Series soccer match on Sunday. Marc Lieb, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen will join the driver squad, with Lieb in goal. Ken Marino and Phil Pierce will play against them on the crew team.