Road Atlanta II: Alex Job Racing qualifying report

First and second... Despite being ill, Sascha Maassen put the No. 23 Alex Job Racing McKenna/ ...

First and second...

Despite being ill, Sascha Maassen put the No. 23 Alex Job Racing McKenna/™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS in GT pole position during today's qualifying session for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. He will start from the first row of the GT class after qualifying the Porsche at 1:29.391 around the 2.54-mile road course. His qualifying time eclipses the GT qualifying lap record set in 2002 by AJR teammate No. 24 driver Jorg Bergmeister. Maassen's qualifying lap was the last lap of the 20-minute qualifying session.

The No. 24 Alex Job Racing Porsche with Timo Bernhard behind the wheel battled the 23 racing machine for pole position and also qualified the last lap of the session just shy of pole position with a lap time of 1:30.212.

Sascha Maassen, No. 24 McKenna/™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS:

"The Michelin tires really made a difference today. Because the driver championship is determined, we don't have that to calculate into the equation and now our race goal is just to drive and win this race tomorrow. Unfortunately Lucas and I are both sick and we're driving without a third person which makes it a little more difficult during a 10-hour race. We will receive medical attention throughout the race and hope for the best."

Alex Job, team owner of Alex Job Racing:

"This was an excellent qualifying session for Petit. We thought we had everything under control until it started raining 10 minutes before we went out to qualify. The weather definitely added an interesting twist. We put intermediate Michelins on with only one timed lap with rain and qualified first and second on that last lap. It created a lot of excitement for us in the pits. Good run for car 43 who qualified right behind our 24 car. It will be interesting to see what the weather will bring tomorrow for the race."

Sick AJR trio...

So far this week, the only AJR driver able to avoid illness is No. 24 driver Jorg Bergmeister. The other three AJR drivers have caught a cold bug. Timo Bernhard arrived in the U.S. later than expected due to a fever and a cold, Sascha Maassen came down with something yesterday and today Lucas Luhr is feeling under the weather. Even though not everyone is feeling at their best, they still focus on the track and perform at the optimum level in the Porsche racing machines. "Once when I was 14 I had a terrible fever and I had to drive in a race. I got in the car and struggled at first and then I felt great and by the time I got out of my car at the end of the race, I felt perfect. I think I either sweated everything out of me or I was distracted by driving and forgot I was sick," Sascha Maassen recalled.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing