Road Atlanta: Porsche qualifying report

DUMAS TOPS TOUGH AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES LMP2 QUALIFYING AS PENSKE PORSCHES ONE-TWO IN CLASS; BERGMEISTER THIRD IN GT2 BRASELTON, Georgia -- October 5 -- Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, because of its status of being a qualifying race for an ...

DUMAS TOPS TOUGH AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES LMP2 QUALIFYING AS
PENSKE PORSCHES ONE-TWO IN CLASS; BERGMEISTER THIRD IN GT2

BRASELTON, Georgia -- October 5 -- Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, because of its status of being a qualifying race for an invitation to the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans, always attracts extra international teams, making it even harder to excel on the track.

So, the class pole position gained by Romain Dumas (France) in his #7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 prototype -- second overall to the Audi LMP1 car -- was even a greater accomplishment that usual.

Dumas, who will be co-driving with Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) -- fellow factory drivers, is pleased with his performance and isn't concerned that he was second to the Audi overall.

"It will be very difficult to win here overall. This is a track and a race that is for Audi perfect. But if I get a chance to pass for the (overall) lead, I will do it, certainly," said Dumas, who can wrap up the class title with Bernhard if they have a top-three finish in tomorrow's race.

Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder teammate Ryan Briscoe (Australia) qualified second in class and fourth overall in the #6 entry. He and co-drivers Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Emmanuel Collard (France) will try to keep Briscoe and Maassen in the championship points chase with a win.

The Penske Porsches have won the last eight races overall despite more than a 200 horsepower deficit to the LMP1 cars.

In the GT2 class, Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), driving the #45 Flying Lizard Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, qualified third in class behind the two leading Ferraris. Bergmeister, who will co-drive with factory pilot Marc Lieb (Germany) and Johannes van Overbeek (USA), still has an outside chance at the GT2 drivers championship, which he won last year.

-credit: porsche motorsport.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Sascha Maassen , Timo Bernhard , Johannes van Overbeek , Ryan Briscoe , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas
Teams Team Penske