Sears Point: Champion Racing qualifying report

The Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts from fourth place on the 37-car grid. Lehto set a time of 1min 24.562secs, an average speed of 107.708mph, around the 2.53-mile, 12-turn Infineon Raceway [Sears Point] in...

The Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto starts from fourth place on the 37-car grid. Lehto set a time of 1min 24.562secs, an average speed of 107.708mph, around the 2.53-mile, 12-turn Infineon Raceway [Sears Point] in Sonoma, CA. The Florida-based team is bidding to score a second consecutive victory after achieving a maiden ALMS win in the previous race at Road Atlanta last month.

Johnny Herbert (39). Born: Brentwood, Essex, UK. Lives: Monte Carlo:

ALMS stats: 18 starts, 2 wins, 12 top-3s, 16 top-5s, 18 top-10s.

"I wasn't expecting Sears to be a breeze despite winning the last race and that has been the case so far. We endured a frustrating time in qualifying but I'm certain come the race, with a few overnight changes to the car, we'll be on the pace and can add to the Champion team's first and second place finishes in the opening two ALMS races. This is the venue of my ALMS debut and I've finished fourth [2001] and second [last year] here."

JJ Lehto (37). Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo:

ALMS stats: 32 starts, 11 wins (7 overall), 26 top-3s, 30 top-5s, 32 top-10s.

"I was naturally disappointed to be only fourth quickest in qualifying but although the race is going to be extremely tough, I believe we can achieve another top result. I slightly bettered my time in the closing stages of qualifying but unfortunately it did not gain us a better position. I scored an LMP900 victory here in 1999 and I'll be pushing hard for another -- we must consistently score big points for the championship."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , JJ Lehto