Sebring: Horag Racing qualifying report

Horag Racing's Theys Qualifies Ninth in LMP2 For Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring SEBRING, Fla., March 15 - Horag Racing's Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz., qualified ninth in the very competitive LMP2 class Thursday for Saturday's...

Horag Racing's Theys Qualifies Ninth in LMP2 For Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

SEBRING, Fla., March 15 - Horag Racing's Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz., qualified ninth in the very competitive LMP2 class Thursday for Saturday's 55th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway.

He'll share the Swiss team's Lista and Lista Office-sponsored Lola B05-40 Judd No. 27 with Fredy Lienhard and Eric van de Poele in the once-around-the-clock classic.

All 34 cars in the field will use fuel that contains 10 percent ethanol. The American Le Mans Series is trying to showcase that exotic sports cars' performance needn't suffer even when ethanol is used to help save the world's environment and resources.

Horag Racing's red and white Lola will start on the outside of row six in 12th position overall Saturday. Theys' best lap in Thursday's qualifying session was timed in 1:53.594 for an average speed of 117.260 miles per hour around the 17-turn, 3.7-mile road course.

The team did not focus on trying to win the class's pole position. Its primary goal is to finish the race.

"Our car is a bit too neutral," said Theys right after the qualifying session of his Michelin-shod mount. "We don't have good straightaway speed. We have good grip in the corners, but we're losing a lot under acceleration and at the top end.

"We knew the factory cars would be faster than we are," he continued. "If we can have the reliability that we had at the Petit Le Mans last fall, we will be OK. We have a good team that can prepare a reliable car. We need to stay out of trouble and finish. Our goal is to be there at the end of the race."

The team finished third in class at the Petit Le Mans, a nine-hour race, last year.

Today's qualifying times were new track records for three of the four classes here. The LMP2 pole went to Penske Racing's Timo Bernhard, who qualified his Porsche RS Spyder third overall with a record lap of 1:46.046.

The LMP1/LMP2 qualifying session was delayed within its first 5 minutes when Jon Field's Intersport Racing Creation Judd LMP1 car crashed hard into a tire wall in Turn 17. He was not hurt.

-credit: hr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Didier Theys , Eric van de Poele , Fredy Lienhard , Jon Field , Timo Bernhard
Teams Team Penske