Bernhard Earns LMP2 Pole, Breaks Track Record In Porsche RS Spyder For 55th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring; Wallace Third In Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder SEBRING, Fla. - March 15 - Timo Bernhard, from Hamburg, Germany, captured the LMP2...
Bernhard Earns LMP2 Pole, Breaks Track Record In Porsche RS Spyder For 55th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring; Wallace Third In Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder
SEBRING, Fla. - March 15 - Timo Bernhard, from Hamburg, Germany, captured the LMP2 class pole position and set a class qualifying record for Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in his #7 Porsche RS Spyder prepared by Penske Motorsport.
Bernhard, whose RS Spyder victories last year included an overall win at Mid-Ohio last year with co- driver Romain Dumas, will share the driving duties this year with Dumas and former Indy 500 winner Helio Catroneves. It was his ninth pole position in the American Le Mans Series - the first eight were in the GT2 class in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. He broke the LMP2 class qualifying record by more than 1.7 seconds.
"The car was really perfect, but I waited a long time to get a clear lap. When I finally did, the first one was very good. The race will be a tough one with all the competition from the other Porsche teams and the three Acuras," said Bernhard.
Third on the grid behind one of the Acuras is the #16 Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder qualified by Andy Wallace, who will be co-driving with Butch Leitzinger and Andy Lally on Saturday. It is the first race for the Dyson team with its RS Spyders, with the #20 Dyson Racing RS Spyder of Chris Dyson/Guy Smith fifth in class behind the second Acura.
The Sascha Maassen/Ryan Briscoe/Emmanuel Collard Porsche RS Spyder, prepared by Penske Motorsports, went fast enough to grab the class pole, but that lap was disallowed as Maassen was detected on the course with his headlights off, a violation of International Motor Sports Association rules. By the time Maassen got back on the track to try to regain his position, he ran into track traffic and could only secure a sixth position on the grid.
In the GT2 class, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR competitors will have to concentrate on outlasting the competition in the 12-hour event after two of the Ferrari 430s took the first two positions on the grid. Third on the GT2 grid is the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, qualified by defending ALMS GT2 champion Jorg Bergmeister and co-driven by Johannes van Overbeek and Marc Lieb. The Tafel Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, qualified by Wolf Henzler and co-driven by Robin Liddell and Patrick Long, will start fourth.