Sascha Maassen put the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS in GT pole position during today's 20-minute qualifying session. He will start Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres from the first row of the GT class after qualifying the...
Sascha Maassen put the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS in GT pole position during today's 20-minute qualifying session. He will start Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres from the first row of the GT class after qualifying the Porsche at 1:04.518. His time eclipsed the qualifying lap record, set in 2002 by co-driver Lucas Luhr.
The No. 24 Alex Job Racing car battled Maassen for pole position. Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel with a close second in GT class with a lap time of 1:04.606.
Sascha Maassen, No. 24 McKenna/mail2web.com™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS:
"I really like racing on street circuits and I've had a lot of success on them. I like the style of driving it requires and I am happy when I don't crash which is easier to do because of all the tight corners and traffic on a street circuit. The competition is high right now with all the GT cars with very close in times. It's going to be a hard race and I was very close to my teammate's car which makes it more exciting."
Timo Bernhard, No. 24 McKenna/mail2web.com™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS:
"We were so close to Sascha, but he got away with the pole position. I guess we had our time at last week's race. I'm a bit disappointed, but I am also looking forward to the race tomorrow. It's going to be quite tricky with all of the cars so close to one another."
Alex Job, team owner of Alex Job Racing:
"I'm pleased that our two cars are starting one and two on the GT grid. We have had good luck at this street course and I hope that continues tomorrow. It's going to be good competition with the PK car right behind us and the Orbit car. This kind of racing can be hard on the cars' braking. I hope we finish tomorrow where we start."
The street course of Trois-Rivieres differs greatly from the road courses that the ALMS most frequently races. The biggest challenge of setting up a GT car for a street course is the quantity and variety of bumps on a street circuit. Drains, dips and patches can all affect the cars' handling. The close proximity of the concrete walls puts a premium on neutral handling and good suspension control over the bumps. The Sachs dampers provide excellent control on the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS cars and the drivers all have temporary circuit experience.
Fast Friday and Saturday
It's been a good weekend in Trois-Rivieres and the race hasn't even started. During practice on Friday, Luhr bettered his qualifying record from last year by more than one second with a quick lap time of 1:05.013. In the 24 car, Bernhard shattered Luhr's record from last year with a 1:04.926 lap time.
The squad kept up the quick pace on Saturday morning practice with Maassen recording a lap time of 1:04.694 and Bergmeister with a 1:05.478.
ALMS GT Drivers' Points Standings
The Alex Job Racing one-two finish in the GT class at last weekend's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma maintained the team's winning streak in the American Le Mans Series. The team heads into this weekend's Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres at the top of the ALMS driver and team point standings.
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