Utah: Porsche Motorsport qualifying report

Bergmeister, Graf Both Fourth in Respective Porsches in Utah Top Seven GT Race Cars - Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs. And Corvettes - Less Than Four-Tenths of a Second Apart on Utah Grid; Bergmeister Earns Top Porsche Spot Tooele, UT - July 10 - The...

Bergmeister, Graf Both Fourth in Respective Porsches in Utah

Top Seven GT Race Cars - Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs. And Corvettes - Less Than Four-Tenths of a Second Apart on Utah Grid; Bergmeister Earns Top Porsche Spot

Tooele, UT - July 10 - The GT qualifying session for tomorrow's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix has followed the pattern established so far in the 2010 American Le Mans Series - the Porsche have had a hard time cracking the top three.

Indeed, despite what he described as a good lap, #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driver Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) is fourth on the grid, three-tenths of a second off the pole-setting time of the leading Bruni/Melo Ferrari. In fact, Ferrari also took the second and third position.

"We have been in this position before - qualifying eighth at Laguna before winning that race in the last laps. The team got as much out of the car as they could for this session, and we now have to turn our attention to the race," said Bergmeister, who will co-drive the Porsche with Patrick Long (USA) tomorrow. The pair have a ten-point lead over Bruni/Melo in the standings.

The second Flying Lizard entry, the number #44 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Seth Neiman and Darren Law (both USA), will start 12th on the GT grid.

The #17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR caught fire in the last turn during practice this morning, forcing the team to replace the entire rear end of the car, including the engine. The team worked on the car through the qualifying session, and hope to get a couple of practice laps by the end of the day for drivers Bryan Sellers (USA) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). The Falken Porsche will start from the back of the field tomorrow.

In the LMP class qualifying, Klaus Graf (Germany) put the #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder in fourth position on the grid for the car he will share with owner Greg Pickett (USA). Graf has been in the top three or four positions in all the practice positions, and he is only four points out of the class lead going into this race, trailing pole-sitters Simon Pagenaud/David Brabham. Pickett didn't expect to be this close to the points lead against the defending series champions.

"Because Highcroft is arguably one of the best big prototype teams in the world and they have great drivers in Simon Pagenaud and David Brabham, we are surprised to be this close. And then not far behind is the Dyson Racing Mazda. They've done this forever, they have a very smart team and again great continuity in that team. So, to be up there with those teams makes me very proud as an owner of Muscle Milk Team CytoSport. We blended together really well with the Porsche engineers, the Michelin guys and our crew, bringing us our success," said Pickett.

In the GT Challenge class for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars, defending Porsche Supercup champion Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) has put his #54 Black Swan Racing Porsche on the pole, edging Bryce Miller (USA) in his Marquis Jet Miller Racing Porsche. Bleekemolen will share his ride with team owner Tim Pappas (USA), while Miller will co-drive with Luke Hines (England). GTC class leaders Juan Gonzales (Mexico) and Butch Leitzinger (USA) qualified ninth in their Alex Job Racing Mission Foods Porsche after being hampered during the session by a broken shock.

Bleekemolen, who will be rooting for his Dutch countrymen in the World Cup final tomorrow against Spain, said he will be able to watch the whole championship soccer game if it doesn't go into overtime.

"Otherwise, they'll have to give me the results over the radio," he said.

-source: porsche motorsport

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Butch Leitzinger , Klaus Graf , Darren Law , Patrick Long , Greg Pickett , Tim Pappas , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Seth Neiman , Bryan Sellers , Luke Hines , Wolf Henzler , Simon Pagenaud , Alex Job , Bryce Miller
Teams Dyson Racing , Black Swan Racing , Alex Job Racing , Team Falken Tire , Flying Lizard Motorsports