Lime Rock: TRG qualifying report

Sellers to start TRG Porsche from row five for Lime Rock GT Classic 250 TRG looks for strong results in Monday's Classic LAKEVILLE, Conn. - TRG driver Bryan Sellers [42.jpg?a=1102111277918] qualified ninth today for Monday's...

Sellers to start TRG Porsche from row five for Lime Rock GT Classic 250
TRG looks for strong results in Monday's Classic

LAKEVILLE, Conn. - TRG driver Bryan Sellers [42.jpg?a=1102111277918] qualified ninth today for Monday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Lime Rock GT Classic 250.

Driving the No. 68 CRG/Maxter/Rotex/MBA Group/F1 Air Porsche GT3 Cup Sellers turned his best qualifying lap of 0:53.517 (102.921 mph) late in the 15-minute qualifying session to put TRG in the top-five rows. Sellers will share driving duties with teammates RJ Valentine and Andy Lally.

"It is a decent starting place," Sellers said of his qualifying run. "We are mid-pack right with all of the other Porsches. Unfortunately, I think we have a disadvantage to some of the Pontiacs and Mazdas. But, the car was good. It is a small track, so it is difficult to get clean laps. It's like every time you feel like you are on a flyer and have a good lap going, you get held up. I probably did not manage traffic as well as I could have. The car was really good. We probably had the quickest Porsche on track. We've got to be pretty pleased with the way things went. The guys worked hard and we are in a decent spot for Monday."

Tim George qualified 13th in the No. 67 Monster Cable/Gleukos/WIN Institute/944 Magazine/Karma Foundation with a fast time 0:54.543 (100.984 mph). George and co-driver Spencer Pumpelly are currently second in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT Drivers' Point Championship standings and hope to record their first win this weekend.

Ted Ballou will start alongside George in row seven in the No. 66 Marquis Jet/Mitchell Rubber/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants Porsche GT3 Cup after recording a qualifying time of 0:54.560 (100.953 mph). Ballou and co-driver Bryce Miller are still looking for their first win of the season and are just outside of the top-10 in the GT Drivers' Point Championship standings.

"It was a pretty good run," Ballou said. "We certainly had the car ready to go. The crew did a good job of getting it ready. We had a pretty good car under us. I think we're going to struggle to keep up with the Pontiacs and the Mazdas. Overall, for a Porsche, it is running great. I think we are right where we need to be for the race. I am looking forward to it."

John Potter turned in the 16th best qualifying effort with a 0:55.038 (100.076 mph). Craig Stanton will co-drive with Potter in the No. 65 Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing/Total R Insulation Solutions Porsche GT3 Cup.

"I've only done this once before in Grand-Am at Watkins Glen last year," Potter said following qualifying. "I am just trying to learn from my mistakes or near mistakes. I just want to be smooth and get a little faster. I was faster than I was yesterday. At least I am going in the right direction for the start of Monday's race."

"Bryan did a great job in qualifying," Team Owner Kevin Buckler said. "The Porsche race starts at position seven. You got Pontiacs and the Mazdas running away [from the field]. You even have the customer Pontiac ahead of the factory cars, which doesn't make any sense. Well, it does make sense considering what is going on. But, all of our guys did a great job. The drivers put in their best laps. Some of them were personal bests. I am happy with their cars. I am just not happy with where we are positioned on the grid relative to other cars. We can't keep up with them."

Due Connecticut state law, which prohibits racing events from being run on Sundays, the Lime Rock GT Classic 250 will take the green flag at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, May 26.

In related news, TRG's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Donny Lia won the Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park today.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Spencer Pumpelly , Craig Stanton , Bryan Sellers , Ted Ballou , John Potter , Bryce Miller , Donny Lia