Mont-Tremblant: Doran-Lista Racing qualifying report

Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota qualifies second for tomorrow's six hours of Mont-Tremblant MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Sept. 20 -- The Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota ...

Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota qualifies second for tomorrow's six hours of Mont-Tremblant

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Sept. 20 -- The Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota #27 will start second both overall and in the Daytona Prototype class tomorrow in the Six Hours of Mont-Tremblant Grand Am Rolex Series race thanks to Bill Auberlen's qualifying lap of 1:30.837 (105.023 mph) Saturday at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., took only six-tenths of a second longer than David Donohue did in the Brumos Fabcar Porsche #58 to travel over the 2.65-mile course enroute to the pole. Donohue's best lap in the 15-minute qualifying session was done on his second lap, while Auberlen's best lap was his third one.

Andy Lally qualified third in G&W Motorsports' Picchio BMW, while the other DORAN JE4 in the field, the Bell Motorsports Chevy #54 of Forest Barber, Terry Borcheller and Andy Pilgrim, will start fourth.

Doran-Lista Racing's lead driver, Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz., usually qualifies but Auberlen was in the car for qualifying this time since he was the last driver in the car during the Saturday morning practice session, and thus was the one who had the best feel for the latest changes made to the car's set-up. This is only the second race ever for this particular car, and the team has been working very hard on its set-up this weekend. Since it takes a couple minutes for the particular compound of Goodyear tires they're using to get up to their optimum temperature and the session was so short, a driver's change during qualifying wouldn't have been in the effort's best interest.

Fredy Lienhard Sr. of Niederteufen, Switzerland rounds out the three-driver roster for the Doran-Lista team. He is making his first start ever in a Daytona Prototype car here. Team owner Kevin Doran said the driver order tomorrow would be Auberlen, Lienhard Sr. and Theys.

Although Donohue said he thought he got almost 100 percent out of his car enroute to winning the pole, Auberlen said the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 has more to give, which bodes well for the team's chances to win its second consecutive race here.

"There's more in the car than I got out of it," Auberlen said. "At the beginning of qualifying, during the time I was feeling it out, I should have been going for it," he explained. "By the time I really got after it, our sticker Goodyears had enough wear on them that I didn't have quite what I needed for the pole."

"The guys are doing so much with this car that it's hard for the drivers to keep pace with the changes, but all the changes are positive ones," he continued. "We're going in the right direction."

"This is a great car to go racing with," Auberlen noted. "We're testing some new StopTech brake components here, and they're awesome. Providing that we don't make any mistakes, nothing fails and we don't run into any problems, we'll be there. We have to go smooth and sensible."

"It was a great lap under optimum conditions," said Doran, who added that Auberlen's time was even better than what he thought the car would do in qualifying here. "With the overcast skies and the low humidity, the conditions were excellent for a great lap, and both Bill and the Red Bull car had two really good ones."

The start of tomorrow's race will be covered live on SPEED beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Andy Pilgrim , Fredy Lienhard , Andy Lally , David Donohue , Forest Barber , Kevin Doran