Saturday 15 September 2012

American Le Mans Series, round 9 in Alton/USA Fastest Porsche fifth in qualifying

American Le Mans Series, round 9 in Alton/USA

Fastest Porsche fifth in qualifying

Stuttgart. On the Virginia International Raceway, Porsche factory pilot Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) clocked the fifth quickest time in the GT class qualifying. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports, he was just one-hundredth of a second faster than his works driver colleague and compatriot Marco Holzer, who claimed the sixth grid spot for the successful customer team based in California. At the maiden race for the world’s fastest sports cars on the race track near Alton in the US State of Virginia, Joerg Bergmeister teams up with Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA). Marco Holzer shares driving duties with team owner Seth Neiman (USA).

“On my fastest lap I made a mistake in Turn 16 which cost me not just that lap but the next one as well,” said Joerg Bergmeister. “Our car was running well today and I think second in qualifying would have been possible. Now we’ll concentrate totally on our race set-up. I’m hoping for a good race with perfect pit stops.” Marco Holzer said, “I found the qualifying difficult. I had problems with the brakes and the field was so tight that even the slightest error cost you positions. This is my first race on this track. I’m looking forward to it and I think we have a good car for the race.”

In the cockpit of Falken Tire’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) and his American teammate Bryan Sellers, the winners of the last race in Baltimore, start from eighth place. American Bryce Miller, the teammate of Sascha Maassen (Germany), qualified the 911 of Paul Miller Racing on ninth.

The four hour race in Alton starts on Saturday, 15 September, at 14.30 hrs local time (20.30 hrs CEST) and is broadcast live on on the internet.

Result Qualifying

GT class
1. Johannes van Overbeek (USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:45.988 minutes
2. Dirk Müller (D), BMW E92 M3, + 0.37 seconds
3. Oliver Gavin (GB), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.42
4. Jan Magnussen (DK), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.51
5. Jörg Bergmeister (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.60
6. Marco Holzer (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.61
8. Bryan Sellers (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.03
9. Bryce Miller (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.33

GTC class
1. Damien Faulkner (IRL), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:52.426 minutes

This is the American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. The field is divided into five classes that start together but are classified separately:
GT class: This most popular class amongst car manufacturers traditionally receives the most support: Slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
GTC class: This class is reserved for vehicles from one-make race series like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp and a 900 kg minimum weight.
LMPC class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press
Oliver Hilger

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