American Le Mans Series, round 2 in St. Petersburg, USA
© 2009 Corey Beaman
The American Le Mans Series extends its stay in Florida: After the season-opener at the 12 Hours of Sebring, round two of the race series with the world’s fastest sports cars takes off on Saturday in the Sunshine State of the USA – on the downtown street circuit of St. Petersburg.
Diversity is guaranteed: The race between palms and yachts on the Gulf of Mexico runs over just 1:55 hours and poses a very different challenge for drivers and teams compared to the long distance classic in the heart of Florida. ‘Such a street circuit is unforgiving with errors. You have to drive very precisely and concentrate totally from start to finish,’ says Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), who shares driving duties in the Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 GT3 RSR with Patrick Long (USA). Manning the second 911 GT3 RSR of the US customer team are Darren Law (USA) and Seth Neiman (USA).
The German duo Wolf Henzler and Dirk Werner compete for Farnbacher Loles Racing. In Sebring the pair planted their 911 GT3 RSR on pole. ‘If we could do this again we would have a great advantage,’ said Wolf Henzler, who last year secured the title with Joerg Bergmeister. ‘On this narrow and twisty circuit it’s hard to overtake and that’s why it’s particularly crucial to get a good grid position here.’
The race takes off on Saturday, 4th April, at 13.20 hours local time (19.20 hours CET) and runs over 1:55 hours.