If you had the opportunity to be there or like us, listen online, both qualifying sessions were amazing! Down to the wire!
We will have the Flying Lizard report following this but they almost had a 1-2 and a 911 GT3 RSR sweep, but Jaime Melo came in and split the top 2. GRRRRRRR!
RS Spyder, Penske Racing: Sascha Maassen, Patrick Long
American Le Mans Series, round 4 in Salt Lake City, USA
The best always comes last: In the next-to-last lap of the fiercely contested qualifying session at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Timo Bernhard (Germany) set the fastest time with the RS Spyder to take up the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series on Sunday from pole position. This marks the second pole in succession for the reigning champion, who has already won the Sebring 12 hour race with Romain Dumas (France) this season.
“That was a great qualifying. I can’t remember the last time things were so close,” said Timo Bernhard, who asserted himself at the wheel of his #7 RS Spyder over the fastest Acura driven by IndyCar legend Gil de Ferran by 0.139 seconds. “We were already quite certain during practice that we could claim pole position on the shortened track. And this is just what we did. We had not anticipated that it’d be so close, but it’s fantastic for the fans. They can now look forward to an exciting race.”
In the #6 sister car run by Penske Racing, last year’s winner Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) take up the race from the third row of the grid. The Porsche-supported US customer team, Dyson Racing, also put in a good performance against strong competition. Butch Leitzinger (USA) qualified the RS Spyder with starting number 20 on the fourth grid row, with his team colleague Guy Smith (Great Britain) planting #16 RS Spyder one row behind. The nine top qualifying are within eight-tenths of a second.
In the GT2 class for modified standard sports cars, the top time also went to Porsche: Wolf Henzler (Germany) secured the third straight pole position for Porsche with the Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 GT3 RSR which he shares with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany). His team colleague Patrick Pilet (France) claimed the third quickest qualifying time in class. With fourth, Marc Basseng (Germany) also brought home a good starting position for tomorrow’s race at the wheel of a Farnbacher Loles Racing 911 GT3 RSR.
The race in Salt Lake City starts on Sunday at 13.05 hours local time (21.05 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:45 hours.
1. Timo Bernhard (D), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 1:31.050 minutes
2. Gil de Ferran (BRA), Acura ARX-01.B (LMP2), 0.139 seconds behind
3. Luis Diaz (MEX), Acura ARX-01B (LMP2), 0.292
4. David Brabham (AUS), Acura ARX-01B (LMP2), 0.302
5. Patrick Long (USA), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 0.412
6. Marco Werner (D), Audi R10 (LMP1), 0.540
7. Butch Leitzinger (USA), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 0.633
8. Frank Biela (D), Audi R10 (LMP1), 0.747
9. Christian Fittipaldi (BRA), Acura ARX-01B (LMP2), 0.853
10. Guy Smith (GB), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 1.306