Joerg Bergmeister qualified the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche fifth in GT with a time of 1:46.583 and Marco Holzer was sixth in the No. 44 with a 1:46.601 for tomorrow’s VIR 240 race. The four-hour event at Virginia International Raceway gets the green flag Saturday, Sept 15 at 2:30 pm ET. The Lizard driver lineup is Bergmeister and Patrick Long in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and Holzer and Seth Neiman in the No. 44.
“On my fast lap I made a mistake in Turn 16 that cost me that lap and the following one too. The car was pretty good in qualifying and I think we had a shot at P2; now we have to focus on finalizing our race setup and go from there. Hopefully we’ll have a good race with strong pit stops. It’s a long race and everyone out there seems to be struggling with the same challenges, mainly maintaining rear grip towards the end of the stint.”
“It was a difficult qualifying session for me in the No. 44; I had some problems with the brakes and the field was so close that even a small mistake was enough to cost multiple positions. It’s my first time here at VIR: I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I think we will have a solid car for the race.”
With just two races to go in the 10-race ALMS season, Bergmeister and Long are sixth in the ALMS GT drivers’ championship with 81 points. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner of the No. 4 Corvette lead with 124 points. The Lizards are third in the team championship with 92 points; Corvette Racing leads with 145 points. There are 46 points possible left in the season.
The VIR 240 gets the green flag at 2:30 pm ET Saturday September 15, 2012. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and ALMS.com and tape-delayed on ESPN2 on Sun., Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 pm. The No. 45 in-car camera will be available live during the race at http://www.alms.com/camera/6. The race will also be broadcast live in Europe on MotorsTV, in Latin America/Middle East on Fox and tape delayed in Canada on Sports Net, starting Sun. Sept 16 at 5 pm ET. Flying Lizard will broadcast the team radio live throughout the race; read the team race blog for frequent team updates at http://www.lizardms.com.