Works pilot Patrick Long fourth
Porsche works driver Patrick
Long (USA) secured a good starting position for the six hour race in
Laguna Seca/California. With the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying
Lizard Motorsports, which he shares with his factory pilot colleague
Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Long turned the fourth quickest qualifying
time in the GT class for round three of the American Le Mans Series. On
the challenging course near Monterey, all four Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
vehicles run by Porsche customer squads compete for the first time with
a new aero kit.
“The car felt really good,”
said Patrick Long, who has already claimed victories at this race with
Joerg Bergmeister in 2005, 2009 and 2010. “We are competing with a new
aerodynamic kit here for the first time and we’ve improved from
practice to practice. We’re still learning a lot about it.”
At the wheel of Falken Tire’s
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Bryan Sellers (USA) clinched ninth on the grid
ahead of Sascha Maassen (Germany) in the 911 run by Paul Miller Racing.
Team owner Seth Neiman (USA) planted the second Flying Lizard Porsche
911 GT3 RSR on twelfth.
The race in Laguna Seca starts
on Saturday, 12 May, at 13.30 hrs local time (22.30 hrs CEST) and is
broadcast live on www.americanlemans.com.
1. Darren Turner (GB), Aston
Martin Vantage, 1:22.229 minutes
2. Tommy Milner (USA),
Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.432 seconds
3. Jörg Müller (D)),
BMW E92 M3, + 0.686
4. Patrick Long (USA), Porsche
911 GT3 RSR, + 0.690
5. Antonio Garcia (E),
Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.690
6. Johannes van Overbeek (USA),
Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.694
9. Bryan Sellers (USA), Porsche
911 GT3 RSR, + 1.137
10. Sascha Maassen (D), Porsche
911 GT3 RSR, + 1.229
12. Seth Neiman (USA), Porsche
911 GT3 RSR, + 4.568
1. Damien Faulkner (IRL),
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:27.495 minutes
This is the American Le Mans
The American Le Mans Series
(ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. At
the season-opener in Sebring, 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
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.
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