Porsche RS Spyder sets fastest qualifying time in class
By setting the quickest qualifying time in the LMP2 class, the RS Spyder fielded by Penske Motorsports is in a good starting position for the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series. On the legendary Road America course in the US state of Wisconsin the Weissach-developed and built sports prototypes, which have excelled this season by securing five overall victories so far, take up the race on Saturday from the second row.
Claiming the fastest time in the LMP2 class and setting a new lap record was Romain Dumas. The Frenchman shares the #7 RS Spyder with Timo Bernhard (Germany), with whom he has celebrated three overall wins at Long Beach, Houston and Mid-Ohio this season and clearly leads the championship. Posting the second fastest time was Ryan Briscoe (Australia) in the #6 RS Spyder, which he shares with Sascha Maassen (Germany). The duo have netted two overall victories in Salt Lake City and Lime Rock.
In the #20 RS Spyder, run by the US privateer Dyson Racing team with Porsche support, Guy Smith (Great Britain) turned the fifth quickest time in the LMP2 class. His team mate for the race is Chris Dyson (USA). In the #16 sister car, partnered by Butch Leitzinger (USA), Andy Wallace (Great Britain) claimed the seventh fastest time.
In the GT2 class for modified production sportscars, title defender Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) netted fourth at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR run by Flying Lizard Motorsports. Bergmeister and team mate Johannes van Overbeek (USA) recently secured two class victories in succession. Tom Milner (USA) qualified his Rahal Letterman Racing 911 GT3 RSR in fifth.
The race on Saturday starts at 16.00 hours local time (23.00 CEST) and runs over four hours.