Two Porsche RS Spyders on first row at Detroit Grand Prix
For the fifth time this season, two Porsche RS Spyders start from the first row. In one of the last laps of a qualifying that was full of suspense to the end, Ryan Briscoe (Australia) turned the fastest time in 1:13.357 minutes on the 3.35 kilometre city circuit in Detroit.
For Briscoe, who shares the yellow Penske Motorsports RS Spyder with Sascha Maasssen (Germany), this marks his first pole position in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Timo Bernhard (Germany) was beaten to pole by 0.246 seconds. He and his team mate Romain Dumas (France) take up the Belle Isle Grand Prix in the #7 RS Spyder from second on the grid.
Timo Bernhard, who holds a convincing points lead together with his team mate Romain Dumas, was also satisfied with the result: “It’s crucial to start from the front row. Contrary to what I had anticipated the circuit is similar to Houston – very narrow with many bumps. That makes overtaking during the race difficult.”
The fourth-fastest qualifying time went to Guy Smith from the US privateer team Dyson Racing. He shares driving duties in the Weissach-developed and built #20 RS Spyder with Chris Dyson (USA). Butch Leitzinger (USA) and Andy Wallace (Great Britain) take up the race in the #16 RS Spyder from the fifth row.
In the GT2 class for modified production sportscars, Patrick Long (USA) and Darren Law (USA) secured fourth position with their Porsche GT3 RSR run by Flying Lizard Motorsports ahead of the Porsche duo Dominik Farnbacher (Germany) and Jim Tafel (USA) from Tafel Racing.
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix starts on Saturday at 15.15 hours local time (21.15 CEST) and runs over 2:45 hours.