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Posted: 08 Jul 2011 02:13 PM PDT
Patrick Long qualified the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche third in GT today and Marco Holzer was sixth in the No. 44 in qualifying for the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Joerg Bergmeister will join Patrick in the No. 45 and Seth Neiman will team with Marco in the No. 44 for the race, which gets the green flag at 2:05 pm ET on Saturday. The No. 56 BMW is on the GT pole.
Long gave his perspective on the session,
“We’re pleased with the result today. I had come into the pits after setting the third-fastest time of 51.872; we considered going back out but the margin to first and second was enough that on a track this short we knew that we had reached our potential for today. It will definitely be a fight tomorrow. Tire wear is going to be one of the main deciding factors: the cars that manage their tires well will have the advantage. I’m confident we’ll have a fast, balanced car for the race tomorrow.”
Marco Holzer drove at Lime Rock for the first time today; it’s his first run here and only his second ALMS race. (He drove with the Lizards at Sebring in March.) Holzer added,
“I set my qualifying time on my seventh dry lap ever at this circuit. We are happy with sixth: my time of the gap to Patrick in P3 is just over one-tenth. I’m very happy to be back with the Lizards – the guys did a great job with very little tracktime in giving us a solid racecar for tomorrow.”
Heading into the third of nine ALMS races, Bergmeister and Long are tenth in the drivers’ championship; Law and Neiman are ninth and Holzer is eleventh. Flying Lizard is fourth in the team championship.
- Flying Lizard Motorsport
Posted: 08 Jul 2011 07:30 AM PDT
The Trackspeed Porsche of reigning Avon Tyres British GT Champion David Ashburn and his co-driver Richard Westbrook emerged on top of the times in the second session of free practice at Spa-Francorchamps.
Though their best of 2m 23.490s was half a second shy of this morning’s ultimate lap by Matt Griffin in the MTech Ferrari, the Porsche men nonetheless beat their closest rivals, Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen in their Rosso Verde Ferrari, by just over a tenth to claim the honors in what was generally a slower session.
The second Trackspeed Porsche, in the hands of Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman, matched their morning session pace to go third quickest ahead of Cameron and Griffin.
Championship leaders Mike Guasch and Matt Bell were a problem-free fifth; their United Autosports Audi team-mates John Bintcliffe and Jay Palmer missed the session with clutch problems, however. Another non-appearance came from the Predator CCTV Ferrari of Phil Burton and Adam Wilcox; their car is undergoing a clutch change and they hope to be fighting fit for qualifying later this afternoon.
Avon Tyres British GT Championship
Provisional results, free practice 2
- British GT
Posted: 08 Jul 2011 06:55 AM PDT
The MTech Ferrari of Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron led the way in the first free practice session of the Spa-Francorchamps Avon Tyres British GT Championship weekend, Griffin hustling his 458 Italia around the Belgian Grand Prix circuit in a best time of 2m 23.070s, some 1.6s inside last year’s best qualifying time.
Griffin was six-tenths ahead of the new McLaren MP4-12C, which is making its international racing debut this weekend with British GT. Said Matt: “We are quicker than the McLaren, which is pleasing. The car is going well; in fact, it feels as if it is on rails around here, so things are looking good. But we always seem to start the weekends well, and there is a long way to go yet…”
The McLaren, which is driven by Chris Goodwin and Andrew Kirkaldy, set a best of 2m 23.637s. The Trackspeed Porsches claimed third and fourth on the timesheets, with the David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook 911 on 2m 24.283s and Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman on 2m 24.752s.
There were dramas for the Preci-Spark Mercedes of David and Godfrey Jones and the Predator CCTV Ferrari of Phil Burton and Adam Wilcox. The Jones car spun at the top of Eau Rouge and couldn’t be restarted, missing the second half of the session, while Burton and Wilcox failed to set a representative time due to suspected clutch problems.
In GT4, the Peter Erceg/Chris Holmes Secure Racing/Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin led the way by more than a second from the Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta of Dan Denis and David McDonald.
Avon Tyres British GT Championship
Provisional results, free practice 1
- British GT
Posted: 08 Jul 2011 06:31 AM PDT
As much as it has with the Quattro brand, Audi (and its parent company Volkswagen) have more recently turned the letters TDI into an emblem of what it stands for as an automaker. Think of those three letters and you could picture no other marque, that’s how closely intertwined the two have become. But an attempt to enshrine that much in law has apparently failed.
According to Autobild, Audi went to the European Union courts in Luxembourg – on behalf of its parent company as well in its own right – to secure dominion over the TDI badge, but in a ruling this week, the judge ruled that the acronym is not theirs alone. Apparently the judge felt that the letters apply to a technology that is common with other automakers – namely turbocharged diesels with direct injection – and therefore rejected Audi’s claim of ownership.
The company apparently owns the name in individual countries, so any attempt by a rival automaker to use the name would undoubtedly prove difficult. But as far as the European Union is concerned, it’s not illegal.
Posted: 08 Jul 2011 06:00 AM PDT
Euro might equal German brands but dont get caught off guard when you see a Lamborghini, GT-R or some flushed Subaru’s. Burn, Drag, Stance and Limbo competitions…
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