- Top Porsche 5th in Wednesdays GT test from Petit Le Mans
- 2011 ALMS/ILMC Petit Le Mans Spotter Guide is live
- Dumas puts Audi R18 TDI on top during Wednesday practice
- Flying Lizard Motorsports head to the 2011 Petit Le Mans
Posted: 28 Sep 2011 04:12 PM PDT
With a stacked field of 18 cars, the GT class could hold its own race and still end up incredible this Saturday at Petit Le Mans. Joerg Bergmeister was able to round out the top five during todays two hour testing session with a 1:20.446. Jaime Melo, in one of six Ferrari’s, landed on top with a 1:20.102.
Oliver Gavin in the no4 Corvette was second followed Gianmaria Bruni in the no51 Ferrari F458 and Bill Auberlen in the no55 BMW for third and fourth, respectively.
Porsches would hold 11th thru 13th. Wolf Henzler in the no17 Falken Tire wound up back in 11th with a 1:21.573 followed by the no44 Flying Lizard and Seth Neiman’s 1:21.987.
Sascha Maassen nailed a 1:22.797 for 13th in the no48 Paul Miller Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Posted: 28 Sep 2011 04:01 PM PDT
Andy Blackmore has done it again. With a huge entry for the 2011 Petit Le Mans, he had his work cut out and pulled of a great Spotter Guide for this years race!
Posted: 28 Sep 2011 02:36 PM PDT
Audi swings another one out of the park… or Road Atlanta we should say. For 2 hours during the beautiful afternoon, the ALMS teams set out to test the cars. They were not kidding about this years race being crowded. We could barely squeeze ourselves between the teams pit-areas.
Romain Dumas would top the charts in this practice session with a 1:09.550. He will share the no1 Audi R18 TDI with fellow Porsche driver Timo Bernard and Le Mans winner Marcel Fassler.
On Monday, Dumas hit a 1:08.394 to take a 1-2 away from the Peugeots.
Peugeot would pull up in second with Montagny running .091 seconds behind in the no8 car.
Tom Kristensen lapped a 1:09.875 to put the no2 Audi R18 TDI into third.
Anthony Davidson in the no7 Peugeot would not make it out of the 1:10′s for 4th. His 1:10.034 was 0.484 off pace.
Top 5 was rounded out by Nicolas Minassian in the no10 Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP.
Posted: 28 Sep 2011 10:20 AM PDT
The 2011 American Le Mans Series season comes to a close this weekend at the 14th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The ALMS flagship race gets the green flag on Saturday, October 1 at 11:30 am ET; the race runs a maximum of 1000 miles or 10 hours. In the No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long who will be joined by Patrick Pilet, also a Porsche factory driver. Pilet fills in for scheduled guest driver Marc Lieb, who due to last minute travel issues cannot participate. In the No. 44, Darren Law, Seth Neiman, and Marco Holzer will team up. The trio last raced together at Sebring in March; Law and Holzer have traded off driving duties with Neiman over the season.
Heading into Saturday’s race, Bergmeister and Long are sixth in the ALMS GT driver championship, Neiman is ninth and Holzer is tenth. The team is currently third in the team championship. Both driver and team championships have been decided (won by BMW), but the manufacturers’ championship is still undecided. Porsche is second with 132 points; BMW leads with 154 points. There are 30 points available on Saturday.
Flying Lizard chief strategist Thomas Blam commented, “We are coming off an exciting win at the Laguna Seca six hours which gives us some welcome momentum heading into Petit. The last three years we’ve had to race very conservatively here because we were trying to clinch the championship. This year it’s unfortunate that we aren’t in the championship hunt, but it puts us in a position where we can race hard from the beginning.”
He continued, “The volume of really good GT cars here is going to make for a very exciting race. There are 19 entrants in GT (Pro) alone — including three additional Ferraris — and 58 cars overall. We are disappointed that Marc Lieb can’t be here, but are pleased to have Patrick Pilet with us. Patrick raced with the team for the 2008 season and I’m confident he’ll acclimate quickly.”
- Flying Lizard Motorsports
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