Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 03:23:33 +0200
American Le Mans Series, 5. Lauf, Salt Lake City (USA), Qualifying
Stuttgart. All yellow front row in Salt Lake City: Both Porsche RS Spyder
from Penske Motorsports take up the fifth round of the American Le Mans
Series (ALMS) in the state Utah from positions one and two. With a fabulous
time of 2:18.128 minutes at the wheel of the #7 RS Spyder Timo Bernhard
(Germany) improved on last year's qualifying time by 3.426 seconds. With a
gap of 0.668 seconds, his compatriot Sascha Maassen planed the #6 RS Spyder
on second position at the longest circuit in the ALMS.
"That was an absolutely perfect lap. With new tyres and little gas in the
tank my car simply flew today," said Timo Bernhard describing his lap
record. "The RS Spyder is fast whether on bumpy, narrow city circuits or on
flat tracks like here. We have proven this today," said the delighted
26-year-old Porsche works driver, who together with his team mate Romain
Dumas (France) clearly lead the championship after securing overall
victories twice in succession.
"This lap is a credit to the whole team," praised head of technology Dieter
Steinhauser. "On this 7.240 kilometre circuit with a total of 24 corners
the much improved aerodynamics of the RS Spyder compared to last year came
into its own. Penske Motorsports sent Timo Bernhard out on the track at
exactly the right time and Timo then promptly posted the fastest lap on the
weekend first-up," analysed Steinhauser.
The two RS Spyder fielded by Dyson Racing achieved their best qualifying
result to date, qualifying ahead of the best vehicles in the more-powerful
LMP1 class. Guy Smith (Great Britain) takes up the race in the 503 hp #20
RS Spyder from the second row of the grid, with his team mate and
compatriot Andy Wallace planting the #16 sports prototype, developed and
built in Weissach, on seventh position.
The race on Saturday gets undrway at 5.05pm local time (01.05 CET Sunday)
and runs over 2:45 minutes.
1. Timo Bernhard (D), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 2.18.128 minutes
2. Sascha Maassen (D), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 0.680 seconds behind
3. Luis Diaz (MEX), Acura ARX (LMP2), 1.315
4. Guy Smith (GB), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 1.969
5. Stefan Johansson (USA), Acura ARX (LMP2), 2.261
6. Bryan Herta (USA), Acura ARX (LMP2), 2.520
7. Andy Wallace (GB), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 2.592
8. Rinaldo Capello (I), Audi R10 (LMP1), 2.915
9. Emanuele Pirro (I), Audi R10 (LMP1), 3.322
10. Ben Devlin (GB), Lola B07 Mazda (LMP2), 6.795
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