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Patrick Long Scores GT Pole with the #45 Flying Lizard for ALMS Lime Rock

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Motorsport News

Lime Rock, Conn. – July 23, 2010 - For the first time since the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR teams put their cars on the GT class front row for tomorrow New England Grand Prix, round five of the 2010 American Le Mans Series at Lime Rock Park in Northwest Connecticut.

Patrick Long (USA) captured the GT pole with the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the car he shares with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), while Wolf Henzler (Germany) put the Team Falken Tire Porsche in the second position, ahead of the factory Ferraris, BMWs and Corvettes.  Henzler will share the Falken Porsche with Bryan Sellers (USA).

The two-hour, 45-minute New England Grand Prix field will get the green flag Saturday, July 24, at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight time, and will be telecast live in its entirety on SPEED TV. The live radio broadcast will be on Sirius Radio Channel #127 and XM Radio Channel #242, as well as on www.americanlemans.com, which also provides live timing and scoring.

“At Lime Rock, there is a fine line between being a hero and going into the guardrail, but the Flying Lizard crew and Michelin put us in position to turn a good lap in the steady rain,” said Long, who had the pole here in both 2006 and 2009.

“With our engine over the rear axle, the Porsche has an advantage in the rain over our competitors, and then our crew really nailed the setup, so it gave me all the right tools to go fast.  With the competition in our class, you can turn a good lap and still end up seventh on the grid, so this is a great result for us.”

Henzler, whose Team Falken Tire Porsche was completely rebuilt after a fuel fire at Salt Lake City two weeks ago, was pleased with the car’s front row position on the grid.

“When the conditions are this wet, there is always the potential to lock up the wheels under braking, so the difference for us was the performance of our Falken rain tires.  Even though we were pleased with our time, we felt we could have gone even faster – maybe not fast enough for the pole, but faster – if the traffic was better.  Of course, the weight in the back of the Porsche helped us as well,” said Henzler.

Bergmeister/Long trail Ferrari drivers Melo/Bruni by two points in the drivers points chase, while Porsche is a single point behind BMW in the manufacturers championship going into tomorrow’s event.

In the overall LMP qualifying, Klaus Graf (Germany), in the Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder which he shares with team owner Greg Pickett (USA), qualified a close second to pole-sitter David Brabham (England).  Graf was fastest in both practice sessions earlier in the day, and showed the field that he will be a factor in tomorrow’s event.

In the GTC class for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) scored his third straight pole in a row as he put the Black Swan Racing Porsche on the pole for him and car owner Tim Pappas (USA).  Bleekemolen and Pappas are back in the championship hunt in the class after leaders Gonzales and Leitzinger withdrew their entry.

Complete qualifying results are available at  www.americanlemans.com.

ALMS Lime Rock Qualifying
Laps  Best Lap   Behind      BL
Pos   Num  CL    Driver                 Car                       Comp   Lap Time   Leader  CP Num
1   P   1  LMP  David Brabham          HPD ARX-01c                  16     58.106       — 1   14
2   P   6  LMP  Klaus Graf             Porsche RS Spyder            18     58.746   -0.640  2   17
3      16  LMP  Guy Smith              Lola B09 86/Mazda            16     59.951   -1.845  3   16
4   P   8  LMP  Jonny Cocker           Lola B09 60/Judd             12   1:00.092   -1.986  4   11
5      37  LMP  Jon Field              Lola B06/10 AER              14   1:02.922   -4.816  5   13
6      55  LMPC  Christophe Bouchut    Oreca FLM09                  18   1:03.020   -4.914  1   18
7      89  LMPC  Kyle Marcelli         Oreca FLM09                  13   1:03.587   -5.481  2   13
8   P  45  GT   Patrick Long           Porsche 911 GT3 RSR          10   1:03.904   -5.798  1    5
9   P  52  LMPC  Alex Figge            Oreca FLM09                  16   1:04.082   -5.976  3   16
10   P  17  GT   Wolf Henzler           Porsche 911 GT3 RSR           9   1:04.378   -6.272  2    5
11   P  62  GT   Jaime Melo             Ferrari 430 GT               10   1:04.391   -6.285  3    6
12   P   3  GT   Jan Magnussen          Chevrolet Corvette ZR1       10   1:04.563   -6.457  4    4
13   P  61  GT   Mika Salo              Ferrari 430 GT               11   1:04.929   -6.823  5    4
14   P   4  GT   Oliver Gavin           Chevrolet Corvette ZR1       10   1:05.011   -6.905  6    3
15   P  01  GT   Johannes van Overb     Ferrari 430 GT               10   1:05.064   -6.958  7    3
16      02  GT   Guy Cosmo              Ferrari 430 GT                4   1:05.346   -7.240  8    2
17      95  LMPC  Scott Tucker          Oreca FLM09                  16   1:05.617   -7.511  4   16
18   P  92  GT   Bill Auberlen          BMW E92 M3                    5   1:06.907   -8.801  9    1
19   P  40  GT   David Murry            Doran Design Ford GT         10   1:07.005   -8.899 10    4
20      36  LMPC  Tom Sedivy            Oreca FLM09                  15   1:07.584   -9.478  5   15
21      75  GT   Goossens/Dalziel       Jaguar XKRS                   9   1:07.661   -9.555 11    3
22   P  44  GT   Seth Neiman            Porsche 911 GT3 RSR           9   1:07.892   -9.786 12    2
23   P  54  GTC  Jeroen Bleekemolen     Porsche 911 GT3 Cup           5   1:08.129  -10.023  1    4
24   P  63  GTC  Andy Lally             Porsche 911 GT3 Cup           9   1:08.733  -10.627  2    6
25   P  90  GT   Joey Hand              BMW E92 M3                    5   1:08.876  -10.770 13    1
26   P  88  GTC  Shane Lewis            Porsche 911 GT3 Cup          10   1:09.689  -11.583  3    2
27      32  GTC  James Sofronas         Porsche 911 GT3 Cup          10   1:09.837  -11.731  4    6
28   P  23  GTC  Romeo Kapudija         Porsche 911 GT3 Cup          11   1:11.135  -13.029  5    5
29   P  48  GTC  Bryce Miller           Porsche 911 GT3 Cup           8   1:11.648  -13.542  6    3
30   P  99  LMPC  Elton Julian          Oreca FLM09                   5   1:18.455  -20.349  6    1

Source: Porsche Press Release

Photo Courtesy Flying Lizard Motorsports