Joerg Bergmeister and the no.45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche will lead the non-Ferrari challenge at Miler Motorsports Park after the German turned in the fourth fastest time during the 20-minute qualifying session for the GT classes.
Bergmeister set his lap of 1:47.921 on the third of the four laps he completed, preserving as much of the tyres and car as possible for the race, which is expected to be conducted in the same blistering conditions as greeted the teams for time trials.
“We kept improving the car incrementally over the three practice sessions and by qualifying I was pretty happy with the car,” said Joerg. “[Fourth] position should be a good place to start and on race pace, I hope we will be able to close the gap to the leader.”
The team will start behind a trio of Ferrari's, three-tenths of a second behind the pole sitting Risi Competzione Ferrari of Gimmi Bruni. The Extreme Speed Motorsport Ferrari of Johannes van Overbeek and Scott Sharp will start second and the European pairing of Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella third in a second Risi entry.
The second Flying Lizard car, driven by Seth Neiman (who qualified the car) and Darren Law will start 12th in class.
The race starts at 2:35 local time and will be broadcast live on SpeedTV in America with only tape delayed coverage in Europe. The race will also be covered live on www.radiolemans.com.