American Le Mans Series

Second Place For Lizards After Strong Early Pace

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Flying Lizard Motorsport lead the most laps in the GT class at Road America, but ultimately had to settle for second in class at the most recent American Le Mans Series race.

The #45 Porsche lead the class from the start of the race, but lost track position due to an ill-timed caution period. With most of their rivals having pitted whilst the race stayed green, the Flying Lizard Porsche came into the pits for the final time during a yellow flag. The track position they lost ultimately meant they finished second in class, despite having led the race for three of the four hours.

“It is too bad that the timing of yellow flags, not the best car, determines who can win the race. Our Lizard Porsche was great today, and we thought we had a winning plan, but luck was not with us. Still, a second place in this class is good as we moved up from fourth place in the last couple of minutes,” Joerg Bergmeister explained.

“I was waiting for someone in front of me to make a mistake, and when the Corvette and BMW hit each other, I was right there to pass them both. In the last four races, we have a win, two seconds, and another first place finish that was eliminated in tech, so we continue to have had a good second half of the season.”

Meanwhile, team mate Patrick Long was happy with the team’s performance, despite ultimately losing out on what looked like an assured victory.

“We should be happy with a good second place effort, but, although we would rather have the win, we have to accept the luck of the yellow flags. I was able to push hard at qualifying pace for my whole stint and our Michelin tires stood up to the challenge. The Lizard Porsche was fast and balanced, and we’re looking forward to Baltimore in two weeks,” he said.

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