Jorg Bergmeister was the fastest Porsche man in qualifying for Petit Le Mans as the representatives of the Stuttgart manufacturer struggled for pace at Road Atlanta.
Qualifying the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche he will share with Patricks Long and Pilet Bergmeister was only seventh fastest among the GT runners, five tenths slower than class pace setter Guy Cosmo in the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari.
“We were somewhat disappointed with our qualifying position,” admitted Bergmeister, “but we knew we could not match the short-term speed of the competition. We are concentrating on our race set-up, and know that we will make up some time on pit stops and strategy.”
“Lots can happen in a ten-hour race, and I think we can set a pace to be competitive,” said Marco Holzer, who was ninth fastest in the second Lizard entry. “And, along with Nick Tandy, former Carrera Cup Germany champion, who has joined us this weekend, we should be able to compete for good position. Nick really likes ALMS, and appreciates the professionalism shown by our co-driver Seth Neiman and the Flying Lizard team.”
The qualifying efforts of Richard Lietz and Bryan Sellers for Paul Miller Racing and Team Falken Tire respectively were 11th and 12th fastest in the GT ranks, but split overall by Nicolas Armindo’s LMGTE Am topping time for IMSA Performance Matmut.
In the all Porsche GTC class Leh Keen set the fastest time in the Alex Job Racing car he shares with Cooper MacNeil – already confirmed as class champion – and Dion von Moltke.
“Our objective at VIR was to clinch the driver’s championship for Cooper,” said Keen. “Now that we’ve done that, everyone has told me that our objective this weekend is to secure second place for me. With Dion von Moltke joining Copper and me, we have a good shot to take the whole thing. The AJR guys have given us a fast car right off the truck, and the WeatherTech crew has been great all week.”