American Le Mans Series

Lally Excels Under Pressure To Take GTC Pole

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A mid-session adjustment helped Lally to GTC pole (Photo Credit: Porsche North America)

Andy Lally led a star-studded list of drivers in GTC class qualifying for the 12 Hours of Sebring taking pole position in the first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race for the new Dempsey/Del Piero Racing team.

Lally used all of the session before making a move to the top of the times, pushing Alex Job Racing’s Jeroen Bleekemolen into second in class after he had topped the times for much of the session in the Weathertech backed Porsche.

The Dutchman, who will share the car in the race with reigning class champion Cooper MacNeil and Dion Von Moltke, ended the session with a best time 2:05.747. The same exact time was recorded by Sean Edwards in the MOMO sponsored NGT Motorsport car, but Edwards will line up in third by virtue of having set the time after Bleekemolen.

With his final lap Lally pulled out the time that would claim pole, three tenths faster than the deadlocked Bleekemolen and Edwards. However, the session was not entirely smooth for Lally and the team.

Lally explained; “we actually over-compensated with our set-up anticipating the warmer track temperatures this afternoon after this morning’s cold start, and the car had a lot of understeer, so we made the adjustments.  The car has been fast all week, and we delivered on that potential.”

“We actually over-compensated with our set-up anticipating the warmer track temperatures this afternoon after this morning’s cold start, and the car had a lot of understeer, so we made the adjustments,” said Patrick Demspey, who will co-drive with Lally and Joe Foster in the race. “The car has been fast all week, and we delivered on that potential.”

 

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