Viper Score Second Pole In A Row At Road America

by Joe Hudson
American Le Mans Series (Credit: Kelsi Nilsson)

Jonathan Bomarito has shown the Viper has fangs as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) rolls into Road America for round 6 of the series.

Carrying on the battle that involved the Corvette Racing C.6Rs at Mosport, Bomarito set a time eight tenths faster than Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette.

Third in GT was the #4 ‘Vette squeaking out the Paul Miller Racing Porsche by seven hundredths of a second setting a time of 2:04.277.

Indeed the Paul Miller Porsche, piloted by Bryce Miller and Marco Holzer, was significantly faster than its fellow Porsches – CORE Autosport qualified seventh and Team Falken Tire are 10th.

In LMP1 it was business as usual as Lucas Luhr took his HPD to overall pole ahead of the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda driven by Chris McMurray and the P2 of Marino Franchitti. The Scotsman took P2 pole ahead of the Extreme Speed Motorsport machine and – tellingly – ahead of the Deltawing which was qualified fourth overall by Andy Meyrick.

Third in P2 was the second Level 5 Motorsport being shared this weekend by Scott Tucker and Simon Pagenaud – the IndyCar regular is filling in for the injured Ryan Briscoe at the team and managed to qualify ahead of Ed Brown in the second ESM ARX-03b.

In LMPC Colin Braun got his fourth consecutive pole as he beat out Bruno Junqueira by only eight hundredths of a second. It is interesting to note that Braun’s pole time of 1:57.630 was more than two seconds faster than the Grand Am pole position time of 2:00.28 set by the Team Sahlens BMW/Riley DP – showing the USCR organisers have work to do to boost DP speeds for 2014.

Finally in GTC, Spencer Pumpelly stuck the #45 Flying Lizards Motorsport GT3 Cup Porsche on class pole ahead of Sean Edwards in the #30 MOMO car.

GTC points leader Jeroen Bleekemolen will have work to do if he wants to grab a fourth consecutive class victory at Road America – the Dutchman could only put the WeatherTech car sixth in class.

The ALMS Orion 245 of Road America takes place tonight at 8pm BST with the race lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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