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Bernhard puts Penske Porsche on pole in Long Beach

LMP2 cars 1-2-3-4-5
Friday, April 18, 2008

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Timo Bernhard in his No. 7 Penske Porsche
Bob Heathcote/AutoRacing1
Timo Bernhard gave Penske Racing its first pole position at the Long Beach street circuit Friday as the German Porsche factory driver took the point for Saturday’s Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach with a record-setting run in Penske’s No. 7 Porsche RS Spyder.

Bernhard set a time of 1:11.330 (99.324 mph), good enough for a 0.094-second gap over Luis Diaz in Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s Acura ARX-01b. Bernhard, who will team with Romain Dumas, also broke Dario Franchitti’s track record, a 1:11.838 set last season in Andretti Green Racing’s Acura.

The first five cars on the grid are LMP2 cars, which are feasting on the tight and twisty 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit. The top six cars were within 0.566 seconds.

Last year’s Long Beach race saw Bernhard and Dumas win the first of six overall Series races. The duo scored eight LMP2 victories on their way to the class championship. They already are 2-for-2 this year with an overall win at the 12 Hours of Sebring and a class triumph at St. Petersburg.

David Brabham qualified third overall in the Patr¢n Highcroft Racing Acura at 1:11.448 (99.160 mph). He will drive with Scott Sharp.

Lucas Luhr scored the pole position in LMP1 but will start sixth overall in the No. 2 Audi R10 TDI he will share with Marco Werner. Luhr’s time of 1:11.75 (98.722 mph) also was under last year’s qualifying record, a 1:12.713 set by Audi’s Dindo Capello.

Luhr and Werner won overall at the last Series street round at St. Petersburg.

Emanuele Pirro was 0.131 seconds behind Luhr in the other Audi R10 TDI. He will drive with Frank Biela. Third in P1 was Jon Field in Intersport Racing’s Lola B06/10-AER at 1:14.580 (94.996 mph).

Jan Magnussen captured his first GT1 pole of the season in Corvette Racing’s No. 3 Corvette C6.R, a lap of 1:17.059 (91.940 mph) that was 1.086 seconds under last year’s qualifying time from Olivier Beretta in the No. 4 sister car. Magnussen will team with Johnny O’Connell as the pairing enters the weekend tied for the class championship lead with Beretta and Oliver Gavin.

Magnussen and O’Connell won the season’s first race at Sebring and finished second two weeks ago at St. Petersburg.

Gavin qualified the No. 4 car second at 1:17.465 (91.458 mph). Saturday’s race will be the second race that both the factory Corvettes will compete with cellulosic E85.

In GT2, Patrick Pilet scored a pole position in his first qualifying effort in the American Le Mans Series, putting Flying Lizard Motorsports’ No. 46 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the point in class. The French Porsche factory driver posted a time of 1:19.705 (88.888 mph) and broke Mika Salo’s record from last year by 1.211 seconds.

Flying Lizard qualified first and second on the GT2 grid with Jörg Bergmeister 0.406 seconds behind his teammate in the No. 45 Porsche. A pair of Ferrari F430 GTs were next with Tafel Racing’s Dirk Mueller qualifying third at 1:20.306 (88.108 mph).

Starting Lineup

Pos

Car Cls CP Driver Gap Intv Time Car Make/Model Team Tires
1 7 P2 1 Timo Bernhard 0.000 0.000 1:11.330 Porsche RS Spyder Penske Racing Michelin
2 15 P2 2 Luis Diaz 0.094 0.094 1:11.424 Acura ARX-01B Lowe`s Fernandez Racing Michelin
3 9 P2 3 David Brabham 0.118 0.024 1:11.448 Acura ARX-01B Patron Highcroft Racing Michelin
4 6 P2 4 Patrick Long 0.253 0.135 1:11.583 Porsche RS Spyder Penske Racing Michelin
5 26 P2 5 Christian Fittipaldi 0.367 0.114 1:11.697 Acura ARX-01B Andretti Green Racing Michelin
6 2 P1 1 Lucas Luhr 0.435 0.068 1:11.765 Audi R10 Audi Sport North America Michelin
7 1 P1 2 Emanuele Pirro 0.566 0.131 1:11.896 Audi R10 Audi Sport North America Michelin
8 16 P2 6 Guy Smith 1.098 0.532 1:12.428 Porsche RS Spyder Dyson Racing Team Michelin
9 20 P2 7 Butch Leitzinger 1.720 0.622 1:13.050 Porsche RS Spyder Dyson Racing Team Michelin
10 8 P2 8 Ben Devlin 2.880 1.160 1:14.210 Lola B07/46 Mazda B-K Motorsports Yokohama
11 37 P1 3 Jon Field 3.250 0.370 1:14.580 Lola B06/10 AER Intersport Racing Dunlop
12 3 GT1 1 Jan Magnussen 5.729 2.479 1:17.059 Chevrolet Corvette LS7 Corvette Racing Michelin
13 4 GT1 2 Oliver Gavin 6.135 0.406 1:17.465 Chevrolet Corvette LS7 Corvette Racing Michelin
14 12 P1 4 Michael Lewis 7.994 1.859 1:19.324 Creation CA07-002 Judd Autocon Motorsports Dunlop
15 46 GT2 1 Patrick Pilet 8.375 0.381 1:19.705 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsports Michelin
16 45 GT2 2 Jörg Bergmeister 8.807 0.432 1:20.137 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsports Michelin
17 62 GT2 3 Mika Salo 8.976 0.169 1:20.306 Ferrari F430 GT Risi Competizione Michelin
18 71 GT2 4 Dirk Mueller 9.080 0.104 1:20.410 Ferrari F430 GT Tafel Racing Michelin
19 87 GT2 5 Marc Basseng 9.458 0.378 1:20.788 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Farnbacher Loles Michelin
20 61 GT2 6 Patrick Friesacher 9.727 0.269 1:21.057 Ferrari F430 GT Risi Competizione Michelin
21 48 GT2 7 Johnny Mowlem 10.066 0.339 1:21.396 Ferrari F430 GT Corsa Motorsports Dunlop
22 44 GT2 8 Seth Neiman 10.422 0.356 1:21.752 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsports 44 Michelin
23 21 GT2 9 Tom Milner 10.899 0.477 1:22.229 Panoz Esperante GTLM Panoz Team PTG Yokohama
24 5 GT2 10 Craig Stanton 11.673 0.774 1:23.003 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR VICI Racing --
25 40 GT2 11 David Murry 12.539 0.866 1:23.869 Doran Ford GT-R Robertson Racing Dunlop
26 007 GT2 12 Jonny Cocker 13.269 0.730 1:24.599 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Drayson-Barwell Dunlop
27 28 GT2 13 Lou Gigliotti 13.746 0.477 1:25.076 Chevrolet Corvette C6 LG Motorsports Kumho
28 11 GT2 14 Chris Hall 13.814 0.068 1:25.144 Dodge Viper Competition Co Primetime Race Group Michelin

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