Penske Porsche tops Mid-Ohio warm-up The No. 7 Penske Motorsports finished in a familiar place after Saturday’s warm-up for the Acura Sports Car Challenge – first place. Romain Dumas placed the No. 7 Porsche at the top of the chart with a lap of 1:10.166, 0.139 seconds ahead of the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Lola, the best of the hometown Acura-powered entries.
Dumas and Timo Bernhard will start from pole position this afternoon and are in search of their third overall win of the season. They lead the LMP2 championship by 9 points over Sascha Maassen and Ryan Briscoe, who were third in the warm-up.
Emanuele Pirro was the quickest driver in LMP1 and sat fourth overall in the Audi R10 TDI he is sharing with Marco Werner. The reigning Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans champions held a 0.151-second edge over teammates Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish, defending class winners and Series champions.
Audi is searching for its first overall win since St. Petersburg, having fallen to the lighter and more nimble P2s on the shorter venues on the Series schedule.
Jan Magnussen was fastest in GT1 for Corvette Racing in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R. Teammate Johnny O’Connell had put the car on the class pole Friday before it failed post-qualifying technical inspections (stall test) to put the sister car of Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin on pole.
Beretta and Gavin won last year at Mid-Ohio and have won the last two class championships. They were 0.314 seconds behind the Magnusson’s time.
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