It was another close contest in GT2 qualifying for the latest round of the American Le Mans Series at Road America, with Porsche once again proving the team to beat on a single lap.

With a total of seven 911 GT3 RSRs making up the top nine places, the German marque's presence was as strong as usual, although it was down to the two championship contenders of Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas in the Alex Job Hyatt Porsche, as well as the Petersen Motorsports Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long to challenge for pole position. With just three-hundredths of a second separating the two cars, the Generac 500 promises to be a close contest.

In the end it was Bernhard who edged out Bergmiester for the top spot, with the German continuing his march to become ALMS GT2 champion, securing in the process his seventh career pole.

Nonetheless, Bernhard was very much aware of the threat posed by the Porsche alongside him on the grid, so he was happy to beat Bergmeister on one of his rivals' happy hunting grounds.

"As Jorg's former teammate for three years, I know that Road America is his favorite track, and he would be trying very hard to win the pole today", Bernhard said after the session.

"Also, Jorg and Patrick Long have been fastest in every practice session so far this weekend, so I knew it would take a great lap to beat them. I had one clear lap, and I turned the pole-sitting time," continued Bernhard, who won his first ALMS race here in 2002 with Bergmeister as his co-driver.

Bernhard and Dumas are six points ahead of Bergmeister and Long with four races remaining.

Third on the grid is the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche with drivers Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty sharing the racing duties. Fogarty and van Overbeek, who have two third-place finishes and a fourth in the last three events, are trying to stay in points contact with the GT2 leaders.

Fogarty took the third grid position away from the Bill Auberlena and Robin Liddell Panoz with less than five minutes to go in the qualifying session.

Fifth on the grid is the BAM! Porsche of Le Mans GT2 winner Mike Rockenfeller, from Germany, co-driving with defending Porsche Michelin Supercup champion and current SCCA Speed World Challenge contender Wolf Henzler, also from Germany, while the second Flying Lizard Porsche of Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman is sixth.

The second Alex Job Racing Porsche of Darren Law and Ian Baas is seventh, while the Tim Sugden and Justin Jackson J3 Porsche is eighth, just ahead of the second Panoz of Marino Franchitti.

 

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