Despite leading the way in practice before qualifying, the Petersen Motorsport/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long missed out on pole position by a marginal 0.029 seconds in the latest round of the American Le Mans Series at Road America.

It will be the seventh time in seven races that the duo will start on the front row, but as of yet have secured just two actual pole positions this year. Still, despite missing out on first place to arch rivals Tom Bernhard and Romain Dumas, both Bergmeister and Long are confident that they can translate their practice pace in the race winning potential.

"The car was really hooked-up", Bergmeister claimed after the session. "We were the quickest in all the sessions before. In qualifying I had traffic in the first two laps. In the third lap the tires started dropping off. When I saw the time on the dash I thought maybe it was enough".

"But, unfortunately, it wasn't. It was probably one of the closest qualifications in GT2 ever. It will be fun tomorrow. I think we should have a really good car for the race. After the tough luck we've had the last two races I hope we can have a clear run tomorrow. If we do I think we can win."

Long reiterated his German team mate and is determined to enjoy his race on one of the United States most challenging circuits. "With the new ECU the car is shifting a lot better and the straight-line speed is up. Everything is promising", Long said.

"The plan has always been to win races but I think there is a little more risk to take now as we have to claw back to the points lead. I like Road America. I think this track fits my driving style. There is plenty of room to have all the classes here".

With six points separating the two competitors and four races to go, a retirement or a problem for one of the teams could make all the difference, making the Generac 500 a potentially pivotal race in the GT2 championship.

 

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