Bryan Sellers put the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the front row in GT for Saturday's ALMS Long Beach race.
Long Beach. Bryan Sellers, from Atlanta, GA, was second fastest this morning in the American Le Mans Series' first practice session in his Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, and proved that was no fluke as he outdistanced the Ferraris, Corvettes and BMWs to qualify on the front row for tomorrow's two-hour race.
Sellers, who has three ALMS victories in the Falken Porsche including two wins on street courses, will share his ride tomorrow with Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany). Sellers would have liked to have found another tenth of a second to catch the pole-sitting Viper, but the team is satisfied with its starting position.
"The front row is a great place to start for a place like Long Beach, where it is hard to pass. The car was very good, and we are pleased with the tire we have chosen. We will analyze our run and see if we can figure out how to gain that little extra to put us in front for the race," said Sellers.
The fastest car in this morning's GT practice was the Paul Miller Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, with Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer (Germany) turning that time and being nominated to qualify the car. Unfortunately, a tire puncture on the first flying lap put a premature end to the team's qualifying session in the car Holzer will share with Bryce Miller (Summit, NJ).
In the GT Challenge class (GTC) for evenly-matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup races, Jeroen Bleekemolen (The Netherlands) saved his best lap for last in the WeatherTech Alex Job Racing Porsche, jumping ahead of Sean Edwards (England) in the Momo NGT Porsche as the checkered flag fell.
"We were close at Sebring, but did not get the pole, so we were really focused on the top spot this time. The track was as good or better than it was this morning, and the WeatherTech Porsche was very predictable, especially through the tightest corners," said Bleekemolen, who will share the car with co-driver Cooper MacNeil (Hillsdale, IL). It was Jeroen's 12th ALMS pole position.
Qualifying Results - GT class
Farnbacher (Germany), SRT Viper GTS-R, 1:18.845
Sellers (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:18.967
Bomarito (USA), SRT Viper GTS-R, 1:18.984
Magnussen (Denmark), Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 1:19.047
Auberlen (USA), BMW Z4 GTE, 1:19.063
Milner (USA), Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 1:19.083
Beretta (Monte Carlo), Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:19.184
Hand (USA), BMW Z4 GTE, 1:19.258
Bell (USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:19.533
Holzer (Germany), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:27.491
Qualifying Results - GTC class
Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:22.850
Edwards (England), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:22.971
Pumpelly (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:23.014
Faulkner (IE), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:23.355
Heylen (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:23.701
Stanton (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:23.745
von Moltke (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:24.239
Faita (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:24.583
Foster (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:25.091
Calvert-Jones (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:57.823
The American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. The field is divided into five classes that start together but are classified separately:
GT class: This most popular class amongst car manufacturers traditionally receives the most support: Slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
GTC class: This class is reserved for vehicles from one-make race series like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp and a 900 kg minimum weight.
LMPC class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.
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