This weekend's race is shaping up to be a good one for Porsche and a great one for the Flying Lizard Motorsport team. In just his second full season in the ALMS, Porsche's Marco Holzer took his first P1 position in the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche that he shares with team owner Seth Neiman. Sitting right next to him on the pole will be the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche that Joerg Bergmeister qualified in P2. Grabbing P1 and P2 in a race is a first for the team in its 8 year ALMS history.
Holzer, 24 years old and a Porsche factory driver, who has a first place finish in the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid to his credit (Nuerburgring – 2011), was still a little stunned during the post-race interviews.
“This is amazing – I am so happy for the Flying Lizards and the #44 crew for this pole position. We had some balance issues yesterday during practice, but the crew worked hard to improve the car, and it was great to drive today. I heard on the radio that Joerg had the pole and set the track record, then I was P1, and then he was P1 again. On the last lap, I turned my best time. The Porsche was especially strong in and out of the second gear corners, and the areo package we added earlier in the year works great here at Road America,” said Holzer.
Qualifying in GTC Class
Jeroen Bleekemolen (The Netherlands) scored an impressive seventh pole position in 19 starts to put the #22 WeatherTech/Alex Job Racing Porsche he will share with points leader Cooper MacNeil (USA) first on tomorrow’s GTC grid.
“It was a great qualifying session, and the weather helped the engine produce maximum power. We worked hard in the previous two practice sessions to improve the WeatherTech car, and it really paid off for the Alex Job team. There are four or five cars in our class that are very close and could win this event, but four hours is a long time and we have to run a smart race to finish first,” he said.
Damien Faulkner (Ireland) qualified second in the #33 Green Hornet Porsche, with Patrick Huisman (The Netherlands) third in the #34 Green Hornet Porsche.
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