Patrick Long Scores Best Qualifying Result of the Season

August 03, 2012

Posting his best qualifying result of the season, Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA) secured a good starting position for round six of the American Le Mans Series. Sharing the cockpit of Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with his works driver colleague Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Long takes up Saturday’s race on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from third on the grid in the GT class. In an exciting qualifying session on the challenging race track close to Lexington in the US state of Ohio, Long was just a tenth of a second shy of the pole-setter.

“We’ve obviously found a good set-up for this classic race track,” says Patrick Long. “The car is well balanced and I think I got the best I could out of the qualifying. We’re only a tenth of a second off the pole-sitter’s time, we’re very happy with the car and it seems we may be better off with our tyres than our opponents. These are all positive signs for the race.” Joerg Bergmeister added, “This track always suited our car. There are no long straights here, but instead it features many successive corners and you have no time to rest. Our car was fast on both the new and used tyres.”