Lizard Porsche Leads Most GT Laps at ALMS Road America, But Settle for Second After Unlucky Yellow Flag Timing; WeatherTech Alex Job Porsche Edges Toward GTC Title
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. - August 18, 2012 - The #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR took the GT class lead at the drop of the green flag at today's four-hour American Le Mans Series Road Race Showcase, and held it for most of the race, but some ill-timed full course cautions snatched a potential victory from their grasp at Road America.
Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) kept a large contingent of Ferraris, Corvettes, Vipers, a Lotus, and BMWs at bay for more than three hours until they came in for their last pit stop under yellow when others had just stopped under green. The track position they lost when the others didn't have to come in cost them a win. Bergmeister, who drove the last stint which included the late yellow flags, was happy with the car's run, although he lamented the second place finish.
"It is too bad that the timing of yellow flags, not the best car, determines who can win the race. Our Lizard Porsche was great today, and we thought we had a winning plan, but luck was not with us. Still, a second place in this class is good as we moved up from fourth place in the last couple of minutes. I was waiting for someone in front of me to make a mistake, and when the Corvette and BMW hit each other, I was right there to pass them both. In the last four races, we have a win, two seconds, and another first place finish that was eliminated in tech, so we continue to have had a good second half of the season," said Bergmeister, who had won four previous races here.
Patrick Long, who drove the middle part of the race, was happy with the car's performance, and that he could maintain a lead, albeit a narrow one, over chasing Corvettes and BMWs.
"We should be happy with a good second place effort, but, although we would rather have the win, we have to accept the luck of the yellow flags. I was able to push hard at qualifying pace for my whole stint and our Michelin tires stood up to the challenge. The Lizard Porsche was fast and balanced, and we're looking forward to Baltimore in two weeks," said Long.
Finishing in the fifth position in GT, their best result of the year, was