Flying Lizard Qualifies 8th and 15th in Combined WEC/ALMS GT for 2012 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
March 16, 2012 – Sebring, Florida – In today's qualifying session for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Joerg Bergmeister qualified the No. 45 8th in GT with a time of 2:00.119. There are 15 cars comprising the combined WEC and ALMS GT class. Gianmaria Bruni was on the combined GT pole in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari with a time of 1:58.427 and Jan Magnusssen had the lead spot in ALMS-only GT in the No. 03 Corvette with a time of 1:58.996. In the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche, Seth Neiman was 15th in the combined class. In ALMS GT only, Bergmeister was 5th in the No. 45 and Neiman 10th in the No. 44.
Bergmeister commented on qualifying: "I had a good lap on my fast lap and I'm confident we'll have a solid racecar tomorrow. There's obviously a big gap to the front; we'll have to see how it all sorts out tomorrow during the twelve-hour race."
Bergmeister will be joined in the No. 45 by season-long co-driver Patrick Long and Marco Holzer. All three are Porsche factory drivers. In the No. 44, Darren Law and Andy Lally will team with Neiman.
Follow the Lizards
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring gets the green flag Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 am ET. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and on ABC on Sunday March 18 from 12:00-2:00 pm ET. It is also broadcast live on MotorsTV in Europe (with scheduled break) and live on Fox Sports Middle East and Latin America. Read the team's race blog at www.lizardms.com.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard returns to the American Le Mans Series for their ninth season and the fourth consecutive season for Bergmeister and Long together in the No. 45. The Lizards have won two ALMS GT team championships (2008 and 2009) and have finished in the top three each year since 2004. The team has secured three ALMS GT drivers' championships: Bergmeister and Long took the title together in 2009 and 2010 and Bergmeister with Wolf Henzler in 2008. Bergmeister is five-time ALMS GT drivers' champion (2005-2006 and 2008-2010) and Long has won the title three times (2005, and 2009-2010), all with Bergmeister. Bergmeister is the only driver in Grand-Am and ALMS history to win the championship in both series in the same year (2006).
Flying Lizard has also competed in the 24 Heures du Mans from 2005 through 2011, finishing third in 2005, fourth in 2006, sixth in 2008, and sixth in 2011.
The privateer team is based in Sonoma, California.
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