LAKEVILLE, CT. (July 2, 2005) - Marco
Werner, driver of the No. 1 Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8, set a new
American Le Mans Series qualifying lap record during today's twenty
minute qualifying session at Lime Rock Park.
Werner's time of 46.753 was a full second faster than last year's
qualifying time of 47.962 set by James Weaver from Dyson Racing.
"Today was a truly remarkable qualifying session," commented Brad
Kettler, Technical Director, Team ADT Champion Racing. "Marco did an
The theoretical lap we did off the data didn't even show that he could
go that fast. He put together something that was truly amazing."
The No. 2 Audi R8 qualified by Frank Biela will start in the second row
in fourth position. Biela's time of 47.077 is a mere three tenths of a
second behind the sister R8. Quite an amazing feat considering this is
time driving the 1.54 mile circuit.
Traffic will most likely be the biggest factor in winning the New
England Grand Prix. 23 cars in four different classes will all be on the
track at the same time and lap times vary from 46.753 to 55.161. "To
pass here you have to gamble and sometimes you have to wait," says Marco
Werner. "It's what makes racing at Lime Rock so great."
The New England Grand Prix, Round 4 of the American Le Mans Series, is
set for 3:00 p.m. July 4 at Lime Rock Park. SPEED Channel will provide
live coverage, along with American Le Mans Series Radio at
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin). Age: 39. Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"Today's qualifying session was surprising to us. Especially because
it's the home track of Dyson Racing and they have done much testing
here. The times this year are so much faster than last year. Marco just
did a great job. We have been working on the car set-up a lot this week
and we are trying something very different and very unique that we
haven't tried before. It seems to be working! We are both very happy."
Marco Werner (D). Age: 38. Born: Dortmund, Germany. Lives: Ermatingen,
"I have to give big thanks to the team. I damaged the car in practice
and we only had a short time to fix it before qualifying. There was
debris on the track in turn one so I tried the very inside line where no
one goes and there was no grip. I hit the curb and I kept turning hard
but the car wouldn't turn. It just went straight. So this pole is a
present to the team. I can't believe my lap time. They said no one could
beat the Dyson Team because they were running low 47s so to do a 46 is
incredible. We'll have to see how it goes at the start. I have to stay
ahead of the Dyson cars and be on the right side of the track going into
turn one because it will be very hard to pass them on the track during
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D). Age: 40. Born: Neuss, Germany. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"I am a little disappointed with my time today. I did the time in my
second outing so the tires were already 3-4 laps old. We changed from
left to right and that's when I got the better time. It will be a long
and difficult race on this circuit. Overtaking is very difficult but
maybe due to traffic we will be able to make our way through to the
Emanuele Pirro (It). Age: 43. Born: Rome, Italy. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"This is a new circuit for both Frank and me so I feel we are a little
behind schedule, especially here where the circuit is very hard to
drive. On a positive note, we have a good set-up and I am really pleased
with what Frank achieved. The position is not ideal but the lap times
are very close."
TEAM TIME DIFF.
1) J.Lehto/M.Werner LMP1 ADT Champion Racing
2) J.Weaver/B.Leitzinger LMP1 Dyson Racing
3) C.Dyson/A.Wallace LMP1 Dyson Racing
4) E.Pirro/F.Biela/ LMP1 ADT Champion Racing
5) J.Macaluso/C.McMurry/ LMP2 Miracle Motorsports
*New qualifying lap record.
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