Marco Holzer scores first ALMS Porsche Pole

by on August 18, 2012

Young Porsche charger Marco Holzer has scored his first 911 pole position in ALMS, just one hundredth of a second ahead of respected works team mate, Joerg Bergmeister.

Bergmeister has one of the best CVs (and surnames) in the history of Porsche motorsport, but he couldn’t top twenty-four year-old Holzer’s times in the Flying Lizard RSR. Teamed with Lizards’ owner, Seth Neiman, this is the first pole position for Porsche in ALMS 2012, so things are looking good for a Porsche win at Road America.

What has changed? How are 911s suddenly first and second? Sad to say, as yet I don’t know. Perhaps some expert reading this will be able to enlighten us in the comments. I have emailed a man who might shed some light.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to have clinched my first pole in the American Le Mans Series. I’m really pleased for the team that our number 44 car is at the very front of the grid,” says Marco. “This track is fantastic and great fun. With the race running over four hours, it’s very long and a great deal can happen in this time. Still, pole position is a great place to start.”

Further down the field, Falken hero and works driver, Wolf Henzler, set the eighth quickest time, in a GT3 R shared with US driver, Bryan Sellers.

Bryce Miller turned the tenth quickest time in Paul Miller Racing’s 911, shared with Sascha Maassen. Sascha is the lead mentor on the Porsche Junior programme, which we have been video-blogging for the last few days. More later!


Ian Highfield August 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm


ALMS say :-

“It’s an unbelievable day for me,” said an almost bewildered Holzer. “The car was fantastic. This Porsche is working very well for us. The new aero (a new spoiler and air ducts that appeared at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) are making the car go that much faster in the corners.”

John August 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Sounds much more like it. I am guessing a PR probably made up the Holzer quotes in the press release – not much substance to them.

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