Farnbacher Loles Racing earned a front-row GT2 start position for today's American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. Dirk Werner of Kissenbrück, Germany, held the class pole position in the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for more than half of the 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday, despite his and the team's rookie status on the 2.459-mile road course. His lap of one minute 17.053 seconds (114.89 mph) was less than two-tenths of a second behind the class pole time.
The qualifying effort follows the team's first ALMS GT2 victory, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Aug. 9.
Werner's co-driver, Pierre Kaffer of Salenstein, Switzerland, will start the two-hour 45-minute race on Sunday, with Werner driving the final stint.
"I'm pretty confident with the lap," Werner said. "It seems it didn't hurt us too much that we didn't test here. It took us a long time to get adapted to the track because it's so difficult and so special with all the blind turns, but we improved the car every practice session. We developed the car in the right direction and the qualifying result shows that we are able to put a fast car on every track. It seems we're on a high right now."
Kaffer is also new to Mosport, but he knows the characteristics of the car and has worked closely with the team's technical director, Horst Farnbacher, in Europe.
"I have no problems mentally to drive a Porsche. I drove two RSRs in the Nürburgring 24-hour race, so I know the car," he said. "And, of course, that Horst is technical director is in my opinion the best! He knows everything about Dirk and myself. so I am really looking forward to the Mosport race."