Christensen Continues Torrid Speed in Alegra Motorsports Porsche Friday at Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. – Recent 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and two-time Pirelli World Challenge race winner Michael Christensen of Denmark continued his rapid pace Friday at Portland International Raceway in the GT SprintX practice rounds for this weekend’s 58th annual Rose Cup Races.
Christensen, who won at Lime Rock Park with co-driver Spencer Pumpelly as well as Road America in the GT Sprint division, made his initial showing at PIR an impressive one in the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R with a morning practice lap of one minute, 11.030 seconds for an average speed of 99.84 miles per hour at the 1.97-mile, 12-turn road circuit in the Delta Park portion of the Portland area.
Christensen topped the No. 31 TR3 488 GT3 Ferrari of Jeff Segal of Miami, Fla., teaming with Wei Lu this weekend, with a 1:11.271 (99.50 m.p.h.) followed by the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Porsche 911 GT3 R of Scott Hargrove of Canada, who co-drives with veteran Wolf Henzler, at 1:11.300 (99.46 m.p.h), Daniel Morad of Canada, with co-driver Matt Brabham, at 1:11.304 (99.46 m.p.h.) and GT Overall point leader Toni Vilander of Finland, driving with Miguel Molina, at 1:11.320 (99.43 m.p.h.).
Leading the Pro-Am class in Friday practice was Segal followed by 17-year-old Parker Chase of New Braunfels, Tex., in the No. 19 TruSpeed Autosports Audi R8 LMS sports car at 1:11.386 (99.34 m.p.h.). Chase will pair up this weekend with veteran Ryan Dalziel of Scotland.
Former GTA series champion Martin Fuentes of Mexico City, Mex., teaming with Caesar Bacarella of Miami, was the quickest in the GT SprintX Am division with a 1:11.626 (99.01 m.p.h.).
Saturday will be a busy day for the GT SprintX teams with qualifying scheduled for 9:10 a.m. PDT and the 60-minute, two-driver Round 7 race set for 1:10 p.m. PDT. Sunday’s GT SprintX Round 8 event will begin at 11:45 a.m. PDT.