JOHNNY MOWLEM THIRD IN ITALIAN GT RACE IN BUDAPEST SONOMA, Calif. (July 11, 2005) -- British racer Johnny Mowlem continued to show why he is among the elite of the world's globe-trotting sports car racers when he and co-driver Gianluca Roda...
JOHNNY MOWLEM THIRD IN ITALIAN GT RACE IN BUDAPEST
SONOMA, Calif. (July 11, 2005) -- British racer Johnny Mowlem continued to show why he is among the elite of the world's globe-trotting sports car racers when he and co-driver Gianluca Roda finished third in their class of the Italian GT Championship race held in Budapest, Hungary. Mowlem drove a Porsche GT3RS.
Mowlem will co-drive the ACEMCO Saleen S7R when the American Le Mans Series competes in the Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Speedway in Sonoma, Calif. July 15-17.
"I led in the beginning," Mowlem said of the Budapest race. "Then I had to run off the track to avoid a spinning car. That put me back to third, but I got back to second and was glued to the rear bumper of the class leading Ferrari, but never saw a clear chance to take the lead without contact, and with this being a one-off race I didn't want to ruin my teammate's race before he even got to drive! Both the Ferrari and I pitted on the same lap only 3 tenths apart. Gianluca Roda then went on to drive a really solid race to keep us on the podium."
Roda went on to finish third, with Mowlem giving the the Italian AutoOrlando team the added bonus of setting the fastest Porsche time of the race.
This was Mowlem's second third-place finish in as many weeks, as he and his ACEMCO co-driver Terry Borcheller were third in the GT1 class in the ALMS race at Lime Rock Park a week earlier, again fending off a very Italian factory Maserati.
After a few days with his family, Mowlem will cross the Atlantic Ocean and the North American continent for his next event, the ALMS race at Infineon.
"It's a busy schedule, sure," Mowlem said. "But, believe me, the experience you gain from doing a one-off event like the race in Budapest makes you a better driver. You just can't stop learning in this business."
Armed with all his new knowledge, Mowlem said the ACEMCO team will be very competitive at Infineon.
"Terry and I work very well together and Infineon is a track we both enjoy very much," Mowlem said. "I think it may suit the Saleen well, especially with the development work the team has done this year. We've had to keep pushing the developmental envelope, as we're in the same class as the works Corvettes and the Maserati team. They never stop working, so we can't either."
One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2004, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award voting for international British racers. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish. More information on Mowlem is available at www.johnnymowlem.com.