Alex Job Racing Wins GT2 at Lime Rock Lime Rock, Connecticut -- Alex Job Racing drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas drove to the team's first ever victory at Lime Rock park in round four of the American Le Mans Series today. Teammates ...
Alex Job Racing Wins GT2 at Lime Rock
Lime Rock, Connecticut -- Alex Job Racing drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas drove to the team's first ever victory at Lime Rock park in round four of the American Le Mans Series today. Teammates Randy Pobst and Ian Baas finished a seasons best fourth.
Starting from his second place qualifying position in the number 23/Hyatt/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Dumas was leading the GT2 field by the braking point of the first turn. From that point in his stint, the Frenchman never looked back as he began to gap second place by some five-seconds. The young factory driver had the measure of the field when he turned over driving duties to teammate Timo Bernhard. Bernhard had fallen to third through differing pit strategies. Those pit strategies eventually put the young German in front by one lap. The finishing positions in GT2 were exactly the same as Le Mans three weeks ago.
Ian Baas started the number 24/Bell MicroproductsProVest/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and was able to hold his own to the first pit stop. Unable to slow the Porsche coming into the pits the Indianapolis resident was given a stop-and-go-penalty putting them down a lap. Handing over to Pobst, the 24 car, benefited from the same pit strategy as the 23 car and was able to get a lap back finishing just one place from the podium in fourth.
Timo Bernhard, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR,
"When Romain came in and gave the car over to me I rejoined the fight in third place. I had to push to make up ground and was able to take the lead about 20 laps later. We had excellent pit strategy and the team put us up one lap. We made a few improvements for the warm-up that really made the car consistent over the long run. It was nice to get the team their first victory here and secure maximum points as we chase for the championship."
Romain Dumas, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR:
"At the start I was able to lead before turn one. I was able to drive aggressively through traffic and still take care of my tires. I had built up a nice gap of more than five-seconds when the yellow came. On the restart I had a good jump and was able to get about three seconds back. I had one small moment in turn three with a slide, but other than that the car was really good all day."
Randy Pobst, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR:
"We got the 24 car running really well in the race. It was a tough day, a lot of traffic and the overtaking by the prototypes really demands all of your concentration, typical Lime Rock. Ian did a good job giving me the 911 with a lot left. The team had the pit stops and strategy to help us make up distance on the track; it was nice to finish strong."
Ian Baas, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR:
"I felt comfortable and was really doing well until the stop. I didn't get the car slowed down enough to activate the engine retard so they got me for speeding. The car was good my whole stint, just until the end when it developed a push. But after Mid-Ohio I feel really good about the day."
Alex Job, team owner:
"It feels great to win at Lime Rock. We have now won at every circuit that we visit. Romain and Timo did a great job all day, negotiating traffic and dealing with the faster cars. Mike Evans made a great call which was able to put the 23 car up a lap and get the 24 car a lap back. Randy and Ian are making great strides, our next goal is to get them on the podium."
The next event for Alex Job Racing will be on July 17th at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.