GMG battles back from contact to finish fourth in Lime Rock July 28, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It got beat up, was missing bodywork, and didn't finish the race as well aligned as it had started, but the No. 32 GMG / Spectra Resources...
GMG battles back from contact to finish fourth in Lime Rock
July 28, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It got beat up, was missing bodywork, and didn't finish the race as well aligned as it had started, but the No. 32 GMG / Spectra Resources Corporation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup completed Saturday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in fourth place in the GT-Challenge class.
The race got off to a promising start, as Bret Curtis had a clean start and ran a fast pace, keeping the leaders within sight while saving the car and staying out of trouble. However, there was little that Curtis could do when, immediately following a restart after a full-course yellow, Curtis was hit from behind by a GT-class car, pitching the GMG Porsche into a spin after which it hit another competitor.
Curtis was able to limp back to the pits for new tires and to have the GMG crew tear away the damaged rear bumper, but the incident and the time in the pits put the car two laps behind the leaders and took them out of contention for a podium position. Curtis completed the rest of his stint without incident and handed the car over to Sofronas, who turned quick times throughout the rest of the race despite the damage. While he was putting away laps, other GT-C class cars were unable to stay out of trouble and Sofronas crossed the finish line in fourth place.
"As short as this track is and with the difference we have in speeds in the ALMS, we knew that there would be some contact throughout the race," said Sofronas. "Unfortunately for us, we got caught up in one of the big ones early in the race that took us out of contention. But the guys were able to get the car going again quickly and kept us in the race, and we were able to salvage fourth-place points out of it."
The finish was enough to lift Curtis and Sofronas two positions in the GT-C points championship, and they now currently sit eighth with four rounds remaining in the American Le Mans Series season.
"It was again a disappointing weekend," said Curtis. "But the team performed really well and James drove really well in a car that was far less than 100% after the hit. Even though the handling was very inconsistent, James still turned a lot of very quick laps in the car. I'm sure we would have been on the podium if not for the incident."
The next round of the American Le Mans Series will be the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, August 6-7, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
-source: gmg racing