AJR Finishes Second and Seventh at Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio -- Alex Job Racing over came car issues and a spin to finish their McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 RSRs in second and seventh in today's round two of the American Le Mans...
AJR Finishes Second and Seventh at Mid-Ohio
Lexington, Ohio -- Alex Job Racing over came car issues and a spin to finish their McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 RSRs in second and seventh in today's round two of the American Le Mans Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.
Timo Bernhard, in the number 23 AJR Porsche, lead the first 55 laps with nearly a four second gap to his nearest pursuer. A yellow flag came out as a result of teammate Marc Lieb having contact with the Ferrari and ending up in the turn three gravel trap. Lieb then pitted when the pits were not open which resulted in a further one-minute-fifteen second penalty putting the car down a total of four laps.
The tough luck was not over for the Florida based team. Jorg Bergmeister took over driving duties for Bernhard falling to second place in pit lane. Bergmeister then began to chase the Flying Lizard and was in three seconds, then on lap 55 he started to get a flickering fuel light and the car began to misfire. Jorg and the team took the cautious approach and pitted to fill the 911 GT3RSR instead of risking the car being stranded on the circuit sealing their second place finish.
Romain Dumas, after serving the penalty for pitting early, began to put in consistent laps hoping for luck to turn and move up the finishing order. He had to pit late in the race for a splash of fuel taking him down one more lap.
Timo Bernhard, #23 McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "We had a really fast car today. I lead the first quarter of the race without any real problems until the fuel light began flicker. Jorg made a good decision to pit and refuel the car as we are looking to the championship and even though it is June we still have eight races remaining."
Jorg Bergmeister, #23 McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "Fuel issues! After falling behind the Flying Lizard car in the pits I was catching him and was in three-seconds when the car began to miss. I had to be safe and pit the car for fuel. This put us back nearly a lap and there was no time to chase down the leader."
Romain Dumas, #24 McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "A couple of mistakes cost made for a tough race. In the short races there is no real room for error. Marc and I are new with the team and the tracks so we are learning and this is a tough lesson. The car was good even though it came out of the gravel trap. I was able to put in consistent race laps, but did not have time to make up any ground."
Marc Lieb, #24 McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I was battling with the shifter in the car. I really had to concentrate on getting the car into gear, this cost some tenths in lap times. I let the Ferrari go by and then I caught him again at the end of the straight and tried to follow a prototype and pass, but I ended up hitting him and landing in the gravel. We then had to pit or we would have been spreading gravel around the track. I am glad Lime Rock is only four days away so we can start new."
Alex Job, team owner: "Another second at Mid-Ohio. Timo did a good job leading for the first part of the race and then the fuel concerns began. It was a heads-up move to pit the car, that shows they have a plan for the championship. We knew that Flying Lizard was going to splash and not take tires, which they did and that kept the gap. Marc had a tough day with the spin into the gravel and then pitting when pit lane was closed. We had to pit Romain at the end for a splash or we may have crawled back to fifth with that car."
Round three of the American Le Mans Series will be July 5 at Lime Rock Park.