Alex Job Racing Finishes Second and Sixth in GT2 at Mosport
Bowmanville, Canada -- Alex Job Racing drivers Ian Baas and Darren Law persevered today to finish second in their number 24/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race run at Mosport. Teammates Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard led most of the race to be thwarted by a broken alternator wire to finish in sixth.
The duo of Dumas and Bernhard started from the GT2 pole position to lead the first 93 minutes of the shortened two-hour-and-thirty minute race. The race was reduced in an effort to conserve fuel; this became a factor in the race for the number 24 car.
Darren Law started the 24 AJR Porsche and moved up from his seventh place qualifying effort to turn the car over to co-driver Baas in third place. The team then received a 20-second pit penalty and Baas returned to the fight in fourth. On the last lap the winning Petersen car lost its wheel going into turn one and was parked in the sand. As a result of the early pit mistake, the number 24 went a lap down and did not have time to come around again to put the Petersen car to second. The shortened race interrupted what would have been certain victory for Law and Baas.
Bernhard and Dumas have taken a big hit in the overall drivers points chase with their sixth place finish. The broken alternator wire was affecting the major electrical functions; this was compounded by failing power steering. This forced him to pit from second place on lap 97 just eight seconds behind the eventual winner.
Darren Law, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I had a good opening stint. I was able to get by the 45 car before the pit stops and turned it over to Ian in third place. Ian did a great job running consistent lap times. We needed about one minute more and we could have recorded our first win. It is a big boost for the team after our tough pit stop and the best finish for the car this year."
Ian Baas, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "We wanted to run a good consistent race. Usually there are a few yellows here at Mosport, but we went the distance without a caution period. The race was a real two-hour-and-thirty-minute sprint. Darren did a good job to steadily move us up. My stint was nice and consistent, no real drama. We had a tough break in the pits. It would have been nice to get the win, but we were just short. This is a nice way to go into Petit Le Mans at the end of the month."
Timo Bernhard, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, "We were the quickest car all weekend. I was able to get back to within tenths of the Petersen car. When the alternator wire broke, the power steering also went. The water temperature began to rise. Even the strongest man in the world cannot be consistent without the power steering as that affects the feel and your rhythm. We had bad luck, Petersen had bad luck, but it was a little better than ours."
Romain Dumas, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "Petersen won the race parked in turn one. Timo came back right behind the leader and was closing every lap. The wire is something that never happens. We are in a hole with the points chase going into Petit. We need Petersen to keep running into trouble to keep our hopes alive."
Alex Job, team owner: "The 23 car with the alternator wire is a new one on me. Romain and Timo were the fastest in class all weekend -- but that's racing. We will keep the focus and go into Petit looking to win. Ian and Darren did a good job to keep their composure after the pit penalty. We were just 60-seconds shy of getting them a win. The 24 car finally had a good run. We are going into one of the series marquee events and the championship is still within our grasp."
The next race for the American Le Mans Series will be the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 1.