J3 Racing Finishes Fifth at Mosport Bowmanville, Canada -- J3 Racing finished fifth today in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race run at Mosport International Raceway. On Saturday, Tim Sugden qualified the number 79/J3...
J3 Racing Finishes Fifth at Mosport
Bowmanville, Canada -- J3 Racing finished fifth today in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race run at Mosport International Raceway.
On Saturday, Tim Sugden qualified the number 79/J3 Racing/Porsche 911 RSR in eighth position after posting a time of 1:20.149 and an average speed of 110 mph. "The car was pretty good in qualifying. I had a good set of tires and the car felt balanced. It is not quite where we needed to be, but the setup of the car is good for the race."
Justin Jackson started the car from place on the grid. The team elected to change tires prior to the start which forced them give-up their qualifying position. The rules state that you must start on the tires on which you qualified.
Jackson was able to run consistent lap times and the car over to Sugden in seventh place. "I had a good run. The tires really fall off here after about 30 laps and then the car becomes a handful. There are five of the ten turns that are taken really fast. When the tires loose grip you really tend to loose time through there. We were able to come back and finish in fifth. I am looking forward to returning to our home track for the next race."
Sugden took over from Jackson on lap 59. The Brit took on the tires in which he qualified. "I am not sure that was the greatest move, as the tires go away pretty quickly here. We really had nothing to lose in trying it though. The car was really well balanced. I was able to match the times of the front running cars. But with 20 laps remaining we had to pit for tires as I had wore them to the cord. The team really knows Road Atlanta and we did well at the other long distance race at Sebring, so we are hopeful to have a good run at the end of the month."
The next event on the American Le Mans Series schedule is the 1,000 mile Petit Le Mans race to be run at Road Atlanta on October 1st.