Alex Job Racing Wins GT2 at Portland and Takes Points Lead Portland, Oregon -- Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard drove their number 23/Hyatt/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to victory in GT2 today at the American Le Mans Series Portland Grand...
Alex Job Racing Wins GT2 at Portland and Takes Points Lead
Portland, Oregon -- Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard drove their number 23/Hyatt/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to victory in GT2 today at the American Le Mans Series Portland Grand Prix. The victory also gives the duo the overall points lead in the GT2 category. The number 24 AJR finished in ninth today after several mechanical issues plagued the car all race.
Romain Dumas started the 23 AJR Porsche from the GT2 pole position. He quickly went out and was able to build up a 16-second lead by the first yellow on lap 53. With just two caution periods, the team was able to pit just one time for fuel, tires and driver during the two-hour-and-forty-five minute race. The drivers were able to take advantage of an early race stumble by the points leading Petersen entry to put maximum space between them to assume the overall points lead.
The number 24/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was beleaguered with a myriad of mechanical woes that started from the formation lap. Darren Law went to start the engine to roll away for the race start when the car would not respond. The team jumped into action with the auxiliary battery which was also drained. Another battery was summoned and the car joined the grid at the back of the field. Then on lap 37 the car stalled on course, Law was able to restart and get it back to the pits were the crew set about replacing the coils.
Ian Baas took over the ride and was running competitive lap times. On lap 95 he limped the car back to the pits with a broken axle ending his day.
Timo Bernhard, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, "Romain did a good job to get a gap early on. That is always nice for the second driver. When the Petersen car went a lap down we still wanted to keep the pace up. The car ran perfectly all race. Even though there is not much grip here, the Michelin tires were under me for my long second stint. It is nice to be in the points lead. We cannot rest though."
Romain Dumas, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "When the 31 car pitted, I just put my head down and tried to drive fast, clean laps to try and keep them down. They finally had some bad luck that we were able to capitalize on today. We seem to be getting faster every race. The team is giving us a really good car and we are taking care of business on the track. It will be nice to have Petersen chasing us for a while."
Darren Law, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "The car began to sputter and then stalled. We just started off on the wrong foot with the battery at the beginning and it went down hill from there. I had a good first weekend with the team up until the race. It was nice to drive a quality 911 again and the Alex Job crew is one of the best in the paddock. Ian is a good young driver and I am looking forward to the remaining races."
Ian Baas, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "The guys did a good job to fix the miss with the coil replacement. I was able to run competitive lap times and mix it up in traffic. It was unfortunate that the axle broke, because the car was really good. I guess we were just shy of the minimum amount of laps run to score points. The team and I are hungry for a good finish."
Alex Job, team owner: "Romain and Timo ran a great race that was safe, error free and fast. Once the 24 car had the coil problems we were really monitoring the 23 car closely, but it ran trouble free all day. The 24 seemed to have a cloud over it all race. Ian has gone so far as to paint a clover on his helmet. Darren did a good job to jump in the car with no testing and get up to speed; there are good things ahead for these guys."
Round eight of the American Le Mans Series will be run on August 22nd at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.