Portland: Alex Job Racing race report

Alex Job Racing Finishes Seventh in GT2 at Portland Portland, Oregon - Alex Job Racing finished seventh in this evening's running of the Grand Prix of Portland and round six of the American Le Mans Series. New comer Robin Liddell started the...

Alex Job Racing Finishes Seventh in GT2 at Portland

Portland, Oregon - Alex Job Racing finished seventh in this evening's running of the Grand Prix of Portland and round six of the American Le Mans Series.

New comer Robin Liddell started the number 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 RSR from the second row in GT2. The Festival Turns lived up to their reputation of causing havoc on the first turn of the race. Liddell was positioning himself for the first turn with little room to maneuver when one of the BMWs came across his bow forcing him into the back of the Ferrari. Under heavy braking the Scot got the Porsche sideways. In the melee he was shuffled to the back of the pack, but was able to claw his way into fifth before turning over to Mike Rockenfeller.

Rockenfeller proceeded to bring the AJR number 23 back up to third position. During the ladder part of his stint the rubber bits deposited on the track accumulated on the Michelin's affecting lap times. With less than 20-minutes remaining the young German had to pit for a splash of fuel and also took tires to try and keep a top five finish. A strong vibration in the left rear caused Rockenfeller to return to pit road for a new tire sealing the team's fate in seventh.

Mike Rockenfeller had a lot of trouble with track debris. "Robin had a tough start and I got into the car in fifth place. I was able to get back up to the top three but as the race went on the pick-up [track debris] on the tires made it difficult to improve my position. We had to pit late for a splash and I took new tires to try and hold a top five position, but then we had a big vibration in the left rear and I had to return to pit road for another tire, knocking us back down the order."

Robin Liddell experienced the infamous Festival Turns first lap bottle-neck. "When the green flew I was headed into turn one and the Ferrari was squeezing the 31 to the wall and the BMW was along side me. When we got to the turn-in everyone checked-up and then the BMW came across my nose and left me no room, I tapped him and got into the brakes which turned me sideways and relegated me to the back of the field. I was able to get back into the top five within 10 laps, but the lead cars were out of reach. The start was disappointing as was the finish."

"We have had another very difficult race," said Holly Job, team owner. "We battled grip issues all through practice and then put in the fastest time today for the warm-up, thinking we would have a good car for the race. Robin's first turn incident was bad luck with the congestion and stacking affect, which is typical where the GT2 cars start. The track was littered with rubber making fast lap times impossible. The Ferrari pitted out of sequence and had a big off and still was able to win - we could have used a little of that luck today."

The bright spot of the weekend was that the Alex Job Racing crew consisting of Kerry Foote, Greg Fordahl, Hugh Goshop, Jim Justice, Richard Westfall, Pat Fraccalvieri, Alison Dunn, Mike Spinti, Johnny Massuet, Bill Braucksick, Jack Bromall and Mike Spinti took home the $10,000 Klien Tool Pit Stop Challenge award besting the likes of Audi Sport, Corvette Racing, BMW Team PTG, Aston Martin Racing, Intersport and Petersen White Lightning.

Round seven of the American Le Mans Series will be run at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 20th.

-ajr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Robin Liddell , Greg Ford , Bill Braucksick , Mike Rockenfeller , Alex Job , Holly Job
Teams Aston Martin Racing , Corvette Racing , Alex Job Racing