Road America: Alex Job Racing race summary

1-2 Alex Job Racing finished first and second in the GT class in the first American Le Mans Series race held on the four-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Although both have won major endurance races worldwide, Jörg...

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Alex Job Racing finished first and second in the GT class in the first American Le Mans Series race held on the four-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Although both have won major endurance races worldwide, Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard scored their first win in the series in the No. 22 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche. Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen were second in the No. 23 Porsche.

Luhr started the No. 23 car from the GT pole position, but was passed by Bernhard in the No. 22 car on the first lap. Maassen took over the No. 23 and Bergmeister the No. 22 after 75 minutes of the four-hour 15-minute race. They held their positions until 1h40, when Maassen took the class lead after a fast fuel stop. He and Luhr held the lead through two more driver changes until the final lap, when Maassen was passed by Bernhard.

Jörg Bergmeister "It was a really nice race at the end. I was pushing really flat-out like in qualifying. We were on pretty soft tires at the last stop and the car was really perfect, a lot of fun to drive. After a third, second, now first place, I hope it goes on like that!"

Timo Bernhard "It was a good race, a very close race. The track got faster and faster towards the end because there was more rubber on the track, so at the end it was quite fast. Every lap it got better and better."

Lucas Luhr "I drove everything all right until my last stop, when we had a tire problem. I don't know what happened, but there was a cut in the tire. We had to slow down a little bit because we didn't want to risk a tire failure or something else. That's why the 22 came by us. The rest of the race was okay; we finished first and second for Alex Job, a great result."

Sascha Maassen "I had a lot of fun when I was chasing Johnny Mowlem [in the No. 31 White Lightning/Peterson Porsche]. He was one lap behind but he dogged us all the way, so okay, you want the fight, you get the fight. Unfortunately for him, he finished in the gravel - without my help - and the fight was over too soon. We were enjoying it."

-ajr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Johnny Mowlem , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing