ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Third in GTS at Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Terry Borcheller qualified the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in third position in GTS for round eight of the American Le Mans ...
ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Third in GTS at Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Terry Borcheller qualified the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in third position in GTS for round eight of the American Le Mans Series race to be run at Road Atlanta tomorrow.
Terry ran a lap time of 1:19.613 at a speed of 114 mph during the qualifying session. "It was tough to get a clean lap due to traffic. The other cars were spread out in a strange way. But I was able to negotiate the traffic and not lose a lot of time. The car is performing really well right now. I over drove 10-A on all my fast laps, that cost me a tenth or so. I also had decent push into the esses. I think we have a good car for tomorrow."
Acemco had a mishap on Sunday when the Saleen lost the left front tire while exiting turn twelve. The third driver added for Petit, Joao Barbosa was still getting comfortable in the car, "I drove a few laps on Saturday and was about thirty laps into a full stint on Sunday when I was exiting turn twelve and the left front tire went past me. I lost steering at that point and went right into the wall; there was nothing I could do. The car rode the wall until coming to a stop. It was just bad luck."
The team has been working day and night getting the S7-R ready for the 10-hour race since the crash. The preliminary set-up was lost. A complete shake down was done on the car after piecing it back together with components from their second car. The set-up work will continue into the warm-up tomorrow. The car needs to be well prepared for the endurance and changing weather conditions.
Teammate Johnny Mowlem is very comfortable with the car. "The practice last night and today have gone really well. I am very pleased with how the car is sorted out. It is at least back to or better than where it was before the crash. We are looking forward to a good race tomorrow."
"The crash on Sunday really set us back. We wanted to be able to prepare the set-up of the car in a controlled environment, unfortunately we were not able to do that. We have had to do at least three changes at once and hope that we were heading in the right direction," said Jeff Giangrande team owner. "The practice last night went well. It was our first practice that we were able to work on the set-up. The practices prior to that were used for Pirelli to test a new compound on the tires. The new compound is intended to extend the life of the tires."
Tomorrow's race at Road Atlanta will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 11:30 a.m. with segments at 5:30 p.m. and the finish at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.