ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fourth in GT1 for Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports raced to a fourth place finish in GT1 in round two of the American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta today.
Terry Borcheller started the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. Borcheller and Mowlem had the car competitive all day running as high as second place. The new engine management system on the car and change in downforce, car is running a wing that is six-inches smaller than last year, proved difficult for the team as they have had limited testing with these new components.
"The car was really inconsistent the whole day," said Borcheller. "I felt like I had no grip and had problems with the lateral Gs in the car. The balance in the rear seemed off, but I think that is attributed to the smaller wing we have to run. At the end we were running well in second place and with the new fuel management system we weren't 100% confident we could make it to the end, so we pitted to be safe, surrendering our podium position."
Teammate Johnny Mowlem also had concerns with the cars handling. "The handling was not consistent. Usually we know what to expect as you burn off fuel and the tires go away, but not today. I was able to overtake the Maserati early on, but had nothing for him at the end. I tried to run consistent laps in the 20s and hope I could real him in. The late race pit stop we did not have the time to put on tires, if we did I am sure we could have been on the podium."
"We weren't sure we could go all the way at the end so we pitted for a splash-and-go," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The car is suffering in the high speed corners, it would have been a different race with our bigger wing. We have some testing planned before Mid-Ohio and we are looking to having our package all together by Le Mans in June."
The team will travel Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on May 15 for round three of the American Le Mans Series to be run on May 15.