ACEMCO Motorsports Preservers to Finishes Third in GT1 at Petit Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports drivers Terry Borcheller, Ralf Kelleners and Johnny Mowlem persevered through a tough day to finish on the podium at the American Le Mans ...
ACEMCO Motorsports Preservers to Finishes Third in GT1 at Petit
Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports drivers Terry Borcheller, Ralf Kelleners and Johnny Mowlem persevered through a tough day to finish on the podium at the American Le Mans Series 10-hour Petit Le Mans race this evening.
The team persevered through 18 pit stops to finish in third place. The first stop proved to be the toughest. On lap eight Terry Borcheller had to pit to have the crew put the power steering belt back on. When the Gainesville resident returned to the track he was the fastest GT1 car on the circuit. Soon after contact with a Porsche at the top of hill before 12 was just one of many events the team endured.
The plethora of pit stops ranged from punctured tires, to body repair and included a couple of team penalties. On lap 240 some six hours into the race, Kelleners reported that the transmission was getting difficult to shift. Regardless of the many pit stops, Borcheller and Mowlem highlighted the day by battling with the factory Maserati for position on several occasions.
"The power steering belt killed us early," said Borcheller.J"The contact at the top of the hill was a pretty big hit, but it really did not affect the car. The handling held up well throughout the day, I had the confidence to really push. We definitely had a better car than we placed."
Kelleners mirrors Borcheller's thoughts on the car," I thought that the car handled and drove better today than it has all week since we have been here last Friday. I had a puncture that was a little scary, but the team was able to hold the car together and put a pretty good finish together. We just spent way too much time in the pits to be a threat to the front runners."
"We had a ridiculous number of pit stops," said Mowlem.J"Still the third place was a nice reward for the entire team after a long day. I was able to push and run laps in the 19s. Toward the end fourth gear started to be really noisy and by this time the Corvette had expired and we were able to back off and come home in third -- not bad for making 18 pit stops."
"The race started off terrible with the power steering belt," said team owner Jeff Giangrande. "Then it seemed like one thing after another started to happen, punctures, body work and everything else. We just kept the wheels turning and were anble to make something out of a tough day with the podium finish. The competition was fast this weekend; Laguna will be another very competitive race."
The final round of the American Le Mans Series will be run on Saturday, October 15th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.