Road Atlanta: J3 Racing preview

J3 Racing on Home Turf at Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia - J3 Racing will be running their number 79/J3 Motorsport/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on home turf this weekend for round eight of the American Le Mans Series to be run at Road Atlanta this ...

J3 Racing on Home Turf at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Georgia - J3 Racing will be running their number 79/J3 Motorsport/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on home turf this weekend for round eight of the American Le Mans Series to be run at Road Atlanta this Saturday.

The Buford based team will be able to sleep in their own beds this week as the series visits their home track. Coming off a schedule that included six races in ten weeks the team is ready for some home cooking. Currently team drivers Justin Jackson and Tim Sugden are in eighth place in points in the competitive ALMS GT category.

"To do well here you need to go the 10-hours trouble free," said Justin Jackson. "You have to run a mistake free race on the track and in the pits. The faster prototypes often take chances when passing, so you have to be aware of who is coming up on you. You also need to set the car up so all three drivers are comfortable with the handling. I am looking forward to the race; we will have over 30 family members and a couple of hundred J3 supporters here this weekend."

Leeds, England based driver Tim Sugden approaches Petit much the same way as he does the sprint races. "You have to race hard every lap, because everyone else is going ten-tenths. The team is really well prepared and we are hoping for our best finish of the year, which would put us on the podium." Coming off his championship season in the British GT championship, Sugden compares the two. "The two are totally different. I know the circuits back home really well; all of them this year in ALMS have been totally new to me. The competition here is deeper. Every car in the class is prepared and driven really well."

Joining Jackson and Sugden for Petit will be Frenchman Xavier Pompadou. "I have raced at Road Atlanta three times in the past. I really like the track it has a nice combination of fast and challenging corners. The undulating layout is great. To me this is one of the best sportscar grids since Le Mans. I am happy to be driving with Tim and Justin, the J3 team has a lot of local knowledge so that really helps."

J3 Racing will also be running a second Porsche this weekend. The number 78 911 GT3 RS will be driven by Manuel Matos, Randy Wars and Rick Skelton.

Petit Le Mans will be 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.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tim Sugden , Justin Jackson , Randy Wars , Manuel Matos