Sebring: ACEMCO Motorsports race report

ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fourth at Sebring Sebring, Florida -- ACEMCO Motorsports finished fourth in today's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Driver's Terry Borcheller, Johnny Mowlem and Ralf Kelleners drove a near flawless race to bring...

ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fourth at Sebring

Sebring, Florida -- ACEMCO Motorsports finished fourth in today's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Driver's Terry Borcheller, Johnny Mowlem and Ralf Kelleners drove a near flawless race to bring the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7-R home in fourth position.

The day witnessed the Michigan based team move up steadily in the GT1 standings throughout the race. Early on the team ran in sixth place as the pace of the largest ever GT1 field settled into a rhythm.

Consistent lap times, excellent pit work and careful monitoring of the caution periods kept the car in contention all day. As darkness fell on the historic circuit and incidents with traffic and part failures befell the competition, the ACEMCO drivers were able to move the car into second position. Going into the closing moments of the race the team was swapping second place in class during off setting pit stops with the number three Corvette. In the end the motor began to spew oil and the team retired the car with just 20-minutes left in the race.

"I was disappointed we didn't try to complete a few more laps," said Terry Borcheller. "But if I was still in the race I wouldn't want another car slicking up the track in the last hour of a 12 hour event, so it was the right call. The car was really good all day. During the pit stops all we did was put gas and tires on it; we never had to make an adjustment. It would have been a nice reward after the work over the winter to be on the podium."

Teammate Johnny Mowlem was equally frustrated with the result. "I had a spin early in turn 16 when I was hit by the privateer Corvette. Other than that I did not have another incident all day. It was tough when you would go off line with the amount of pick-up on the tires; it felt like you had a flat. We had a good car all day; the race really came back to us. We were trading second place every hour at the end, but the engine was 30-minutes short today."

"The first half of the race we really weren't on the pace," said Ralf Kelleners. "When it became cooler in the evening we became more competitive. At around 7:00 p.m. during my stint there was a lot of oil on the track. Once that cleared, which took about 30 minutes, we could focus on keeping our top position. In the end the motor just let us down."

"We had a good run today. We were running in sixth early on and then we were able to move-up, swapping second place with Corvette to the last hour," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "We put in a lot of work over the winter and that showed in our pace and consistency with the car over the race distance. At the end we were not able to fix the oil leak. I didn't want to send the car to oil up the track for the other competitors."

The next event for ACEMCO Motorsports will be April 17th at Road Atlanta.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem