J3 Racing Finishes Second at Sebring in GT2 Buford, Georgia - J3 Racing finished second today at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. This second place finish represents the Georgia based team's best ever American Le Mans Series finish. The...
J3 Racing Finishes Second at Sebring in GT2
Buford, Georgia - J3 Racing finished second today at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. This second place finish represents the Georgia based team's best ever American Le Mans Series finish.
The team unloaded their 79/Coca-Cola/J3 Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 for a weeks worth practice on Monday. Drivers Justin Jackson, Tim Sugden and Nic Jonsson began fine tuning the car for the race. This season will see the J3 entry running on Pirelli tires. "The Pirellis are wanting a different set-up from the tire that we ran last year," said Sugden. "The better part of practice has been spent setting up the car to maximize the handling. Sebring has about every kind of corner there is, so we have had to work hard on the shocks to get the car fast."
Suffering from the flu all week Justin Jackson was not able to compete in the race. Jonsson and Sugden were able to go the twelve hour distance.
The ALMS GT2 category witnessed an unusually high number of attrition with 10 of the GT2 cars retiring. The J3 crew took advantage of every opportunity. Early on in the race the team had a pit stop miscue and was assessed a stop-and-go penalty by the officials.
Racing into second position at around 7:30 p.m. the driver's and crew had to manage a late race brake caliper issue. "We ran a good consistent race all day," said Sugden. "The car ran really well and the handling was very predictable. Nic and I were able to keep the pace all day and not put ourselves in any positions to compromise the equipment. With about two hours to go, we had a leaky brake caliper. We had to stop and top off the brake fluid while staying ahead of the third place car. This is my best finish in the series, we just need to improve one more positon!"
"I had a spin early in turn 13, there was some oil down on the track and three of us went around," said Jonsson. "The last two hours of the race was a little scary, we had to pump the brake pedal for the last part of the race. For the first ten hours the car ran great. We had a few mistakes, but nothing that really affected the outcome of the race for us. It is a great way to start the year."
"I am proud of the whole team," said Jaye Jackson. "We work hard without the budget of a lot of the teams and this is our best ever result. The crew did a great job to prepare the car and performed in the pits. Nic and Tim did the job behind the wheel and it paid off."
The next race for J3 Racing will be at their home track at Road Atlanta on April 17th.