Terry Borcheller scored his first American Le Mans Series podium finish of the season, after a trying Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Fla.) race. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., drove the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R with David Brabham of Maidenhead, England, and Johnny Mowlem of London, England. The trio finished third in the GTS class.
Borcheller was unable to post a fast qualifying lap on the 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway road course due to a spin, exacerbated by a scuffed brake rotor.
"We rushed to make the qualifying session, but we had so many obstacles," he recounted. "We had no heat in the motor, so I was concentrating on getting engine temp on my out-lap, which is normally the lap that I get the brakes in. I was pushing hard to try to post a good time, I made a mistake and I spun. The right-rear rotor caught and the brake clamped down like it had a padlock on it. I went instantly backwards."
Borcheller started fifth on the GTS grid and moved up to third in the first 40 minutes of the 12-hour race. He grabbed second place during his second stint during the fourth hour. The team then encountered a series of mechanical problems that necessitated several extra pitstops, including two that consumed almost an hour of valuable track time. Despite the challenges, the team rallied to finish third in class, earning both regular championship points and bonus points for the long race.
"Considering the weekend and all the obstacles we had, it's amazing to come out with a podium and points," Borcheller said. "To get the points was huge for us, with everything that was going on all week. We had multiple new-car bugs; we even shipped a new engine to the track. The team did an awesome job - they stayed at the track until 5 am on race day, went back and had a shower and maybe an hour's sleep. We had a good race from the driver standpoint, too - David and Johnny did a really good job."
Borcheller will drive the No. 44 TheRaceSite.com Racing Porsche 996 in the Grand-Am Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., on March 28.