Alex Job Racing victorious at Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec -- Aug. 3, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing had another victorious weekend with a second American Le Mans Series GT class win in two back to back races. Due to good luck...
Alex Job Racing victorious at Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec -- Aug. 3, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing had another victorious weekend with a second American Le Mans Series GT class win in two back to back races. Due to good luck with yellow flags, the No. 23 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com™ Porsche GT3 RS of Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen finished three laps ahead of the second place GT car. This victory marks the 18th win for Maassen, making him the most winning American Le Mans Series driver. The second team car of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard fell on bad luck and retired the No. 24 Porsche after completing 85 laps.
Maassen started first on the GT grid and held the position throughout the entire three-hour race. "I didn't know everyone would hit the wall. We really had good luck not hitting it and keeping the car straight. In the beginning it wasn't easy, but by the last two laps, I was driving by waving to the crowds," Maassen said.
Bergmeister and Bernhard held onto second position in class until Bernhard came into contact with the wall at turn 10. As a result, the Porsche sustained right front suspension problems. Approximately 50 minutes into the race, the car developed electrical problems and the racing machine was brought into the pit. The team of experienced Porsche mechanics and engineers couldn't pinpoint the problem. Because no points would be gained in the championship chase, the decision was made to retire the car. "It was a hard decision, but it's better not to risk the car today and focus on getting it race ready for the next race at Mosport," team engineer Greg Fordahl said.
"It's really disappointing to have an end like this, especially since we've been doing well lately. I really would have liked to finish, but I understand the decision. That is racing. Maybe we will have better luck next time," Bergmeister said.
"AJR had a great day at Trois-Rivieres with a win for the 23 car. Unfortunately we had a difficult time with the 24 car, but as they say, that's racing. Congratulations to the entire 23 car crew for a great victory and congratulations to the Ferrari team for a strong second place finish. We're looking forward to running with them at Mosport in a couple of weeks," team owner Alex Job said.