Nurburgring: Johnny Mowlem race report

MOWLEM LOOKS AHEAD AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT AT NURBURGRING Motor racing fates can change a driver's chances at a strong finish in a snap and British racing star Johnny Mowlem knows that as well as anyone. ...

MOWLEM LOOKS AHEAD AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT AT NURBURGRING

Motor racing fates can change a driver's chances at a strong finish in a snap and British racing star Johnny Mowlem knows that as well as anyone.

One moment he was in position to score a podium finish in the 1000 KM of Nurburgring Le Mans Series sports car race and the next moment a broken driveshaft ended his day.

Mowlem drives a Ferrari 430 GT for GPC Motorsports in the GT2 class in both the Le Mans Series and the International GT Open racing series in Europe.

"Yes, it's frustrating," Mowlem admitted. "We would never have won, but a podium was realistic. Given that we have the 2006 engine and exhaust version, I was reasonably happy to be only five tenths off pole position."

Mowlem's typically strong qualifying effort allowed him to be amongst the leaders from the start of the race.

"I got a reasonable start and hassled Lietz in the Le Mans 24 winning Porsche but didn't have the straightline speed to get through," Mowlem said. "I started losing front aero (down force) from being so close to him and my front tyres started graining. I backed off a couple of seconds and then picked it up again and we went together and started catching the factory Felbermayer Porsche for second place. Then my left rear driveshaft broke."

Mowlem's next race will be again in the GPC Ferrari in the International GT Open series race at Magny Cours, France, on the 14th and 15th July. The team of Mowlem and co-driver Gianluca Roda is fourth in the standings and GPC is second in the team standings in that series.

-credit: jm/le

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Johnny Mowlem , Gianluca Roda