SCC: Watkins Glen: James Gue race report

Koni Challenge --15th place at Watkins Glen The eighth round of the Koni Challenge season was held this past weekend in Watkins Glen, New York, at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. It was a 3 hour combined GS and ST race on the 3.4 mile...

Koni Challenge --15th place at Watkins Glen

The eighth round of the Koni Challenge season was held this past weekend in Watkins Glen, New York, at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. It was a 3 hour combined GS and ST race on the 3.4 mile road course. This was the first time since Daytona that the two classes have run together. Gue was paired with regular co-driver Bret Seafuse in the #37 JBS Motorsport FR500C Ford Mustang.

Seafuse qualified the #37 car in 18th place on the time charts out of a 37 car GS field. For the first hour and a half Seafuse ran in the top 10. After handing the car off to Gue, he help position in the top ten as well until a off in turn 1, due to a brake problem, dropped him back in the field. After Gue worked his way back inside the top 10, the team decided not to gamble on fuel this race and come in to top off. Unfortunately, most of the field decided to gamble and stay out, which turned out to be the right call. The last minute pitstop dropped Gue back to 22nd place, and in the remaining minutes of the race Gue managed to get back to the 15th position.

The current Koni Challenge point standings are: Thornton/Segal - 215, Foster - 201, Gue/Seafuse -- 170 Maxwell - 169 after 8 of 12 rounds.

Gue commented: "Again this was a bit of a frustrating weekend, we were all hoping for a better result, especially as this was the home race for JBS Motorsports. Fuel strategy has bitten us several times this year. We gambled in Mosport and got it wrong, and we decided to be conservative here and got it wrong again. It's very easy to second guess yourself looking back after the race. I really need to thank the whole JBS crew, who has been working so hard the last few weeks. We are still 3rd in points and still have a good shot at the Championship, so we'll move on to Barber in a few weeks."

The next race for the Koni Challenge will be at Barber Motorsport Park, near Birmingham, Alabama July 19th-22nd.

-credit: www.jamesgue.net

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers James Gue , Bret Seafuse