MOWLEM PILOTS PORSCHE TO PODIUM PERFORMANCE IN FRANCE
MAGNY COURS, France (April 29, 2006) -- Johnny Mowlem, the globetrotting British sports car racer, finished third with co-driver Gianluca Roda in the International GT series France GT Open.
Mowlem and Roda drove a GT3 RSR for the Factory Italian Porsche team, AutoOrlando. Mowlem, who also competes in two series in the United States, drove the first stint. He led the race briefly before pitting for tires, fuel and a driver change.
"I had a lot of oversteer from a few laps in, but tried to be consistent and give Gianluca a good shot," Mowlem said. "He did great to keep us in a podium position. We were on hard compound tyres, but we managed to defend the third place, and we are happy with it."
The event drew an estimated 68,000 fans and treated them to a great show. Paolo Ruberto and Matteo Cressoni, driving a Ferrari, eventually won the race.
The race, and the trip home to Britain, marked the end of one of Mowlem's trademark treks. He tested with the ACEMCO team at Homestead, Florida in the middle of the week. The team is preparing for the 24 Hour of Le Mans.
"I flew London to Miami on Wednesday, did the test with ACEMCO, then left Homestead Thursday at 3 pm and drove to Miami to get a flight to Paris and arrived Friday morning. Drove south three hours to Magny Cours, and an hour later I was out on the track again!"
Mowlem is scheduled to race in the Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese races in the International GT series.
"In terms of drivers, it's as competitive as the Le Mans Series (GT2 Class)," Mowlem said. "We were never going to beat those two Ferraris, but it is nice to able to help AutoOrlando and Porsche get their first podium of the season. I'm looking forward to doing some more of these races - and I can use my Spanish in the press conference."
One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. He was named the 2005 UK Reading Sports Personality of the Year, an honor reserved for the top sports performers in his region. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish.