Alex Job Racing -- BAM! Win GT2 at Le Mans
Le Mans, France -- The combined effort of Alex Job Racing and BAM Motorsport won the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans yesterday.
Driver's Marc Lieb, Mike Rockenfeller and Leo Hindery drove a flawless race to win the world's toughest test of man-and-machine.
The team went into the week as the class underdogs, going up against the defending race champions Peterson Motorsport and their seasoned driver lineup. Despite the challenge, Rockenfeller was able to capitalize on the Peterson qualifying crash and put the Porsche on pole in the GT2 class.
During the first stint, the team lost the lead to fellow American Le Mans Series competitor Panoz. As night began to fall and darkness ascended on the French circuit, the team regained the lead in the nine-o'clock hour and never looked back. The constant pressure from the Peterson effort, forced the driving trio to run a 24-hour sprint race.
Driver's Lieb and Rockenfeller triple stinted through the night. The consistency of their Yokohama tires helped them come into sun rise leading the GT2 field. Leo Hindery ran a very competitive last stint to bring the car across the line securing victory.
The win marks teams second Le Mans win, their first being in 2003.
"We were definitely not the favorites going into the weekend," said Alex Job. "Mike did a great job to put it on pole. The race really played into our favor, the car ran flawlessly the entire race, we only pitted for fuel, tires and driver changes. Mike and Marc really put their hearts into the race. Leo did a great job to keep the car in contention during his stints and it was a great moment to see him on the top step of the podium. Peterson and Panoz helped to make the class very competitive and making it a great showing for the ALMS competitors that made the trip over."
The team will return home and prepare for round four of the American Le Mans Series to be run on July 4th and Lime Rock Park.