Mercer Motorsports Thunderhill 25H midway report

Halfway through the 9th annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the defending overall champions Mercer Motorsports were five laps down to the overall leader due to time lost to a recurring mechanical problem. The team, fielding a Jerry Woods Enterprises...

Halfway through the 9th annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the defending overall champions Mercer Motorsports were five laps down to the overall leader due to time lost to a recurring mechanical problem. The team, fielding a Jerry Woods Enterprises and Motorsports Solutions-prepped 2010 Porsche GT3 Cup Car, includes drivers Rich Walton, Johannes van Overbeek, Jon Fogarty, Tommy Sadler and Guy Cosmo.

The #75 Porsche stopped in the second hour of the race to replace an axle, then again at the eight-hour mark to replace the other, losing eight laps to the overall leader. Just before the halfway point, the overall-leading Ford GT had a prolonged pit stop, during which time the #75 was able to regain three laps, cutting the deficit to five. The race has been yellow-flagged repeatedly due to incidents caused by the rain and resulting spray and mud on track, and the forecast calls for intermittent rain for the duration of the race.

Johannes van Overbeek, who won the 25 Hours overall in 2009 with Sadler, Fogarty and Walton, said, "Relative to last year, when we had zero issues with the car, the weather and penalties, this year has been pretty tiring so far. We've had some mechanical gremlins, the weather's lousy and the traffic is lousy too. It's been much more challenging than the other 25 Hours I've been a part of, but our guys aren't giving up. They keep putting the cars back out on track and despite the traffic and the conditions, there's not a scratch on it. We're able to keep banging out the laps, and I think we'll be good by the end. The Michelin rain tires we've got on the car are tremendous - we've put five stints on them, they look like new and we're driving circles around our competition."

-source: mercer motorsports

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Series ROADRACING
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Guy Cosmo , Johannes van Overbeek , Rich Walton