Alex Job Racing Third in ALMS Finale Monterey, California -- Alex Job Racing finished third this evening in GT2 in the final round of the American Le Mans Series run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Mike Rockenfeller started the number 23/Alex...
Alex Job Racing Third in ALMS Finale
Monterey, California -- Alex Job Racing finished third this evening in GT2 in the final round of the American Le Mans Series run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mike Rockenfeller started the number 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 996 from the front row, on the strength of his excellent qualifying effort yesterday. The young German passed the pole sitting Ferrari into turn one and then was hit by the same car two turns later, sending him back to sixth. By lap eight Rockenfeller was able to make his way back up to second and then assumed the lead on lap 62.
Rockenfeller turned the Bell Microproducts Porsche over the Marcel Tiemann on lap 65. Tiemann was able to immediately gap the second place Ferrari by nine-seconds while leading up to the races third caution period. On the restart of that same caution period, Tiemann had contact with a P1 and GT2 car going into turn six, which caused a flat tire sending the German to the pits. Rockenfeller completed the run and brought the car home in third for the team's third podium finish of the year.
Mike Rockenfeller was looking for a win today. "I had a good start and passed the Ferrari into turn one and then I must have made him mad because he shoved me off in turn three. I was able to get back to the front and turn the car over to Marcel. The team deserved better today."
Marcel Tiemann knew the team had the speed to win. "We could have won instead of getting third. Mike did a great job to get us into the lead. During my stint I was able to stay ahead of the Ferrari and the car was very consistent over a long run. We were looking to go to the end out front when I got sandwiched between a P1 and the BMW going up in the Cork Screw and the result was a flat tire for me, and third for the team."
"Our terrible luck continued right up to the last race," said Alex Job, team owner. "We missed two stops under yellow by just one lap. Marcel had the contact on the restart and that caused us to stop under green. The yellow came out the next lap and the two cars that finished ahead of us were able to pit under that caution, putting us back nearly 40-seconds and that was our day. Again we had the car to run to the front and lead the race and contact halted our chance for a win, frustrating."