ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Third in GT1 at Lime Rock Lime Rock, Connecticut -- ACEMCO Motorsports came back from a disappointing qualifying adjustment to finish their number 63 Saleen S7-R in third position in round four of the American Le Mans...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Third in GT1 at Lime Rock
Lime Rock, Connecticut -- ACEMCO Motorsports came back from a disappointing qualifying adjustment to finish their number 63 Saleen S7-R in third position in round four of the American Le Mans Series New England Grand Prix run at Lime Rock Park.
Following post qualifying inspection on Saturday, the team learned that they would be relegated to the back of the field for the start of the race. The car failed the air box test, due to an air leak. IMSA rules state that when the air intake is plugged the car must stall. What would have been a third place starting position in GT1 put them back some seven rows from where their qualifying time would have started them.
Terry Borcheller started the Saleen from what seemed like Lakeville, the next town over. The Georgia resident was able to bring the car up through the GT2 field and into contention in GT1 by lap seven. After cycling through the pit stops, the team decided to leave Johnny Mowlem out and gamble on fuel with some 45-minutes remaining. The Englishman was able to conserve gas during the cautions and keep a charging Maserati behind him to bring the car home on the podium.
"The car was not bad," said Mowlem. "The team made a great call to keep me out there and gamble with the cautions. The Maserati had the legs on us at the end, but I was able to negotiate the traffic a little better and finish on the podium. After a weekend of constant adjustment on the car to get it to ride over the bumps, I am glad for the team that we could grab a trophy."
"I was able to get up through traffic without any damage or incident," said Borcheller. "I am surprised it was that smooth. The race really came to us and the strategy and pit stops were right on. I had a little trouble getting by the five car and we touched, other than that I had no real drama. Johnny did a great job to hold off the charging Maserati, it feels good to be on the podium."
"It was a great battle at the end," said team owner Jeff Giangrande. "Terry had a good drive at the beginning to make up for the penalty from qualifying. Johnny kept the car competitive until the very end with the Maserati coming, he was just a little better in traffic. Great strategy in the pits, I would rather end the race stranded out on the track with a dry fuel tank than finish fourth."
The series will begin west coast swing with the next event being held on July 17th at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.