Mid-Ohio: Alex Job Racing race report

Hot race Alex Job Racing finished second and ninth in GT in Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Timo Bernhard and Jörg Bergmeister, both rookies on the 2.258-mile road course, were second in class. Lucas Luhr...

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Alex Job Racing finished second and ninth in GT in Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Timo Bernhard and Jörg Bergmeister, both rookies on the 2.258-mile road course, were second in class. Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen didn't finish the race and were classified ninth in class. The drivers of both cars were hampered by heavy oil on the windshields in the first stint, seriously reducing their visibility.

Bernhard drove the first 75-minute stint in the No. 22 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche, starting and holding fourth place in class. Bergmeister took over after a pitstop delayed by radio communications that cost a position, then moved up to finish second, just two seconds from victory, despite overheating in the car.

Maassen started from the GT pole in the No. 23 Porsche, but dropped to third during a crowded start. Luhr took over after 75 minutes and the crew's fast pitstop moved him to the class lead. He swapped the lead with Randy Pobst in another Porsche until contact between the two cars put Luhr out of the race with a broken left-front suspension.

Timo Bernhard "In the first or second lap the car in front of us spilled oil on my windshield, so I couldn't see very much for the whole stint. I heard my crew chief too late to come in, so we had to come in a lap later and it was a big problem. But I'm happy to finish second."

Jörg Bergmeister "I was in the car for one and one half hours and it was getting pretty hot. Because of the way we were slip-streaming, we had very high water temperatures and I was losing power because of that, so it was really hard to overtake. But I'm really happy with second place, it's good for the championship."

Lucas Luhr "Randy I were passing each other, and I left the door open two or three times for him because it was really close. When I went to overtake him the first time, he closed the door from the outside to the inside and we touched. And the second time again, from my point of view, it's not so fair what he did. But from his point of view, it's not fair what I did. It was maybe a misunderstanding."

Sascha Maassen "Right from the start, the windshield was completely full of oil. I couldn't see a thing and it was actually very, very dangerous. I had to follow the cars in front of me so I could see the brake lights. I couldn't overtake because I needed a reference in front of me. I finished my stint and I was just happy I was back in the pits!"

-ajr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Randy Pobst , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing