ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes a Tough Third at Mosport in GT1 Bowmanville, Canada -- ACEMCO Motorsports driver's Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem ran the teams most competitive race of the year to come home third in today's running of the...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes a Tough Third at Mosport in GT1
Bowmanville, Canada -- ACEMCO Motorsports driver's Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem ran the teams most competitive race of the year to come home third in today's running of the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport.
Terry Borcheller started from the GT1 pole position and was able to lead his entire stint of 79 laps. Turning over to Mowlem, the Brit took over and was able to maintain the front position. The Saleen paced the GT1 field for more than an hour-and-forty-five-minutes, of the two-hour-and-thirty-minute race. The race was shortened by 15-minutes in an effort by the series to conserve fuel.
The ACEMCO crew had the S7-R at the top of the timing sheets all weekend. At one point in the race Borcheller had the car in the lead by more than ten seconds. During the team's last pit stop on lap 95, they elected to put on new front tires and install Borcheller. This allowed the Corvettes to lead and build up a margin that allowed them to pit and remain at the head of the GT1 field.
"The Saleen was fast," said Borcheller. "I was really able to find my rhythm and negotiate the traffic. We made the right call in the pits with the two front tires. We need to check how much fuel we put in. The race was so close without any caution periods that the competiton on pit road was as feverish as it was on the track. The Corvette team performed fast pit stops and in the end we couldn't reach them."
Johnny Mowlem mirrors his teammates thoughts. "I am just gutted. You have to battle with yourself a little about taking chances in traffic to keep the pace. The car was really good. Terry had the drive of the day. He was so in tune with the track, that we wanted to get him maximum laps. We lead every lap up until a half hour to go. The crew did the job, the car performed, we are so close."
"The Corvette team did very fast pit work. Their fuel mileage and game plan is what beat us, not their speed. Terry was on fire today. He was focused, fast and on the gas. Johnny did a great job to keep the car in the lead. Maybe with that extra 15-minutes of race time we could have passed for second. This gives the team some momentum going into Petit at the end of the month. Another step forward."
Round nine of the American Le Mans Series will be the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 1.