Alex Job Racing captures GT victory at Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Aug. 17, 2003 - Alex Job Racing ended today's American Le Mans Series Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport the best the team has finished in three years at...
Alex Job Racing captures GT victory at Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Aug. 17, 2003 - Alex Job Racing ended today's American Le Mans Series Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport the best the team has finished in three years at Mosport International Raceway. The No. 24 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com Porsche GT3 RS driven by Jorg Bergmeister Timo Bernhard finished first in GT class; a first ever for the two German drivers. The second AJR Porsche of Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen finished fourth in class.
Bergmeister and Bernhard held onto first position in class and battled with the sister car of Luhr and Maassen throughout the first half of the two hour, 45-minute race until the left rear tire came loose on the 23 car, causing the car to fall from first to seventh position. Maassen was able to turn quick laps and work his way to third position in class when a vibration in the left rear caused another unexpected pit stop, bringing the car to fifth position in class. Maassen's fast lap times at the end of the race enabled him to overtake the fourth place car and finish fourth in class during the last lap of the race. "It's always hard to make a decision to bring a car in when we've made our way to third, but it's better to be safe and sensible with the car rather than risk it and keep him out and have something really bad go wrong," race strategist Mike Evans said of the unexpected pit stops.
"It really has been a perfect race. We started in first and had some battles with some of the other cars and then we were able to regain our original position. I'm happy with the win, especially after our finish here last year. A win is always happy, but really this is great because we have never finished well here at Mosport. We really had no troubles, as always, the crew was great. Maybe we can repeat it next weekend," Bernhard said of his first win at Mosport.
"We haven't had a lot of recent luck at this track, but that is turning around today. I'm really pleased with Jorg and Timo's finish. Both crews did a superior job and I really can't say enough about them. Both crews stayed at the track until 10 last night practicing pit stops and it really showed today during the race. The Ferraris are still right there and they are really going to continue to give us a battle which is great. Now we need to regroup and head to Elkhart Lake for the race next week," team owner Alex Job said.
Based in Tavares, Fla., Alex Job Racing serves as a race prep, chassis- building and tuning facility. On a day-to-day basis, team owners Alex and Holly Job are involved in the growth and administrative functions of the team and business.