TOUGH TRACK, TOUGH FIGHT BY JaguarRSR WHO TAKES HOME A TOP TEN FINISH AT MOSPORT BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (August 29, 2010) - Another good effort was put forth by JaguarRSR this weekend which resulted in their third top-ten finish of the...
TOUGH TRACK, TOUGH FIGHT BY JaguarRSR WHO TAKES HOME A TOP TEN FINISH AT MOSPORT
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (August 29, 2010) - Another good effort was put forth by JaguarRSR this weekend which resulted in their third top-ten finish of the year in today's Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport - Round 8 of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
Paul Gentilozzi took the green flag this afternoon behind the wheel of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT starting from the ninth spot, which marked the XKR's best starting position to date. "The first stint we had a tire leak and it had dropped the pressure of the left rear," said Gentilozzi. "We knew something was wrong with the car, but until we spun, it really wasn't evident. We are not sure why this happened, it could have been from debris early - hard to say. Then the second stint, after we finally realized what the issue was in the rear, I was able to settle down and just drove the car to finish the stint. But we got a couple laps down. In the spin, I just couldn't get the car turned around and we lost two laps there."
Gentilozzi ran for 1 hour and 13 minutes of scheduled 2 hour and 45 minute race before Marc Goossens took over the wheel with the car in the tenth spot. "My run was ok," Goossens added. "The XKR ran fine for me, it stayed constant and mechanically everything was perfect. I just tried to have my own consistent run, bring it home in one piece, and do as good of a job as possible. One thing is for sure, we are showing some speed and have proved numerous times that we are reliable, so we will keep working hard on performance and hope to have a better car for Petit."
At 5:23 pm a red flag was thrown due to a massive crash on the back straight which caused a barrier to fail - the decision was made to end the race with the cars in their current positions instead of asking fans to remain for another 29 minutes of racing. The time to repair that damage was estimated to be in excess of three hours. At 6:10 pm, a final lap by all cars in the field was made with the pace car in the lead and they took the checkered flag in that fashion.
Goossens successfully brought the Jaguar race home tenth in the GT class, and posted the XKR's fastest race lap with a time of 1:20.557, on Lap 71.
The team will have a few weeks off before the big finale of the 2010 American Le Mans Series at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, September 29 - October 2 - the 13th annual Petit Le Mans, a 1,000-mile / 10-hour endurance classic.