Portland: J3 Racing race report

Portland, Oregon - J3 Racing finished in seventh place today in round five of the American Le Mans Series GT race at Portland Raceway. Tim Sugden qualified the number 79/J3 Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in eighth place with a time of 1:15.101 and...

Portland, Oregon - J3 Racing finished in seventh place today in round five of the American Le Mans Series GT race at Portland Raceway.

Tim Sugden qualified the number 79/J3 Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in eighth place with a time of 1:15.101 and speed of 93 mph. "We didn't have the best setup for qualifying; I am just not sure where we missed it. The track temperature was quite warm, but not any different than we saw all day on Friday."

Sugden started the car from the eighth row and did not get a great start. On lap six the Leeds, England driver was hit by the leading Audi in turn six causing him to spin and relegating him to eleventh. Prior to turning over to Justin Jackson, Sugden was able to move back up to ninth in class. "The Audi came up and hit me in the door, not aggressive just stupid. It turned us both facing the wrong way. Thankfully it didn't affect the cars handling. We were really chasing the setup here for some reason. We were just off a little bit and we really couldn't compete with the way the car was driving. The guys will have it figured out for Mosport."

Justin Jackson took over the car on lap 37 reentering the race in tenth position. By lap 73 he had moved his way up to seventh position. "The car was very balanced, we had some tire issues and the car felt a little down on power. It was a full time job trying to avoid people who were passing in compromising spots. I lost radio communication for about an hour of my stint, but I was able to move up the field and run times close to the leaders before the tires would go off. This is about the fifth or sixth time we have been hit by the 38 car, it really gets old."

Round six of the American Le Mans Series will be August 8th at Mosport International Raceway in Canada.

-j3r-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tim Sugden , Justin Jackson