AJR Wins GT at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- Alex Job Racing won their fifth GT race in a row today with the driving duo of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard piloting their number 23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex ...
AJR Wins GT at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- Alex Job Racing won their fifth GT race in a row today with the driving duo of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard piloting their number 23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to victory in round seven of the American Le Mans Series race. Teammates Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb had a tough day finishing in tenth place.
The two AJR Porsches started from the front row of the GT grid and ran in lock-step for the first nine laps of the two-hour and forty-five minute race. On lap nine, while leading, Jorg Bergmeister hit some dirt brought onto the track by another competitor and went a little too far into the braking zone allowing teammate Marc Lieb to take the lead. Fourteen laps later Lieb was exiting turn one when a left side lower control arm broke, sending the car into a spin. The young German was able to limp the car back almost three miles to pit lane for repairs.
Following the Lieb spin, Bergmeister took back the lead and began to put distance between himself and second place. On lap 35, Timo Bernhard took over the number 23 car and never looked back, lapping almost a half-second faster than his nearest pursuer taking the car to victory lane.
The number 24 car returned to the race with Romain Dumas at the wheel only to retire on lap 66 with a clutch failure. During his stint Dumas managed to set the fastest GT lap of the race.
This victory puts Bernhard in the overall driver's GT class points lead by three heading into Petit Le Mans.
Timo Bernhard, #23 McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "The car was just great. It was very easy to drive fast around here and the length of the circuit helps reduce the traffic so you can do fast laps. Jorg did a great job to put the car in the lead and get a nice gap for the pit stop. It is a credit to the team that I am able to be back in the driver's points lead. It was a great day and it gives us some good momentum going into Petit Le Mans."
Jorg Bergmeister, #23 McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I was leading and then went too deep into the turn and the rear tires locked up, I think there was some dirt on the track. That was really our only little mistake today. The car was fantastic, the crew had great pit stops. Timo is now in the driver's points lead and I will help support his run for the championship."
Romain Dumas, #24 McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "Our poor luck continues. Marc and I have been fast all weekend like we were at Mosport, but we just cannot get a break. When I got into the car it was pretty good after the control arm repair and then the shifting became difficult with the clutch and that is what ended our day early. Both Marc and I have raced at Road Atlanta so I am looking for better things there next month."
Marc Lieb, #24 McKenna/mail2web.com/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I was running great in the lead, the car was very good. I was exiting turn one and then the car just sat down on the tire and I spun. The lower control arm broke and it was just poor luck. The team really works hard to give us a good car and Romain and I have been fast. We just need a couple of breaks."
Alex Job, team owner: "Jorg and Timo did a great job today. The team is really coming together after we had a few mishaps after Sebring. That can probably be attributed to a little rust setting in as a result of being idle for almost three months. Marc and Romain have been very fast every session. Marc was leading and we had a part failure, something that is very unusual for the Porsche. Timo is now in the lead in the championship and we are looking forward to Petit Le Mans next month."
Round eight of the American Le Mans Series will be September 25th at Road Atlanta.