J3 Racing Finishes Eighth at Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia - J3 Racing ran a competitive race to bring their number 79/J3 Motorsport/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR home in eighth place in round eight of the American Le Mans Series run at Road Atlanta ...
J3 Racing Finishes Eighth at Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia - J3 Racing ran a competitive race to bring their number 79/J3 Motorsport/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR home in eighth place in round eight of the American Le Mans Series run at Road Atlanta today.
The Buford based team qualified in eighth place for the 10-hour event. Newcomer to the team Xavier Pompadou drove to a time of 1:24.109 with a speed of 107 mph good for a fourth row starting spot in GT.
"I had my best ever drive in the series. My lap times were competitive and I was able to compete with cars that we had not been able to run with in the past. I was really pushing the whole race although I had a few off track excursions. We had a few small mishaps in the pits with some penalties," said Justin Jackson
Leeds, England based driver Tim Sugden had issues with punctures most of the race. "The first puncture was near the end of my stint going into turn one. So I had to nurse the car around a complete lap. The second one was my fault, I was battling with the Cyrtek Porsche and slide over the curb and damaged the tire pushing too hard. The car's handling came around on my second stint and I was able to go after the cars in front of me aggressively."
Frenchman Xavier Pompadou had a good day, but wanted more. "I had a good time with the team this weekend, a really fun group. I had a good race, except for going off the track in turn 12, not the best place to make a mistake. I think we had a much better car than our eight place finish. We made some mistakes on the track and in the pits which cost us."
J3 Racing also ran their second Porsche this weekend. The number 78/J3 Racing/911 GT3 RS was driven by Manuel Matos, Randy Wars and Rick Skelton. On lap eleven Matos had hard contact with a prototype damaging the Porsche ending their day very early.
Currently team drivers Justin Jackson and Tim Sugden are in eighth place in points in the competitive ALMS GT category.
The final race of the American Le Mans Series will be run on Saturday, October 16th at Laguna Seca.