ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fourth in GTS at Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports showed their resilience by finishing fourth after a very competitive start in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race today at Road ...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fourth in GTS at Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports showed their resilience by finishing fourth after a very competitive start in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race today at Road Atlanta.
Terry Borcheller had an excellent start in the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R from their third place GTS qualifying position. At the drop of the green flag he drove past the factory Corvettes to lead the first lap of the race. Terry proved the car competitiveness running most of his first stint in third. "The car was killer, it handled very good. I think we were about one-and-a-half seconds off the qualifying lap and one to one-and-a-half seconds off the race pace."
Teammate Johnny Mowlem took over fifty-five laps into the race. Not long into his time behind the wheel the Saleen power plant started to develop a lean condition. He continued his drive compensating for the problem. "We could have finished third without the power issue. I was able to keep the Vettes behind me in my first stint, our race pace is getting closer to them. We had some bad luck today."
Joao Barbosa took his turn 112 laps into the race and the fuel problem persisted. After several pit stops to try to diagnose the problem the S7-R was taken behind the wall to replace the fuel rails. Several laps were lost while the team worked to try and fix the problem. The car went back out and drove nineteen more laps with no change. It returned to the pits and the fuel pressure map sensor was replaced. Once this repair was made all three drivers were able to run competitive lap times. "My second stint was fine, we just lost too much time in the beginning. This was my first race with ACEMCO, maybe in the future we can have better luck."
Optimism returned with about an hour left in the race, Borcheller returned to the seat in pursuit of the third place Viper. Terry was lapping nearly five seconds faster then the third place Viper. However a fuel pickup problem thwarted the chase.
"The Saleen was fast, what really hurt us was the engine issue. We literally did everything in search of the problem. We were able to get the car running again, but at the end of the race we weren't able to pickup all the fuel causing an additional unplanned pit stop which kept us off the podium," said owner Jeff Giangrande. "The team worked unbelievably hard, it is a disappointing finish with all the work and testing that we put into this race."
The team will travel to California to prepare for round nine to be run at Laguna Seca on October 16th.