Alex Job Racing in Must Win Situation at Petit Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas go into one of the American Le Mans Series signature events in a must win situation. The Petit Le Mans race will take the...
Alex Job Racing in Must Win Situation at Petit
Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas go into one of the American Le Mans Series signature events in a must win situation. The Petit Le Mans race will take the green flag at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday. Teammate Ian Baas will welcome new co-drivers Emmanuel Collard and Marcel Tiemann to the seat of the number 24 entry.
By the time the checker flags drops and 1,000-miles, or 10-hours, have been covered over the rolling terrain of Road Atlanta it will be night fall. Bernhard and Dumas will be counting on the Alex Job Racing teams stellar performance record at the Petit Le Mans, with four wins in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004, to help their championship hopes. The two are currently second in the GT drivers point standings and must win the race and the five bonus points to have any chance of taking the title in the last race at Laguna Seca.
"We are in a must win situation," said Dumas. "We are hungry to win the championship that is why we are electing to run the race with just the two of us. The Petersen guys have put pressure on us all year and we have responded. We intend to respond on Saturday as well. I really like the circuit, it reminds of some of the old European layouts before the chicanes came. I first raced the Petit Le Mans in 2003 and last year I was on pole and we won. I hope we can repeat that effort this weekend."
Bernhard mirrors the thoughts of co-driver Dumas. "We have to go flat out! I mean it is a race with more distance than normal so there will be a lot of things happening. We're still in the game for the title. If our competitors write us off then they are completely wrong! We will be there. Romain and I are up for doing the race with just the two us.JWe are both in good shape. I have run Sebring twice ina row with only two drivers and it worked fine. And for sure Atlanta is not as challenging as Sebring. The Road Atlanta racetrack is great with its elevation changes. You have very fast and alsoslow corners - a good mixture."
"We finished in fifth place here in May," said Ian Baas. "We are already faster than we were in the Spring. The car is a lot better since then and I have more confidence in the car than I did then. With the long race, our chances will be the best they have been all year. The new teammates are not really an issue. This will make four different co-drivers that I have had this season. Marcel and Emmanuel are professionals and have driven many different cars. The team knows how to run these long events and we will be looking to be around after 10-hours, hopefully on the podium again."
"Timo and Romain know what they have to do," said Alex Job.J"We put ourselves in this situation with bad luck at Sebring and we have been trying to come back ever since. We need a solid run from the 23 drivers and crew, some bad luck on the Petersen end wouldn't hurt either. Emmanuel and Marcel are running for us for the first time with Ian. They both have a lot of experience and will bring another perspective to the 24 car that can only help."
Emanuel Collard, Porsche factory driver, and Marcel Tiemann, DTM driver, will partner AJR regular Ian Baas in the number 24/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for Petit. The two are sitting in for Darren Law who committed prior to the season to race for the number 45 car. For Tiemann the Road Atlanta circuit will be a new venue to add to his resume.
The Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta will start at 11:00 a.m. EST and will be televised live on the Speed Channel throughout the day.