BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 4, 2005) - Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates have battled against the odds all season long and their ability to overcome adversity played well in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Mowlem and Terry...
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 4, 2005) - Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates have battled against the odds all season long and their ability to overcome adversity played well in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Mowlem and Terry Borcheller along with third driver Ralf Kelleners, finished third in the GT1 class of the endurance classic and they were sixth in the overall scoring. The podium finish, which would be impressive under any circumstances, came despite a series of circumstances which brought about 17 pit stops, over double that of the winning Corvette.
Mowlem said, "The fact that we still made the podium against arguably the two best GT1 teams in the world, the factory Aston Martin and GM Corvette teams, shows how quick our car was. Losing the power steering on the second lap of the race set us back before we'd even started. We lost over a lap fixing that, which is actually a testament to how quick the team were to only lose that much! Then we had a series of silly little problems that kept costing us a lap here and a lap there. Despite that, whenever we were on the track, we were quick. Until the final half an hour, when we were conserving fuel, I don't think any of us got overtaken by another GT1 car on the track. At various times during the race I overtook every single GT1 car out there, some of them more than once, and I know it was the same for Terry and Ralf. Especially towards the end of our stints, we were extremely quick when our car's handling and the Michelin tyres really started to come into their own."
The GT1 class is among the most competitive in the ALMS and at this years 10 hour Petit Le Mans race, the GT1 battle was the fight of the race, with Aston Martin, Corvette, Maserati and the Viper all taking on Jeff Giangrande's ACEMCO Saleen S7R. The Speed channel covered virtually all of the race live, and some of the GT1 battles between all the protagonists made for exciting television.
"It was an exciting race." Mowlem said. "It's always nice when you're out there battling with other cars. At one point Terry pitted and I got in the car and emerged on the track only a few seconds behind the Maserati, the two Astons and a Corvette. I caught them up, passed the Maserati and was looking forward to a big fight with the others for an hour when we had to serve a stop and go penalty for a minor pit infraction. When I came back out I was all on my own for the rest of my stint, which was much more boring!"
The next race for the ALMS will be Oct. 15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The four-hour race in California will race into the night and is the final race of the season for the series.
One of Britain's most successful and personable sportscar drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2004, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award, a ranking of all British racers competing in international series, including Formula One. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish.