Road Atlanta: JML Team Panoz race report

Tough day for JML Team Panoz at Road Atlanta. The home track advantage for JML Team Panoz failed to pay dividends for the local squad at today's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta - round two of the 2003 American Le Mans Series. While Olivier Beretta...

Tough day for JML Team Panoz at Road Atlanta.

The home track advantage for JML Team Panoz failed to pay dividends for the local squad at today's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta - round two of the 2003 American Le Mans Series.

While Olivier Beretta and Max Papis finished 6th outright and 4th in the LMP900 class aboard the #10 Panoz LMP-01, the second car of Gunnar Jeannette and David Saelens encountered its share of problems.

Jeannette was forced to pit slightly early after suffering a problem with his shoulder then David Saelens was forced out of the race after only a dozen laps with broken right rear suspension.

Beretta and Papis' shot at the podium was hit when the team were forced to make a third pit stop for fuel with 30 minutes to go - taking them out of contention.

OLIVIER BERETTA

"We had a good start and pushed very hard to stay in contact with the leaders but unfortunately we lost out on taking a shot at the podium when we had to make three stops for fuel. We knew that was probably going to be the case, but we were hoping there were going to be a few yellow flag periods.

"Today was very much like a sprint race rather than an endurance event, but the team did a very good job and I am sure we can challenge even harder at the next race at Infineon Raceway."

MAX PAPIS

"It was a really difficult race and I haven't been feeling great for the past couple of days so I think I wasn't at my best. The result wasn't as good as the past couple of races but we still gave it everything we had and learned quite a bit about the car - I am sure we can improve. "Michelin did a great job as always and the team will work hard on taking some more steps while we regroup for the next race."

GUNNAR JEANNETTE

"The car was OK off the bat, but then we had a couple of issues with picking up rubber off the track and car gradually got a bit worse as the race continued

"About half through my second stint I started to have a problem with my left arm. It is OK, but I seem to have pinched a nerve or something in my shoulder.

"David got in and did a great job, but unfortunately suffered a suspension failure which put us out."

DAVID SAELENS

"It was a disappointed race for us. Not finishing the race is always hard to accept especially when it is only a little piece that breaks and puts you out.

"However, these guys do a great job with the car and I am sure we will be ready to fight hard again at the next race."

-jml/pmg-

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Saelens , Max Papis , Olivier Beretta