Road Atlanta: Terry Borcheller race report

Terry Borcheller was happy to earn a fourth-place finish at the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans on Sept. 25, after mechanical gremlins slowed his team's progress in the 1000-mile, 9.5-hour endurance event. The Gainesville, Ga., driver had a...

Terry Borcheller was happy to earn a fourth-place finish at the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans on Sept. 25, after mechanical gremlins slowed his team's progress in the 1000-mile, 9.5-hour endurance event. The Gainesville, Ga., driver had a strong week preparing for the race, driving the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R with Johnny Mowlem of London, England, and Joao Barbosa of Porto, Portugal.

quick qualifying

Borcheller qualified close to the GTS class-leading Corvettes with a time of one minute 19.613 seconds on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course, good for third on the class grid.

"It was a good lap time. That's one of the closest we've been to the Corvettes all year," Borcheller acknowledged.

race

Borcheller drove the first race stint, taking the lead at the green flag. Although he dropped back to third a few minutes later, he regained the class lead at 1h17 before pitting at 1h29. Mowlem drove the second stint, but was hampered by a loose cool-suit box, requiring two pitstops. Barbosa took over at 3h2, but was hindered by fuel-mixture problems that required several pitstops for repairs, including a long stop in the paddock. Borcheller started his second stint at 4h35, followed by Mowlem at 6h6 and Barbosa at 7h8. The trio moved up to fourth in class before a fuel-pickup problem developed. Borcheller drove the final stint, starting at 8h39. He closed on the third-place GTS car, but had to settle for fourth place.

"The motor started running lean and we had a real hard time trying to figure out why. We replaced everything in regards to the fuel. When we finally figured it out, we were down a bunch of laps, but everyone worked really hard to stay in contention for the podium," Borcheller said. "We actually went from last in class to fourth and we got to within two laps of the [third-place] Viper. It looked like we could possibly overtake it because we were running quite a bit faster than they were, but we developed a fuel-pickup problem that caused us to have to pit five laps early, which completely took the wind out of our sails."

charity ride

Most drivers rest after a long endurance race, but not Borcheller. He and his wife Tracy joined a charity motorcycle ride on Sept. 26 to raise funds for the Lighthouse Family Retreat for children who have cancer. Borcheller rode his Harley Fat Boy from Road Atlanta to Suches, Ga., with the group. The ride and an interview with Borcheller will be featured on an upcoming edition of 2 Wheel Tuesday, which airs on Speed Channel Tuesday at 8 pm ET.

more

Borcheller and his team won the Motorsport Ministry go-kart race on Sept. 21. The event was a successful fundraiser for the ministry. Borcheller also enjoyed hosting Jeremy Subriar of K&N Performance Filters at the Petit Le Mans, giving him a close view of the action from pit lane.

next

Borcheller will compete in a Grand-Am Cup race on Oct. 2 and in a Rolex Sports Car Series race on Oct. 3, both at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Va.

online

information and photos are at tborcheller.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Joao Barbosa , Johnny Mowlem