Alex Job Racing Wins GT2 at Infineon Sonoma, California -- Alex Job Racing drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas made it three wins in as many races driving their number 23/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR today ...
Alex Job Racing Wins GT2 at Infineon
Sonoma, California -- Alex Job Racing drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas made it three wins in as many races driving their number 23/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR today at the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma. Randy Pobst and Ian Baas were able to finish a tough day in eighth.
Bernhard started the race from the GT2 pole position and never looked back. The German factory pilot raced out to a near 40-second gap to second place by the teams first and only pit stop on lap 61. Handing over to teammate Romain Dumas the French driver just had to take care of the car and bring the it home to stand on top of the podium.
The race did not fare as well for Randy Pobst and Ian Baas in the number 24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. At the start Randy Pobst was able to drive the car into third position from their sixth place qualifying effort. Handing over to Ian Baas on lap 60, the Indianapolis resident had contact on the track with the Saleen and then had to return to the pits twelve laps later to buckle his lap belt that came undone. In the waning moments of the race the 24 car developed an electrical problem causing the car to stall and then the power steering went, thus putting the cork in a tough day.
Timo Bernhard, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, "I had a good start. We are in a points battle with the Petersen and when he was no longer in my mirror I didn't know what happened to him, but I wanted to push and get a gap so they could not come back because anything can happen with the yellows. The car was great all weekend; we made very little adjustments, just a race weekend where everything falls into place."
Romain Dumas, #23 Alex Job Racing/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "Timo gave me the car in great shape with a nice lead. I wanted to go out early and take advantage of my new tires and set a good pace to keep the Petersen car down. When I built up a gap I was able to just focus on being consistent and run clean laps. It was a good weekend every session being at the top of the time sheet and then on top of the podium today."
Randy Pobst, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I had a good clean run. I was able to get up to third position by the pit stop. I had one moment when the rear end broke loose at the bottom of the carousel in fourth gear doing about 100 mph, just got a little sideways. Ian had a tough stint with contact and the belts and then the electrical glitch. We are hoping to leave our bad luck in the garage here for the remainder of the season."
Ian Baas, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I had a weird race. I had contact with the Saleen in the carousel; there just wasn't room for two cars at that point on the track. After the contact there were a lot of noises coming from the car. I had the car stall on me, which is a little freaky with all the fast cars out there. To top it off the power steering went with about five laps remaining. We will be better at Portland."
Alex Job, team owner: "Great weekend for the 23 drivers and crew. The car was well prepared and well driven all weekend. It was nice to lead the way every session. The 31 car did a good job to come back for second place; they are making it a tough points battle. Randy and Ian have had a tough go all season. We thought we had a good run going with the car on the podium early in the race and then the gremlins crawled out of the grape vines. Ian had a few mechanical issues that put us back a few places."
Round six of the American Le Mans Series will be run at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, July 30th.