double axle Terry Borcheller had a disappointing finish to the American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny Mowlem of Maidenhead, England, were on course for their...
Terry Borcheller had a disappointing finish to the American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny Mowlem of Maidenhead, England, were on course for their fourth-consecutive GTS podium finish, but a double axle failure put them out of the race.
Mowlem started the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R third on the GTS grid, after qualifying in one minute 31.276 seconds on the 2.53-mile road course. He drove the first stint, moved up to second in class at 1h25 of the two-hour 45-minute race, then handed off to Borcheller at 1h35. Borcheller had just completed his first lap when both axles broke on the car, putting him out of the race.
"It's just a shame for everybody involved because second was looking pretty good. That would have helped us a lot with the points and would have kept us close to the leaders in the points. It also would have given us our highest podium finish, so it's really frustrating," Borcheller said.
"The ACEMCO crew is impeccable with maintenance. They don't shortcut anything. They had all the axles crack-checked, but they broke 'way before they were even possibly considered to be worn. Both axles broke in the middle, at the strongest point of the axle. It's impossible - you couldn't do it if you tried to do it - so our only conclusion is there was some faulty metal."
Borcheller said the highlight of his race week was meeting with a local group hosted by Motorsports Ministries. "They brought 15 young people who live in a foster home," he said. "I got a chance to speak to them and it was great."
Borcheller also expressed his thanks to Richard Anderson of Motorsports Ministries, who hosted a barbecue for ALMS participants during the Sonoma race week.
Borcheller will drive the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R in an American Le Mans Series race at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Ore., on July 25.