MOWLEM SEEKS SEBRING SUCCESS WITH RISI COMPETIZIONE SEBRING, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2007) -- British sports car star Johnny Mowlem looks at the 12 Hours of Sebring as one that got away. So far. "This year might...
MOWLEM SEEKS SEBRING SUCCESS WITH RISI COMPETIZIONE
SEBRING, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2007) -- British sports car star Johnny Mowlem looks at the 12 Hours of Sebring as one that got away.
"This year might be the best chance I've had to win it," Mowlem said of the American endurance classic. "This is one of those races that you save space on your mantle for the trophy."
This year's edition of the famed race will be held March 17. It is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time.
Mowlem and co-drivers Mika Salo and Jaime Melo will be racing a Ferrari 430 GT Berlinetta for the great Risi Competizione team in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class at Sebring. It will mark Mowlem's first start in a Ferrari at Sebring, but he has six starts in other equipment in the event and has earned a podium finish three times.
Mowlem won the GT class with the same team and in the same model of Ferrari last season in the Grand Prix of Mosport. The Risi Competizione team won a total of four races to clinch the Team GT ALMS championship. As a result the team has great confidence as they head for Sebring.
"The races at Sebring are amongst the least predictable of all the world's great sports car races," Mowlem said. "The track is very bumpy, and this combines with the usual high ambient temperatures to create a very tough environment for teams, cars and drivers. That's why a win there means so much and also requires a decent slice of luck. However, the effort level and professionalism that the Risi Competizione organization brings to every race makes its own luck and so I'm hoping this will lead to us getting a great result."
Mowlem has finished second in the GT class twice at Sebring (2000 and 2003), finished third in GT1 once (2004 in GT1) and was fourth two years ago (in GT1), so he has the experience, ability and race craft to manage a car from lap to lap and stint to stint and get it to the finish.
"You have to understand that the track at Sebring has its own personality and you have to know how to work with it," Mowlem explained. "There is always traffic during the race because of the large field of cars. But it is also important to understand that the event itself has a personality. There can be huge changes in the weather and there is always a big crowd. I'm looking forward to going back!"