Tim Sugden's Quest for Points A slightly less hectic schedule in the last few weeks with weekends "off" both before and after the Spa 24 hour race has been a welcome opportunity for Tim Sugden to recharge his personal batteries. There now ...
Tim Sugden's Quest for Points
A slightly less hectic schedule in the last few weeks with weekends "off" both before and after the Spa 24 hour race has been a welcome opportunity for Tim Sugden to recharge his personal batteries. There now starts another spell where he has 4 races on successive weekends when he hopes to improve his score of points in 3 championships.
The schedule starts with the Silverstone 1000K race in the LMES series in which his #88 GruppeM Porsche has led GT2 in the last two events at Spa and Monza only to retire with no points scored. His co-driver again this weekend is British GT champion Jonathan Cocker who is fresh from a win and second place in the last two rounds of the Asian Infineon Carrera Cup series and both will be hoping that their luck changes for the third round of this series.
The second race in these four is the Generac 500, round 7 of the ALMS on August 20/21st where Tim is lying 5th in the drivers table, having missed two rounds due to other European commitments. His American employers, J3 racing are currently 4th in the team championship having scored points in every round so far this season and are looking to improve on the 6th place scored by Justin Jackson whilst Tim was on duty in Belgium. A good score at Road America would be very welcome before he returns to Europe for the next FIA round at Oscherslaben on the 27/28th August to defend his equal second place in the FIA standings with championship leader GruppeM and partner "Mannu" Collard.
The last race in this run of 4 in as many weeks is the 1000K race at the Nurbergring on September 3/4th back again in the LMES series.
With the troubled 4th place at Spa being his highest finish in the last 5 races that include 2 retirements for mechanical problems Tim hopes his run of bad luck is over. A return to the metronomic reliability that is normal for the Porsche GT3 derivatives used in all these races should see improvements in the points tables.