street smarts Alex Job Racing drivers have topped the GT podium at the biggest events in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That experience will stand them in good stead as they take to the streets for the Aug. 3 American Le Mans ...
Alex Job Racing drivers have topped the GT podium at the biggest events in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That experience will stand them in good stead as they take to the streets for the Aug. 3 American Le Mans Series race in Trois-Rivières, Qué., the first ALMS race on the historic 1.52-mile course.
Timo Bernhard and Lucas Luhr, who won the GT class at Le Mans this year, will drive matching McKenna Xybernaut Porsches. Bernhard will share the No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Jörg Bergmeister. Luhr will be paired with Sascha Maassen in the No. 23 Porsche.
Bernhard says the best way to learn a new track is on foot. "You can see a lot if you walk - curbs, apexes, how the corners are, fast and slow," he said. "We race in a hundred places so you can compare to other tracks you've been to before."
He noted the challenge of a street course: "You normally learn it better because it is not so fast, you don't take as much risk. With the walls, you have a lot of respect. But it's hard to go to the limit, because you have no runoff and the car will be damaged immediately. I think it's a bit more difficult because you don't go to the limit to go fast."
Luhr likes the unique layouts of street circuits. "We have a lot of circuits where we drive, but they are more or less the same, normal race circuits," he said. "If you go to Washington, Trois-Rivières or Miami, there is always something new, something surprising. It makes the racing a little bit more exciting. You have to concentrate 100 per cent all the time because you have no room for mistakes."
Alex Job Racing has a history of success on street courses, from its season finale victory in New Orleans in 1995 to the most recent ALMS race in Washington, D.C. "We won a big race in New Orleans - another city with some French background - and we won the last race in Washington," team owner Alex Job said.
"Alex Job Racing knows how to prepare the car properly for street races, which are hard-fought races," he said. "Team strategy and pit stops are crucial in such a hard-fought racing environment. The car has to handle very well because there's no room for error - the drivers can't make errors and the team can't make errors."
Quelques membres de l'équipe Alex Job Racing parlent français -- pilot Sascha Maassen, ingénieur Renaud Dufour et spécialiste des pneus Réné Hinneberg.