AJR/BAM! Test Day notes

Alex Job Racing sponsored by BAM! 2005 24 Heures du Mans Test The Alex Job Racing ...

Alex Job Racing sponsored by BAM!
2005 24 Heures du Mans Test

The Alex Job Racing #71 Porsche GT3RS racing team sponsored by BAM! and Yokohama had a most productive day at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Pre-Test held Sunday, June 5, 2005 on the 13.658 km course. The team made great progress and improved its times throughout the day with ever-better car and tires set-up and analysis, and the Yokohama ADVAN tires, which are being made available under a joint development effort between Yokohama and BAM!, performed exceptionally well. The nine-hour test gave the three drivers, who last raced together as a team in the 2004 Le Mans race, a great opportunity to get reacquainted with the circuit, and at the end of the Test the team had recorded the fourth best lap time in class, with Mike Rockenfeller at the wheel. Everyone is looking forward to a successful race.

Drivers' thoughts

Leo Hindery: "That was as good a day as you can have here in just one day of testing. Our result was a real compliment to Yokohama, to Porsche and to the crew. You show up here and need to do everything really well in the one day you have - and we did. I had by far the best lap time of my four years at Le Mans, and I owe everything to Yokohama, Porsche, the crew and my co-drivers. It was a wonderful, wonderful day."

Marc Lieb: "I think we had a really good test day today. We worked out a lot of things. I think the set-up of the car is now really good for the race. We all had very decent lap times, even while still developing the tires and setting up the car. It was a really fun day and it's just great to be back at Le Mans, for my third time in a row."

Mike Rockenfeller: "I think we had a very good day. Unfortunately at the end when I was on softer tires trying to go for fastest lap, it started to rain, but being fourth in class still generally met our goal. I think we are now very close to having a race-winning car and tires, and I am very grateful to the guys, to Porsche and to Yokohama. We will now see how it goes for the race."

Team Perspective

Alex Job, Team Manager: "I am very pleased with our day at Le Mans, and everything went very well. We wound up being fourth quickest for the day. We were second quickest most of the day but then rain came at the end and we got cut short by about five minutes- so we weren't able to set our fast lap at the end. But we continued to work with the car and the tires all day, and I think we made a lot of progress -- and the drivers did a great job. Mike and Marc did their usual Porsche-driver expert job. Leo went quicker than he's ever gone here; he did a great job, so we're very pleased. Although we didn't go as quick as maybe we had hoped today, our focus is the race. We weren't really focusing on a fast time today and we feel like we're in very good shape for coming back in two weeks for the race.

Tim Munday, Engineer and Crew Chief: We arrived this morning with a lot of unknowns in the tires and the car set-up after a bad event at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago kept us from getting any practice time. We worked through all of the car set-up and tire options for this event and now believe we have found good solutions for the race and for qualifying. All three drivers are now comfortable with the package and are able to run consistently fast lap times for the race distance. Leo Hindery improved his personal best time from 2004 by a substantial amount and is confidently predicting even faster times in the up and coming practice sessions. The team collaboration between Alex Job Racing and BAM! is gelling nicely, with all team members applying their particular expertise to one common goal- Race Victory!

Race Week

The crew will spend the next few days prepping the car for race week. They will have it ready to go on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 for their scheduled scrutineering appointment from 11:40 am to 12:10 pm. As is the tradition at Le Mans, the car will be transported to Place des Jacobins in the center of Le Mans for technical inspection.

Practice/Qualifying sessions will be held on both Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and 10:00pm to Midnight. The fastest lap time from either of these sessions will be used as the team's qualifying time.

There will be no "on track" time on Friday, June 17, which will give the crew and team an opportunity to make final race preparations. The traditional drivers' parade will be held in the center of Le Mans on Friday between 6:00pm and 7:00 pm

Race day (Saturday, June 18) will begin with the warm-up session at 9:00 am. The 73rd Annual 24 Heures du Mans will start at 4:00 pm and finish at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 19. The drivers, crew and sponsors of the Alex Job Racing sponsored by BAM! team hope to begin celebrating their victory at 4:01 pm.

-ajr-

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Leo Hindery , Marc Lieb , Mike Rockenfeller , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing