The JVG Racing Porsche 996 GT3-R of Johnny Mowlem and Ian Kahn finished fifth this weekend at Estoril after a stop-and-go penalty ruined their chances of a better finish.

The team had been looking strong but Kahn was handed a stop-and-go penalty for passing under yellow flags.

Like most of the N-GT field, Mowlem started on slick tyres and moved up to third in class before pitting to hand to Kahn. The penalty dropped them down to fifth.

Johnny Mowlem gave his take on the day's race. "The start of the race was very tricky. We had a new left rear slick tyre, and under braking and acceleration I couldn't get any heat into it," he said. "I didn't know what to do. I tried to push but was nearly spinning at every corner. Then a dry line started to emerge, so I could get the tyre on it and get some heat in it. After that, even when I was in the wet I had grip. I passed Philipp Peter, Daoudi and Norman Simon, and caught right up to Adam Jones and pitted with him. We were right with second place. Ortelli had already gone."

"We got back up to fourth after the stops, and were catching Dauodi who had a problem," explained Mowlem. "We were 45 seconds ahead of Sugden when we got the stop and go penalty for overtaking under yellows and dropped to fifth. That was it, game over. I am rather upset to have finished fifth."


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