Johnny Mowlem was unlucky to miss out on a strong finish in the latest round of the American Le Mans Series at Road America after luck deserted the ACEMCO Motorsports team after what had been a strong race day.

Mowlem qualified the Saleen S7R a strong third on the GT1 grid and then managed to pass Ron Fellows in the #3 Corvette on the first lap, running a strong second for some 20 laps. On the restart after a full course yellow that lasted 45 minutes, the British driver was able to pass both factory Corvettes to take the GT1 lead, only to get repassed into turn one with an aggressive, smoky tyre move by the eventual GT1 class winning #4 Corvette.

The Saleen even ran as high as second overall after the second full course yellow at around one and a half hours into the race, but shortly afterwards earlier shifting problems became significantly worse and led to Mowlem having to pit for repairs, dropping four laps in the process.

A simultaneous gear shifter repair and change of drivers saw Terry Borcheller out setting fast laps to try and make up some ground but it all eventually came to nothing after 16 laps when he lost his front left wheel.

"Days like this are part of motor racing, but we felt the car would be competitive all day long," Mowlem said. "This is the first time this year that we've had any reliability issues, which is a testament to all the hard work of the team. We ran very well again, in amongst the leaders for the third race in succession, now it would be just nice to get a finish in amongst them!"

 

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