Mowlem's musings

I feel at the moment like I'm living on a Virgin Atlantic 747 somewhere over the Atlantic, with LA airport fast becoming my home from home! This time I was traveling to one of my all time favourite tracks; Laguna Seca. The start of the trip was made even better when my engineer took me up flying in his bi-plane and then I got to thrash the race car around the streets of San Jose for a race promotion, and all in front of a dozen highway patrol men

Mowlem's musings

Having won our last race at the Road America 500, the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning crew had high expectations for the Laguna race. I must admit that so did I, as I always seem to go well there, and in fact won my first ALMS race at the track. However, realistically I knew that if the 2 AJR Porsches of Maassen/Luhr and Bernhard/Bergmeister ran problem-free, it would be very tough to be faster than either of them.

Sure enough, in Friday's free practice we were third, although rather encouragingly, only two-tenths back. But third it remained, all through every session including qualifying, with my closest threat behind being the Risi Competizione Ferrari of Ralf Kelleners. The team decided to get my team mate Craig Stanton to take the start, and he did a great job to come through the first corner accident in the GT class lead.

He eventually got passed by both AJR Porsches and then the Risi Ferrari with Lazzaro at the wheel, and then got hit by an Audi R8, dropping him back to an eventual fourth place once the #24 AJR Porsche had hit problems. He clung on gamely, but once everything settled after the first round of pit stops, we were still in fourth, despite our crew doing an awesome time on their tyre change.

Fortunately, the car felt great and I was able to quickly reduce the nine-second deficit to former grand prix driver Alex Caffi in the PK Sport Porsche and take third place, but Kelleners in the Ferrari was still some 30 seconds up the road. I knew it was unlikely I could make up that kind of deficit, especially with Ralf at the wheel, but I set off after him as hard as I could - every lap an adventure!

I drove my heart out and by the end the gap was down to 12 seconds, but third place was the best we could manage. It just shows how far we've come this year that the team was a little disappointed, even though we were still on the podium.

On a positive note, this result moves us up to third in the drivers' championship pairings, only 9 points behind the second Alex Job Racing entry. Also our team is leading the privateer points standings, so if we can maintain that position through to the end of the season, I'm sure we'll all be very happy.

For the moment though, it's a short break at home, and then Miami here I come!

shares
comments
Lamborghini reveals new Murciélago
Previous article

Lamborghini reveals new Murciélago

Next article

Qualifying: Another pole for Konrad

Qualifying: Another pole for Konrad
How to get the best out of amateur racers Plus

How to get the best out of amateur racers

Pro-Am GT racing is booming. But how should drivers approach working with an amateur? Autosport sought out a panel of experts to explain the pitfalls amateur drivers should avoid and how professionals can help them to achieve their goals

GT
Apr 3, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

National
Oct 15, 2021
The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

GT
Oct 7, 2021
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021