Rolex - VIR Qual. 3rd - Finish 12th PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Monday, 28 April 2008 13:48

Alpharetta, GA, The fourth round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series was held this past weekend, April 25th-27th, at Virginia International Raceway on the 3.27 mile road course. It was a 250 mile or 2 hour 45 min race. James Gué joined Randy Pobst in the Stevenson Motorsports in the #97 Crawford built Corvette GT car.

This was the third race for Gué in the Crawford Corvette, and it was the first time co-driving with Randy Pobst. It was a condensed weekend, with practice and qualifying taking place on Saturday and the race on Sunday afternoon. The weekend got off to a great start, 3 of the 4 sessions leading up to the race the car was in the top 5 on the time sheets out of 27 GT cars. In qualifying Gué put in a great lap posting the third quickest time.

In the race Gué fell into third position and for the first part of the race held position in the top 5 until pitting for fuel for a yellow flag about 35 minutes into the race. After the race went green Gué continued to work his way back to the front, however after completing a pass on the #15 Blackforest Mustang, the driver spun and hit Gué from behind. That incident knocked both cars off the track and cost them many positions. However, Gué continued to fight back and made up all but 2 of the positions lost. The team decided to gamble with the strategy so when some pitted for a yellow mid race the #97 car stayed out picking up track position. When the race restarted Gué had worked worked his way to the lead, and continued to do so for a number of laps holding off cars on new tires. After 1 1/2 hours on a set of tires it was no match for the cars on new tires. The gamble was that the team was looking for another caution, but the caution never came, which meant they had to stop under green for fuel and a driver change. This meant that they went a lap down and from that point on it was impossible to make up the lap. Randy Pobst had a really strong run all the way to a 12th place finish.

Gué comments: "Overall it was a good weekend. To have the car in the top 5 in almost every session and qualify 3rd, it's a bit disappointing to finish 12th. We gambled and it didn't pay off. It was frustrating having such a fast car but not being able to get back on the lead lap. The car was great and the whole Stevenson crew did a fantastic job. Hopefully we can do a few more races this year with it. I also need to congratulate Andrew and Robin in the #57 team car on the win today""

The race will air on the SPEED Channel, May 3rd 12:00 pm EST.