Koni Challenge - 7th place in Mosport PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Monday, 16 June 2008 04:36

DAYTONA BEACH FL. - This past Father’s Day weekend, June 12th-14th was the 3rd round of the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario. The JBS team was looking forward to another podium finish, in the #37 JBS Motorsport FR500C Ford Mustang.

The test day went fairly well, other than limited time due to cautions and black flags. The first official practice sessions were successful in helping the team to set the car up for the difficult track. Bret Seafuse had a strong run in qualifying and ended up 8th on the grid out of 27 cars.

In the race, Seafuse continued to do well; he climbed his way to the third position by the mid point in the race. A caution came out on lap 37, which was within the fuel window for the car. However a miscommunication between Grand-Am and the teams as to when the pits were open lead to mass confusion in pitlane. When running two classes together (GS and ST) the first lap by the pits under yellow once the pacecar has picked up the leader is open for GS only then the 2nd time by is for ST only. The problem was the pace car had not picked up the leader by the first time by. Some teams pitted and some didn't. The JBS team thought they were doing the correct thing by staying out, but it turned out that so many teams pitted out of sequence that Grand Am decided not to issue any penalties, so there were many teams that greatly benefited for the mistake and others that were put at a great disadvantage. JBS was one of those teams that was hurt by this, coming into the pits in 3rd and leaving in 10th and put behind the entire ST field. Gué restarted the race 10th place in class but about 37th in line behind the entire ST field. Once the race restarted Gué made his way through the ST field and well as 2 GS cars and found himself in 8th place. In the final 30 minutes of the race there were 3 full course cautions which slowed the field and meant much of the final part of the race was run under yellow. Gué managed to pick up one more spot and finish in the 7th position.

Gué commented: "All things considered it wasn't a bad result I think we would have ended up about 3rd or 4th with out the mistake in pitlane by Grand-Am. Not only did we lose 7 positions we were forced to restart the race behind the ST field as well. That was very disappointing. Considering everything that happened 7th is good result. The JBS crew had great pitstop, and the car ran flawlessly."Bret had a great opening run as well moving up to 3rd. I look forward to Watkins Glen which is the home race for JBS as the shop is located 10 minutes from the track."

The team is looking forward to a better finish at the next event which is at Watkins Glen on July 4th-5th.