Koni Challenge - 2nd place in Trois-Rivieres PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Monday, 18 August 2008 11:36

Alpharetta, Ga - This past weekend, August 15th-17th was the 7th round of the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series in Trois-Rivieres, located about 1 hour 30 minutes north of Montreal, Canada. The track is a short 1.521 miles which is actually run on the streets of downtown Trois-Rivieres (3 Rivers). For this round it was back to a Grand Sport only race, but the races length was a only 1 hour 45 minutes as opposed to the normal 2 hours 30 minutes. The JBS team had recently come off a 5 top ten finishes in the last 6 races, including podiums at Lime Rock and Barber Motorsport Park. James Gué shared the driving with Bret Seafuse in the #37 Mustang FR500C.

While the event was held over the course of 3 days there was very limited track time as there were 7 different races that were packed into the weekend. On Friday there were 2 short sessions of practice; and the Gué/Seafuse pair faired well, posting the 5th fastest time in the first session and the 2nd fastest time in the second session. Heading into qualifying on Saturday Seafuse felt confident with car, and showed that by posting the 5th fastest time out the 21 car field. In the race Seafuse held position in 5th place for the opening stint until he stopped 37 minutes into the race for a scheduled driver change to put Gué in the car for the remainder of the race. Luckily a caution came out while the team was in the pits, and once everything cycled around Gué found himself in the 4th position when the race restarted with about an hour to go. Gué didn't waste any time fighting his way to the front, after being in the car for a handful of laps laps Gué had already made it to 2nd place and had set his sights on running down the leader. One of the difficult things about this particular race is how hard it is on the brakes, if you were to push 100% in the race after about 30 minutes there would be no brakes left, so it's very important to pace yourself and not push too hard. With this in mind Gué was slowly running down the leader, Andy Lally in a BMW M3, until a caution came out with 7 laps to go. The caution was good and bad, it meant everything had time to cool down, but it also meant Gué would face more pressure from the 3rd and 4th place cars. When the race returned to green there were only 4 laps to go, Gué made several attempts to pass Lally, after a bit of bumping and banging between the two on the final lap Gué had to settle for 2nd place. The second place finish moved Gué and Seafuse up into 2nd place in the Driver and Team team standings, and now only 10 points out the championship lead with 3 races remaining.

Gué commented: “What a great weekend for the whole JBS team!! We seem to have a bit of momentum on our side right now; both myself and Bret are driving well and we've had great pit work. You'd never wish anything bad on your competitors, but with the points lead finishing 12th and 2nd place going in finishing 10 really helped us in the points. Again I just need to thank Jim, Bret, Sandy and the whole crew for the effort they've been putting in, especially this month with there being 3 races all together it's been really hard on the entire team."

The next race will be August 29-31 at the Thunderbolt track in Millville New Jersey.