Koni Challenge - Gué takes Points Lead in New Jersey PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 16:12

Alpharetta, Ga - This past weekend, August 29th-31st was the 8th round of the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series in Millville New Jersey, located about 1 hour south of Philadelphia. The track is a brand new 2.23 mile road course that was recently completed earlier this year. It was back to a combined Grand Sport and Sport Touring race, and the normal 2 hours 30 minutes time limit. The JBS team had recently come off a second place finish in Trois Rivieres. James Gué shared the driving with Bret Seafuse in the #37 Mustang FR500C. This was a new track for the Grand-Am Series.

The weekend was to get started with an unofficial test day on the Thursday, however the test day was cancelled after a big accident in the first practice of the day. The track needed time to make safety improvements for the following day. With the Thursday test day cancelled that left only 2 short practices on Friday prior to qualifying. With 72 cars entered it meant that open track space was hard to come by. As the track was only finished months earlier there wasn't any time for grass to grow in around the track, which meant that the dust was a big problem. Many of the practice sessions as well as the race had to be stopped or put under full course caution until the dust settled.

In qualifying Bret posted the 11th quickest time out of 26 GS cars. In the race Seafuse quickly made his way to the front getting as high 3rd place before handing over to Gué. After the pitstop Gué returned to the track in 6th place. The majority of second half of the race was run under caution due to two big accidents that required lengthy clean ups. However, when the racing resumed Gué was still in 6th place, and with only 15 minutes remaining in the race Gué was hit by the #97 Turner car which cut down the right front tire dropping them back to a 15th place finish. Even though it was a terrible finish for the #37 car it was a good day in the points as the points leader coming into the race crashed out Gué and Seafuse still scored enough points to put them into the points lead with 2 races to go.

Gué commented: “What a disappointing race. It looked like we were going to come away with a 12 point lead in the championship, but now we only lead by 2. It's unfortunate what happened, it's just very frustrating being taken out by someone else's poor judgement. That's part of the challenge of this series; there is a big spread in driving ability and we were caught out by someone else's mistake. We still have 2 races to go so anything can happen as we've just seen this weekend. I feel bad for all the crew guys as they worked so hard this weekend, they had to stay past midnight on Friday changing a engine; they deserved a better result than this."

The race from New Jersey will be televised on SPEED Channel September 7th at 2pm.

The next race will be September 18-21st at Miller Motorsport Park, near Salt Lake City, UT.