Alex Job’s Drivers
The 2003 ALMS GT Champions have, as expected, made a change to the
line-up in one of the team’s new Porsche 911 GT3-RSRs for
2004: in place of Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr will be Marc Lieb
and Romain Dumas. Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister will stay together
– in the #23 Porsche this year, with the ‘newcomers’
in the #24 car.
Maassen and Luhr –
racing in the FIA GT Championship this year – won’t
race exclusively in Europe: Maassen will join Bernhard and Bergmeister
at Sebring and Petit Le Mans, with Luhr joining Lieb and Dumas.
The team will unveil
a new livery for Sebring.
Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas are proven Porsche winners already: they
raced together to that classic overall victory at last year’s
Spa 24 Hours (the pair of them on the podium - right), with Lieb
going on to win the N-GT title in Europe, while Dumas was part of
the winning AJR team at Petit Le Mans. They both know how to win!
“I have a lot of
confidence in our four drivers to be able to keep the team at the
top and further our excellent record in the series," said Alex
He described the RSR
as “an improvement in several areas, nothing radical, just
typical Porsche making something great even better”.
“With the new car
and the always competitive Michelin tires, we are looking forward
to another great year."
team won every ALMS race (GT class) except Road America in 2003,
and was also a part of the winning combination (AJR / Petersen -
White Lightning) at Le Mans.
The 2004 challenge will
be to race against similar RSRs with equally ‘hot’ driver
line-ups, and beat the new Ferrari 360 GTC too. There were occasional
reliability issues in 2003 (usually with the Bernhard / Bergmeister
car), but Porsche should have all the 2004 developments fully tested
by the time of the Sebring 12 Hours next month.
The team has Tim Pendergast
on board as team manager: Tim was the ALMS operations and special
projects director last year. Mike Evans continues as the team's
technical director, with Greg Fordahl handling engineering duties.
At Sebring, Kerry Foote will crew chief the #24 car with Evans and
Phil Pierce handling the #23 entry.
A win at Sebring
would make four consecutive 12 Hours victories for AJR. The team
has turned down its automatic entries at Le Mans.