Sugden For J3
J3 Racing’s Justin Jackson will have Tim Sugden as his ALMS co-driver this season, the pair driving one of the new Porsche 911 GT3-RSRs, which has been out testing already.

The car will make its debut at Sebring next month, and the team’s 2003 car will be racing too, with drivers yet to be announced.

“We have had several very talented drivers contact us about the 2004 season but we felt that Tim, with all of his experience, would be a great partner for Justin to compete for the GT Championship this year,” remarked team owner Jaye Jackson. 2003 driver David Murry has moved across to the Petersen-White Lightning team, leaving the opening for Tim Sugden.

For the Yorkshireman, it’s a chance to race in the ALMS, and hopefully balance this programme with another in the FIA GT Championship. He’s spent most of his racing during the last eight seasons partnering the late Steve O’Rourke, and typically showed front-running pace that was always balanced by O‘Rourke’s more modest speed. With Martin Short and then Emmanuel Collard as his EMKA partners last year, race wins in the FIA GT Championship arrived at last.

The team’s stated goal is “to win the 2004 ALMS GT Championship”. Realistic, Tim Sugden? “Yes, why not? I met the team before the Daytona 24 Hours, and the whole set-up is very impressive. I’m going to have to learn some new tracks, but I welcome the fresh challenge.”

He’s also expecting to race in “most of the FIA GT Championship, with Ian Khan,” so expect Tim Sugden to be a very busy chap this year.

J3 Racing recently moved into its new state-of-the-art facility close to Road Atlanta, in Buford, Georgia. Besides the racing team, J3 also maintains Porsches for other racers.

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