BRASELTON, Ga. - Sebastian Landy (Great Falls, Va.) finished fifth in both Platinum Cup IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge races at Road Atlanta, as part of this weekend's Motul Petit Le Mans to close out the season.
In the first race, Landy started seventh in the Alex Job Racing prepared No. 49 Forto Strong Coffee Porsche 991. A couple laps into the race, he was up to fifth and running with the lead pack before the race went full course caution for a car that was stopped on track due to a fire in the cockpit. Landy avoided making contact with the stopped car, but went off track to do so and knocked the front splitter off the car in the process. He was fifth when the race returned to green and that's where he finished.
Starting seventh obviously wasn't really where we wanted to be," Landy said. "We had a bit of an issue in qualifying. We struggled for grip and, because of that, we didn't end up where I think we could have based on practice times.
"Starting seventh, the goal was to let the attrition happen and move forwards. And, that's kind of what happened. I gained a couple of spots in the first couple of laps because of that. I had to avoid another car because of a cockpit fire. I think it was Andrew [Longe]. He couldn't see. So coming through the Essess, all of a sudden in the middle of the track, he decided to stop. I had to move to avoid him. In doing so, I took the splitter off the front [of my car]. I didn't really know it was gone until we went back to green on the next restart. Then, it was a case of trying to manage that and bring the car home because you're going to be two seconds off [the pace] without the splitter. It was a good result - points wise - considering some of the carnage out there.
"The second race was kind of boring. I wanted to keep everything clean at the start and avoid the craziness that happens into Turn 1. From there, I wanted to keep touch with the guys in front. I didn't really have the pace in the car to make too many moves on the leaders. I think we sealed fourth place in the championship. I am happy with the way the year has gone. The Alex Job Racing guys worked hard all weekend, it would have been nice to finish the year on the podium, but I am happy with the way things went today."
"Sebastian had a good weekend," Alex Job said. "We all wanted more, but sometimes you have to take the best results on the weekend that are presented and for us it was two top five finishes. I think he had a solid year. With the two wins at Virginia International Raceway and the podium finishes at Road America, Sebastian proved he has the speed to run at the front and the race-craft to win."
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Alex Job Racing
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.