SONOMA, Calif. - Sebastian Landy (Great Falls, Va.) had a mixed weekend his first time racing at Sonoma Raceway with finishes of seventh and eighth (in class) at the penultimate round of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama.
On Saturday morning Landy posted a qualifying time of 1:37.019 that had him starting on the fourth row for Saturday's race one in seventh. At the drop of the green he was able to move up a position in the early going. At quarter race distance he was side-by-side with the No. 3 Porsche of Trenton Estep when Landy was forced off into the grass in Turn 5. He was able to gather the No. 49 Forto Coffee Porsche back-up and finished race one in seventh.
"I tried to get a decent start," Landy said. "I was able get through the first couple of laps clean and I was looking to move forward. I got tangled up with Trenton and that knocked me back in the field. I think my pace was good after that, about the same as the leaders toward the end of the race. I will be focused on having a clean run tomorrow."
For Sunday's race Landy started from eighth and was able to move up two positions to sixth even though he was forced off the track at the exit of Turn 2 on lap one. A couple of laps later and hungry to move up he went into Turn 11 and tried to pass two cars and had contact. The result forced him back to 11th, then a full course flew. Once the race was restarted the resulting contact from the pass attempt earned Landy a drive-thru penalty which relegated him to eighth in class at the checker.
"It was crazy from the start," he continued. "I got put off the track on the first lap. The car was good, thanks to the work by the Alex Job Racing crew. I went down in Turn 11 looking to move forward. It was an unfortunate end to the day, but that is how it goes sometimes."
"Sebastian did a good job this week learning a new track," Alex Job, team owner said. "In the first race he showed good resolve when he went off the track and came back to finish seventh. In today's race he was forced off again and tried to make some moves to get back to the front and had contact. We will go onto Road Atlanta and look to close the season with a couple podium finishes."
The Porsche GT3 Cup series travels to Road Atlanta for the IMSA Petit Le Mans weekend to close the season, Oct. 4-7.
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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.