GMG Racing Overcomes Mechanical Challenges To Complete 12 Hours of Sebring in ALMS Season Opener

GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, pulled a 7th place finish in the GTC class at the crowded and challenging 60th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring to kick of the 2012 American Le Mans Series racing.

GMG Racing at the 2012 12 Hours of SebringThe team suffered a setback 3 hours into the race when the new No. 32 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup experienced a failed alternator and lost nearly a dozen laps before returning the car to race-ready condition.

“We came out of the pits way behind but very determined,” recalls GMG president, co-founder, and lead driver. “We made up several laps and were determined to run hard until the end, giving up was never an option. The team did a great job in the pits with zero mistakes all race long and I am very proud of them. Both Alex and Rene drove mistake free as that was our strategy.”

The team’s effort allowed the GMG squad to climb back to its 7th spot, surviving one of the toughest endurance races in the world.

The race marked the start of the fourth ALMS season for GMG Racing. Global Motorsports Group made its ALMS series debut with a driver lineup featuring Sofronas in the 2009 finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, finishing fifth in the Challenge class. GMG Racing contended its first full ALMS season in 2010 taking two podiums, and ran in a few 2011 races.

A duo of talented drivers joined Sofronas to keep this weekend’s race going until the end for GMG including Alex Welch, who debuted as part of the GMG Racing ALMS team in 2011, and seasoned racer Rene Villeneuve, who has been racing since 1987.

The next stop for 2012 Tequila Petron American Le Mans Series will be GMG Racing’s own backyard for the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 14.

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