TeamTGM delivered its best qualifying effort of the year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday when Hugh Plumb put the No. 4 Camp Boggy Creek / JKTG Foundation Porsche Cayman GT4 MR third on the grid for the four-hour Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 240.
The team made big strides at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in preparation for Round 9 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship as the squad showed speed through three practice sessions. Plumb and Guy Cosmo, who share the No. 4 Porsche Cayman GT4, made progress all throughout the day as the group dialed in the Porsche machine at the 2.238-mile Northern California road course.
That effort produced the third place qualifying result for Saturday’s four-hour enduro when Plumb’s fastest flying lap of 1:32.837-seconds secured the inside of the second row. That marked Plumb’s fastest lap of the weekend.
“First and foremost, all of my appreciation goes to Ted Giovanis for providing a top notch effort,” said Plumb following the run. “The TeamTGM guys just keep digging and overcoming adversity and now here we are at the sharp end of the field. I couldn’t be happier for them. Obviously I would love to have Ted in the car, but he will be back. We created a good spot for us on track during the qualifying run and that’s the right thing to do. All in all, we had a great run. We were P1 in the first session and here we are with a good spot on the grid for the start tomorrow, so I am really excited.”
TeamTGM started out the day in strong form with Plumb topping the first practice session of the day with a time of 1:33.358-seconds. Cosmo and Plumb then went on to post the fifth fastest time during the second session. In the final practice of the day, the team was second quick – missing the top spot by just seven hundredths of a second.
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca event marks the second and final four-hour race on the 2017 calendar. And with only two races remaining, TeamTGM is focused on making the most out of the final two events.
“We need to survive the duration of the race and then save the real racing for the end,” said Cosmo of the approach to the four-hour. “As always, if you want to finish first, you must first finish. Hugh (Plumb) is going to start the race. We will just have to be clean and have no contact so that we can preserve the car. We have a good car and we have a great crew. Hugh and I are going to do what we always do and that’s run at a quick pace.”
With the race set to go green on Saturday at 2:00 PM local time, TeamTGM aims to stay at the front of the field and continue to show its speed throughout the four-hour endurance event.
Team Owner and driver Ted Giovanis, who was forced to sit out the remainder of the season following an injury at CTMP earlier this year, could not have been more proud of his organization’s performance on Friday.
“It was a great effort and it was a testament to the hard work of the team,” beamed Giovanis. “Hugh (Plumb) did a really great job. We had put the car back to how it was the session before and Hugh came on the radio and said that it was really hooked up. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s race – it’s going to be all about consistency and these guys are fast!”
Source. Sunday Group