Motor Racing: Johnny Mowlem

Johnny's sports car career has seen him compete in the most iconic races at some of the World's finest circuits including Le Mans, Nurburgring, Laguna Seca, Daytona and Road America.

Many fans will first recall his astounding season in the British Porsche Cup in 1997 when in winning the championship for a second time, he had a remarkable record of remaining undefeated throughout the season, finishing first in all seventeen rounds of the championship.

In the same year Johnny won the Gregor Grant Award at the Autosport International Awards for "Outstanding Achievement in International Motorsport", previous and more recent winners of this particular put him illustrious company: including Dale Ernhardt Snr, Colin McRae, Alain Prost, Emerson Fittipaldi, Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and Fernando Alonso

Johnny then went on to forge a highly successful career in endurance racing, competing in the American Le Mans Series, enjoying podium finishes in GT, GT2 and LMP1 classes. Some of those victories were particularly close, in 2004 he was part of the closest ever GT2 finish in history at Daytona International Speedway circuit and in 2007 he became part of Sebring history as part of the Melo/Salo/Mowlem Ferrari team that won the GT division in an incredible final lap that became voted in the top 10 best ever moments of the American Le Mans Series' championship history.

"The biggest single problem that ended up losing us the best part of a lap throughout the entire 12 hours, was a re-starting issue at the pit stops. Unfortunately for me, this problem first appeared in the race at the start of my first stint. You can imagine my horror when they drop the car and I'm turning the engine over but it won't fire! Here I was, the third driver, and the first thing that goes through your mind is that you're doing something wrong. I scanned all the switches first, fuel pumps, lambda, etc.,then I turned my attention to the ignition."

His first time at Le Mans 24 hours in 2000 saw a podium in the GT class and he has been a regular competitor ever since.

"The 24 hours of Le Mans is without doubt one of the most famous races in the world; attracting manufacturers and top privateer teams alike, so I always feel privileged to be a part of it. I've driven at Le Mans before in a Porsche and for Saleen, but there is something about the name; Ferrari, that grabs people's attention!"

In 2013 Johnny capped a fine season by becoming the European GT Le Mans series champion

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