Athens Georgia based Comprent Motor Sport travel north of the boarder this week to Canada’s world famous Mosport circuit, Bowmanville, Ontario for the American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport, August 27-30.

Under the guidance of owner Kevin Kloepfer the reigning IMSA Lites 1 Team Champions will field three Élan DP-02s for Americans Jonathan Gore and Charlie Shears and Australian Tom Drewer to compete in Rounds 11 & 12 of the 2009 IMSA Lites Championship presented by Frisby Performance Tire.

It was at Mosport last year that the team began to wrap up both the 2008 Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships. With Jonathan Goring at the wheel, Comprent dominated the weekend taking pole position, both race wins and setting a new track lap record.

This year Comprent are looking to Canada to provide the first win of the season while all three drivers, Jonathan, Charlie and Tom are looking to make Comprent’s first their own. Each has shown they have the pace to take that top step of the podium at Mosport.

Australian Tom Drewer knows what it takes to win at Mosport. Last year Tom won his first ever race at the circuit, and indeed in Canada, in the Lites 2 class. After going on to claim the 2008 IMSA Lites 2 Championship this year he has made the step up to Lites 1.

Drewer quickly came to grips with the Lites 1 car and in New Jersey qualified on pole position for Race 2 with the fastest lap of the weekend. He dominated the first half of the race and was unlucky to finish just of the podium. Tom headed into the last race weekend at Road America equal fifth in the championship. However an incorrectly issued black flag effectively ruined both races and he now sits seventh in points.

“I won my first ever race in Canada last year, and this year I looking for my first win in Lites 1. I have put all the drama and devastation of Road America behind me and I’m focused forward. With my new sponsor Ubantu Resort, I’m determined to hold a trophy up high this weekend. The atmosphere is always amazing at Mosport and the track is as ballsy as they come. I can’t wait.”

Teammate Jonathan Gore is hoping to continue his streak of solid performances. Jonathan is leading the team’s podium count this year with three to his name. He placed third at Miller Motorsports Park Utah, Lime Rock Connecticut and Road America Wisconsin.

At Lime Rock Gore took the fastest lap of Race 1 and pole position for Race 2 before a coming together with a lapped car finished his race. At the last round, Race 2 at Road America, Gore again leaped to the lead in Turn 1 before slipping back. He’s hoping to stay up the front in Canada.                             Continues…

“I’ve really stepped up this year, driving for Comprent Motor Sport. From Utah I have been up the front. Road America is a very fast, flowing circuit. I showed good pace there, and showed yet again I can run up the front. Mosport is similar and I expect the Foretravel Motorcoach car to continue to be right up there.”

Charlie Shears was one step away from a win at Lime Rock, taking Comprent’s only second position for the year in Round 8. Charlie looked like he would equal that performance in Round 10 at Road America. Running strong up the pointy end of the field, and on for a certain podium position, an axle broke on the US Builders car.

Last year Charlie Shears finished strongly at Mosport. In Race 1 he finished just off the podium in fourth position. This year Charlie is looking to finish on it.

“After missing a couple of rounds the Championship I was ecstatic to be back up the front on my return at Lime Rock. I couldn’t believe it when the axle broke at Road America. That was complete disaster, but just something you can’t prepare for. I ran strongly in Canada last year and I know Kenny and the Comprent boys will again give me a car capable of winning. I know Jonathan and Tom want Comprent’s first win, but they’re going to have it tough because I want it too.”

Charlie Sears, Jonathan Gore and Tom Drewer will first head out on the 2.5mile, 10 corner Mosport circuit on Thursday morning for the first of two test sessions. Official practice gets underway Friday. Qualifying will be held on Saturday along with Round 11 at 6.35pm. Round 12 will be held directly before the American Le Mans Series Race at 1:30pm on Sunday, August 30.