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Local team Comprent Motor Sports, based just 1 hour from the Road Atlanta circuit in Athens Georgia, might have a home track advantage this weekend. And they’re once again looking to be hometown heroes.

Team owner Kevin Kloepfer and Comprent have much experience and knowledge to draw upon for this weekend.

“For over 20 years we have existed and spent more time at Road Atlanta than any other circuit. Last year we were the hometown heroes; all but clinching the 2008 IMSA Lites 1 Championship when Jonathan Goring took out both races from pole. After that we only needed 1 point for the Championship in Monterey.”

Comprent’s Australian driver Tom Drewer is somewhat a ‘local’ too. He has made Georgia his US base for the past two years, this season staying near the Comprent team in downtown Athens.

He also shared success last year taking out the IMSA Lites 2 Championship at Road Atlanta, scoring his seventh and eighth wins of the season.

Charlie Shears will be another one to look out for this week. He missed earlier rounds due to illness and the birth of a child but returned in style at Lime Rock to score Comprent’s maiden 2nd place of the season.

Teammate Jonathan Gore is expected to make his return after missing Canada due to illness. Last year Jonathan scored one of his best finishes of the season at Road Atlanta with 2nd place in race 2. Furthermore, he leads Comprent’s 2009 podium tally with 3 third places and recently showed he had what it takes when he took the fastest lap of race one at Lime Rock to qualify on pole for race two.

The father and son due of Wayne and David Ducote will also make their return after missing Canada. Son David has just completed a two day test with Comprent at Road Atlanta and set impressive times in the sweltering heat. He feels “extremely positive coming into this round with a few laps” under his belt.

This week however, it may not be sweltering heat that the drivers feel here in Braselton. Rain still looms over the fast undulating 2.54mile (4km) circuit after Atlanta experienced record downpours over the previous six days.

Comprent Motor Sports and the IMSA Lites are scheduled to hit the track Thursday for Qualifying and Race 1 at 5:20pm and Friday for Race 2 at 12:10pm.

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.

With Charlie Shears, Jonathan Gore and Tom Drewer all hovering around the front of the IMSA Lites 1 field in prior rounds, Comprent Motor Sport is looking to finally convert its pace into race wins at Road America for this weekend’s Time Warner Road Race Showcase featuring the American Le Mans Series.

The Athens, Georgia based team will field five cars for Rounds 7 & 8 of the IMSA Lites Championship presented by Frisby Performance Tire with season regulars Charlie Shears (Houston, TX), Jonathan Gore (Franklin, TN) and Tom Drewer (Adelaide, AUS) once again being joined by father and son duo David (Houston, TX) and Wayne (New Orleans, LA) Ducote in their Park One / Waskey Bridges sponsored cars.

“We all have a single focus this weekend, to win,” said team owner Kevin Kloepfer.

“Over the last two events we have proven we have the speed. Tom Drewer set the fastest time of the weekend in New Jersey to claim pole and led half of Sunday’s race.

Then we went to Lime Rock where Jonathan Gore (Foretravel Motorcoach car) was fastest in the wet session, and followed that up with a podium and fastest lap in Race 1, putting him on pole for Race 2. Unfortunately he tangled with David but regardless he proved the point.

Charlie Shears (US Builders car) came back with vengeance at Lime Rock after missing Utah and Jersey to claim his first podium with a strong second position. The Ducote’s are improving their pace all the time.

Sure Jonathan and Tom have to think about Championship points given they’re sitting 4th and 5th (consecutively) but we’re all going for the win. Everyone has equal equipment and equal resources. We know we can win. We won the Championship last year. I want all of them fighting for the win. Hopefully that’s what we’ll see this weekend.”

Comprent Motor Sports won both the 2008 IMSA Lites 1 Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships with driver Jonathan Goring (Torrington, CT).

Australian Tom Drewer, the 2008 IMSA Lites 2 Champion, will sport new livery for Road America. Replacing the Daily Planet (an iconic Gentleman’s club located in Melbourne, Australia) is a new venture called Ubantu Resort.

Ubantu Resort is a fully integrated residential and hotel development in South East Asia on a subtropical Indonesian island that has had minimal western influence, with a climate similar to Bali and Phuket. The self-sustaining, socially and environmentally responsible facility will work with, and benefit, the local community and will feature 5 international hotels, a super-yacht harbour and unique motor racing circuit.