Farnbacher Loles Racing season preview

Farnbacher Loles Racing will carry its championship form to the American Le Mans Series this season, combining forces with champion drivers Dirk Werner and Marc Basseng. Farnbacher Loles and Werner won the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT team...

Farnbacher Loles Racing will carry its championship form to the American Le Mans Series this season, combining forces with champion drivers Dirk Werner and Marc Basseng. Farnbacher Loles and Werner won the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT team and driver titles in 2007. Basseng adds a European championship. They hope to match that success in the ALMS this year.

Werner, of Kissenbruck, Germany, and Basseng, of Leutenbach, Germany, will drive the team's No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the 11-race series. A third driver will join them for the longer endurance races. The team is considering several drivers for the position and will announce the successful candidate later this week.

Both Werner and Basseng have excelled in international sports-car racing. In addition to his Rolex Series title, Werner won three 24-hour races last year, in Dubai, England and the United Arab Emirates. He also has a class win in the 24H-Rennen Nurburgring and a class podium in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and won the 2006 Porsche Carrera Cup championship.

Basseng's results include an overall podium in the Nurburgring 24-hour race, a class win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 2003 Renault Clio Speed Trophy title. He competes in several series, is a contract test driver for Porsche and provides television commentary for Porsche Carrera Cup and Porsche Supercup races.

Farnbacher Loles completed a successful test of the team's new Porsche last week at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, in preparation for the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, scheduled for March 15. Team owner Gregory Loles is optimistic about the upcoming season.

"We arrived in Sebring last week hoping the 2008 RSR would show the improvement necessary to take on the Ferrari. After a successful test, we left confident our RSR will be very competitive. Porsche's engineers have worked diligently, improving the RSR in many ways. Our technical director, Horst Farnbacher, is always able to get the best out of every car we give him and I know he is more than ready for the challenge ahead. We are looking forward to campaigning this car," Loles said.

"This year we are also glad to welcome Michelin as our tire supplier. With Michelin's proven record in the series, it will be an asset to have them involved in our program. We are looking forward to helping Porsche win races and rewarding our sponsors and fans with the results they expect from our team."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Marc Basseng