Lime Rock: Farnbacher Loles Racing race report

Henzler and Miller finish fourth for Farnbacher Loles Racing at Lime Rock Park 7.18.09 Lime Rock, CT - The Farnbacher Loles Racing team brought a fast car and a new driving duo to Lime Rock Park in Northwestern Connecticut for the annual...

Henzler and Miller finish fourth for Farnbacher Loles Racing at Lime Rock Park

7.18.09 Lime Rock, CT - The Farnbacher Loles Racing team brought a fast car and a new driving duo to Lime Rock Park in Northwestern Connecticut for the annual Northeast Grand Prix weekend. The fifth round of the American Le Mans Series produced dramatic racing, huge crowds and beautiful weather. Only one hour North of the Farnbacher Loles corporate offices made this a home race for many on the team.

New Jersey native Bryce Miller filled in for Dirk Werner in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing/Marquis Jet/IPC Systems Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, co-driving with Porsche Factory Driver Wolf Henzler of Nurtingen, Germany. The German set the fastest times in the GT2 Class in the first two practices on the 1.5 mile Lime Rock road course but in qualifying, Henzler was narrowly edged out of a front row starting spot.

Bryce Miller did the opening stint from the third spot on the grid and at the green flag, the car got loose off the downhill to the front straight. Bryce gathered it up but the loss of momentum allowed the two BMWs to get past going into turn one. He fought hard through his stint and was on pace until a late spin knocked him back another spot.

At the 45-minute mark, Miller pitted for tires and fuel and Henzler took over. Henzler fought hard and was able to gain positions on track, but was not able to improve upon fourth due to the gap to the leaders. He turned a 0:55.369 during the stint, which was the second fastest lap of the race. At the finish, the team had to settle for fourth while the drivers thought about the podium that got away.

Bryce Miller knew they were capable of better. "I don't think I locked down my seat properly on the pre-grid and it moved back on its track enough to make things challenging. It is hard to be pleased with my race performance because I was struggling to reach the steering wheel. Wolf is a champion and he did a superb job restoring our car to a respectable position after my seating dilemma. I just can't help to wonder what the result would otherwise have been. It really is a shame and I feel bad about it."

"I was happy to be back with Farnbacher Loles and the RSR is a pleasure to drive. The team does its job well and certainly did the job today."

Wolf Henzler was also disappointed with the finish. "We finished fourth which was the best we could do today. Our car was really good, was very fast. Unfortunately, Bryce had a problem with the seat and couldn't do the lap times he was capable of running. And then there was a spin and we had to pit under green, which lost us more time. It was a tough day."

The series next heads to Mid-Ohio on August 9th.

-credit: flr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Wolf Henzler , Dirk Werner , Bryce Miller