Long Beach: Farnbacher Loles Racing qualifying report

Henzler scores Long Beach pole for Farnbacher Loles For the third consecutive race, Farnbacher Loles Racing will start from the front row in the American Le Mans Series. Wolf Henzler grabbed his first pole of the season and the team's second...

Henzler scores Long Beach pole for Farnbacher Loles

For the third consecutive race, Farnbacher Loles Racing will start from the front row in the American Le Mans Series. Wolf Henzler grabbed his first pole of the season and the team's second with his 1:21.394 lap of the Long Beach street circuit. Henzler's fast lap in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR came after a brief red flag period during the qualifying session. "There seems to be a bit less grip on the track compared to last year," said Henzler. "I was battling a little oversteer but the Michelin tires were great. The crew did an unbelievable job getting the car back together after the incident yesterday. I have to thank them for giving us such a great racecar. Starting in front is always an advantage but especially on such a tight course and with a short race like this."

Team principal Gregory Loles watched the session from the team's timing stand. "What our guys have pulled off here is amazing. There was considerable damage to the car from heavy contact in the second practice session on Thursday. The entire crew, led by Horst (Farnbacher) put in a monumental effort to fix it. These guys have been at the track since 6:30 yesterday morning. They worked straight through the night and did more than get the car back together. They gave Wolf a car capable of the pole. Amazing."

Henzler's teammate Dirk Werner will drive the second half of Saturday's race, "This is my first time on this circuit, but I am learning it pretty quickly. I like the track a lot. Staying in front is going to be very important, though. The driver change and pit stop will need to be perfect, since passing is difficult here. In spite of the problem in practice, the crew have worked really hard and given us a very good race car."

Saturday's Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is scheduled for 100 minutes. The green flag flies at 4:15pm (PST) with a taped delayed broadcast on Sunday, April 19th from 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST) on ABC.

-credit: FarbacherLoles.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Wolf Henzler , Dirk Werner