Bowmanville, Ontario, 27th August 2007. Wolf Henzler and the Tafel Racing team made a strong start to yesterday's Canadian round of the American Le Mans Series, and had a number of close battles for position during the two hour 45 minute race,...
Bowmanville, Ontario, 27th August 2007. Wolf Henzler and the Tafel Racing team made a strong start to yesterday's Canadian round of the American Le Mans Series, and had a number of close battles for position during the two hour 45 minute race, but sixth position in the GT2 class was all the German driver was able to claim for his efforts at the checkered flag. Having been the fastest Porsche driver in qualifying for the race, it was a disappointing end to the weekend.
A deteriorating handling problem on the #71 Tafel Racing Porsche 997 GT3-RSR, later traced by the team to a mechanical failure, meant that as the race progressed Henzler and his Scottish team mate, Robin Liddell, were unable to capitalize on the excellent start made.
An early full course caution period (just seven minutes into the race) bunched up the field and the hard-charging Henzler was able to pass the #61 Risi Ferrari of Eric Helary for second position just one lap after the field went green again. He held onto the place for a further 20 laps, having a hard by fair fight with his fellow German driver, Dirk Muller in a Ferrari 430, before bad understeer and a brake problem allowed Muller to pass Wolf. As the pass was made, there was contact between the two cars and Henzler had to go off track in order to avoid a spin. This let another GT2 car through and the Tafel driver found himself back in 5th position. The persistent understeer further hampered Liddell when he took over driving duties and the #71 car was never able to regain the strong position it had held early in the race.
"The start was very good and I thought we were in a good position for a podium but, in the end, we weren't able to capitalize on that good performance for a number of reasons and it was not a good race for us. We had a handling problem which meant that, for most of the race, the car was never as consistent to drive as it had been early on in the weekend. We did make some good progress with the car in practice and qualifying and it was good to have been the fastest of the Porsches in qualifying so I hope we can build on that for the next race in Detroit."
Wolf Henzler's next race will be for Tafel Racing next weekend in Detroit for Round 10 of the American Le Mans Series. That will be followed by an appearance for the Farnbacher Loles team with Dirk Werner and Bryce Miller in the final round of the Rolex Grand-Am Series at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah on Saturday, September 15. To keep fully up to date with news and updates on Wolf's racing, check out his new website on www.wolf-henzler.de