Sebring: Tafel Racing qualifying report

Tafel Racing Qualifies Fourth and Fifth in GT2 for Sebring 12-Hour Sebring, Fla., March 15, 2007 -- Tafel Racing drivers Wolf Henzler and Dominik Farnbacher qualified fourth and fifth respectively for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season ...

Tafel Racing Qualifies Fourth and Fifth in GT2 for Sebring 12-Hour

Sebring, Fla., March 15, 2007 -- Tafel Racing drivers Wolf Henzler and Dominik Farnbacher qualified fourth and fifth respectively for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season opener Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to be run on Saturday.

The team from Georgia has been a fixture in the top five of the timing sheet all week. The Central Florida 3.7-mile, 17-turn historic converted airport circuit is the first race in the series for the team's new Porsche 997 RSR GT2 cars. The Tafel development program with the new car is already showing benefits, with both cars running near flawless practice sessions maximizing valuable early season track time for the drivers.

Wolf Henzler was nominated to qualify the No. 71 Tafel Racing Porsche today. The German turned a lap of 2:03.338 with an average speed of 108 mph, good enough for a second row starting position.

"We have come a long way since we unloaded and ran on Monday," Henzler said. "The car had a slight push through the high-speed corners, but I am happy with my qualifying effort. The team has improved the car every day and we really didn't try to put a qualifying setup on the car. Right now we have a good race car that I can drive nearly every where on the track and that is what is needed for the race."

Henzler is joined behind the wheel by teammates Robin Liddell and Patrick Long for the once around the clock race.

In the No. 73 Tafel Porsche, Dominik Farnbacher took the reins for the qualifying session, following his teammate closely in fifth with a time of 2:03.652. The young German will go away from the grid right behind the companion Tafel car at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

"The run was good," Farnbacher said. "I tried to follow Wolf - he was very good! I had a big problem with understeer on the infield which lost us a few tenths. The car feels good for the race tomorrow and the important thing is not how you qualify but how you finish in the race. The main thing is to drive consistent lap times, make no mistakes and may be to reach a podium would be amazing."

Farnbacher will share driving duties with co-drivers Jim Tafel and Ian James come race day.

"I'm pretty pleased, having two of the first five cars our first time in the ALMS," Tony Dowe, team technical directory, said. "It's going to be a very tough 12-hours so we have to put our race face on and get on with it. The team and drivers have been excellent all week and the tires were fantastic. Everyone did a really good job, now we have to get ready for our first Sebring 12-hour."

-credit: tr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Robin Liddell , Wolf Henzler , Jim Tafel , Dominik Farnbacher