St. Pete: Farnbacher Loles Racing preview

Farnbacher Loles Racing is looking to round two of the American Le Mans Series to rebound from a strong but ultimately disappointing Sebring race. The ...

Farnbacher Loles Racing is looking to round two of the American Le Mans Series to rebound from a strong but ultimately disappointing Sebring race. The #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR started from the front of the grid for the 57th annual 12 Hours of Sebring after posting the top time in qualifying for the GT2 Class. Starting driver Dirk Werner built up a lead of over 30 seconds before a rear differential failure at the 90-minute mark led to a lengthy repair in the paddock. After nearly 2 hours off track, the team fought back to score valuable points in the championship with a remarkable eighth place finish.

"We know we have the speed," said team principal Gregory Loles, "as we proved at Sebring. Now we need to make it to the end of the race. We believe we've resolved any reliability issues, so we head to St. Pete looking for a good result. This Championship will be won with consistency, not just fast laps. We fully expect to be competing for the GT2 Class crown at the end of the season. With Dirk (Werner) and Wolf (Henzler) doing the bulk of our driving, we just need to give them a reliable car. They'll do the rest."

The tight circuit at St. Pete poses much more of a challenge for the drivers as there are limited passing opportunities, but both Werner and Henzler have had success on the streets of the Florida coastal city. In the 2008 race, Henzler set a new track record on the way to taking the pole position while Werner drove to a third place podium finish.

Unlike Sebring, where the teams spent a week at the track and had multiple practice sessions, the St. Pete street course has limited testing time, so the teams need to make every session count.

-credit: flr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Dirk Werner