St. Petersburg, FL., 31st March 2007. A problem with the team's re-fuelling equipment ended Wolf Henzler's hopes of a victory here today, despite his car dominating the GT2 class for the first thirty minutes of the race. He and his team mate,...
St. Petersburg, FL., 31st March 2007. A problem with the team's re-fuelling equipment ended Wolf Henzler's hopes of a victory here today, despite his car dominating the GT2 class for the first thirty minutes of the race. He and his team mate, Robin Liddell, eventually finished 5th in class and 14th overall and they now sit in 4th position in the GT2 points classification.
When Liddell, who started the race, came into the pits for the first time [during the first of five yellow flag caution periods] after 38 minutes of racing, he had to sit for over 3 minutes while the team struggled to get fuel from the rig in the pits into the car. A normal pit stop would take approximately 50 seconds, and the delay eventually cost the no. 71 car two laps on the rest of the GT2 class.
A frustrated Wolf said after the race, "Robin made a very, very good start and was able to keep the Ferraris behind him. The car seemed to be very good and ready for its first win so it's a real shame about the problem with the re-fuelling. We lost two laps at the first pit stop and then another when Robin pitted at the 1 hour 18 minutes mark for the driver change. I went out right behind the leader (no.62 Ferrari) in 8th position. I was faster than the Ferrari in the infield, but was not able to pass him because there was corner after corner. In my run we were able, because of a good pit strategy and consistent lap times, to gain three positions and finally finish in 5th place.
"The pit crew and strategists did a great job in respect of changing the tires and calling us in for the pit stops and I want to thank everyone at Tafel Racing for never giving up.
"St Petes, with all the walls, being close to the boats in the harbour, and warm sunshine, was a little bit like being at Monaco. The same sort of atmosphere. I really liked it - until we had the problem -- let's hope that Long Beach will treat us a bit better in two weeks' time."
The German, who next week celebrates his 32nd birthday, is now heading home to Nuertingen, near Stuttgart, for a well-earned Easter break after nearly a month of racing in Florida. Events at Sebring, Homestead and St Petersburg account for a total of 17 ¼ hours of racing, never mind the test, practice and qualifying sessions.
Wolf Henzler's next race will be for Tafel Racing in the third round of the American Le Mans Series, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (California). The 100-minute race will start at 4:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 15. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com.
-credit: miller media