Grand-Am Rolex Series -- Round 9 Daytona International Speedway, Florida The teams had to arrive, practice, qualify and race all within a 15-hour period so, to do well here, was always going to be a tall order. But challenges are what Wolf ...
Grand-Am Rolex Series -- Round 9
Daytona International Speedway, Florida
The teams had to arrive, practice, qualify and race all within a 15-hour period so, to do well here, was always going to be a tall order. But challenges are what Wolf Henzler likes.
His Grand-Am team mate, Eric Lux, qualified their #74 Rembrandt Charms/Tafel Racing Porsche 997 in 7th position for the 70-lap race, and Lux made a good start from the green flag. "We had an early yellow flag period and decided to pit," says the German. "We didn't take on fuel at that stop so Eric then had to drive very conservatively through much of his stint in order to save fuel and get the car back to the pits for his second pit stop."
After Henzler took over the wheel, the Tafel Porsche went on to catch up a few places and to eventually finish fourth, just in front of his team mates in the #72 car.
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What began as a weather-abbreviated weekend on Friday, with rain eliminating qualifying, continued as clouds stayed over the Tafel Racing team for what turned out to be a very difficult outing. As the green flag fell at the start of the race, a fellow GT2 competitor hesitated in front of Robin Liddell in the No. 71 Tafel Porsche, causing him to jump out of line and he was subsequently called in for a stop-and-go-penalty for allegedly jumping the start.
Upon his return to the fray, three laps later, Liddell was giving room to a P2 car and was pushed off the circuit at Turn three, causing substantial damage to the RSR. The team carried out repairs, including fitting a new radiator, enabling Liddell and teammate Wolf Henzler to finish the race and gather valuable points.
"The car was really tough to drive," Henzler said. "The crew did great work to get it fixed, but it felt like it didn't have damping in the shocks and the steering was crooked. Finishing was really all that we could have hoped for today and we owe that to the guys, because every point counts." Henzler drove for the last hour of the race to be classified for maximum points, but finishing a disappointing 10th in class.
Wolf Henzler's next race will be for Tafel Racing in the ninth round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at the new Iowa Speedway. The 400-kilometer race for the GT class will start at 1:00pm CDT on Saturday, July 14.