Daytona 24: Tafel Racing hour six notes

All three of the Tafel Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars have performed flawlessly during the first six hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. After qualifying second on Thursday, Wolf Henzler ran for 2hrs 54 minutes in theTafel Racing Rembrandt Charms ...

All three of the Tafel Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars have performed flawlessly during the first six hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. After qualifying second on Thursday, Wolf Henzler ran for 2hrs 54 minutes in theTafel Racing Rembrandt Charms #74 before handing over to Dominik Farnbacher and never lost the lead.

"I had no problem at all, the car was running very good," said Henzler at the end of a marathon stint approaching the limit of three hours."The guys did a good pit stop so I hope we can continue like that. I never had to fight for my position while I was in the car, and managed to keep a gap of between 5 and 10 seconds with the cars behind, so I didn't need to push very hard. I tried to keep tires alive during stint, and I hope we can continue like this."

Dominik Farnbacher drove the second stint in the #74, retaining the lead established by Henzler. "The car is good. We have a little gearbox issue, just a noise when you shift from 2nd to 3rd so we have to shift very smoothly. Other than that everything is going well and I am happy with my run." The young German also completed nearly three hours in the car.

The enthusiasm was obvious on the face of Nathan Swartzbaugh after his first stint in the #72 North South Tafel Racing Porsche in the legendary race. "It took me a little while to get in the groove, but once I did, it was great. I could get back in and do two or three more stints like this one. That's how good the car was."

Dirk Muller followed Swarztbaugh in the car with a very strong run in which he closed the gap to the second place car to within two seconds at one point. He reported that, "The car is fine, so there's not much to say to be honest. We had no major dramas and we are continuing to push hard to keep in touch with all the other Porsches."

The Tafel Racing Red Bull/One and Only Resorts #73 has had a fairly eventful race, much of it happening to Lars Erik. "I was overtaking the Ferrari (#52) and he decided to come over on me at the last minute. He didn't see me and it brushed the side of the car, pushing me off the track. Then, later in my stint, I was behind a slow Porsche and a Mustang ran into the back of me. That gave us a puncture and we had to make an extra stop."

It broke the left rear light cluster which has now been replaced. At the end of six hours the car was in 13th position in class.

-credit: tafel racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dirk Müller , Wolf Henzler , Dominik Farnbacher , Nathan Swartzbaugh