Montreal: Farnbacher Loles preview

Farnbacher Loles brings GT Class lead to Montreal Coming off another top three finish in the Grand Am Rolex GT Series, The Farnbacher Loles Racing team is looking to continue the momentum and maintain the Championship points lead at Circuit...

Farnbacher Loles brings GT Class lead to Montreal

Coming off another top three finish in the Grand Am Rolex GT Series, The Farnbacher Loles Racing team is looking to continue the momentum and maintain the Championship points lead at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Coming into the final two races of the season, Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner have put their #87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Paul Miller Porsche/Recaro Porsche 997 GT3 onto 8 podiums this year which has given Werner a six point lead over second place. Miller is only 12 points back and has sole possession of 4th place.

The drivers in the #85 Shoes For Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 Cup have been as fast as their teammates in the #87 but bad luck has kept the car off the podium since a second place at Mexico. Leh Keen and Dominik Farnbacher began the season in the car, but a heavy crash at Mid-Ohio left Keen with a broken collarbone. Since then, Ian Baas has been in the car subbing for Leh, while Craig Stanton has jumped in for Dominik when he was unavailable to drive due to a couple of racing conflicts. For Montreal, Ian and Dominik will share the duties while Leh is expected back to join them for the season finale in Salt Lake City.

At the previous round at the sensational Barber Motorsports Park, the #85 was again a victim. Craig Stanton drove a flawless race for the opening stint while keeping the car up front from his 3rd place qualifying effort. He then handed off to Ian who quickly went to work on the front-runners with an excellent effort, putting his sites on a podium finish before handing the car off to Craig for the final leg. Craig was working the traffic and setting up for the run to the checker, when the #85 Shoes For Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 Cup was struck by another competitor who went into a corner too hot and hit Craig, spinning him off the track. While Craig was able to rejoin the race, the resulting loss of positions was too much to overcome but he still managed to bring the car home in eighth. Starting from the seventh spot on the grid, Bryce Miller also drove flawlessly. Knowing they are in a heated Championship battle, he stayed out of trouble but still moved the #87 up two spots to hand it off to Dirk in fifth. Dirk put the hammer down and climb his way to second. With only one lap to go, second place looked like a lock, but as the tank ran out of fuel Dirk switched to the reserve to bring it home. Unfortunately the car stumbled during the transition, which gave a brief opening to Andy Lally who was chasing Dirk in third. Lally got past and Dirk was able to gain his momentum to secure the final spot on the podium. But the resulting loss of two points in the Championship battle made the lead that much closer heading into the final two races.

-credit: fl

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , Gilles Villeneuve , Craig Stanton , Ian Baas , Paul Miller , Lehman Keen , Dominik Farnbacher , Dirk Werner , Bryce Miller