Montreal: Farnbacher Loles Racing qualifying report

Keen Claims Pole Position For Farnbacher Loles At Montreal 8.28.09 Montreal - After an intense nine lap qualifying session at the 2.7 mile, 15-turn Circuit Gilles Villeneuve street course in Montreal, Canada, Leh Keen of Charleston, SC will...

Keen Claims Pole Position For Farnbacher Loles At Montreal

8.28.09 Montreal - After an intense nine lap qualifying session at the 2.7 mile, 15-turn Circuit Gilles Villeneuve street course in Montreal, Canada, Leh Keen of Charleston, SC will start the Montreal 200 from the pole position. Driving the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 Cup, Keen posted new GT Class record with a fast lap time of 1:39.339, with an average speed of 98.172 mph, narrowly beating out the second place qualifier, Tom Sutherland, by only sixth one hundredths of a second.

This is the third consecutive pole for Keen, and the fourth pole for the #87 car with co-driver Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany in the 2009 season.

"We really concentrated on the qualifying setup today," Keen said. "We know it will probably rain tomorrow and we wanted the best possible starting position to stay out of the mess in the middle of the pack."

Keen continued, "The tires came up slow at first, then the car got faster every lap. I was hopping curbs, getting close to the wall, it was a lot of fun. The Mazdas seem fast, but a lot of our crew guys are Canadian so Dirk and I really wanted to get the pole for them. Tomorrow, we're going for the win!"

Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL will line up 8th in the #86 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 Cup for Saturday's event after posting his fastest lap time of the session at 1:40.745, with an average speed of 96.803 mph. Lux will once again be co-driving with Bryan Sellers of Centerville, OH.

"Today we struggled with the setup, qualifying could have been better for us," Lux said. "On a positive note, we made a change and the car was a lot better in the final practice. Bryan and I are hoping for a rain filled race and we're looking forward to tomorrow!"

Farnbacher Loles Principal, Gregory Loles, says his team is not letting up and is looking forward to what may be a difficult race tommorw. "We are not taking anything for granted," Loles said. "Although we have a points lead we will push until the final checker falls in Homestead. Congratulations to the crew and drivers for another excellent showing. Tomorrow in the rain will be very challenging with all the concrete around here."

-credit: flr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Bryan Sellers , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Tom Sutherland , Dirk Werner