HENZLER SETS QUALIFYING RECORD AT VIR MECHANICAL TROUBLE GETS IN THE WAY CUMMING, Ga. - It seemed that everything was going perfectly for Tafel Racing at the Wheel Enhancement GS Enduro presented by EMC Mechanical at Virginia International...
HENZLER SETS QUALIFYING RECORD AT VIR
MECHANICAL TROUBLE GETS IN THE WAY
CUMMING, Ga. - It seemed that everything was going perfectly for Tafel Racing at the Wheel Enhancement GS Enduro presented by EMC Mechanical at Virginia International Raceway -until it wasn't.
Although Friday's practice times were off due to rainy conditions, Tafel Racing's Wolf Henzler of Germany led the pack in both morning sessions and then charged ahead in the Saturday morning qualifying, setting a qualifying record of 2:03.712 (95,156 mph) on the 3.27 mile road course in Alton, Va.
After qualifying on the pole, Henzler dominated the first 29 laps of the race, leading more than any other driver. He led a total of 51 laps and teammate Eric Lux of Amherst, NY led 14, giving Tafel the lead on 65 of the race's 152 laps. Henzler also posted the race's fasted lap at 2:04.561
The Tafel Racing Rembrandt Charms Porsche 996, which had performed flawlessly the entire weekend, began to show signs of mechanical problems around lap 100.
"This was the picture perfect weekend up until the final hour. All weekend we showed our strengths. The crew, and car were amazing," recalled Lux. "Our times were untouchable during practice, qualifying and even in the race. After qualifying in the top spot Wolf and I were very enthused. Wolf gave me the car about two and a half hours into the race. I managed to climb back up and regain the lead. At this point we were cruising, conserving the car. However, about one hour from the end I began to experience clutch problems. (the clutch would stick to the floor and I would have to use the toe of my foot to pull it back up after each down and up shift.) I managed to bring the clutch pedal back and it was working alright. However, it would fail with out warning. Wolf climbed back in for the remaining hour and it was apparent we would struggle to finish in the top ten. We all wanted this win very badly. This was an unfortunate way to finish the race, after such a strong weekend."
Lux won the first race of the Grand Am Cup series at Daytona in the 44 Team Sahlen Rembrandt Charms/GOJO/Hawk. He finished sixth with Charles Espenalub and second with Henzler at Miller Motorsport Park in the 175.
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