Utah: Wolf Henzler race report

Wolf Henzler - a podium to finish the Grand Am Season Tooele, Utah, 18th September 2007. Wolf Henzler may have finished his 2007 Grand-Am Rolex season with a different team to the one he began it with, but it ended well. Third place in the GT...

Wolf Henzler - a podium to finish the Grand Am Season

Tooele, Utah, 18th September 2007. Wolf Henzler may have finished his 2007 Grand-Am Rolex season with a different team to the one he began it with, but it ended well. Third place in the GT category with the Farnbacher Loles team in Saturday's Sunchaser 1000 race was enough to guarantee one of his team mates, Dirk Werner, GT Championship victory, and his second driving partner, Bryce Miller, third place in the overall standings.

The Grand-Am series paid its final visit of the season to the challenging Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, Utah. The Sunchaser 1000 km race had a time limit of 7.5 hours or 139 laps. Unlike last year, when it finished in the dark, this year's 11:00am start meant that it would end in daylight...just.

The #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT ran consistently in either 2nd or 3rd positions within the class for the entire race, with Wolf, Bryce and Dirk all taking it in turns to complete one hour stints behind the wheel. After some early engine troubles for other Porsche competitors, the team wisely decided to instruct its drivers to drive well within the limits of the car in order to secure a finish.

"One of our main competitors, Andy Lally, had his engine blow up just before half way," said Wolf. "This was followed by two other Porsches later in race, so from then on we all had to gear shift earlier and be very smooth with the engine and gearbox to protect them. Our main objective was to help Dirk win the championship so, while it was frustrating not to be able to race for the victory, I quite understand and accept the team's instructions. The Championship was more important.

"We had to be very careful all through the race because of the Daytona Prototypes. You had to watch your mirrors all the time so as not to get hit. In the end, the team finished in 2nd and 3rd places so I am very happy as this was a good team finish. I'm particularly happy for my good friend and team mate, Dominik Farnbacher, who was fighting for the win but who had an accident on the last lap. Luckily he managed to finish the race even with a blown tire!"

Wolf's next race will be another endurance event -- the 1000 mile Petit Le Mans classic on Saturday, 6th October, round 11 of the American Le Mans Series. He will be back with his usual team, Tafel Racing. To keep fully up to date with news and updates on Wolf's racing, check out his new website on www.wolfhenzler.com

-credit: miller media and communications

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , Wolf Henzler , Dominik Farnbacher , Dirk Werner , Bryce Miller