VIR: Farnbacher Loles Racing race report

Two top 5 finishes for Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsches at VIR After two hours and 40 minutes of racing, the Grand-Am Rolex Series Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway came down to a 5-minute shootout to determine the final ...

Two top 5 finishes for Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsches at VIR

After two hours and 40 minutes of racing, the Grand-Am Rolex Series Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway came down to a 5-minute shootout to determine the final results. At the end, the Farnbacher Loles Racing team took well-earned fourth and fifth positions as the top finishing Porsches. The two cars ran flawlessly throughout the entire race, marking a real team effort.

At the start, Leh Keen and Eric Lux started from the third and seventh positions on the grid. Both drivers held their own but quickly realized they had nothing for the Pontiacs and Mazdas. With a considerable weight reduction prior to this race, the Pontiacs showed impressive speed that the Porsches couldn't touch, but the two Farnbacher Loles cars set the pace for the rest of the field. The drivers had to contend with very warm temperatures, which made the Porsches more prone to rear tire wear due to their rear weight bias. To make the battle even more challenging, an early stop and go penalty dropped Lux down in the standings, but he fought back into contention. The first round of pit stops went perfectly and the drivers held onto their positions. At the midway point in the race, both Keen and Lux turned the cars over to their co-drivers. 2007 Rolex series Champion Dirk Werner took over the 87 while Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler piloted the 86.

The two Germans fought hard to get into podium contention, and never conceded the finish. A late caution period bunched up the field prior to the five-minute dash to the checkered flag. Werner was too far back from the cars in front to gain a position, but Henzler running in sixth felt he could take the fifth spot. He pushed hard and incredibly on the final lap, made the pass for fifth.

Team principal Gregory Loles was very proud of his team and the effort, " I want to congratulate the whole team. Our guys did a great job throughout this entire event. There was just no way a Porsche was going to do any better than we did today. The heat was really hard on our tires, but I'm happy with the effort we put in."

Team manager Frank Resciniti was also proud of the accomplishment, "This was a real team effort. Our pit stops and strategy were flawless. And the drivers did all we could ask of them. Wolf in particular put in a superhuman effort. His cool suit stopped working for the last hour. So he needed to drink more water, which ran out with 30 minutes to go. We could tell on the radio that he was struggling. Under those conditions, to pull off that pass on the last lap was amazing."

The strong finish helped the drivers close in on the championship lead. Eric Lux now sits only eight points out of the lead followed by Leh Keen and Dirk Werner another one point back. The series moves to New Jersey's Thunderbolt Raceway for the next round on Sunday May, 3rd at 1pm

-credit: www.farnbacherloles.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wolf Henzler , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dirk Werner