Watkins Glen: Tafel Racing race report

TAFEL RACING CELEBRATES VICTORY AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, NY-There was fog, rain, cold, and more rain, but in the end the only thing that mattered was the result. Robin Liddell, a Scotsman who now resides in England and German Wolf...

TAFEL RACING CELEBRATES VICTORY AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, NY-There was fog, rain, cold, and more rain, but in the end the only thing that mattered was the result. Robin Liddell, a Scotsman who now resides in England and German Wolf Henzler celebrated victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway driving the Tafel Racing NEC Porsche GT3 Cup in round eight of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.

Although the weather was dreary, Liddell and Henzler sparkled from the very beginning, with Liddell dashing out in front of the 65 TRG Pontiac GTO.R just after the green flag dropped. Because there was no qualifying, grid position was determined by team points, placing the 72 on the outside of the first row. The team's only penalty of the race was assessed in lap 17 with a drive through for breaking out of the single file line too quickly on the restart following the race's first full- course caution. Liddell clocked the best lap of the day in the GT class with 1:57.599 (104.083 mph). The only other pit stops were routine and well executed, enabling Henzler to work his way back up to the top of the GT field when he took over. The track was never completely dry, but the team's tire strategy and setup worked perfectly with Liddell getting back in the car for the last hour of the race and finishing with a one lap lead over the second place 36 TPC Porsche GT3 Cup. This victory narrows the gap between Henzler/Liddell in second and the first-place duo of Andy Lally and Marc Bunting, as well as giving everyone at Tafel Racing a much-needed boost in morale, proving that while the Pontiacs are good, they are not indomitable. With six races left in the season, the championship is still within reach.

All three Tafel Racing entries finished in the top ten. The 73 NEC Porsche GT3 Cup, driven by team owner Jim Tafel and racing instructor Andrew Davis, both from the Atlanta area, started 10th and finished 8th, their best finish since Mexico in early March. Davis turned the car's best lap with 1:58.221 (103.535 mph). Charles Espenlaub of Lutz, FL. and Eric Lux of nearby Amherst, NY drove the 74 Rembrandt Charms Porsche GT3 Cup to a 9th place finish after starting 7th, despite problems with the clutch that kept them out of all of the third and most of the fourth practice session. Lux had the best lap early in the race before the rain started with 1:59.784 (102.184 mph).

The next race in the series is the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on June 23-25, which will be broadcast on a tape delay on June 25 at 3:00 P.M. ET. Eric Lux will also compete that weekend in the #175 Rembrandt Charms Porsche 996 in the Grand Am Cup series.

-tr-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Grand-Am
Drivers Robin Liddell , Andy Lally , Charles Espenlaub , Andrew Davis , Marc Bunting , Wolf Henzler , Jim Tafel , Eric Lux