Henzler, Aschenbach take first and third in Denver August 16, 2005-Denver, CO -- The Farnbacher Loles Racing team had a memorable weekend at the Denver round of the Speed World Challenge GT series. Road-racing ace Wolf Henzler displayed his ...
Henzler, Aschenbach take first and third in Denver
August 16, 2005-Denver, CO -- The Farnbacher Loles Racing team had a memorable weekend at the Denver round of the Speed World Challenge GT series. Road-racing ace Wolf Henzler displayed his mastery of street circuits by taking his Applied Materials/Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT3 Cup flag to flag for the second time this season. Henzler's rookie teammate Lawson Aschenbach was outstanding in his Speed GT debut with a well-earned third place performance.
Henzler led all sessions including practice, qualifying and the morning warm-up. He was followed on the grid by Robin Liddell in another Porsche, Max Papis in a Cadillac and Aschenbach in forth. At the start, the Porsches got a good jump, going into the first turn nearly 3 wide. At the end of the first lap, it was Henzler, Liddell and Aschenbach leading the field. Driving flawlessly, Henzler was able to open a sizeable gap until a midrace incident brought out a full-course caution, which bunched up the field. On the restart, Liddell pulled alongside Wolf going through turns 1 and 2 but Henzler was able to hold off the Scottish driver. Aschenbach then began working on Liddell for the rest of the race, filling Robin's mirrors and trying to find a way past until the checkered flag fell.
After the race, Henzler was clearly pleased. "I really enjoyed this circuit. I'm not sure why I love street courses so much, but I do. We had a great race. Robin and Lawson both raced very clean ad I knew they would not make contact with each other or me. The team gave me a super car all weekend and I will have very good memories of Denver." Henzler's win puts him only 13 points from the lead in the driver's championship with 2 races remaining. The weekend's performance gives also Porsche a 7-point lead over Cadillac in the manufacturers battle.
Aschenbach, from Gaithersburg MD, was the first Speed GT racer to get a podium finish in his inaugural race since Henzler won the Infineon round in 2004. Lawson was consistently quick all weekend and while not having much time to get familiar with the car, he was able to qualify in fourth and also posted the fourth fastest time in the warm-up. "The Farnbacher Loles car was great and I felt comfortable in it right away. I had been practicing my starts so I knew I would be able to be competitive. After the restart, I thought I could get by Robin, but he drove a great race and didn't make a mistake so I am very happy with third. Having Wolf as my teammate was a great experience." Lawson's car is sponsored by The King Automotive Group.
Lawson was driving the car that rookie Ricardo Imery was in for both the Lime Rock and Portland Speed GT rounds. Imery was also very impressive in both races, making up 11 spots at Lime Rock and getting into the top 5 at Portland before mechanical failure sidelined his Porsche. Ricardo is taking time off to preserve his rookie status in the Speed World Challenge series.
Team owner Gregory Loles was also quite pleased. "With Wolf, I know we will always be in position to contend for the win. Every week, he stamps his passport as a truly world-class racer. And I couldn't be more proud of our rookie drivers. Lawson's car was put together late in the season and we finally got it sorted out for Denver. Lawson drove a textbook perfect race and showed his great skill." During the podium presentation, Speed TV announcer Tom Hnatiw referred to Lawson as "Awesome Lawson" which brought a big smile from both Lawson and the large crowd assembled.