Long 3rd, Henzler 12th in crash-marred Mosport GT race Farnbacher Loles driver and Las Vegas resident Patrick Long, was able to avoid a first turn melee at the start of Saturday's Speed GT race at Mosport to claim a third place finish in his...
Long 3rd, Henzler 12th in crash-marred Mosport GT race
Farnbacher Loles driver and Las Vegas resident Patrick Long, was able to avoid a first turn melee at the start of Saturday's Speed GT race at Mosport to claim a third place finish in his first Speed GT race. The crash claimed 11 cars including 4 Porsches, 2 of which are in the battle for the driver's championship including Farnbacher Loles driver Wolf Henzler's Applied Materials number 55. The massive pile-up was initiated when Cadillac driver Max Papis charged into the lead at the start and spun going through the first turn. The field behind him scrambled to avoid contact, but numerous cars came together with destructive results. The race was immediately put under a full course caution, which remained for the first 8 laps. Henzler was able to make it back to the pits where the Farnbacher Loles team quickly made the car drivable and Henzler rejoined the race down by 4 laps. Unfortunately even a driver of Henzler's ability, could not make up that much of a deficit, and while posting laps that were comparable to the top 5 cars, he drove to a 12th place finish.
At the restart, Long showed the skill that, as a Porsche factory driver, brought him wins at both the 2005 12 hours of Sebring and the 2004 24 hours of LeMans. Long stayed with the two front-runners and at the finish had more than a 5 second lead over the fourth place Cadillac of Andy Pilgrim. After the race, team owner Gregory Loles spoke of the race. "Certainly this is a bittersweet outcome for us. Wolf had posted the fastest practice lap prior to the race, and qualified in 6th so we felt good about his chances here. He drove very hard to get back to 12th place. It is too bad, because Wolf had a shot at the driver's championship coming into this race. Now that will be very difficult. Regarding Patrick, his qualifying effort was cut short because of rain so he had to start way back in the field (16th), which proved to be an advantage since he was able to avoid the pile-up. After the restart, he did a fantastic job of staying with the faster cars of Lou Gigliotti and Ron Fellows. His drive showed his skill and experience. With his 3rdplace finish, Patrick kept Porsche in the lead for the manufacturer's championship."
Wolf Henzler's primary sponsor, Applied Materials, Inc., is the world's largest supplier of products and services to the global semiconductor industry. The Mosport round of the SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE GT Series will be broadcast on SPEED Channel Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m. ( E.D.T.).