Motor City was not kind to Wolf Henzler and the Tafel Racing team this past weekend, and it was an uncharacteristic retirement from the race which ended a difficult Detroit weekend for the German from Nurtingen near Stuttgart and his Scottish team...
Motor City was not kind to Wolf Henzler and the Tafel Racing team this past weekend, and it was an uncharacteristic retirement from the race which ended a difficult Detroit weekend for the German from Nurtingen near Stuttgart and his Scottish team mate, Robin Liddell.
An accident in morning practice on Friday, whilst Liddell was behind the wheel, caused considerable damage to the rear suspension and rear uprights of the #71 Tafel Porsche and the car was not able to take part in the day's second practice or qualifying sessions. "There was a lot of dirt on the track and really not a lot of grip," said Wolf. "That is what you get at these street circuits when you are the first group of cars on the track. We were adjusting the car and making improvements when Robin had his incident so we missed a lot of track time."
In yesterday's race Liddell started the Porsche from the pit lane, as a result of not having been able to post a qualifying time and, despite having to make an unexpected pit stop due to a problem with the left rear tire, was able to get up to sixth place in the GT2 class. Unfortunately, 1 hour and 24 minutes into the race (lap 58) there was contact between the #71 car and a fellow GT2 competitor and the resulting damage was so severe that the Tafel car was not able to continue.
"I never got in the car in the race," Henzler said. "The car was good in the warm-up, and I was able to run a fast time which put us second this morning. We chose to use a soft left rear tire and that went down on Robin, so that cost us a lap, but then the accident came and the race was over. Not too much work for me today but I'm sure our next ALMS race at Petit Le Mans will be a lot better as it's our home track and is long enough for strategy to play an important part."
Before Round 11 of the American Le Mans Series, Wolf will be racing for the Farnbacher Loles team with Dirk Werner and Bryce Miller in the final round of the Rolex Grand-Am Series at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah on Saturday, September 15.