Farnbacher Loles Racing earned its second American Le Mans Series podium on Saturday, despite two major setbacks during the annual series race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, and Richard Westbrook of ...
Farnbacher Loles Racing earned its second American Le Mans Series podium on Saturday, despite two major setbacks during the annual series race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, and Richard Westbrook of London, England, combined for a second-place GT2 class finish, taking the position in the last minute of the two-hour 45-minute race.
Westbrook started the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from the GT2 pole position. He led the class for the first 30 minutes of the race, then dropped to fourth with a flat-spotted left-front tire. The soft tire compound selected by the team helped Werner win the class pole position on Friday, but it was not ideal for the 127-degree track temperature of the Saturday race. Westbrook pitted for fresh tires and a driver change at 47 minutes, sending Werner back on track fifth in class, one lap behind the class leader.
Werner was fourth in class and had just regained the lost lap when he tangled with the class-leading Porsche. Officials judged the contact to be avoidable and assessed Werner a stop/go penalty. After serving the late-race penalty, he worked back up to take second at the checkered flag.
Gregory Loles, team owner: "A podium is always a welcome result. We got a little unlucky with the timing of the first yellow and that put us a lap down. From there on, Dirk and Richard did a tremendous job to deliver our second podium of the season. It was an all-around excellent effort and we are now going to [the next race at] Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with the momentum to challenge for our first win."
Dirk Werner: "I'm really happy for the team that we finally managed to get on the podium again, after a few good runs. The car was really, really fast -- I think the car had a win in it today. In the beginning, we had a little issue with the tires, but it was a great day for the team, for Richard and me. I'm looking forward to the next races and I think if the performance stays like this, the win will come sooner or later."
Richard Westbrook: "After all the problems we had in the race, it's amazing that we came second. I'm a little bit disappointed because without the problems, I think we were good enough to win today. We had a big problem with our front left tire in the first stint. I just had to try to bring it home because after three laps, the tire was absolutely gone. If we'd had a safety car [caution] that first 45 minutes, it would have been fine, but luck didn't play on our side, so we had to pit under green and lose a lap. Then Dirk did a great job and we pulled our way up to second -- with a stop-and-go, so it can't be bad."