Tafel Racing Concluds Sebring Test On Top Sebring, Fla, January 24, 2007 -- Tafel Racing completed their Sebring test today in preparation for the American Le Mans Series season opener Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to be run on March ...
Tafel Racing Concluds Sebring Test On Top
Sebring, Fla, January 24, 2007 -- Tafel Racing completed their Sebring test today in preparation for the American Le Mans Series season opener Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to be run on March 17th.
The team completed the three day test on top of the GT2 timing chart, Wolf Henzler posted a lap of 2:01.678 with an average speed of 109 mph.
Together Tafel Racing drivers Jim Tafel, Robin Liddell, Dominik Farnbacher and Wolf Henzler put in over 300 laps in their brand new Tafel Racing Porsche 997 RSR GT2 cars in the three day preseason test.
Jim Tafel is happy with the team's progress. "We had some early issues with the car, which was really just new car type stuff. Tony and the guys went inch-by-inch this weekend with our testing program, which was evident as we steadily creped up the timing chart. The Sebring circuit is very challenging and if you get your car to work here it will pretty much work everywhere. The Michelin tires open-up quite an avenue for set-up with their excellent grip level. The GT2 class is going to be tough this year. There will be at least six Porsches, probably four Ferraris and the three Panoz cars -- all run to a very high level. The intensity of competition will be very high, so we have some more work ahead of us. The crew and drivers this week really worked well over the three days to get up and running with a good head of steam toward the 12-hour race."
Teammate Dominik Farnbacher is looking forward to the 12-hour. "We have tried almost every option of suspension settings this week. The dampers are really important to get right here, with all of the bumps in the high speed corners, it is critical to have a car that can go over them without pitching you into the wall. Our times have gotten progressively faster as we have worked on the cars setup. The 997 is a great car. Where it has really picked up over the 996 is in the middle of the corner, the car rolls really well and transitions to the exit better. This is what we needed as last year that is where the Ferrari was really strong."
Tony Dowe, team technical director, knows there is more work ahead. "The three days of testing went about as good as they could have. We didn't travel down too many blind allies with the car. The 997 showed very good reliability which allowed us maximum track time, which translated to some very good setup work. I feel very comfortable leaving here with a to-do list to accomplish that will put us in a very good place when we come back for the race in March."
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