Farnbacher Loles Racing led the Rolex 24 At Daytona GT class with two cars during the first six hours of the race. Dirk Werner led first, driving the No. 87 (GT Champion) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car from 13th to first in 40 minutes. But 10 minutes ...
Farnbacher Loles Racing led the Rolex 24 At Daytona GT class with two cars during the first six hours of the race. Dirk Werner led first, driving the No. 87 (GT Champion) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car from 13th to first in 40 minutes. But 10 minutes later, a damaged control arm sent him back to pit lane. The crew continued to adjust the car's alignment through stints by Werner, Dominik Farnbacher and Timo Bernhard, leaving the car 21st after six hours.
"The biggest problem we have is that the wishbone broke early and the replacement put the whole car out of alignment," Pierre Ehret explaiend. "The car was really, really hard to drive; it's pulling to the right and having a tremendous oversteer, so it's hard to control. If you want to go fast with this car right now, you've gotta take great risk and push tremendously hard."
Wolf Henzler picked up the charge in the No. 86 (Power) Porsche, taking the class lead after 96 minutes. Jorg Bergmeister carried the lead through his stint, followed by Leh Keen, who was leading at the six-hour mark.
The No. 89 (Italian) car also encountered problems as a bracket broke on the rear roll bar four hours into the race, holding the group to 18th at the quarter-race mark. The two Team Seattle cars ran smoothly, holding 19th (No. 84) and 20th (No. 85) at the quarter-race mark.
The No. 83 (Fitness) Porsche was zapped by a broken driveshaft just 45 minutes into the race, but a 35-minute change put it back on track. A malfuctioning radio made the task difficult for the team's five drivers, and the car was 28th at six hours. The No. 88 (Doncaster Racing) Porsche's charge was cut short by a damaged radiator about three hours into the race, leaving the car 31st in class at six hours.
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Pierre Kaffer, one of the drivers of the No. 88 (Doncaster Racing) Porsche did double duty in the 24H-Rennen Nurburgring last year. He drove two cars through the 24-hour race, logging eight stints of an average 1h15 each. He knows how to maintain pace in a long race: "The best way to get really relaxed in the car is to sing a little bit and enjoy the race."