Farnbacher Loles Racing set the fastest GT lap during three days of testing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany, lapped the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course in one minute 50.881 seconds...
Farnbacher Loles Racing set the fastest GT lap during three days of testing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany, lapped the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course in one minute 50.881 seconds on Monday afternoon, edging the GT field by two-tenths of a second. He is driving the No. 86 Flex-Box / Wheel Enhancement Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with Eric Lux of Jacksonville, Fla., Matthew Marsh of Hong Kong and Kevin Roush of Upland, Calif.
"We did a qualifying simulation," Farnbacher explained. "We tried different things during the day -- we went from the maximum on one side to the maximum for the other side. We had ups and downs and some big time differences, but we found a good solution for the car.
"We took the best of the three days and tried to make it even better. Horst [Farnbacher, team co-owner and technical director] and the mechanics did a great job on the 86 car. It feels like a street car! It's so easy to drive, you don't have to be afraid that the car will snap out. It gives me a lot of confidence. That's what made us fast today and it will be a key factor for the long race."
Farnbacher Loles Racing is supporting six Porsches in the 24-hour race, set for Jan. 24 and 25 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The team's international roster includes drivers from eight countries and six continents.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of the test weekend," team owner Gregory Loles said. "We gathered valuable information on setup that will make the race weekend much easier, but most importantly, we leave with six unscathed cars so congratulations to our drivers for an outstanding job. The next two weeks will be very busy making the cars as bulletproof as possible for this year's 24-hour race."
Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler of Nurtingen, Germany, will qualify and start the No. 85 Children's Tumor Foundation Porsche that he is sharing with Richard Campollo of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Michael Gomez of Madison, Ala., Daniel Graeff of Miami, and Ron Yarab Jr. of Poland, Ohio.
Henzler will also join Leh Keen of Charleston, S.C., Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, and Richard Westbrook of London, England, in the No. 87 Porsche.
Westbrook will also team with Steve Johnson of Bristol, Va., Dave Lacey of Toronto (born in Durban, South Africa), Robert Nearn of London, England, an James Sofronas of Newport Beach, Calif., in the No. 88 Porsche.
The team's No. 89 Orsogril / Rofinco Porsche is driven by Giacomo Petrobelli of Padona, Italy; Robert Renauer of Jedenhofen, Germany; Giacomo Ricci of Baveno, Italy; Gabrio Rosa of Bergamo, Italy; and Allan Simonsen of Melbourne, Australia (born in Odense, Denmark).
Farnbacher Loles also supports the No. 64 JLowe Racing Porsche for drivers Jim Lowe of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Jim Pace of Ridgeland, Miss.; Tim Sugden of Leeds, England; and Johannes van Overbeek of San Francisco.
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