Wolf Henzler finishes 4th at Homestead, Florida Homestead, FL., 24th March 2007. Wolf Henzler from Nuertingen, near Stuttgart in Germany, narrowly lost out on a podium placing in today's third round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
Wolf Henzler finishes 4th at Homestead, Florida
Homestead, FL., 24th March 2007. Wolf Henzler from Nuertingen, near Stuttgart in Germany, narrowly lost out on a podium placing in today's third round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. He and his co-driver, Eric Lux of Buffalo, NY, in their No.74 Tafel Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car, were amongst the challengers for the lead throughout the 2 hour 30 minute race, leading the GT field several times, but were nudged out of third place by rival Dirk Werner in the closing laps. By finishing in fourth place they did, however, gain valuable points towards their attack on the 2007 GT Championship title.
Henzler, currently holder of the Porsche Cup (awarded to the most successful privateer Porsche driver in the world during 2006) was full of praise for the Tafel Racing team's planned strategy, even if the high number of yellow flag/Safety Car periods (7) didn't always allow plans to run smoothly.
"We had some bad luck when it came to the yellows," said Wolf after the race. "It looked as though it was going to rain about half way through the race, during one of the safety car periods [the 5th], so we waited before coming into the pits to see if we would need wet weather tires or not. It turned out that we left it a little bit too late to pit, as it went green about half a lap after I got back on the track and I hadn't had the chance to catch up with the field.
Henzler managed to move from 11th position in the GT class back up to 3rd, but he could not hold back Werner in the Farnbacher Loles Porsche who had fresher tires.
"I had had to push very hard to make up positions, and did the fastest GT lap of the race during this time, but I used the tires a lot! It meant that when I was battling with Dirk Werner towards the end of the race, I had no grip left. I had already flat-spotted the right front which gave me oversteer and, although we had a good fight for about five laps and lots of contact, I could not keep him back.
"Eric did a good job for us both in qualifying (3rd in class) and at the start of the race, and the crew did great pit stops, so it's a shame we weren't able to finish on the podium. We'll be trying even harder next time!"
Wolf Henzler's next race will be for Tafel Racing in the American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg (Florida). The race will start at 5:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 31.