Henzler Takes GT Class Leading Fourth Pole of 2006 in Rolex GT Series Challenge Qualifying LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 27, 2006) -- Under sunny skies at Lime Rock Park, German hotshoe Wolf Henzler turned a best lap at 55.535 seconds (99.181 mph) in...
Henzler Takes GT Class Leading Fourth Pole of 2006 in Rolex GT Series Challenge Qualifying
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 27, 2006) -- Under sunny skies at Lime Rock Park, German hotshoe Wolf Henzler turned a best lap at 55.535 seconds (99.181 mph) in the No. 72 NEC Porsche GT3 to secure the pole position for Monday's Rolex GT Series Challenge (SPEED, 2:30 p.m. ET).
It was Henzler's Rolex Series GT class leading fourth pole position of the season, with other class poles coming at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Virginia International Raceway. Henzler and co-driver Robin Liddell trail points co-leaders Andy Lally and Marc Bunting by 12 points, 279-267, and the Tafel Racing duo enters Monday's race looking for its second victory of the season.
"It was very good. I had a couple of good, clean laps and passed some other drivers," Henzler said. "I was lucky and never found traffic, and was able to do good laps. The team did a great job finding a good setup. It's qualifying and the race is most important. I'm hoping we can have more of the same in the race, but I suspect it's going to be very difficult."
Starting second will be Kelly Collins in the No. 64 TRG/iRise Pontiac GTO.R following his best qualifying lap at 55.754 sec. (98.7 91 mph). It is the sixth top-five starting spot in seven races for the No. 64 machine. Collins and co-driver Paul Edwards are looking to earn their series-leading fourth victory of the season on Monday, and are also looking to close a 15-point gap between themselves and the leaders in the GT driver standings.
"It was as good as I could do," Collins said. "The car was pushing and that was the best I could do. Congratulations to the Porsche. Our starting spot is good."
Bunting will start third in the No. 65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R following a best qualifying lap at 56.148 sec. (98.098 mph). Bunting and his co-driver, Lally, head into Monday's race looking for their sixth podium result of the season. The duo previously won this season in the VIR 400 last month.
"The car was good," Bunting said. "We haven't had a lot of track time here this weekend. I only did a couple of laps this morning, and I don't have a lot of time here. I was able to get in a good lap early in the session and we wound up third, which is good. Typically, the GTOs are good in long stints and we should have a good car for the race."
Ian Baas qualified fourth in the No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 with a lap at 56.337 sec. (97.769 mph). Baas and co-driver Randy Pobst have finished on the class podium in both of their 2006 Rolex Series starts, including a victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona where they shared the No. 36 machine with Michael Levitas and Spencer Pumpelly. The top seven cars qualified within one second of the fastest time.