Wolf Henzler - a Grand-Am podium at Lime Rock Lakeville, Ct., 29th May 2007. Tafel Racing's Wolf Henzler not only took his second consecutive GT pole position in qualifying for yesterday's Lime Rock Park race, but he and team mate Eric Lux also...
Wolf Henzler - a Grand-Am podium at Lime Rock
Lakeville, Ct., 29th May 2007. Tafel Racing's Wolf Henzler not only took his second consecutive GT pole position in qualifying for yesterday's Lime Rock Park race, but he and team mate Eric Lux also claimed their first podium of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Series by finishing in third place in the GT-only race.
The German broke his own Rolex Series GT qualifying track record by more than a second-and-a-half with a lap at 53.925 seconds to secure the sixth pole position of his Rolex Series career. The first victory of the season still, frustratingly, has not yet arrived.
"It took us a lot to get on pole," said Henzler. "It was very, very close. We saw in the practice session that there were five or six cars within one tenth of a second. What I needed for the pole was just a very, very good lap with no mistakes and this is what I did on my fourth lap. It was just a perfect lap. The team and the mechanics had made some small changes which just gave me a car to get on pole. Everything needed to be 100 percent to get on pole because it's such a hard competition, and it was."
Wolf and Eric were hoping for a bit more luck than in previous races, and that nobody would hit them or spin them out of the race. The other thing needed was good strategy and slick pit stops, and the quietly-spoken man, who has found in Tafel Racing a real family atmosphere, had every confidence in the Georgia-based team. It was well-founded as the engineers and mechanics delivered a first-class performance and the drivers, in turn, delivered a popular third place finish.
"For the team it was a really good result, after all their hard work so far this year and personally it was very satisfying to get a podium finish -- our first good result in Grand-Am this year. I was running in second until quite near the end but Dirk Werner was faster than me (he had fresher tires on his car as he'd stopped later than me) and there was nothing more I could do to stay ahead. We have struggled to get the best out of our tires through a complete stint and, although we have made progress, this is still an area that affects our performance."