10th podium of season maintains Rolex GT lead for Farnbacher Loles Coming off a wild and wooly Montreal round, Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner will bring their Farnbacher Loles their ...
10th podium of season maintains Rolex GT lead for Farnbacher Loles
Coming off a wild and wooly Montreal round, Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner will bring their Farnbacher Loles their #87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Elf Oils Porsche 997 GT3 Cup into the final round of the season holding a five point lead in the Grand Am Rolex GT Series.
The Montreal race featured another impressive performance by the Farnbacher Loles Racing team. In qualifying, Bryce Miller again showed the speed and consistency that has lead to ten podiums for the team this year. Miller turned a lap of 1:43.646 on his first visit to the Formula 1 circuit in Montreal. Bryce was followed closely by Ian Baas in the #85 Shoes For Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 Cup who turned a 1:43.756. Baas, who has been subbing for the injured Leh Keen took the fifth spot on the grid. His teammate Dominik Farnbacher looked to salvage a disappointing season in which the #85 has been plagued by bad luck since a second place finish in round two in Mexico City.
In the Montreal race, Miller set another strong pace and ran flawlessly throughout the opening stint to maintain third place and hand the #87 over to Dirk Werner at the midway point. Werner was able to work his way to the lead and never looked back while being dogged by the #07 Pontiac of Collins/Edwards and the #66 Porsche of Lally/Valentine. Baas was running quick in his opening stint when disaster struck again as contact with an outside wall broke the suspension on the #85 ending the day for Baas and Farnbacher.
A late caution period bunched up the field and the race was going to a restart with only one lap to go. Werner led Lally and Edwards at the green with lapped traffic in front of the trio. As Dirk headed into the first turn in the lead, a lapped car contacted his Porsche and pushed him wide, opening the door for Lally to pass while Edwards spun attempting to get by. Werner managed to get back on track to secure second place and maintain the series lead by five points over Lally and Valentine. After leading for most of the race, second place was a bit of a letdown for the duo. But with the Championship in sight, and only one race to go, both Miller and Werner are looking at the big picture.