MECHANICAL PROBLEM CAUSES DISAPPOINTING FINISH AT TROIS RIVIERES TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec-- It was the kind of day that proves nothing is certain in racing at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres this weekend when the 175 Tafel Racing Rembrandt Charms...
MECHANICAL PROBLEM CAUSES DISAPPOINTING FINISH AT TROIS RIVIERES
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec-- It was the kind of day that proves nothing is certain in racing at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres this weekend when the 175 Tafel Racing Rembrandt Charms Porsche 996 started well, had some great lap times, but was not able to finish the race because of mechanical problems.
Eric Lux of Buffalo, NY started the race in 7th position after qualifying 8th, when a competitor was moved to the back of the grid for failing to correctly use its driver ID transponder during qualifying. During his stint, Lux worked his way through the field, showing some great racing skills, passing and being re-passed varying his position from 2nd to 4th, before turning the car over to teammate Wolf Henzler of Germany in 2nd position at lap 50. "I backed off a little at one point to avoid abusing the car," said Lux, "but was able to regain my position before I turned it over to Wolf." Lux turned the team's best lap time, a 1:13.282 in lap 44 on the 1.52 mile street circuit. "Eric drove a great race with really good lap times," said Henzler, "Everything looked good when I got in the car."
Henzler was able to drive only a few green flag laps during his abbreviated stint. The course went to caution only two laps after he went in and didn't go green until 11 laps later. Corner workers reported fluid leaking from the back of the car in lap 66 and when the crew brought the car in they discovered a water hose had broken, which forced them to retire the car. Despite having a disappointing finish, Henzler enjoyed his first experience at the circuit and in the series. "Although this was my first time driving in Grand Am Cup and at Trois Rivieres, I like street circuits. I've raced a lot of them in Europe. The Grand Am Cup cars have less horsepower and they are more like street cars, but they are still race cars and it is still really good racing and a good chance to learn as a driver."
Lux also has found that he likes driving a street circuit. "This was my first street circuit and I loved it. I found it very easy to get into a rhythm here. It is going to be narrower since it is a street circuit and there won't be a lot of run-off room. But you have to block that out and pretend the walls are not there. The biggest issue was having to back off earlier on to conserve the brakes and tires for the later part of my stint, but at the same time I had to keep a pace that would be close to the leaders. The 996 Tafel Porsche was excellent, we had a great opportunity to win. We were forced to retire after Wolf Henzler piloted the car and we had a water line break. It really is a shame to have such a small part turn your day around in a matter of minutes. I am confident that Tafel Racing will score a victory this season in Grand Am Cup."
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