Watkins Glen: Farnbacher Loles Racing qualifying report

All Farnbacher Loles front row for Six Hours of The Glen! 6.5.09 Watkins Glen, NY - For all his success in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, including winning the 2007 GT Class Championship, Farnbacher Loles driver Dirk Werner had never qualified on...

All Farnbacher Loles front row for Six Hours of The Glen!

6.5.09 Watkins Glen, NY - For all his success in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, including winning the 2007 GT Class Championship, Farnbacher Loles driver Dirk Werner had never qualified on pole. Until today. Werner wasted no time in Friday's qualifying session for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, as he turned a 1:51.007 in only his second lap in the #87 Porsche GT3 Cup. Dirk's teammate Wolf Henzler, who had led every practice session, was just a tick behind in the #86 Porsche at 1:51.019 for a perfect Farnbacher Loles front row. Rounding out the Farnbacher Loles three-car effort, Steve Johnson qualified the #88 Porsche in the 11th spot and was the third fastest Porsche on the grid, behind only Werner and Henzler.

Werner was very happy with his first pole. "On the out-lap, I knew the car was perfect. The tires came up to speed nicely and I was able to put down my best time on lap two. We really worked hard to get on the front row so we could stay out of trouble for the start of the race. The team did a great job."

Henzler was also pleased with the front row start. "Farnbacher Loles gave me a great car. When I needed to set my best lap, the tires were up to temperature and the car was good. Our cars were very good from the start of the practice sessions and we didn't have a lot of adjustments to make. I have some concerns for the race with tire wear, but we are happy to be starting on the front row."

Johnson was glad with the effort overall, "but I was fighting oversteer throughout the session. The track was rather dirty, but Lars really did a good job on the set-up. I'll take third best Porsche to Dirk and Wolf anytime. We have a good plan and strategy for the race and we are looking for a good finish tomorrow."

Werner will be sharing the #87 with season-long teammate Leh Keen, while Henzler rejoins Eric Lux in the #86 after missing the last two races. Johnson and co-driver Dave Lacey are joined this weekend by seasoned sports-car racer Jack Baldwin. The six-hour race starts at 2:15 pm on Saturday with a two-part live broadcast on SpeedTV: the start at 2 pm and the final two and one quarter hours televised at 6 pm.

-credit: fbr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jack Baldwin , Dave Lacey , Steve Johnson , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dirk Werner