Farnbacher Loles Racing Sweeps GT Front Row
By: WGI Staff on 6/5/2009
Dirk Werner captured his first career Rolex Series Acxiom GT pole position to lead a front row sweep for Farnbacher Loles Racing.
Werner led qualifying with a lap of 1:51.007 (110.263 mph) in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 co-driven by Eric Lux. Teammate Wolf Henzler took second after running a lap of 1:51.019 (110.251 mph) in the No. 86 co-driven by Eric Lux.
"I found that my car was really, really good on my first lap out of the pits," said Werner, the 2007 Rolex Series GT champion. "On my first timed lap, my tire pressures and temperatures were perfect. The car handled really well, and I put in a good lap. Our setups were very good, allowing us to take the front row. Now, we want to stay out of trouble for the first part of the race. We had an issue here last year, so we worked on getting a good qualifying time and it worked out perfectly."
It was Porsche's first GT pole of the season, and 75th in Rolex Series GT history.
Pontiacs swept the second row. Robin Liddell was third fastest in the No. 57 BryanMark Financial/Stevenson Automotive Pontiac GXP.R, 1:51.466 (109.809 mph) co-driven by Andrew Davis. Fourth was Paul Edwards in the No. 07 Pontiac/LRPG Pontiac GXP.R co-driven by Kelly Collins, 51.498 (109.778 mph).
Mazdas took the next three positions. Defending Sahlen's Six Hour winner Jeff Segal was fifth in the No. 69 SpeedSource FXDD Mazda RX-8 co-driven by Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi. Dane Cameron will start fourth, joined by Bryce Miller and Peter Ludwig in the No. 30 Marquis Jet/IPC Mazda RX-8, 1:52.173 (109.117 mph). Seventh was Sylvain Tremblay in the No. 70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8, 1:52.593 (108.710 mph). His co-drivers are Nick Ham and David Haskell.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No. 67 TRG Porsche GT3 of Andy Lally, Justin Marks and RJ Valentine missed qualifying when Valentine spun and was hit by a Daytona Prototype in Friday morning practice. Team owner Kevin Buckler said the team plans to repair the car in time for Saturday's race.
Saturday's schedule opens with final practice from 8:30 - 8:50 a.m. The race will be preceded by the Tioga Downs Casino 125 for the NASCAR Camping World East Series.