Daytona 24 Hour Qualifying: Farnbacher
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Farnbacher Loles Racing qualified six GT cars for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Thursday. Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler of N├╝rtingen, Germany, led the team contingent, qualifying the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car fifth in class. He lapped the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course in Daytona Beach, Fla., in one minute 49.865 seconds at an average speed of 116.652 mph.



Dirk Werner of Kissenbr├╝ck, Germany, was close behind, setting the No. 87 Porsche sixth on the GT grid (1:49.945, 116.566 mph), with Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany, ninth (1:50.234, 116.262 mph). Johannes van Overbeek of Oakland, Calif., qualified the No. 64 JLowe Racing Porsche 12th (1:50.573, 115.905 mph); Pierre Kaffer of Andernach, Germany, was 16th in the No. 89 Porsche (1:51.254, 115.196 mph) and Richard Westbrook of London, England, qualified the No. 88 18th (1:51.376, 115.070 mph).



Johannes van Overbeek, No. 64: "The JLowe guys and Farnbacher Loles put together a great car. Although it was a good qualifying run, I just didn't get a tow [draft], which would have kicked us up into the next tier. But that's as good as I could have done today."



Wolf Henzler, No. 85: "I left the pits and then I had a big vibration in the car. It was too risky, so I pitted immediately. The crew couldn't find anything, so I said I would go out again and I would do only one timed lap. I did 1:50.1, then I heard on the radio that Andy Lally [in another Porsche] was doing 49.5 and I knew I could go quicker. So I decided to do another lap. Even with the vibration, it was better and the more laps I did, the quicker I went. The crew did a good job and prepared the car very well."



Dominik Farnbacher, No. 86: "My qualifying was not good. I'm not happy. We had a few issues and the car changed a lot through the sessions before. We picked up a lot of understeer that we didn't have before and that made it quite hard to exit the corners. But it's a long race ..."



Dirk Werner, No. 87: "The qualifying was okay. Although we're not on the front row, I think we can look to the race in a positive way. The car was really good; I just had some traffic so I couldn't do the lap I wanted to. But the race is not about the pole position, it's about coming to the finish. I think it's a really good spot for us to start the race."



Richard Westbrook, No. 88: "That was probably my worst qualifying in my life. We missed something in the setup on the car, but they're a great team here and I know they'll find the problem and we'll get it fixed quickly."
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