Farnbacher Loles takes first and third at Watkins Glen!
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6.6.09 ­ Watkins Glen, NY

By all measures it was a near perfect day for the Farnbacher Loles Racing team. In Saturday¹s Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, the #87 of Leh Keen and Dirk Werner and the #86 of Eric Lux and Wolf Henzler started 1-2 and finished 1-3. It was the team¹s second double podium in the last three races and moved Keen and Werner into the points lead. The #88 of Steve Johnson, Dave Lacey and Jack Baldwin picked up two spots to finish in ninth.

The Farnbacher Loles Racing team showed good pace from the first practice with Wolf Henzler leading the time sheets up until qualifying, where he was edged out by his teammate Werner. The front row starting position proved to be an advantage for the drivers as they were able to utilize the clean air and lack of traffic early on to set a good pace. Both cars ran at the front with the #86 and 87 combining to lead 116 of the total 178 GT Class laps. In an amazing show of consistency and preparation, during the opening stint, Werner and Henzler turned nearly identical fast laps, with Werner turning a 1:52.290 to Henzler¹s 1:52.292.

The race ran fairly drama free until the final 20 minutes when Henzler, running in fourth, set his sights on Robin Liddell in third. Henzler caught up with the Pontiac and pulled off a stellar pass heading into the chicane to take the spot. Unfortunately, a late yellow flag kept him from catching the second place car, but during his pursuit, Henzler set the race¹s fastest lap with a blistering 1:50.897. With the win, Keen and Werner now hold an eight-point lead in the championship while Eric Lux moves up to fourth overall, only five points out of third.

Leh Keen watched his co-driver take the checker from the pits. ³This is what we¹ve been waiting for. Coming into this race, we wanted to take over the points lead. Winning the race was a real bonus. Out of the box, the car was awesome. The team and the race were flawless. We have as much momentum as you could want after three straight podiums. I¹m really looking forward to Mid-Ohio where I won last year.²

Dirk Werner savored the victory as well. ³The race went perfect for us. We had great pit stops and no mistakes while driving. The key was to get to the last hour with no problems and then bring it to the finish. Leh did a fantastic job, too. We really deserved this win.²

Eric Lux enjoyed his second podium of the season. ³The car was great right off the trailer. Wolf did an awesome job with the pass on Liddell. I¹ve got to thank Farnbacher Loles for giving us such a great car and to Wheel enhancement for coming onboard as a sponsor. I can¹t wait for Mid-Ohio.²
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