Keen and Werner win Mid-Ohio for Farnbacher Loles!
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6.20.09 - Lexington, OH

It was a rough start and a dramatic finish, but the Farnbacher Loles Racing team notched another victory while Leh Keen and Dirk Werner extended their Grand-Am Rolex points lead in the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It looked as if the team would record their third double podium of the season as Dominik Farnbacher held onto the second spot behind his teammate for nearly an hour as the race wound down, before contact with a Daytona Prototype knocked him off the podium.

The drama began even before the start, as pole-sitter Eric Lux had a problem with a tire going down on his #86 Porsche GT3 Cup during the warm up laps. He pitted as the race went green and rejoined the field in last place. His teammate Leh Keen was also starting in the rear in the #87 after a post qualifying ride height penalty negated his pole-winning qualifying effort. So, both drivers were at the back of the field with a lot of ground to make up. They wasted no time in slicing through the field. During an early caution, both drivers pitted to get the mandatory stop out of the way. By lap ten, Keen was already up to fourth and was the fastest car in the class. Lux was up to ninth and climbing. Unfortunately, both cars were assessed drive-thru penalties for pit lane violations during their first stops. They rejoined the race near the back again.

This time though their march to the front would not ne interrupted. At the one-hour mark, Leh was up to the second spot while Eric was in fourth. A caution came out and both cars pitted for driver changes. Dirk Werner took over for Leh while Dominik Farnbacher who was filling in for Lux's regular co-driver Wolf Henzler, took over the #86. After the restart, Werner was P2 while Farnbacher was P3. They held those spots until the next caution. With one hour left in the race, all the competitors pitted. The stops went flawlessly and Dirk took over the lead while Dominik was right behind in the second spot. And they ran that way until the closing minutes of the race.

As the clock wound down and five minutes to go, the second place DP car made contact with Dominik's Porsche and damaged the left front. With his tire going down, Dominik was quickly passed by the third place car and fought to get his slowing Porsche to the checkered flag. At the end, he crossed the line in seventh. Keen and Werner now hold a 16 point lead in the championship while Lux is 27 points back.
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