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ATLANTA -June 20 - The #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry came from last-to-first place Saturday to capture the Acxiom GT class victory in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The victory was the second straight for Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) and Dirk Werner (Germany) and boosted their stranglehold on both the drivers and team championship points lead as the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask N0. 16 passed the halfway point of the season.

The three Porsche-powered Daytona Prototypes missed the podium but all three finished in the top 10 on the lead lap, with the #12 Verizon Wireless Penske Porsche Riley of Porsche
works drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) placing fourth.

"From last to first is pretty cool," said Keen. "That was our goal - winning the race after
starting last - but we would have been happy with a podium finish protecting our points lead. I have to thank my crew for giving me an awesome car. This was a great win for us."

Keen had broken the Mid-Ohio track GT qualifying record Friday, bit his time was disallowed after the car failed technical inspection - the ride height was too low, the result of a damaged rivet on the under-tray.

Keen started the race dead last, 16th among the GT entries. He carefully carved his way through traffic, mindful of the faster Daytona Prototypes approaching rapidly from the rear. He even overcame a stop-and-go penalty for an improper pit exit (crossing the yellow line
marking the track too early). Keen was up to 5th in class by lap 13 and took the GT lead on lap 38.

"It was very easy for me to bring it home," said Werner, who led the final 43 laps. "Leh did a great job bringing the car to the front. All I had to do was take care of traffic. It was a perfect day for me. I don't know what to do to thank the guys (the Farnbacher Loles crew)
except to do it (win) again the next race."

It was the third win for the Werner/Keen Porsche, with the TRG win at Daytona giving Porsche four of the six GT victories. Pontiac and Mazda have won the other two events. For Porsche, it was the 60th Rolex Grand-Am GT victory, and 248th Grand-Am podium finish.

Farnbacher Loles stable mate Eric Lux (Williamsville, KY) started on the pole in his #86 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup following Keen's disqualification and teammate Dominick Farnbacher
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