FARNBACHER LOLES PORSCHE PROTECTS GT POINTS LEAD AT BARBER
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BIRMINGHAM -- July 19 - A series of bizarre problems struck Porsche teams starting on the first lap of the Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park here on Sunday.

In the end, Porsche was shut out of any podium finishes, and points-leading Farnbacher Loles
Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup had its three-race GT win streak snapped in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Cask No. 16 event.

The good news is that Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) and Dirk Werner (Germany) lost only four points off their impressive Acxiom GT championship lead despite finishing fifth in their #87
Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

The #58 Brumos Porsche Riley team was the most disappointed, falling to 10th after an incident on lap 37 that sent overall race leader David Donohue (Malvern, PA) to the pits for a new tire and rear end repairs. Teammate Darren Law (Phoenix, AZ) took over the car, which finished in that same position.

Porsche works driver Romain Dumas (France) had an off-course excursion in the first turn of the first lap when another prototype moved over and forced him off the road. That caused a
cut tire, sending him to the pits where repairs to the busted nose and front end of his #12 Verizon Wireless Penske Porsche Riley would cost him two laps. Dumas and teammate Timo Bernhard (Germany) wound up 15th and virtually ended any hopes of capturing the Daytona Prototype title in this, their rookie campaign.

"At the first corner, the car in front of me moved over a little bit," Dumas said. "It was no problem, and I dropped a wheel off the track to avoid him and it broke the splitter and the nose again. So I have to stop (under green) and we lose the laps in the pits. Then I have to pit again for more repairs and lose another lap. It was most unfortunate for the Penske team that works so hard to repair the car from Friday."

Dumas was driving despite a foot injury he suffered in an accident during Friday's practice. He went off at turn 13, hit a ditch, and severely damaged the front end and lost the undercarriage/floorboard. He suffered a severely bruised left foot and two cuts on his left ankle.

"This was a weekend to forget," Dumas said. "In motorsports you have races like this. The crew worked very hard to fix the car and we appreciate their hard work. We could not get a good result to repay them for their hard work. We scored points and hung in there and finished the race, so that is all good.
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