Farnbacher Loles Racing¹s Thrilling Battle in Utah
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Miller Motorsports Park has been the site of several epic battles to the checkers and the #87 Shock Doctor/ Intercity Lines/ PlanetPorsche GT3 Cup was part of an intense and thrilling fight to the finish in Saturday night¹s Utah 250 Grand-Am Rolex Series race. Despite only needing to finish the race ahead of the #07 Pontiac to clinch the 2009 Driver¹s Championship, the Farnbacher Loles Racing team knew they had a car that could win. With the race winding down, Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany was chasing Robin Liddell in the #57 Pontiac GXP.R, who had the lead. The two drivers put on an amazing show and pulled away from the rest of the pack, running nose-to-tail for lap after lap on the 4.5 mile course. Liddell was doing all he could to hold off Werner, and as his car started sliding through the corners, Werner saw his chance. Werner did not hesitate to make the attempt.

Braking hard and aiming for the inside line, the #87 came up a few inches short, made contact with the #57, punctured tires on both machines, and ended one of the most exciting duels in recent GT Class history. Werner, and co-driver Leh Keen, of Charleston, NC, would eventually finish the race in sixth place, with both the Team Championship and the Driver¹s Championships to be decided in the final round of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Keen knows that despite today¹s setback, they are still in strong contention going into the final race.

³We¹ve been going for it all year, and that¹s how we got to where we are in the Championship,² Keen said. ³We went for the win today and came up short.
It¹s not ideal, but we¹re with a great team, so we can still get it done in Homestead.²

Werner reflects his co-driver¹s mentality.

³My car was really good at the end,² Werner said. ³I saw Robin (Liddell in the #57 car) sliding around, and he braked early in one turn, and we went into the turn side by side. I was already up on the curb and I think I do not have enough room to avoid contact. It was a little tap, but I got a flat front left tire and it was a long way back to the finish line that slowly.
It took me a long, long time. ³It would be nicer to come to Miami with everything already done. It was in my hands to win the race or clinch the championship, and I did not do it.²

Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL, started the two hour and forty five minute race in seventh, but quickly got the #86 Farnbacher Loles Racing/Wheel Enhancement GT3 Cup up into fourth place by the twelfth lap. Lux pitted the Porsche on lap fourteen and handed the wheel over to Porsche Factory Driver, Wolf Henzler of Nürtingen, Germany. Unfortunately, within a few corners, Henzler reported that he could not shift the Porsche from fourth to fifth gear. The #86 was brought back to the garage and the Farnbacher Loles crew quickly swapped out the transmission allowing Henzler to rejoin the race and finish in 13th place.
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