Team Falken is fifth in class at Lime Rock
Running on specially prepared Falken AZENIS RT Slicks, Sellers qualified
the Falken factory Porsche 9th in GT with just two hours of practice owing
to the considerable rainfall the area endured, and the team was unhappy
with the position. However, once the race started, Sellers immediately
advanced over several class entrants, moving the Porsche up the leader
board. His strong performance, combined with competitor mistakes, moved
Team Falken to P5 before the first pit stop. Both drivers spent a good
portion of their stints negotiating traffic on the short, 1.5-mile track,
whose narrow width created heavy congestion throughout the two-hour and
Nevertheless, "lightning fast pit work got Wolf out and into fourth,"
stated Kevin Jones, supervisor of Team Falken's ALMS effort. "Henzler and
Seller's performance and great race strategy by Derrick put Team Falken as
high as second behind the race-winning BMW."
Unfortunately, P2 was not to be, as a fuel pressure problem plagued the
team during the final 45 minutes. "Wolf managed to keep the Team Falken
Porsche in third until the final lap of the race when the team was
assessed a 90-second penalty for 'avoidable contact' during a position
battle, causing the Porsche to finish in 5th," Jones added.
"Clearly, this was an important finish for us," said Nick Fousekis,
Falken's Director of Motorsports Marketing and Events. "During the 11
weeks we were off due to the 24 Hours of LeMans break, Falken Tire
engineers and Walker Racing worked diligently, conducted private tests and
on Saturday, we demonstrated at Lime Rock that both our team and tires are
on the right path. Receiving the events "Hardest Charger Award" is an
honor and thank the series for the recognition. It's just unfortunate
that the penalty sets us back, but we'll learn from it and move across the
border and on to Mosport."