Dominik Farnbacher topped the time charts in Friday's practice sessions for the Grand-Am Rolex Series GT Classic with a best lap of 54.262secs in the #85 Shoes for Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 at Lime Rock Park.
Farnbacher's lap, which he achieved during the heat of the day in a sticky day, was more than a second quicker than Wolf Henzler's Rolex Series GT track record of 55.535secs set last year. Farnbacher and co-driver Leh Keen are looking for their first Rolex Series victory, and aiming to replicate the success earned by team-mates Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner in the VIR 400 last month.
“Lime Rock Park is a very nice track,” Farnbacher said, “I'm pretty comfortable and the car is good. It's good we tried out different set-up things and I think we've found a good set-up for the qualifying tomorrow.
"It's a lot of fun to be here. I think the main thing is we work together as a team. The team communicates together, especially the crew chiefs of both cars. They put their information to the other car and the other car puts the information to our car, so we can work together as a team. It brings us pretty much to the front. Farnbacher Loles is doing this teamwork in an awesome category and does an awesome job.”
Paul Edwards was second quickest on the day in the #07 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R with a lap at 54.286secs. Edwards and co-driver Kelly Collins have three top-four class results in five starts this season but are still looking for their first GT victory of 2007 and hope to go one better than their runners-up spot at Lime Rock last year.
“The car is really good,” Edwards reported, “We didn't know what to expect with the new GXP.R. It's a new motor and longer wheel base since last year, but a momentum track like this one really works for us. We have really good balance in the car and have run all day on old tyres from Laguna. Everything looks positive for a strong result on the weekend. Hopefully we can get this new GXP.R its first win on Monday.”
Making a cameo appearance in the GT field this weekend is Daytona Prototype regular Patrick Long, who posted the day's third-quickest time at 54.444secs in the #81 EMC Mechanical/Gamewell Mechanical Porsche GT3. Long - who is a full-time driver of the #23 Ruby Tuesday Crawford-Porsche - is sharing the #81 with 2005 Rolex Series GT champion Craig Stanton.
Sylvain Tremblay, who currently shares the 2007 Rolex Series GT points lead with Mazdaspeed co-driver Nick Ham, was fourth quickest in Friday practice, while Andy Lally filled out the top five in the #66 TRG Porsche with a lap at 54.747secs. Lally and co-driver RJ Valentine picked up their first GT victory of the season last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, leading a sweep of the top two positions for TRG.