Banner Engineering drivers Leighton Reese and Tim Lewis Jr picked up the first Grand-Am Rolex Series victory of their career by taking the #06 Pontiac GXP.R to top spot in Monday's GT Classic at Lime Rock Park.

Lewis claimed the lead from Patrick Long's Synergy Racing Porsche on lap 94 of 139, before pulling away from the field following restarts on laps 100 and 111 to win by 6.507secs. The victory capped a strong weekend for the Pontiac GXP.R, as three of the new cars qualified and finished inside the top five. The GXP.Rs also led 86 laps, including the final 46 with Lewis at the head of the field.

"The guys at Banner did a great job today," Lewis said, "The car was as good in the race as it was in practice. Leighton kept it at the front the whole the beginning of the race and that put the pressure on me. On the restart, I was able to maintain the lead and run consistent lap times. The engineers and the crew really worked to get us a good race car all through practice and it paid off. The weather conditions were the same as we practiced under and the car was right there the whole race."

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Lewis' 46 laps out front were a race-high. After starting fourth, owner/driver Reese led 24 laps during his stint on the way to his first Rolex Series GT class victory.

"First, I have to say I really love coming to Lime Rock," Reese smiled, "You always enjoy a track that you are fast at, and I'm kind of at the twilight of my driving career here. Whenever you can win one, it's great. We've really had to raise our game here. We've got some great help from Pontiac. We qualified in a pretty good position, and I think I made a pretty good pass on Wolf [Henzler] there on a restart."

Reese was also pleased with his co-driver's input.

"I can't say how proud I am of Tim," he said, "We had driver try-outs at Sebring last year, and we picked the team well. He keeps sneaking up on the lap times and never puts a wheel wrong, and when the race comes he's even faster than me."

Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner claimed second spot in the locally-based #87 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche, the fourth consecutive podium result for the pairing. The result, combined with an eleventh place for the #70 Mazdaspeed entry of Nick Ham and Sylvain Tremblay, also catapulted Werner into a tie with the Mazda drivers for the GT points lead after six of 13 races.

"As I said at the last race, our goal is to win the championship for Farnbacher Loles," the German said, "We drove fairly conservative at the beginning of the race, and Bryce was setting very fast times, some even faster than the leading car. In the end, we were a little lucky because we got to pick up the end of the field because of the wave-by. Still, the car was good at the end, and that was our biggest advantage."

"Farnbacher Loles keeps giving us good cars," Miller added, "We gave it everything we had out there today. It felt really good to come home to the north-east and run in front of our sponsors. We had a lot of friends and family here this weekend too, so it felt good to finish on the podium again."

Eric Lux and Wolf Henzler filled out the podium with a third-place showing in the #74 Tafel Racing Porsche, claiming the team's first podium of the season and matched 19-year old Lux's career-best Rolex Series result.

"I had a good car," Henzler said, "We started on pole and I was able to lead a lot of laps early before I turned over to Eric, but we really had to focus on managing our rear tyres and we ended the day on the podium in third. The Tafel guys did a great job on the car and Eric had a strong stint behind the wheel and kept us up there. Our best finish of the year."

After starting third, the #07 Banner Pontiac of Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards came home fourth. Collins led seven laps during his stint before turning the car over to Edwards, who overcame a penalty for avoidable contact to preserve the team's third top-four result of the season.

Drew Staveley and Mark Pavan rounded out Pontiac's successful day with fifth place in the #30 Racers Edge entry. It was the second consecutive top five run for Staveley, who also finished fifth last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with James Gue as his co-driver, and a personal best for Pavan.

Dominik Farnbacher and Leh Keen made it two Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsches in the top six, while Joe Sahlen and Will Nonnamaker picked up their best result of the season in seventh, earning the SunTrust 'Improve Your Position' Award for their run from 21st on the starting grid.

Long, who led two laps, eventually finished one lap down in eighth, ahead of Marc Bunting and Dominic Cicero, while RJ Valentine and Andy Lally rounded out the top ten for TRG.