Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 30 minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the first time in the performance tire manufacturer's three-year ALMS career.
Derrick Walker, Falken's ALMS Team Manager, made the comment after previously expressing confidence in Falken's capability at Mid-Ohio, a track he knows very well from years of competing as a manager and owner of IndyCar teams.
Credit also went to Falken's two team drivers, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, Bryan Sellers, who persevered through the race on a track notoriously tough on tires. Sellers qualified 9th and expressed disappointment with the position, considering Falken has finished in fifth place the last two races. However, Sellers started the race and started moving forward until he was hit from behind by the #04 Ford GT, which dropped the Porsche to 12th. The veteran driver fought hard and turned the car over to his teammate in 10th. Henzler entered the race and gradually moved to 7th place in GT, remaining there for a good portion of the race.
Falken takes on the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix
Finishing just one place out of a podium spot in the hotly contested GT
Class, Team Falken's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, piloted by Porsche Works and team
driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, team driver Bryan Sellers, ran strong
all afternoon on the challenging streets of Long Beach, and ended up 4th
out of 14 GT entrants during the annual visit by the American LeMans Series
to the Long Beach Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious street races in
the world, now in its 37th year.
FALKEN Porsche at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring
Our European counterparts produced an incredible Movie about what it takes
be part of a 24 Hours of Nürburgring race team. Join Wolf Henzler, Peter
Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger, and Sebastian Asch and the entire Falken Tyre
Motorsports team as they take us through the practice, training, and
physical race. We even endured a Porsche crash, which the team was able to
fix and get us back on the Nordschleife.
2011 Formula Drift Round 1 - JTP Dominates Long Beach
Team Falken started the 2011 Formula Drift season the way it finished last
year, with one of its factory drivers on top of the podium. Justin Pawlak,
in just his second year with the tire manufacturer, took his inaugural
first place at the Long Beach opening round, with Team Falken teammate
Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara in third. Before a capacity crowd, Pawlak
took the victory on board his 2011 Ford Mustang with a new engine built by
Ford Racing and Roush-Yates and ran on Falken's Azenis RT615K, as did all
other Falken team members. Pawlak qualified 11th, while Yoshihara was
second among the top 32, alerting the other competitors he was the driver
to beat on the streets of Long Beach. While Defending Formula D Champion
Vaughn Gittin, Jr., struggled in qualifying, he was an important part of
the weekend, meeting and greeting his fans as well as supporting the rest
of the Falken team in the main event. Among the Falken "inter-team
competition," Pawlak beat Darren McNamara in the top 16 round, and Justin
went on to best Dai in the Top 4, completing a "One More Time." Justin
beat Matt Powers in the final, while Dai defeated 2009 Formula D Champion
Chris Forsberg to earn third.
"Justin earned this win through timing and endurance," declared Jonathan
Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager. "He has grown rapidly over
the past 12 months, and it is fitting that he would take his first podium
as a Falken team member at one of our home tracks." Falken continues
to excel in activating its marketing efforts in association with Formula
Drift and the strong crowds of drift fans in Southern California. With a
new team of Falken Spokesmodels in the paddock next to the company's
multiple support trailers, Falken hosted 350 representatives and guests
from both Monster Energy Drink and Ford Racing in their hospitality region.
"This is an important victory for us because the race is in our backyard
and we had a lot of fans, customers and Falken Tire enthusiasts in the
stands and the paddock," said Nick Fousekis, Falken's Director of
Motorsports Marketing and Events. "We've proven all the work the team and
each individual driver have done during the off-season successfully moved
Falken up another level, and we'll keep climbing all season long. We also
appreciate the tremendous support from car builders Autosport Dynamics and
SPD." After the first round, Pawlak is at the top of the Championship
standings, Yoshihara third, while McNamara is in 10th. Final Falken
teammate Tyler McQuarrie finished in 11th. Ross Petty, a long-time
independent competitor running Falkens, placed 14th. Round two will
be held May 6-7, at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.
Falken Tire: 2014 Porsche 911 RSR // "Valentina"
Introducing Falken Tire's brand new 2014 Porsche 911 RSR, nicknamed
"Valentina" from Wolf Henzler's first shake down of the vehicle on
Valentine's Day. Falken Tire being the one and only North American owner of
this new race car makes it all the more memorable. We will soon bring it to
the tracks of the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Championship (Formerly
American Le Mans Series) in the veteran driver hand's of Wolf Henzler and
Bryan Sellers. Let the 2014 USCC season finally begin. Be sure to see it's
first appearance on the Sebring International Raceway for 12hrs of Sebring
Configuration - M97/80 B6
Location - Rear, longitudinally mounted
Construction - aluminium block and head
Displacement - 3.996 liter / 243.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke - 102.7 mm (4 in) / 80.4 mm (3.2 in)
Valvetrain - 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed - Fuel Injection
Lubrication - Dry sump
Aspiration - Naturally Aspirated
Power - 453 bhp / 338 KW @ 7800 rpm
Torque - 450 Nm / 332 ft lbs @ 7250 rpm
BHP/Liter - 113 bhp / liter
Body - carbon-fibre composite panels
Chassis - unitary steel
Front suspension - double wishbones, double coil springs, Sachs four-way
adjustable gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension - multi-link, double coil springs, Sachs four-way
adjustable gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Steering - rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakes - ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox - Paddle Operated 6 speed Sequential
Clutch - Dry, triple plate
Drive - Rear wheel drive
Weight - 1245 kilo / 2744.8 lbs
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) - 2450 mm (96.5 in) / N/A / N/A
Fuel tank - 90 Litre (23.8 Gallon US / 19.8 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels (fr/r) - 12.5J x 18 / 13J x 18
Tyres (fr/r) - 30/68 - 18 / 31/71 - 18
Power to weight - 0.36 bhp / kg
Soundcheck - Manthey Porsche 997GT3RSR
Beim Testtag in Spa Francorchamps war auch die Manthey Truppe aus Meuspath,
um mit Marco Holzer und Nick Tandy den Porsche 997GT3RSR für die
International GT Open zu testen.
Akustisch und fahrerisch über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Die Jungs treten wohl
nicht an um Zweiter zu werden.
Inside Falken's ALMS Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Racecar
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We visit Falken Tire's racing team HQ and check out their new 450hp Porsche
911 GT3 RSR. Raced in the GT2 class of the ALMS race series with Falken
slick tires. Driven by factory driver Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers.
ALMS Sebring 12 Hour Highlights - #30 NGT Porsche + Helicopter!
The NGT Motorsport team entered it's first professional race at the Mobil 1
12 Hours of Sebring, which is part of the American Le Mans Series
championship. Their regular drivers Henrique Cisneros and Carlos Kauffmann
were coming off the back of winning the Patron GT3 challenge in 2010. They
enlisted Pro driver Sean Edwards to accompany them during the long distance
They were consistently fastest throughout the winter test day and most of
Sebring week, but two crashed at T17 were to push the team beyond their
normal call of duty. They were unable to qualify, but the team pulled an
all nighter and had the car ready for the morning warm up, where the car
was quickest once again!
The race got underway, with NGT climbing all the way to the lead by hour 1
and holding onto it for most of the next 6 hours. Only for a mistaken wave
by and the subsequent penalty which lost them 3 laps, they would have been
fighting for the victory. Nevertheless they fought all the way back to 3rd
place and never gave up, which was an amazing feat in their first Pro race!
They also set the fastest lap of the race on a 2.07.7.
Falken Motorsports - The Movie 24h-Race 2013
Unser Video zum 24h-Rennen 2013. Spannende Interviews mit den Fahrern,
tolle Aufnahmen und pure Action auf der der Grünen Hölle, die zeigen wozu
Falken-Reifen sowohl im Motorsport als auch auf der Straße in der Lage
sind. Ein Muss für alle Falken- und Motorsport-Fans!
The official Falken-Video about the 24h-race is online. You can see
exciting interviews with the drivers, amazing recordings and pure action in
the Green Hell which shows you what Falken Tyres are made for. A must see,
for true Falken- and motorsport-fans!
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