MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2011
ESTORIL LMS: A DISAPPOINTING END TO A PROMISING SEASON
It was time to travel to Portugal for the final round of the 2011 Le Mans Series and Team Hankook Farnbacher did so with the aim of cementing their position of runner up in the GTE Pro class.

2011 has seen the introduction of the new Ferrari 458 Italia to replace the aging 430 variant.
The season had kicked off well with Allan Simonsen topping the time sheets at the official test day at Paul Ricard. All was looking good. but the season had not panned out as well as expected. Other teams had been struggling to come to grips with the new car, specifically AF Corse. Back then, at the test day, Gimmi Bruni was not a happy chap.

But as the penulimate round, held at Silverstone, came to an end it was Bruni and ex-F1 star Giancarlo Fisichella who would be crowned GTE Pro champions, with Allan and Dominik Farnbacher holding second place, with the second AF Corse car, JMW Ferrari and the Felbermayer Porsche close behind.

With Estoril practice underway the team had two different tyre compounds to evaluate, so the plan was to determine what would work for qualifying and the other should be allocated for the race itself.

Dominik was good on qualifying and after selecting the softer option managed to post fifth fastest time.

Starting the race he moved up to 4th on the opening lap.

The pace at the front was very fast and soon Dom found himself back in 5th, maintaining the position for his 70 minute stint.

Allan was then in the car and the tyres swapped to the hard variety.

The pitstop was well executed and soon Allan was back in 4th place.

Another pitstop and Dom was back out there maintaining 4th, until the gearbox failed, stranding the young German on the side of the track. It was a tough moment.

End of the race and their championship slipped to a lowly 5th. It was a bitter blow to end of the season for a team that had worked so hard all year.

Many thanks must go to Hankook and Team Farnbacher along with the great team of engineers and mechanics.

Bring on 2012 and with it some better luck and even better Hankook rubber.