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Optimistic season-opener: Fourth place at Rolex 24

Optimistic season-opener: Fourth place at Rolex 24

For several years now, Mario Farnbacher hasn’t been able to imagine life without the traditional Daytona 24 Hours season-opener. However, 2024 sees a new beginning for him: from now on, he’ll be at the start of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as a regular driver for the Heart of Racing team. And that right away…

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Back to the roots: Farnbacher with Heart of Racing in IMSA in 2024

Back to the roots: Farnbacher with Heart of Racing in IMSA in 2024

Mario Farnbacher will compete for Heart of Racing in the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The two-time GTD champion is set to drive an Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT3 Evo. “I’m extremely excited about this new challenge,” says the 31-year-old. “It will of course be a change for me as I will have to adapt to…

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Farnbacher and Harrison vice-champions

Farnbacher and Harrison vice-champions

Just two weeks after the Sebring event, the decisive GT World Challenge America round took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indy 8 Hour saw Mario Farnbacher and the Racers Edge Motorsports team making the best out of the still intact championship prospects and despite a difficult race, they finished off the season with…

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Title chances still intact despite setback

Title chances still intact despite setback

A month after winning the GT World Challenge America event on the Road America, Mario Farnbacher headed for his next Racers Edge Motorsports assignment. On 23 and 24 September, the Ansbach native and his team colleague Ashton Harrison were focussing on winning more vital championship points at the Sebring International Raceway. Having started from fourth…

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Setback in title fight

Setback in title fight

Two weeks after the IMSA guest appearance, Mario Farnbacher headed for the next race weekend on the legendary Road America. Together with Ashton Harrison, the 31-year-old was racing for Racers Edge Motorsports at the GT World Challenge America on the Elkhart Lake circuit. “Qualifying didn’t go at all well, because the other cars were carrying…

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Big gamble does not pay off

Big gamble does not pay off

Mario Farnbacher returned to the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship for one round. Together with Racers Edge Motorsports and teammate Ashton Harrison, the 31-year-old had set himself big goals, but did not get better than eighth place at Road America. “I was very happy to come back for another round in the IMSA. The competition is…

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Difficult weekend ends on podium

Difficult weekend ends on podium

The GT World Challenge America 2023 season races seven and eight ran from 16 to 18 June. Mario Farnbacher and teammate Ashton Harrison were on the Virginia International Raceway at Alton for Racers Edge Motorsports and clinched a fifth in the overall classification, as well as a second place in the Pro category. “We were expecting…

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Circuit of the Americas triumph for Farnbacher

Circuit of the Americas triumph for Farnbacher

Mario Farnbacher’s 2023 GT World Challenge America season began with ups and downs. The Franconian and his team Racers Edge Motorsports were aiming to climb onto the top step of the rostrum again at the Austin race weekend (19to 21 May) in Texas – and they succeeded. In the second race, Farnbacher and his team…

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About me

Motorsport is in Mario’s blood – and just like his father and brother, he is living his passion.

Already at the age of six, he appeared at the karting tracks, and it didn’t take long for him to claim the first successes. Competing in the Bambini Class, he celebrated victories and titles in Bavaria before he also left a remaining impression in the Junior Classes in 2005.

With ambition and discipline, the highly talented race driver made his way up, and over the years, he proved to be a serious and tough rival for his opponents. The Franconian proved his skills in various racing series – including the ADAC GT Masters, the Nürburgring Endurance Series (formerly VLN) and the International GT Open.

In 2014, he competed in America, where he was to celebrate his greatest sporting triumphs in the years that ensued. Following the season with Alex Job Racing and Porsche in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, he switched to Mercedes-AMG in 2017. Together with Riley Motorsport, Mario celebrated his first title in the Michelin Endurance Cup.

With Acura, more championship titles rolled in from 2018 onwards. After starting out with a few selected races, the Ansbach native established himself as a regular driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019. What then followed were two successful years with Meyer Shank Racing, in which Mario was crowned champion twice in the GTD class.

In 2022, he won the title in the ProAm class in the GT World Challenge America together with Racers Edge Motorsports. The following year, he and the team celebrated the runner-up title in the Pro category.

In 2024, Mario is taking on a new challenge. With Heart of Racing, he will compete in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Steckbrief Mario Farnbacher

Date of Birth:     14th May 1992
Place of Birth:    Ansbach
Nationality:        german
Marital Status:   single
Height:                178 cm
Weight:               73 kg
Education:         qualified Secondary School
Profession:        Race driver & CEO Autohaus Farnbacher
Hobbies:            Snowboard, CrossFit, Music and Friends

2023
» Vice champion (Pro class) GT World Challenge America (Acura)

2022
» Champion (ProAm class) GT World Challenge America (Acura)

2020
» Champion (GTD class) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Acura)

2019
» Champion (GTD class) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Acura)
» Intercontinental GT Challenge (Honda)


2018
» IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Acura)

2017
» IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Mercedes-AMG)
» Champion (GTD class) IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup
» International GT Open (Lexus)

2015 – 2016
» IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Porsche)
» VLN Nürburgring (Lexus)


2014
» 10th place (GTD class) TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
» Victory 12H Sebring

2012 – 2013
» ADAC GT Masters

2011
» ADAC Formula Masters – 6th place overall
» Scholarship ADAC and Deutsche Post Speed Academy


2010
» ADAC Formula Masters – 3rd place overall / Rookie of the Year

1998 – 2009
» Karting

Racing

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship offers sports car racing at the highest level. The series was created in 2013 from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Sports Car Series and forms the highest American sports car series. The series includes several Sprint and Endurance races, held on different racetracks in North America.

In 2024, Mario will be driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from Heart of Racing.

Dates

21/01/2024Rolex 24 At Daytona
16/03/2024Twelve Hours Of Sebring
23/06/2024Six Hours Of The Glen
22/09/2024Battle On The Bricks
12/10/2024Petit Le Mans

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