Mario Farnbacher started from 16 to 19 March at the Sebring 12-hour race. Together with team mates Kyffin Simpson and Till Bechtolsheimer, the Acura works driver from Ansbach competed for Gradient Racing in Florida. It was the second race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and eleventh place due to an accident was the best possible result under the circumstances.
„After Daytona, we were definitely hoping for more and we were generally fast enough to attack the podium. But sadly, things don’t always go as planned,” says the double GTD champion. „We lost a total of 17 laps to repairs because of the accident. We couldn’t really make progress after that.”
Qualifying saw the Acura on the grid in tenth position. It should have been the big chase after that as the NSX GT3 had a good solid pace, however several spins and a touch with the track barrier meant simply crossing the line and cutting losses.
Mario Farnbacher expressed particular praise for his team. „I’m so grateful the team gave its all to get the car straightened up after the accident. And normally that would have been enough for a very good result. But sometimes plans just don’t work out and I’m sure we’ll get to fight in the next race and find the breakthrough.”
In April, Mario Farnbacher moves on to the next race. He’ll be driving with Ashton Harrison from 14 to 17 April in Sonoma at the Fanatec GT World Challenge America kickoff.