Third round and with that the third chance for Mario Farnbacher to claim a podium success. The German, who in the 2016 campaign is away with the new developed Porsche 911 GT3 R, wants to continue with his upwards trend in the American SportsCar Championship. The 23-year-old has some good memories about the track in the US-State of California.
Its already the third start for Mario Farnbacher on the roller coaster in California. After his debut in the 2014 season, where he had to settle with eights position, he managed a podium finish one year later. The Alex Job pilot together with Ian James secured a third rank in the GTD-Class. “Laguna Seca was always a good place for us”, Farnbacher looks back. “The circuit is pure fun and thanks to its characteristic it fits to our Porsche quite well.”
After eighth place at the 24 hours of Daytona and fourth position at the 12 hours race in Sebring the Porsche driver currently covers third place in the standings of the championship. He is only 14 points behind the top. The 23-year-old will be supported by Alex Riberas, who shares the cockpit of the Porsche with Mario Farnbacher from the race in Laguna Seca on. Ian James will join the German/Spanish duo in Watkins Glen and for the ‘Petit Le Mans’.
“I am looking forward to work together with Alex. Together we are a great driver line-up. Our aim is to continuously shorten the gap to the top in the championship. We are ahead of our first chance in Laguna Seca. However, it will not become an easy matter, the competition in the GTD-Class is really close”, says Farnbacher.
The race on the Mazda Raceway will last two hours and starts on Sunday, May 1st, at 15.45 local time. The fans who want to follow the action from Germany have to stay awake a little longer than usual. Due to the time shift of nine hours the race start takes place at 00.45 am. Livestream as well as live timing is provided on www.imsa.com.