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 tough and for us it was also good practice for the next race weekend in the GT World Challenge, which will also be held in Elkhart Lake,” said Farnbacher.

Solid results in the practice sessions were followed by an eleventh place in qualifying. From there, thanks to an early pit stop, Farnbacher and Harrison moved forward during the race. The undercut initially paid off and pushed the duo up to second position in the GTD classification. But because the hoped-for caution phase failed to materialise, Farnbacher had to pit again for a splash-and-dash. The hoped-for advantage was thus gone.

“We were forced to take a risk with our race strategy. This did not pay off and we ended up with only eighth place. But we had a great car and strong pace. A podium would have been possible, I am sure of that. Many thanks to the whole crew for the hard work!”

After the IMSA guest appearance, a return to the GT World Challenge America is up next, once again at Road America in Elkhart Lake. The racetrack in the American state of Wisconsin hosts races nine and ten of the championship.

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