Back on the podium: At the Indianapolis 8 Hour, the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Mario Farnbacher celebrated a podium result. Together with Matt McMurry and young driver Ashton Harrison, he finished the race in the Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo in sixth place and won the Silver Cup.
“That was a positive end to my season. We struggled with the car, but our work paid off in the end,” the Ansbacher said.
Farnbacher fought his way to class victory despite a training deficit. During practice he suffered a clutch defect which caused the 29-year-old to only drive his first dry laps in qualifying. In the race, however, the trio was not held back and converted hard work into a strong result with sixth overall and the podium in the Silver Cup.
“The race was not easy because of the initial difficulties. In the sessions we couldn’t really work on the set-up,” said the Acura driver. “It was great to see that the GT3 Academy of HPD is doing a really good job. The young drivers left their mark – they were quick and made few mistakes. This shows that the work of the Academy is bearing fruit.”
With the Silver Cup win, Farnbacher ended an at times difficult 2021 season on the podium. The past has already shown the driver to be fast in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. In 2020 he was also on the podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a third place.