It wasn’t in the cards for Mario Farnbacher in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race in Detroit. Technical problems and an early retirement dominated the German’s race weekend.
Farnbacher and co-driver Trent Hindman couldn’t tap the Acura NSX GT3’s full potential, neither in the practice sessions nor in the race. And after battling with setbacks during practice, the previous year’s winner had to leave the field of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix due to an accident.
“It just wasn’t our weekend”, said Farnbacher after the event. “From the very beginning we struggled with the setup – especially with the brake bias. My crew spent the night from Friday to Saturday turning the car inside out and modifying it and next day’s warm-up ran much better. But sorry to say, the problems returned during the race.”
Watkins Glen will be hosting the next championship race. The track in the heart of New York State is one of the calendar’s most traditional circuits and the former Formula 1 course has a challenging six-hour action programme in store for Mario Farnbacher and his Meyer Shank Racing crew. The event is scheduled for 27 to 30 June.