Difficult weekend ends on podium

The GT World Challenge America 2023 season races seven and eight ran from 16 to 18 June. Mario Farnbacher and teammate Ashton Harrison were on the Virginia International Raceway at Alton for Racers Edge Motorsports and clinched a fifth in the overall classification, as well as a second place in the Pro category. 

“We were expecting more pace. In addition, we had to deal with some tyre problems over the weekend. So, it wasn’t an easy one for us,” said the Franconian. “But despite a few hitches, we got the best out of it. The entire Racers Edge Motorsports team did a fantastic job again and prepared the car incredibly well.”

Things looked good for Farnbacher and Harrison in Sunday’s qualifying. The 30-year-old secured a pole position in the Pro category with a time of 1:43.646, which also meant a third on the grid in the overall classification. 

The duo placed all their bets on turning this good opening position into a strong result. And they succeeded! After a total of 48 laps, Harrison came in second in the Pro category. The day before, tyre damage had unfortunately frustrated hopes of a top result. 

“It seems BMW and Mercedes are presently driving in another dimension, so we’re trying to get the best out of the situation,” the Acura works driver continued. “Of course, we’re a bit disappointed about Saturday’s result, we could have done better. However, everything’s still open in the championship and we’re concentrating on that.”

The next 2023 GT World Challenge America round is scheduled for 18 to 20 August in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Races nine and ten are on the programme.

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