Early retirement after crash for Mario Farnbacher

Compass Racing’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Laguna Seca came to an end after just two corners. A collision involving Mario Farnbacher’s new teammate, Jacob Abel, cost him and the team the chance of a good result.

“I think we did a good job over the weekend getting with a competitive set-up. But we were taken out of the race as early as turn two and as a result, we pretty much didn’t get to drive at all,” said the two-time GTD class champion.

Honda Performance Development GT3 Academy driver Abel initially qualified eleventh on the grid in the GTD class in Compass Racing’s Acura NSX GT3 Evo. But the driver duo was eliminated before the race had really taken off. In the starting fray, the car was hit by an opponent at the exit of the second corner and spun out into the run-off zone. Farnbacher, who had been concentrating on the set-up for the race in the practice sessions, did not come into action.

“Jacob did a good job for his first IMSA weekend. I more or less worked on setting the car up for the race, while he focused more on qualifying. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as smoothly in qualifying, but I think we would have had a good car for the run,” the 29-year-old continued.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continues 24 and 25 September on the famous street circuit in Long Beach. For the Franconian, it is the first start at the former Grand Prix circuit in southern California.

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