The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is over and Mario Farnbacher is GTD Champion again. Together with Matt McMurry and Meyer Shank Racing, the Franconian celebrated his second title in a row in Sebring. With a third place at the 12-hour race in Florida, the Acura squad polished off the title.
In the end 286 points were enough: a two-point advantage and a total of six podiums, including two victories, won the championship. For the 28-year-old, it’s the second title after 2019 with the Ohio-based team – in addition to Meyer Shank Racing winning the 2020 team championship.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable! I was on the road with the team in 2018 for the first time and now we’re celebrating our second title”, said Farnbacher proudly. “The crew’s done a fantastic job this season and many thanks go to Meyer Shank Racing, Acura and HPD, who all made this success possible.”
The race itself was a real thriller. Starting from eighth on the grid, the teammates Matt McMurry and Shinya Michimi at the wheel of the Acura NSX GT3 Evo #86 had to make up a lot of ground. Farnbacher took over in the second half of the race, an involuntary spin slowed him down briefly, but the 28-year-old continued his fight forwards to second position.
A yellow phase in the final stage brought the field closer together and finally Farnbacher saw the checkered flag in third place, securing 30 championship points.
“In the past, Sebring hasn’t been the best patch for the Acura NSX GT3, but the crew did an amazing job on the car’s set-up”, the Franconian explained. “We were able to maintain our position with the frontrunners, even though the race was unbelievably exhausting.”