Mario Farnbacher was a happy man again in Lakeville, Connecticut. The Ansbach native and his team colleague Trent Hindman secured the fourth consecutive podium finish at the sixth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on 20 July. This also meant expanding the Meyer Shank duo’s championship lead to 30 points.
“Even though we didn’t make second victory of the season, we’re still very happy with the result”, said Farnbacher with a satisfied smile. “Trent and the entire crew did a fantastic job at the weekend again and got the most out of it. We’re still first in the championship and expanded our lead, which is our number one priority.”
Hindman’s strong qualifying performance laid the foundations for the success. The American could claim pole position in the Acura NSX GT3 Evo with his fastest lap time 00:51.456 – the third pole in the GTD class of the season.
The driver pair led the race for a long period, but it was the heavy traffic on the short and narrow circuit that finally messed up Farnbacher’s and Hindman’s plans. Porsche pilot Dennis Olsen took advantage of the crowded track conditions in a well-timed moment and grabbed the lead. 27-year-old Farnbacher put up a fierce fight through the field but couldn’t regain first position.
Farnbacher’s next race is in Europe. He will be participating in the legendary 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium from 25 to 28 July. Together with Bertrand Baguette and Renger van der Zande, he’ll be racing for the Honda Team Motul at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.