Making the most of Sebring

Mario Farnbacher and the team Heart of Racing joined the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season’s second race on 16 March. The Aston Martin driver and his team colleagues secured fifth place in a challenging run of the 12 Hours of Sebring’s 72nd edition.

“We made the most of it,” Farnbacher summed up. “Unfortunately, we were lacking a bit of pace throughout the race, and moving further to the front wasn’t on the cards. We tried to push forwards right up to the very last second and can still be content with the result.”

The 31-year-old and his teammates Ross Gunn and Alex Riberas were certainly justified in hoping for a top 3 result in the popular endurance race at the Sebring International Raceway. Qualifying saw Farnbacher delivering a fast lap in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and ensured him a promising starting position with second on the grid. However, the Heart of Racing team couldn’t attack the frontrunners as the race progressed and finally took home a fifth in the GTD Pro class.

“My first stint on used tires went quite well, I was able to keep up with the others’ pace. But when we were running on new tires, we had to cope with a few problems, so fifth place was the best we could do. We can still be proud of ourselves. We’re working hard to continually improve and will definitely be in full-attack mode for the next race,” said the Aston Martin pilot.

Farnbacher’s next opportunity for a top result awaits at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from 10 to 12 May with the championship´s fourth round of the season.

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