After a successful season in the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, Mario Farnbacher will be driving this year again for the family team Farnbacher Racing. In addition to his IMSA Sportscar Championship engagement, the Ansbacher will be making his debut in the International GT Open and competing in all 2017 races of the European series.
During the 2016 season, Mario Farnbacher created a real milestone in the ninth round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, when, together with Farnbacher Racing, he clinched the first victory on the Nordschleife in a Japanese car. Inspired by this success, the 24-year-old will be changing this season to the European scene and begin driving for the International GT Open.
“I’m already looking forward to the International GT Open,” says Farnbacher. “It’s a first time for us in this particular race series and the majority of the circuits are new ground for me. I’ll have a lot to learn but it’s a fantastic challenge.”
For the third year running, the Franconian will be behind the wheel of a Lexus. The team is using the new RC-F GT3 version, which will be developed with Mario Farnbacher and brother Dominik throughout the season.
“This year, focus is on getting to know the car better”, Mario Farnbacher explains. “We’ve done great work over previous years and I think we’ll cut a good figure in the new surroundings.”
But before Mario Farnbacher starts the International GT Open season on 29th – 30th April in Estoril, he will be travelling to the U.S. and competing in the IMSA Sportscar Championship 12 Hours of Sebring from 15th – 18th March.