Boundless joy for Mario Farnbacher – After the podium success in Laguna Seca the 23-year-old this time managed to climb on the top step of the podium. At the fourth round of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) on the Belle Isle Circuit Mario Farnbacher and Ian James crossed the finish line as shining winners in the hard-fought GTD-Class, being on course for further success.
The joy for Mario Farnbacher and the team Alex Job Racing after the 57 laps of the race in the metropolis of the U.S. State Michigan was boundless. “Yes! We managed to win the Detroit race”, the German shone. “I still can’t believe it. Last year we managed to finish second, now we claimed the victory. That’s truly terrific!” Mario Farnbacher shared the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT America of the team Alex Job Racing with Ian James. “It was an exciting day for all of us. Thanks to the tremendous job of everyone we were able to finish the weekend in the victory lane”, concluded Ian James.
However, it was not an easy race for the team around Alex Job. Initial problems with the electronics of the car, numerous yellow flags as well as rain provided some lines of worry in the face of the team boss. “The key to success was an early pit-stop”, explained Mario Farnbacher. “We ordered our Porsche into the pit lane already after 30 minutes. I took over the steering wheel and returned back on the race track during a safety car phase. With that strategy we could take over the race lead.” The Porsche driver from Germany defended the top-position until the end of the race. “Driving with a hard set of slicks on a wet street circuit is really a demanding matter”, so Farnbacher. “The final two laps with heavy rain were truly tough. Finally I won the race with an advantage of about ten seconds over the second ranking driver. I am really grateful to my team mate Ian and the complete Alex Job Racing Team.”
The next round of the United SportsCar Championship takes place in Watkins Glen from June, 26th to 28th. Mario Farnbacher and Alex Job Racing aim to be on course for further success also on this race track full of tradition. “We will attack again and furthermore we keep an eye on the top of the standings”, says a highly motivated Mario Farnbacher.