Mario Farnbacher and his team Alex Job Racing were really pursued by misfortune at the Daytona 24 hours race. Already during the formation lap for the endurance classic in the U.S. state of Florida the German experienced technical problems and was forced to head back into the pit lane again. In the further course of the race he and his team mates Ian James and Alex Riberas had to settle with some more unfortunate circumstances. Finally the trio was forced to retire from the race with an engine failure after eight hours. At least there was yet still a reason to celebrate.
“That’s a real shame” says a quite frustrated Mario Farnbacher. “Somehow it wasn’t meant to be our weekend. Already at the beginning the car pulled somehow strongly to the right. It took some time for the crew to find out what was wrong. However, we were able to claim back the lost ground.” With a strong chase through the field the German and his team mates managed to get back again into the same lap with the leading cars.
However, with a broken sensor of the fuel system another gremlin thwarted the teams plans and let them drop back again. “Half an hour later we had to stop racing then”, explains the 22-year-old. “Our race was over with an engine failure. It was a disappointing end after eight hours. Despite we didn’t have the quickest car in the field our speed would have been good enough for a top finish in Daytona.”
“Nevertheless there is no reason to be down in the mouth!”, explains Mario Farnbacher. “We will put the pedal down for Sebring now, because Daytona was only the opener of a long season ahead. This time we couldn’t win the watch, but I am quite confident that we will take home one or another trophy in the course of the year.” However, at least there was yet still a reason to celebrate. Congrats to my brother Dominik, who celebrated the victory in the GTD-Class.” Dominik Farnbacher, the brother of Mario, was also at the start in Daytona. He had the better end in their private family duel, claiming the victory in the GTD-Class. “I am quite proud of by brother and I really enjoyed to see him winning.” In two Month time, on March 21st, the next round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship takes place in Sebring.