The secret revealed: Mario Farnbacher to start for Farnbacher Racing in the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Championship. His car is the brand new Lexus RC F GT3. Brother Dominik assists him for the first time behind the wheel of the Japanese fast car.
“I’m very proud to be one of the first to go on track with the car”, says Mario Farnbacher happily. “The Lexus RC F GT3 is a fantastic racer and we are planning its intensive development. We will be running an extensive test programme on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.” In addition to his commitment for Alex Job Racing in the American sports car series (TUDOR United Sportscar Championship), the Bavarian takes on this exciting challenge in the VLN with his father’s team.
For the first time in his successful career, Mario Farnbacher shares the cockpit with brother Dominik. “As kids we often used to tease and fight each other”, remembers the motor sport racer from Lichtenau. “But over the years, we have become very close and are now a highly effective team. Of course, we were at the racing circuits together many times and now I think it’s wonderful to be sitting with my the brother Dominik in the same car.”
The Lexus RC F GT3 was introduced in 2014 at the international Geneva Motor Show and has since then undergone intensive preparation. It’s no secret, that the Lexus is a fan of the Nordschleife. A lot of the manufacturer’s series cars are tested on this most demanding of all racing circuits. The GT3 racer, with a weight of 1250 kilos and based on the RC F Sports Coupé, is no exception. Its 5.0 litre V8 engine boasts 540 horsepower. A large number of the bodywork components are made of carbon.
On June 20th, Mario Farnbacher will be driving the car in the first Nordschleife race during the third round of the VLN Endurance Championship. “We’ll be testing the car till this first race of the summer”, says the 22-year-old and adds: “We’ve not really had any problems, which is why I’m very optimistic we’ll be celebrating a fantastic debut and can also transfer the high road car standards to the field of motor sport.”