The fourth round of the VLN had hardly started, before it came to an abrupt end for Mario Farnbacher. A fault in the power train of the Lexus RC F GT3 meant early retirement from the race and the 24-year-old from Lichtenau couldn’t even take the wheel. Dense fog and heavy rain dominated the day and had already been a challenge during qualifying.
Joy about the Top Ten place in the qualifying session was brief. Shortly after the start, a technical problem cropped up and after five laps, Dominik Farnbacher was forced to retire with the car to the pit box. “After taking a closer look, we discovered power train damage and had to remove the car from the race before my stint could begin”, a disappointed Mario Farnbacher recalls.
Despite this early departure, Mario Farnbacher is confidently looking forward to his next race, when the Franconian will be at the start of the charismatic Watkins Glen circuit from 30th June – 3rd July. Farnbacher and his teammate Alex Riberas will be supported in New York State by stalwart Ian James.
In addition to the changed driver constellation, the circuit is also an unknown element for Mario Farnbacher: “Because of the unique layout, the Watkins Glen track is one of my favourites on the calendar. The surface has recently been replaced and I’m very eager to know whether we can benefit from the new conditions”, said the young man from Lichtenau.