Mario Farnbacher and his Lexus RC-F GT3 are continuously gaining momentum. In the brand new Japanese sports car’s second race, the 23-year-old collected leading laps and finally celebrated a fantastic second place. “I can’t find the right words to express how happy I am. We never expected a podium finish in the second race”, said a beaming Farnbacher, who also had to cope with a heavy bout of flu.
From the word go, Mario Farnbacher made a good start along the road to his podium finish. The popular young Franconian had secured a fifth grid position in the qualifying session and then completed the first laps in excellent fighting shape. “We had slightly less engine power than our rivals, but we held our ground”, recalled Farnbacher.
Despite fierce competition, the motorsport racing driver fought his way forwards, lap by lap. After six rounds, the 23-year-old came up with a historic moment, when he took the lead in the Lexus RC-F GT3 for the first time in a VLN race. Farnbacher fought a gripping battle for the top ranks right up to the driver change. After Dominik Farnbacher’s middle stint, he continued the hunt for a podium finish.
Mario and Dominik Farnbacher’s podium success is an important landmark in the development of the Lexus RC-F GT3. The family team from Lichtenau in Franconia is one of two European teams using the sports car. “Each kilometre counts”, explains Farnbacher. “This amazing result confirms that we are going in the right direction and our podium finish has demonstrated the Lexus RC-F-GT3’s potential. Many thanks go to Lexus, TRD and KW, who do their utmost for further development. Also a big thank you to the entire crew and all our partners and sponsors, who have contributed to this success.”
Mario Farnbacher intends to take his Eifel success with him to the next race in U.S.A. The likeable young Franconian competes for a further win in the Tudor USCC from 7th to 9th August. This fiercely competitive racing series, in which Farnbacher has good chances of winning a title, takes place in Elkhart Lake (Wisconsin).