Premature race halt dashes hopes of better result

Lightning forced the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to end prematurely, dashing Mario Farnbacher and his teammate Jeff Kingsley’s hopes of a top result.

“What can I say? I personally think calling the race was an incorrect decision by the IMSA. I feel very frustrated, because I was expecting a much better result for this race”, said Farnbacher.

Kingsley started in the Acura NSX GT3 Evo from tenth on the grid and maintained a top 10 position in the tight field of the GTD class. Farnbacher took the wheel of the Compass Racing-Acura for the second stint and delivered an impressive performance with consistently fast laps. The 29-year-old had pushed forward to ninth position, before the red flag waved due to the thunderstorm and the event was then halted.

“I’m really disappointed. Firstly, for the fans and secondly for us too. I think we’d put an effective package together for the race, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. The race call means it’s just a ninth-place finish”, the two-time GTD champion stated.

The journey continues from the shortest track on the IMSA Championship schedule to the season’s longest – the 6,5-kilometre-long Road America, which enjoys cult status amongst the fans. The next race event, the “IMSA Sportscar Weekend”, takes place from 5to 8 August.

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