Mario Farnbacher’s 2020 season comes to an end with the Intercontinental GT Challenge in South Africa. From 10 to 12 December, the 28-year-old will be competing in the Kyalami 9 Hour for Team Honda Racing with Renger van der Zande and Bertrand Baguette. The trio intends to successfully finish the season with a top result.
The squad was already on the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in 2019, but it will be a premiere for Farnbacher on the 4.5 kilometre track close to Johannesburg.
“I’m very much looking forward to the race”, says the Ansbach-born driver looking ahead to the fourth race of the season. “I don’t know the track yet, but everyone says driving there is good fun. I’ve done my best to prepare myself at home as much as possible and get to know the circuit. The most important thing the next few days will be the practice sessions.”
After the season’s first podium in Indianapolis and a top 10 position in Spa, the NSX GT3 Evo #30 team is also reckoning with chances of an excellent result in South Africa.
The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is well known for its demanding route, enthralling race action and also its freak weather. Baking temperatures, violent downpours, as well as thunderstorms dominated the race weekend in 2019.
“It’ll definitely be a challenging race”, the Honda driver continues. “The field has thinned out due to the Corona pandemic, but above all, there’ll be factory-supported cars at the start. So we’ll be competing against the best of the best and will have to give all we’ve got if we want to land at the front.”
The weekend race action begins with Free Practice on Friday evening. Qualifying and Pole Shootout follow on Saturday. Green light for the nine-hour race is on Saturday, 12 December, at 12:00 local time (11:00 German time). Live stream and live timing services are available on the official website.