Mario Farnbacher experienced an emotional roller coaster during his Great Britain motorsport premiere. Unfavourable weather conditions and a highly competitive frontrunner league made the International GT Open race a tough challenge. Together with brother Dominik, Mario Farnbacher finished both races amongst the Top Ten and secured numerous points.
Starting from sixth on the grid, the Farnbacher brothers maintained their position and warded off all attacks by fellow competitors. After a fast pit stop, they finished the Saturday race in fifth place. The Sunday race then proved a better one for the German from Ansbach.
Brother Dominik started from eighth on the grid, made up two positions and then handed the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3 over in sixth position to Mario Farnbacher, who continued the pursuit and fought all the way till the final lap for an overall third place. A few corners before the end, a spin dashed all hopes of a podium position and the Lexus driver finished the race in sixth place.
“What a weekend! My first race in Silverstone and we were already moving incredibly fast with our sights set on the lead”, the 25-year-old summed up. “On Sunday we worked even harder and despite the partly wet track, we were able to attack the Top three. Unfortunately, the spin in the fight for third place cost us the podium. That’s very annoying, but nevertheless we took important points with us. But now it’s a case of looking to the future and focusing on Monza.”
Mario Farnbacher will be travelling to Italy for the second-to-last International GT Open race weekend scheduled for 30th September – 1st October. Immediately after that, he continues to the US for the North American Endurance Cup season’s final.