Mario Farnbacher is looking forward with tremendous optimism to the start of the 12 Hours of Sebring (19th March). During test runs on the airfield circuit, the 23-year-old collected important information for the Florida endurance classic. In addition to his American sports car championship commitments, Farnbacher will be driving the Lexus in the 2016 VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft.
The Alex Job Racing team and Mario Farnbacher are facing a special challenge this season. For the first time, the team’s newly developed Porsche 911 GT3 R goes into action. The car celebrated its premiere in the Daytona 24 Hours race in January. “We have to gather a lot of experience, in order to continue this upward trend”, Farnbacher explains. “This is why the test on the Sebring circuit was so important for us. Every kilometre helps us to better understand the car.”
Good test lap times and remembering the last two years, make Mario Farnbacher feel confident about a positive result in the 64th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. “We benefit more from this circuit than from the race track in Daytona. And we also did extremely well in Sebring in the past. In 2014, I celebrated my first USA podium finish here and in 2015 we even won the race”, the Porsche pilot recalls.
But Mario Farnbacher not only has good prospects in the American sports car championship, but also in the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, where the young man from Franconia will be at the start of the popular endurance race series on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with his brother Dominik Farnbacher in the Lexus RC F GT3. Together with the family team Farnbacher Racing, the brothers continue the development of the Japanese sports car.
The first VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft race at the ‚Green Hell‘ is scheduled for 2nd April. The championship’s 2016 racing calendar again contains ten races. “I hope to be amongst the front runners with both the Lexus in the VLN and also with the Porsche in USA”, states Farnbacher optimistically.