Title chances still intact despite setback

A month after winning the GT World Challenge America event on the Road America, Mario Farnbacher headed for his next Racers Edge Motorsports assignment. On 23 and 24 September, the Ansbach native and his team colleague Ashton Harrison were focussing on winning more vital championship points at the Sebring International Raceway.

Having started from fourth on the grid, the Acura NSX GT3 EVO22 driver duo were able to hold this position in the first of the 90-minute races till five minutes before the finish. In the final phase, Farnbacher saw his chance to achieve a podium finish and seized it! Five minutes before the end, a daring manoeuvre enabled him to secure the third position. Unfortunately, his joy was short-lived. A few turns later, the 31-year-old was roughly pushed out onto the grass by an opponent and then had to make do with a fourth place.

“We had a really strong car this weekend and could fight for a third place in the first race. Unfortunately, we were taken out in the last lap. With regard to the championship standings, that’s an incredibly bitter pill to swallow,” the Acura works driver stated.

This bad luck continued into the second race. After just one lap, the two-time IMSA champion had to retire his car due to a technical problem. Although this is a setback for Harrison and Farnbacher, there’s still the race weekend in Indianapolis to come and shortly before the final, the duo has a top placement in the PRO class and is still bidding for the title.

“The fight’s over when the chequered flag falls in Indianapolis. Till then, we’ll be doing everything we possibly can,” said a very combative Farnbacher.

The final GT World Challenge America race weekend is scheduled for 5 to 7 October on the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit.

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