It’s time for the title showdown in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. On 14 November, GTD championship leaders Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry will compete in the endurance classic that is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The Acura duo enjoy a seven-point advantage in the standings, so the mission is clear: secure plenty of points and wrap the title up.
“We are focusing 100% on winning the championship,” said Farnbacher, the reigning GTD champion. “We don’t need to win in Sebring. It’s important to finish the race and take as many points as we can. The race will be hard, there’s no doubt about that. That’s why we will need to be on top of our game and give absolutely everything.”
Farnbacher and McMurry have five podiums, including two victories, to their name so far in the 2020 season. Another well-placed finish would give the 28-year-old his second GTD drivers’ title in as many years. In 2019, the Ansbach-born driver wrapped up the championship with the Meyer Shank Racing team at a dramatic season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
The German-American duo will be looking to build on the momentum from the last race at Laguna Seca, where Farnbacher and McMurry led from start to finish and snatched back the lead in the standings. Ahead of the season finale in Sebring, the battle for the championship remains extremely close: just ten points separate the top 4 in the GTD championship.
At the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the two full-season Acura drivers in the #86 NSX GT3 Evo will once again be ably assisted by Shinya Michima. The 2020 race will mark Michimi’s debut in the event, whereas Farnbacher has celebrated two class victories (2015 and 2017) at the famous Florida circuit in the past.
The finale of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Sebring International Raceway gets underway at 10:10 local time (16:10 CET) on Saturday, 14 November. The action can be followed free of charge via the series’ official live stream.