Mario Farnbacher's hopes of top finish dashed in Daytona 24 Hours

Mario Farnbacher's hopes of top finish dashed in Daytona 24 Hours

26.01.2020: Mario Farnbacher kicked off his 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but left Florida empty-handed. The reigning driversí champion in the GTD class a

Mario Farnbacher kicked off his 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but left Florida empty-handed. The reigning drivers’ champion in the GTD class and his teammates from Meyer Shank Racing could only manage position 10 after suffering numerous difficulties over the course of the traditional curtain-raiser to the US sportscar season.




Free practice provided a taste of what was to come, with the Acura NSX GT3 EVO struggling to find pace compared to rival cars in the GTD class. After qualifying in position 9, Farnbacher and his teammates were lacking that little slice of luck in the race to move through the field. Technical issues on the car also set the team back, with a long pit stop required for repairs on a broken splitter during the night.
   
        
     
 
Mario Farnbacher:




“It was a race to forget for us in Daytona. The crew gave their all and my teammates and I were in great form, and I think we all deserved a better result.”     

     
 
“Unfortunately we were lacking grip and had problems with the car’s balance, which also meant that we didn’t have the pace to keep up with the front-runners. When our splitter failed and we had to pit, it was clear that we would lose a lot of time.”     


 
   
        
RESULTS


   
        
Practice 1 – Position 13
Practice 2 – Position 9
Practice 3 – Position 16
Practice 4 - Position 18 
Qualifying – Position 9
Race - Position 10

   
        
     
 
Daytona International Speedway
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Length: 5.73 km
Turns: 12
First opened: 1959
Nickname: The World Center of Racing     



    
The second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship also takes place in Florida: the 12 Hours of Sebring from 18 to 21 March. Before that Farnbacher will be competing in the first round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season in Australia. The 27-year-old will be in action for Honda Racing Team JAS at the Bathurst 12 Hour from 31 January to 2 February.

   
        
          
     
 
Just Authentic, photos Brian Cleary / Meyer Shank Racing
   


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