Mario Farnbacher - Rolex 24 fourth place and initial TCR experience gained

Mario Farnbacher - Rolex 24 fourth place and initial TCR experience gained

30.01.2023: Starting the motorsport season with the Daytona 24-hour race, has become a tradition for Mario Farnbacher. However, one thing was different in 2023: In addition to participation in the endurance classic in Florida, a guest appearance within the TCR scene


        
Starting the motorsport season with the Daytona 24-hour race, has become a tradition for Mario Farnbacher. However, one thing was different in 2023: In addition to participation in the endurance classic in Florida, a guest appearance within the TCR scene was also on the agenda.



As one of the ‘awesome foursome’ with Sheena Monk, Katherine Legge and Marc Miller, he was driving a Gradient Racing Team Acura NSX GT3. This was the team with whom he won the Petit Le Mans a year ago, in Daytona they secured fourth place in the GTD category.




In addition, Farnbacher was on board with HART (Honda of America Racing Team) in a Civic FK7 TCR as part of the Michelin Pilot Challenge in the supporting programme.   
        
    
 

    
Mario Farnbacher:



“That was such a special weekend. Not least, because I was on the road with two cars that couldn’t have been more different. The Honda Civic is a strong touring car that demands a completely contrasting driving style. So I was able to learn a lot.”     


 
    
The TCR assignment ended earlier than planned, due to a team colleague’s accident caused by another car. Things went much better for Farnbacher over the 24-hour race distance. Thanks to a clever strategy, the Gradient crew managed to recover the two-lap deficit in the race’s final phase. It was only then, that the Franconian was able to have a say in the podium fight.   
        
    
 

    
Mario Farnbacher:



“Getting so close wasn’t something to be taken for granted! Badly-timed full-course-yellows meant we were at times two or three laps down behind the leaders. So with that in mind, a fourth place is more than ok. Sadly, we didn’t have enough pace and above all speed on the straights to reach the podium.”     

 

        
RESULTS - GTD

    
Practice 1 - Position 8
Practice 2 - Position 10
Practice 3 - Position 4
Practice 4 - Position 3
Qualifying - Position 4
Race - Position 4
    
    
        

24H: © JCRB Photography
MPC: © Honda of America Racing Team
    

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30.01.2023 / MaP

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