Mario Farnbacher (born 14 May 1992) is a German racecar driver who currently competes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.[1]

Career

In 2019, Farnbacher won the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class championship with co-driver Trent Hindman.[2] The following season, Farnbacher scored his second consecutive GTD class championship, this time with co-driver Matt McMurry.[3]

Farnbacher competing at the Nürburgring in 2012

With MSR's move to the DPi class for 2021, Farnbacher found himself initially without a ride. In January, however, it was announced that he would compete with Magnus Racing in their new Acura NSX GT3 at the 24 Hours of Daytona.[4] For the remainder of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup, beginning at Mid-Ohio, he joined Compass Racing, driving alongside Jeff Kingsley.[5] Following an injury suffered by Marc Miller prior to the round at VIR, Farnbacher also competed with Gradient Racing, finishing 15th in the GTD class following an accident.[6]

For the 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship season, Farnbacher embarked upon a Michelin Endurance Cup-only campaign with Gradient Racing,[7] alongside a full-season effort in the GT World Challenge America with HPD Academy graduate Ashton Harrison.[8]

Racing record

Complete American Le Mans Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2012 NGT Motorsport GTC Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SEB LBH LGA LIM MOS MDO ELK BAL VIR PET
1
18th 24
2013 NGT Motorsport GTC Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SEB
10
LBH LGA LIM MOS ELK BAL COT VIR PET NC 0

Complete Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2013 Burtin Racing / Goldcrest Motorsports GT Porsche 911 GT3 Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
10
COT BAR ATL DET MDO WGL IMS ELK KAN LGA LIM 92nd

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2014 Team Seattle GTD Porsche 911 GT America Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
15
SEB
3
LGA
8
DET
2
WGL
16
MOS
6
IMS
6
ELK
6
VIR
15
COA
18
PET
5
10th 291
2015 Team Seattle GTD Porsche 911 GT America Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
18
SEB
1
LGA
3
DET
1
WGL
7
LIM
4
ELK
8
VIR
3
COA
4
PET
7
4th 267
2016 Team Seattle GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
8
SEB
4
LGA
1
BEL
4
WGL
3
MOS
12
LIM
14
ELK
12
VIR
4
AUS
7
PET
8
5th 285
2017 Riley Motorsports - Team AMG GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB
1
LBH AUS DET WGL
10
MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA PET
4
24th 115
2018 Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian GTD Acura NSX GT3 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
11
SEB
7
MOH BEL
1
MOS ELK VIR
3
LGA PET
12
13th 182
3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3 Lexus 5.0 L V8 WGL
4
LIM
5
2019 Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian GTD Acura NSX GT3 Evo Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
4
SEB
7
MDO
2
DET
11
WGL
1
MOS
2
LIM
2
ELK
5
VIR
2
LGA
8
PET
12
1st 283
2020 Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian GTD Acura NSX GT3 Evo Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
10
DAY
3
SEB ELK
2
VIR
2
ATL
1
MDO
5
CLT
7
PET
10
LGA
1
SEB
3
1st 288
2021 Magnus Racing with Archangel Motorsports GTD Acura NSX GT3 Evo Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
11
SEB 15th 1575
Richard Mille - Compass Racing MDO
5
DET
9
WGL1 WGL2
9
LIM
9
ELK
12
LGA
13
LBH
11
Gradient Racing VIR
15
PET
2022 Gradient Racing GTD Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
13
SEB
11
LBH
2
LGA MDO DET
WGL
9
MOS
LIM
ELK
VIR
PET
1
26th 1003

Complete Bathurst 12 Hours results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2020 Japan Honda Racing Team JAS United States Dane Cameron
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Honda NSX GT3 Evo GT3 Pro 184 27th 14th

References

  1. ^ "Mario Farnbacher - IMSA". imsa.com. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Mario Farnbacher, Trent Hindman secure GTD title in Atlanta as Bill Auberlein ties IMSA record with last-lap miracle win". autoweek.com. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  3. ^ "MSR Closes Out Four-Year Run With Acura NSX GT3". sportscar365.com. 21 November 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Pumpelly, Farnbacher Complete Magnus Acura Lineup". sportscar365.com. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Farnbacher, Kingsley Confirmed in Compass Acura for Sprint Cup". sportscar365.com. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  6. ^ Glendenning, Mark (28 September 2021). "Farnbacher to stand in for injured Miller at VIR". racer.com. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  7. ^ Dagys, John (4 January 2022). "Gradient Set for Endurance Cup Program With Acura". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  8. ^ Goodwin, Graham (4 January 2022). "Racers Edge Acura For Ashton Harrison & Mario Farnbacher In GT World Challenge America". dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 4 January 2022.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
GTD Champion

2019
With: Trent Hindman
Succeeded by
Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry
Preceded by
Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
GTD Champion

2020
With: Matt McMurry
Succeeded by
Zach Robichon
Laurens Vanthoor