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Lexus To Enter VLN With 2 Cars

The Lexus customer sport department has announced that two of the exciting new RC F GT3 cars will be racing in the VLN later this year. One of these V8-engined, 532bhp prototypes will be run by Farnbacher Racing, the other by Swiss-based Emil Frey Racing. Both teams have links with Lexus through their respective road car dealerships.

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Initially, the car will run in the SPX class of the VLN; as the car is not yet homologated to run in the GT3-based SP9 class of the VLN or indeed in the Blancpain series.

Brothers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher will team up in the car’s first race on the Nordschleife on 20th June, the third round of the VLN. “It’ll be the first time that I’ve raced with Mario as my team-mate,” said Dominik earlier this week, “so I’m looking forward to that aspect of it.” But the car is still very new: “we are getting new parts every week,” Farnbacher continued.

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The new car was only given its first roll-out this month, at Lausitzring, and further intensive tests are planned, either at Spa or Zolder, ahead of the first race. Since Mario has a clashing racing commitment for the Alex Job Racing/Team Seattle Porsche in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship there is one VLN series date where another driver will have to be found. Lexus is expected to nominate a Japanese driver for this event.

Dominik Farnbacher is pleased to be involved with the project. “Lexus is a big company, you know?” he told dailysportscar. “Because of our work with the Viper programme, they knew that they could trust us. The development work is being done by TRD in Japan, and although there is a lot of work still to do, the detail of the car is very fine indeed. It is not like other GT3 cars, it is more like a DTM car in the way it is put together. It is a totally new platform though, Toyota (through Lexus) are taking it very seriously, they are listening to our suggestions and want to learn. It is a big project; and very exciting.”

Details of the drivers of the Emil Frey Racing entry have not yet been released.