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Farnbacher Puts Honda Team Motul On California 8 Hours Pole

Farnbacher's lap a new circuit record for GT3 cars

Mario Farnbacher has put the #30 Honda Team Motul Acura NSX GT3 on pole position for the 2019 running of the IGTC California 8 Hours, after setting a blistering 1:23.156 in the Top 10 Shootout at Laguna Seca.

The result marks the first pole for the evo-spec Acura NSX GT3 EVO in IGTC competition, impressively in its maiden outing in the series.

Farnbacher’s lap was a record breaker too, quicker than Wright Motorsport driver Mathieu Jaminet’s 1:23.220 set during Qualifying, meaning the German and the NSX GT3 now hold the GT3 lap record of Laguna Seca.

“From P10 (in Qualifying) to P1 (in the shootout) is fantastic Super Mario did a fantastic lap. Pole is really nice,” said Renger van der Zande, one of Farnbacher’s co-drivers in the NSX.

“But it’s a long race and tyre degradation will play a big part. There are a few cars good over a long run, so it’s going to be down to many drivers saving tyres. It won’t be easy but we will give it a go!”

After topping the Qualifying session earlier in the day, Hong Kong outfit KCMG was on the pace again.

However, despite a series of valiant efforts from Alex Buncombe in its #55 Nissan GT-R GT3, he was unable to nab the top spot away from the NSX. Buncombe still managed to score a front row starting position for KCMG though, the #35 GT-R NISMO GT3 slatted to start from second thanks to a 1:23.342.

Dries Vanthoor in the #10 WRT Audi R8 GT3 Evo with a best time of 1:23.420 ended up third. While a second-row spot is still a strong starting position, it is not what Audi is used to at the California 8 Hours, after starting the previous two races from pole position.

The top six cars in the session represented six different marquees, with HubAuto Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 ending up fourth, ahead of the Park Place Porsche in fifth and the Walkenhorst BMW in sixth.

The California 8 Hours is set to get underway tomorrow at 8:30 local time.


Featured image courtesy of IGTC