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Team Seattle-The Heart Of Racing Finishes 15th In GTD At VIR
Posted by: newsla on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:51 AM
Team Seattle-The Heart Of Racing Finishes 15th In GTD At VIR

Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing co-drivers Mario Farnbacher (Ansbach, Germany) and Ian James (Phoenix, Ariz) finished 15th in today's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD class race at Virginia International Raceway, as part of the Oak Tree Grand Prix weekend.


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Farnbacher started sixth in the No. 23 Team Seattle Porsche and moved up one spot at the race start. That is when the trouble began. On lap two, Farnbacher made contact with the No. 007 Aston Martin and it resulted in a broken right front suspension. After limping the No. 23 machine around the track, Farnbacher took the Team Seattle-Heart of Racing Porsche immediately to the paddock for repairs. The crew wasted no time getting the right front tow link fixed and sent the young German back out to continue his stint. At this point, the car was 10 laps down to the GTD class leaders.

"I tried to overtake the Aston Martin in Turn Four," Farnbacher said. "I was on the inside and I lost the rear. I had to correct the car. At that point, I collected the Aston Martin. A tow link broke on the car. It wasn't a hard hit. It was a small hit. We had a good race car and I made a mistake."

On lap 48, Farnbacher came to pit lane for four Continental tires, fuel and a driver change. James was now behind the wheel of the No. 23 Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche and had a lot of work to do to reclaim some positions the team lost during the service. But, it was no easy task because James had to also deal with alignment issues throughout his stint. He fought through it and brought the car home 15th.

"We got involved in the incident early on," James said. "That happens in this class because it's so close. When I got it in the car, it was wounded a little bit. Other than that, the rest of the weekend was pretty good."

"We felt like we were going to have a fast race car today," Team Owner Alex Job said. "This was Mario's first time at this race track. He was pushing really hard at the beginning of the race and made a mistake - unfortunately. He made contact with the Aston Martin and broke the tow link on the right front suspension. So, we had to come in. The guys did a great job of getting it fixed in a quick amount of time and went back out. But obviously, the alignment wasn't right. I think the steering rack just barely hung on to finish the race. Basically, we had to soldier on to try to get as many points as we could. It was a disappointing day. But, we'll fix everything and see what we can do at COTA [Circuit of the Americas].

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship next heads to Texas Sept. 19-20 for the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas.

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