The Heart of Racing to Start Sixth at Lime Rock Park

Heart of Racing Lime Rock Park  QMario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) will start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park from the third row in GTD.

Farnbacher had the controls of the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche for qualifying. The team missed half of the morning session when they were forced to change the alternator in the Porsche GT3 R. Undeterred the duo went onto post the fastest lap in practice two. In qualifying the heat, air temp of 95 degrees and track temp over 140, affected the handling of the No. 23 Porsche. Farnbacher turned a lap time of 53.538 good for sixth in the GTD class.

“Qualifying was disappointing,” Farnbacher said. “We were fastest in free practice two. The car just developed understeer and I couldn’t get through the last corner with the kind of speed I wanted to get down the straight. It will be just as hot tomorrow, so we will need to develop a plan for the race. I have faith in the team and the fact that Alex and I always perform in the race.”

“It is my first time here,” Riberas said. “I was able to learn the circuit quite fast. In three laps I was on pace in The Heart of Racing Porsche. It is much more narrow than it appears on the in car video I was studying. So far I felt really good in the car. I think the race is going to be tough. We have very high air temperatures expected for tomorrow. Tire life will be a struggle of everyone. If we can take care of the tires we will be in a good position to fight for the podium.”

“We missed a few laps in the morning practice with a bad alternator,” Alex Job, team owner, said. “The team did a good job to make a quick change and get the guys back out. In practice two we were at the head of the field. In qualifying we lost the balance of the car a little. We will take a look at the data and get a plan together for the race.”

Source. Kyle Chura/Alex JLob Racing

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