The Heart of Racing drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) are heading to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to run September 14-17.
Since the last race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) IMSA has granted the Porsche 911 GT3R a larger air restrictor to 40mm. This should help Farnbacher and Riberas run the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche down the long straights at the 20-turn 3.4-mile COTA circuit on Saturday. The duo are poised to have a podium run this weekend in Austin, Texas.
“COTA is a very modern track and it’s comparable to the great European tracks with F1 standards,” Farnbacher said. “The Porsche received a balance of performance adjustment since the last race at VIR, hopefully enough to compete at the front. The Esses are really fun to drive. It is a great rhythm section, if you mess-up the first turn, you automatically mess-up the others too. I love technical sections like this.”
“I had my first ever Porsche Super Cup victory at COTA last year, so I have plenty of good memories from the Texas track,” Riberas said. “It’s definitely one of my favorite circuits and I can’t wait to drive it with our Heart of Racing 911 GT3R. A bigger restrictor always helps on the straights and there’s many of them at COTA, especially up that long ski hill that is the front straight. We were missing too much speed at VIR and I think it’s the right decision for the upcoming rounds. I feel like we will now be able to fight with others on equal conditions.”
“The BOP change should be a plus for us this weekend and going into the last race at Road Atlanta,” Alex Job, team owner said. “Alex has some experience at COTA having won in the ultra-competitive Super Cup race there last year. The guys are ready to get back up on the podium, hopefully we can get them there on Saturday.”
Source. Kyle Chura/Alex Job Racing