- Ashton Harrison, Mario Farnbacher finish first in Pro/Am class during Sunday’s round of SRO Fanatec World Challenge America at NOLA and second overall
- Michael Cooper and Erin Vogel run fifth in Pro/Am class on Saturday
Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher took first place in the Pro/Am class and second overall this Sunday in the Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 during round four of the SRO Fanatec World Challenge America 2022 series, while Michael Cooper and Erin Vogel climbed seven places overall and finished fifth in the Pro/Am class during Saturday’s race.
Harrison started the first qualifying session strong, achieving the Pro/Am pole position with a lead of just 0.006 seconds. Harrison spent the first half of Saturday’s race in a close battle with Chandler Hull, landing in fifth overall and second in Pro/Am before pulling into the pit.
Farnbacher started the second half of Saturday’s race close behind Bill Auberlen, with both drivers later narrowly avoiding a collision between Robby Foley and Loris Spinelli, which sent Foley into the gravel trap. Once the safety car pulled off, Farnbacher nearly nabbed first place after overtaking Auberlen, but was simultaneously overtaken by Colin Braun, keeping Racers Edge Motorsports in a strong second-place finish in Pro/Am.
The RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo22 started Saturday’s race in 16th, but Vogel quickly made up six places overall and reached sixth in the Pro/Am class during her stint behind the wheel. In the last third of the race, Michael Cooper managed to climb another position, landing the team 5th in the Pro/Am class.
Farnbacher was in his element during rainy conditions at the beginning of Sunday’s race in fifth overall, reaching second place overall and first in Pro/Am within the first three minutes. Through careful and consistent driving, Farnbacher maintained the lead, putting Harrison as the overall leader after the driver swap with the previous leading team, US Racetronics, experiencing trouble in the pit. Ultimately, Racers Edge Motorsports finished second overall and first in the Pro/Am class.
“I had a great time. My team is so incredible, [Farnbacher] does an amazing job every time he’s in the car, and our pit stops are perfect. I’m so thankful for this.” Harrison said after Sunday’s race. “When Jim, our engineer, came over the radio and said, ‘You’re leading,’ I didn’t even know we were in the lead, so it was a really cool moment overall.”
“Usually, using slicks in the rain is where you can make a difference, and I think that was our advantage in the beginning, where we could sneak around some people, and we did.” Farnbacher said. “In the end, we just saved the tires all the way around the stint and were consistent with no mistakes. I think that was the key to bring [Harrison] the car in a good position. She did a really good job, and the crew did an amazing pit stop. Really proud of this.”
The Acura NSX GT3 teams will head to VIRginia International Raceway in southern Virginia for rounds 5 and 6 of the Fanatec GT World Challenge powered by AWS on June 17 – 19.
Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS Saturday Race Results
2nd Pro/Am - #93 Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher, Racers Edge Motorsports NSX GT3 Evo22
5th Pro/Am - #43 Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper, RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo22
Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS Sunday Race Results
1st Pro/Am - #93 Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher, Racers Edge Motorsports NSX GT3 Evo22
8th Pro/Am - #43 Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper, RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo22