This weekend SRO Fanatec World Challenge America kicked off its season with a double header at Sonoma Raceway and for the Acura teams it was a great start.
Saturday’s race saw HPD Academy graduate Ashton Harrison in the #93 Racers Edge Motorsports NSX GT3 Evo22, qualify 19th while Erin Vogel in the #43 RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo22, qualified 18th. This weekend also marked the return of RealTime Racing to SRO competition. Both Harrison and Vogel were able to quickly make up ground though with both gaining seven positions after 60 minutes of the 90 minute race. With 7 minutes remaining, Mario Farnbacher in the #93 drove around Michael Cooper in the #43 giving Racers Edge and RealTime 6th and 7th place finishes respectively.
When qualifying came around for Sunday’s race Farnbacher powered the #93 to a best time of 1:49.342, which put them towards the top of the field. It only took about 16 minutes after the green flag dropped for there to be an incident for the #93 and it came when Giacomo Altoe squeezed through the inside of Turn 9 forcing Farnbacher off track, into the grass. In the process of recovering Mario lost three positions but once back on track he and Harrison were able to continue their strong performance and finish the day P2. Meanwhile, the Vogel and Cooper were able to improve on their result from Saturday’s race, wheeling the RealTime Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 to a 6th place finish.
The Acura teams will next take to the track for rounds 3 and 4, May 20th – 22nd at Ozarks International Raceway in southwestern Missouri.