Gradient back in MEC

Gradient Racing will take another season with the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD category.

Mario Farnbacher and Till Bechtolsheimer will be joined by Kyffin Simpson for all four races, while Marc Miller will help out at the Rolex 24 at Daytona as the fourth driver.

Simpson has raced single-seaters until now, but will try out sportscar racing now, where it’s an advantage to find a young driver, with a low driver ranking, but still incredibly fast.

Gradient Racing Acura #66
Photo: Gradient Racing

Farnbacher has long experience with the Acura NSX GT3 model, and won the overall GTD title with Meyer Shank Racing in both 2019 and 2020. With MSR moving on to DPi in 2021, it made Farnbacher go to Gradient Racing, where he teamed up with Bechtolsheimer.

The 2021 season ended abruptly with a huge crash for the team, when Farnbacher hit the tire wall hard on Virginia International Raceway. They aimed at the shorter sprint races throughout 2021, but changes focus to the 24, 12, 6 and 10-hour races at Daytona International Raceway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The team is still working on a sprint programme, so they can do a full 2022 season in IMSA.

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