Augusto Farfus scores his best result of the season to date at Zandvoort.

Fifth place in Sunday’s race: Augusto Farfus scored his best result of the season to date at Circuit Park Zandvoort today. After yesterday’s eighth-place finish, the BMW Team RMG driver gained a further three positions and proved once more that the old-school circuit in the Dutch dunes is a track that suits him really well. Zandvoort marked the fifth of a total of ten rounds of the 2018 DTM season that has now reached its halfway mark.

In the morning’s free practice, Augusto was the fastest BMW driver in his Shell BMW M4 DTM, finishing in eighth. In qualifying, he was on his way to an even higher position but made a small mistake and was eighth on the grid. In the race, Augusto progressed though the field with some brave overtakes, and at the Indy re-start after a safety car period, he took his chance to take fifth place and keep it to the finish line. He was the second best BMW driver behind Philipp Eng who crossed the line in fourth.

“We had a strong race”, a satisfied Augusto commented after the race. “We managed to find a good compromise for the car. It’s a shame that I made a mistake in qualifying, otherwise we would have had the chance to finish even higher, but let’s take the P5 and move on.”

Augusto can enjoy a short summer break now until he heads to Great Britain for a double-header in August. The sixth round of the 2018 DTM season will take place from 10th to 12th August at Brands Hatch. The weekend after (17th to 19th August), Augusto will race with BMW Team MTEK and the BMW M8 GTE again in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone.

Augusto Farfus races into the points in the Zandvoort dunes.

Zandvoort, on the Dutch North Sea coast, is one of Augusto Farfus’ favourite tracks in the DTM calendar – and the driver from Curitiba scored six points in the first of the two Zandvoort races. He finished Saturday’s race in eighth in his Shell BMW M4 DTM.

In the morning, Augusto qualified tenth on the grid. It was not an easy session for BMW, as the pace was set by a strong Mercedes line-up. At the race start, Augusto dropped a position but after an early pit stop on lap five, he worked his way back into the points’ positions. After 34 laps, he crossed the line in eighth, immediately behind his BMW Team RMG team-mates Timo Glock, who was the highest placed BMW driver in sixth, and Marco Wittmann (seventh).

“We did the maximum we could today”, Augusto reported after the race. “It was about limiting the damage. Me, Marco and Timo took the best that was possible. I think that a little bit better qualifying can help us so hopefully tomorrow we can put the car to the front. Overtaking is very difficult at Zandvoort, so a good grid position is crucial for a strong result.”

Zandvoort hosts the fifth round of the 2018 DTM season. Tomorrow, Sunday, the action in the dunes will start with FP3 from 09.15 to 09.45. Qualifying will follow from 11.20 to 11.40 and the tenth race of the year starts at 13.33.