BMW works driver Augusto Farfus (BRA) and his Walkenhorst Motorsport team-mates have scored BMW’s top-finishing result at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. Farfus raced alongside Markus Palttala (FIN), Christian Krognes (DEU) and Fabian Schiller (DEU) in the Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3 and finished in 12th place in the front-running SP9 class.
The 150+ cars participating in the twice-around-the-clock endurance event had their fight to the finish interrupted as heavy rain and fog brought out the red flag with three and a half hours to go. After an hour and a half in the pits, the cars re-grouped and the race re-started under the safety car.
“The conditions out there were crazy, so it was correct to red flag it for a while,“ said Augusto. “We would have liked to have been able to challenge in the dry, as we were much more compeitive on our slick tyres, but it was not to be. It’s the team’s first year on the Yokohama tyre so we had a lot to learn but I think they did a great job.“
The #102 Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3 run by Walkenhorst Motorsport crossed the line at 15.30 today in 13th place overall after running perfectly throughout the endurance event.
“The BMW M6 GT3 was great from start to finish and the drivers all did a fantastic job to keep it in one piece in some tough conditions. Once again, thanks to BMW for the opportunity – it was great to be here and we’ll come back stronger.“
Augusto will next race in DTM at the Lausitzring next weekend (19th to 20th May) in the Shell BMW M4 DTM.
“It’s been a busy few weeks but I’m ready to take three days off before continuing my DTM campaign.”