Augusto Farfus was able to finish the second DTM race of the weekend at the Nürburgring considerably higher than he did the first on Saturday. After some good battles, he brought his Shell BMW M4 DTM across the finish line of the hour-long race in eighth compared to 16th in race one.
The Brazilian explained how the end of the weekend went for him: “Qualifying was all right, but we just did not put the lap together. However, the performance was kind of there as we started from P6 and had high hopes. Yesterday we had a very strong pace in the race, but today the pace just didn’t happen. It is a shame, as today I did the best that I could. The package was good enough for P8 and to be in the points. I had good fights with Pascal (Wehrlein) and Daniel (Juncadella) and in the end I am happy. I take these eight points home and we focus on the next one, which, of course, is the season finale.”
Again the race got off to a turbulent start with the Safety Car deployed at the end of the first lap. This was to extract a car from the gravel and by the end of the third lap the BMW M4 Safety Car was called in and racing was resumed. The BMW Team RBM driver had moved up a place to fifth, but could not hold onto this spot despite some spirited driving.
Now Augusto has a very busy period ahead of him, as on Tuesday he flies to America to take part in Petit Le Mans, the final round of the TUDOR United SoortsCar Championship at Road Atlanta in Georgia. He will be joining Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner in the BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLM, and he hopes to help the drivers win their championship and BMW win the GTLM Manufacturer title. His comment was: “I am so looking forward to going to America for my third race there this year with Bill and Dirk. I have an important task there to help my teammates and BMW win the championships. I know things are tight and they are just a few points behind their main opposition, and I shall give it all I can.”
After he has finished his task in America he will fly back to Europe in preparation for the final round of the DTM at Hockenheim on the weekend of the 18th/19th October. He will also have an important task there as currently BMW is leading the Manufacturers’ Championship points standings.