Augusto Farfus leaves the 2018 season opener at Germany’s Hockenheimring with a points finish. In Sunday’s second race of the year, the driver from Curitiba crossed the line in tenth position in his Shell BMW M4 DTM. After yesterday’s 15th place in the season opening race, Augusto and his BMW Team RMG worked hard to improve the race pace and the result was scoring a point today. Augusto had qualified 13th on the grid in the morning and in the race, he worked his way up by three places.
“I think it was a lesson learned”, Augusto summed up. “Yesterday we really struggled while today the outcome is not outstanding but it is the beginning of a learning process. We head home with some conclusions and now we have to convert it into results at Lausitzring but it gives me confidence as today’s race pace was a big step forward compared to yesterday. I think that Lausitzring will be good because the car is still new for everybody and the track will be different. It will be a great challenge.”
Before the second round of the DTM season in two week’s time at Germany’s Lausitzring, another exciting challenge awaits Augusto: this coming weekend (12th/13th May) he will participate in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. In 2010, he was the first Brazilian ever to win the iconic race. This year he will race with Team BMW Shell Helix and share the duties in the BMW M6 GT3 with Markus Palttala, Christian Krognes and Fabian Schiller.
“The 24 hours of Nürburgring is one of my favourite races of the year”, he said. “This year it is something new for me with a small team, new team-mates, different tyres but I think we are on the ball and we will give our very best to try to get the maximum out of our package. The goal for us will be to have a clean race and if we manage to do that I am sure we will finish pretty high up.”