The results for Augusto Farfus and his fellow BMW DTM drivers in the last two races in the series in Oschersleben means he heads towards one of his favourite circuits in a confident mood, and hopes he can finish the final races of the season in his Shell BMW M4 DTM on a high.
The Nürburgring is a track where he has won one of the world’s toughest races, the Nürburgring 24 Hours, so he now hopes he could perhaps add another success there in the DTM to his resume. “The Nürburgring is a special place, but I think it is a shame we don’t race on the Nordschleife, as the 20 kilometre track is just awesome. But, despite that, it is always nice being in the Eifel region as we are assured of lots of fans and they are real motorsport enthusiasts,” he said.
When looking back on his previous results there the BMW Team RBM driver’s comment was: “Last year we had a difficult race, and the year before I finished second, so I think we have a good chance of scoring valuable points at the Nürburgring. I would certainly like to make up some more ground in the Drivers’ Championship. And I believe that is certainly possible, as the performance of our car has been very good.”
The last outings in the series were just what the Brazilian driver from Curitiba needed to make sure his season finishes on a high. He took his fifth DTM pole on the Sunday and in the two races on Saturday and Sunday he finished fourth and second respectively. He is currently eighth overall with 73 points.
While he may prefer the longer track, the 3.629 kilometre variant produces challenges for the drivers, so he will be busy from the first time the teams go out on track. The weekend’s action starts on Friday with two 15-minute roll-outs separated by a five minute break from 09.30 to 10.05. Free practice one is then from 12.05 to 12.55. The second free practice will also be held on Friday, from 16.15 to 17.05. On Saturday, qualifying for race one is from 10.15 to 10.35. The 40-minute race starts at 13.25. On Sunday there is a 15-minute warm up starting at 09.00, qualifying for race two is from 10.55 to 11.15 and the 60-minute race starts at 13.35.