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.