The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans was the culmination of more than 18-months of work by Augusto Farfus and his team-mates from BMW M Motorsport and BMW MTEK and, despite an early finish for the #82 crew, the week was deemed a success for the BMW M8 GTE team.
It was a return to the world-famous endurance event for Farfus, who last time here in 2011 qualified the BMW Z4 GT2 on pole. His experience at the track proved invaluable to the team, which was contesting the twice-around-the-clock race for the first time, and, although the result was not what they deserved, he felt positive for the future of the Le Mans programme.
“It was great to be back. It is for me an honour to take part in the programme once again. I took the start like I did in 2011 and, in the race, we had great pace… you know, we were there. However, we had a very small damper issue on both cars that cost us the results we deserved.
“I really have to thank BMW M Motorsport and everyone in BMW Team MTEK. We proved that we had what it takes to win the biggest endurance race in the world, and this has powered and motivated us to go on and come back even stronger next year.”
Farfus next races the BMW M8 GTE at the third round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) Six Hours of Silverstone on 18th/19th August. The team will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year for the final round of the WEC’s Super Season.