One week after his sensational class win at the Daytona 24 Hours, Augusto Farfus took the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 to kick off the Intercontinental GT Challenge season with the legendary Bathurst 12 Hour race in Australia. He shared duties with fellow drivers Nick Catsburg and Chaz Mostert. Unfortunately luck wasn’t on their side this time.
An unfortunate collision with a kangaroo initially required a long stop for repairs and forced the team to retire from the race later.
The accident occurred roughly three hours into the race, shortly after Catsburg had replaced start driver Mostert behind the wheel. The animal jumped on the track right in front of the car. It was impossible to avoid a collision. This forced the #34 BMW M6 GT3 into the pits for lengthy repairs. By this point in the race, Mostert and Catsburg had already fought their way into seventh place after starting 15th.
Farfus climbed into the driver’s seat in 24th place after the unscheduled stop, after which the team initially set about trying to make up ground again and score valuable championship points. Ultimately, however, they were forced to retire from the race with temperature issues resulting from the incident.
“On the whole, that was a difficult weekend for us,” said Farfus. “We were not quite able to match the pace of the front-runners. Despite that, we gave it our all until the very unfortunate incident with the kangaroo cost us the race. I’d like to say a big thank you to BMW Motorsport and the Walkenhorst team for the great job they have done. The BMW M6 GT3 had no technical issues. There are more big races to come for us.”
Last weekend, Augusto Farfus celebrated another perfect start to the racing season. Exactly one year after his first and very emotional victory at the 2019 Daytona 24 Hours he added another chapter to his success story – and another Rolex watch to his collection. At the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020 season-opener, Farfus was at the wheel of the #24 BMW M8 GTE together with Jesse Krohn, John Edwards and Chaz Mostert. After 786 laps and more than 40 lead changes they finished an absolutely thrilling race in P1 in the GTLM class ahead of two Porsches.
|Back in 2019 it was Farfus who had won the race for BMW Team RLL with an impressive final stint to clinch first place at the Florida endurance classic. This time, it was Krohn who took the wheel for the last stint of the race. He overtook the leading #911 Porsche with 46 minutes of the race remaining. Shortly thereafter, he came in for his final pit stop, following which he successfully defended his lead to the finish. Krohn also set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:42.168 minutes.|
“I am speechless,“ said Farfus. “That was the best 24-hour race I have driven in my whole life. It was extremely fast, extremely close, and you could not afford to make any mistakes. We drove a perfect race: team, strategy, drivers, mechanics. The car worked well throughout the entire race. You don’t get through the full 24 hours like that very often. To win this race twice in a row is exceptional.”
After the podium ceremony and some wild celebrations with the team Farfus has already set sights on his next challenge. Together with Mostert he is heading to Australia to compete in the legendary Bathurst 12-hour race next weekend. Farfus will drive the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 with Mostert and Nick Catsburg at Bathurst and throughout the whole Intercontinental GT Challenge season.
“I’m very much looking forward to Bathurst and the IGTC season,” said Farfus. “Last year the IGTC proved to be probably the strongest GT3 championship on the planet. The competitiveness of both the drivers and the cars is very high. With one year of experience learning the racetracks I am optimistic that we can put in a strong season. I am looking forward to working with Walkenhorst Motorsport and new, experienced team-mates and am very motivated to go back to Bathurst and to aim for a strong finish there.”
Augusto Farfus and the BMW Team Schnitzer have missed out on a podium finish at the season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Having already competed with the BMW Team Schnitzer at the FIA GT World Cup last week, Farfus finished the nine-hour race in Kyalami in seventh place in the cockpit of the BMW M6 GT3 he shared with team-mates Martin Tomczyk and Sheldon van der Linde. In the #34 BMW M6 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport, Mikkel Jensen, Nick Catsburg and Christian Krognes finished in second position.
Farfus produced a great lap during his stint in Friday’s qualifying session to ensure that the team qualified for the pole shootout and was able to begin the race from sixth on the grid.
The #42 BMW M6 GT3 initially fell back through the field in the race before Farfus and his two team-mates put on a great chasing performance. At the halfway point of the race, the #42 BMW M6 GT3 was in a promising second place with every chance of a podium finish, but the advent of heavy rainfall led to an extended safety car phase.
“Ultimately, that was a funny old race and it was more of a lottery. For a while, it looked like we were in with a chance of winning it. But then I lost some places and had to battle my way back,” said Farfus, who had been in the lead during the safety car phase but then had to head for the pits once the race restarted.
“Twenty minutes before the finish, we were at the back of the field. I was able to move up to seventh place but that was the best I could do. I think that we deserved more but we just couldn’t finish it off. At least the team’s other car reached the podium. Overall, it’s been a great season with BMW and I would like to thank every single member of the team for that. We fought hard for it. Unfortunately, we didn’t achieve what we were aiming for.”
Augusto Farfus and BMW Team Schnitzer returned to the legendary ‘Guia Circuit’ in Macau where they celebrated the sensational win in the FIA GT World Cup last year. This time, Farfus had challenging races after had finished qualifying in 12th position, but with a strong performance in the #42 BMW M6 GT3 he claimed fourth places in both the qualification race and in the main race.
The weekend on the tight and twisty 6,120-kilometre street circuit started with two practice sessions and qualifying on Friday. The day brought 12th on the grid for Saturday’s qualification race. The driver from Curitiba knew that it would be a challenge on this track to chase towards the front positions – but he did.
Farfus gave a flawless display in the qualification race and crossed the finish line in fourth place. The safety car made several appearances to neutralise the field after crashes. Farfus had already climbed into eighth place by the end of the opening lap. He gained another couple of positions when Mercedes drivers Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara collided and crashed out, and promptly passed Audi racer Christopher Haase at the re-start following the second safety car period. Farfus then defended fourth place through to the finish.
“You need a little luck in Macau, but you have to be able to take advantage of that good fortune,” Farfus commented after the qualification race. “We did that today. Our strategy was good. After the opening lap, it was all about staying calm and not taking too many risks. As we got further into the race, I was able to make even more progress through the field.”
For Sunday’s main race in the FIA GT World Cup, Farfus set his sights on the podium. Starting from fourth, he tried to make his way into the top three when the lights went off but had to settle with fourth for the first part of the race. His chance came with another safety car period. At the re-start, he took the opportunity and overtook Earl Bamber (Porsche). The New Zealander took third place back from him shortly after however, the order then remaining the same right through to the finish.
“There was nothing more we could have done today,” Farfus said after the main race. “We needed a good start to immediately make progress through the field. However, the Porsche drivers were clever and managed to stay in front of me. After that, it was tough for me to match the pace of the front-runners. I took a bit more of a risk at the re-start after the safety car period and was able to briefly take third place. However, I then braked a little too late coming into Lisboa, and found myself back in fourth as a result. It would have been tough to keep Earl Bamber behind me for the rest of the race anyway. If somebody had told me after the first practice sessions that we would finish fourth here, I would have taken that straight away. As it stands, we are a little disappointed now. You always want to make it onto the podium. Despite that, we can be proud of our performance. I would like to thank the whole team at BMW Team Schnitzer.”
There is no rest for the wicked as Farfus and BMW Team Schnitzer will now travel straight to South Africa for the season finale of the International GT Challenge that will be held at Kyalami this coming weekend.
His debut season in the FIA World Touring Car Cup makes Augusto Farfus travel to race tracks that are completely new for him – despite his enormous experience as a race driver. This was also the case at the weekend, when the seventh round of the 2019 WTCR was held at Ningbo in China. The circuit was a new challenge for Farfus but that did not prevent him from scoring strong results with a fourth and a seventh place. These results prove the progress he makes at the wheel of the #8 Hyundai i30N TCR run by the BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team.
Already in the first free practice, Farfus showed how quickly he can adapt to new challenges and finished the session within the top-5. In Saturday’s first qualifying, the driver from Curitiba set the eighth fastest time – in a field of a total of 26 competitors. Farfus then took the chequered flag in race one in seventh position. On Sunday, Farfus secured 4th on the grid for race two. But he had to retire early from the race after a contact at the start had damaged the suspension of his car. Farfus bounced back in race three. Starting from seventh on the grid, he worked his way towards the front and crossed the line in fourth behind team-mate Gabriele Tarquini, only narrowly missing out his next podium finish.
“We had a good time in Ningbo,” Farfus summed up. “I didn’t know the circuit, but we achieved strong results on both days. Sunday was a bit a day of mixed emotions as in race two, I was fighting for the top-3 already at the start but then a contact resulted in a broken suspension and I had to retire. But the second race was pretty cool. I started from seventh and improved to third. In the finales stages, we lost a bit of performance due to the contact we had at the start of the race and I finished fourth, but very close to another podium. Overall, it was positive as we were able to help our team-mate Norbert Michelisz take the lead in the championship, and helping the team is our goal as well. We are making continuous progress and there are still some races to follow this season. The next one will be at Suzuka where I showed a strong performance just a month ago and we are confident to be doing a good job.”
Augusto Farfus’ next FIA WTCR challenge will take place from 25th to 27th October at Japanese Suzuka where he had secured pole position for the Suzuka 10 Hours a month ago.
BMW works driver Augusto Farfus will return to the legendary “Guia Circuit” in Macau this November. He will once again take the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer in which he got the sensational win last year.
|It will be an emotional return to Macau for Farfus and the team. The driver from Curitiba and the German squad are connected by a long and successful history shared on the world-famous street circuit. This dates back to 2009 when Farfus added to the record winning streak of BMW Team Schnitzer in Macau by securing victory in the FIA Touring Car World Championship. In 2017, Farfus contested the FIA GT World Cup in Macau in the BMW M6 GT3 Art Car fielded by BMW Team Schnitzer and clinched second place on the podium.|
This was followed by a very special triumph last year. It was the last race event Charly Lamm as Team Principal of BMW Team Schnitzer before he handed the team management over to Herbert Schnitzer junior. Farfus won the qualifying race on Saturday and drove to a start-finish victory in the main race on Sunday. The triumph in the FIA GT World Cup, on a track that always had a special significance for Lamm, was Farfus’ very special farewell gift to the Team Principal he had worked with for so many years. Lamm said after the win that it was one of the greatest moments of his racing career. He passed away just a few weeks later.
“Macau will be very special this year,” said Farfus. “Firstly, it is a place of which I have a lot of great memories. And the win in the FIA GT World Cup last year not only was a highlight of my career. Winning together with Charly, my friend and my mentor, who was very close personally to me and my family, was something really special. We celebrated this amazing win together in his last year. This year it will be different and also weird to a certain extent as we will be there without Charly. The entire team will miss him. I hope we can repeat the success in memory of Charly. We know that it will be a real challenge, but we will be racing there for the third year in a row with the BMW M6 GT3 and have picked up the necessary experience. We will try our best and give it our all to be successful again.”
This year’s FIA GT World Cup in Macau will take place from 14th to 17th November.
Augusto Farfus was reunited with BMW Team Schnitzer at the weekend: the 10 Hours of Suzuka in Japan was on the schedule for them in the International GT Challenge. On Saturday, Farfus secured pole position for the #42 BMW M6 GT3. In Sunday’s race, Farfus and his team-mates, Martin Tomczyk and Nick Yelloly, crossed the line in fifth place.
The iconic Japanese Suzuka track greeted the teams and drivers with torrential rain on the opening day of the penultimate round of the 2019 IGTC season. However, conditions improved for Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race. In qualifying, Farfus again proved his skills and secured pole position with a time of 2:00.455 minutes.
“It is fantastic to get pole position in such an amazing race and against such a great backdrop as here in Japan. Thank you very much to BMW M Motorsport and BMW Team Schnitzer, who gave me a fantastic car,” Farfus enthused after setting the pole.
In Sunday’s 10-hour race, Farfus and BMW Team Schnitzer just missed out on a first podium finish of the season, after being involved in the battle for the top-three positions for a long period. Tomczyk took the lead from pole position and retained it until the first pit stop. Only later, the #42 car had to surrender the lead to the #25 Audi that ultimately won the race. As the race progressed, BMW Team Schnitzer stayed within touching distance of the podium positions, but was just unable to secure a place on the podium. After a number of tight battles during the race and a drive-through penalty, applied after an error during a pit stop, Yelloly crossed the finishing line in fifth place after 275 laps.
“On the one hand, it was great to see us have such a good pace with the BMW M6 GT3 here in Suzuka and battle for a podium finish,” Farfus reported. “However, we were stuck behind other cars after the drive-through penalty and we couldn’t use this car’s speed during the final hours of the race. It is almost impossible to overtake on this circuit. That is a great shame. Nonetheless, I would like to thank BMW and the team for a strong BMW M6 GT3 and a good performance this weekend.”
The Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale takes place on 24th November in Kyalami, South Africa.
Augusto Farfus and his BMW Team Schnitzer driving team-mates, Martin Tomczyk and John Edwards, put in a great fighting performance at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – only to end up empty-handed.
As the temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius during qualifying, the trio were only able to make it to 31st on the grid, before putting on an impressive chasing performance in the #42 BMW M6 GT3 during the first half of the race.
Tomczyk began the race in difficult, rainy conditions before handing over to Farfus, who made up plenty of ground with some spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. After six hours, the first point at which points were awarded for the drivers’ standings in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Farfus and his team-mates were already in the top ten.
During the night, the #42 BMW M6 GT3 moved up to third place and seemed to be in with a chance of a podium finish. However, the drivers were not at fault for the accident that occurred just before the halfway point of the race. Edwards was hit from the rear by another car and sent spinning. The damage to the car was so severe that he and his team-mates Farfus and Tomczyk had to retire from the race. Shortly after the accident, the worsening weather conditions saw the red flag come out and the race suspended.
“It is difficult to put this into words,” said a disappointed Farfus. “The race was looking very promising. The track temperature was in our favour and we worked really well together as a team. I think we had a good pace and we did mount a superb chasing performance. The conditions at the end were extremely difficult and it was a very unlucky situation for John. But that’s motorsport.”
Augusto Farfus is a more than experienced race driver, but at the weekend, he competed at a track that was completely new for him. The sixth round of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup was held on the Vila Real street circuit in Portugal when the driver from Curitiba collected another podium finish with his Hyundai i30 N TCR.
Augusto started the FIA WTRC weekend positively. In Saturday’s qualifying, he secured second place on the front row of the grid. In a strong first race, he drove a steady pace to cross the finish line in third place and secure the second podium finish of his FIA WTCR debut season. Only two weeks ago, he raced his #8 car to the podium at the Nürburgring.
After the strong Saturday, Augusto had great expectations for Sunday, aiming for two more top results. However, an incident during Sunday’s qualifying ended up compromising the rest of the day. After hitting the wall during the session, the team had to change the engine for race two, but the spare engine did not perform as expected. For the third race, they also changed another component. As a result, Augusto had to start from the pits but also failed to reach the end of the race.
“We started the weekend very positively, with all Hyundai ahead, which promised a lot”, Augusto summed up. “We had an incredible day on Saturday. We were strong in qualifying and in the race and secured another podium. Sunday, however, I ended up crashing in qualifying and damaged the engine, so we had to change it for the races. But the spare engine did not work in the right way in race two. And for race three, we had to change the turbo and therefore start from the pits. We were unable to convert all the potential into more points, which was a shame. Anyway, we have scored another good result and show increasingly solid performance. Now we will prepare for the next round in China. “
The FIA WTCR is now moving to Asia, where the China round will be held from September 13th to 15th. Augusto, however, will be in action again already later this month. From 25th to 28th July, he will compete in the famous 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, a round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, with the BMW M6 GT3.