This Saturday in Russia did not go according to plan for Augusto Farfus, but the driver from Curitiba is determined to turn his fortunes round again at Moscow Raceway on the outskirts of the Russian capital. After a difficult qualifying, Farfus had to settle for 15th in today’s 40-minute sprint race. He is very confident, however, that he can aim for a much better result tomorrow in his BMW Team RBM Shell BMW M4 DTM.
Moscow Raceway hosts the sixth race-weekend of the 2015 DTM season. After finishing yesterday’s first free practice session in fifth, Farfus was in an optimistic mood for today. But going in the wrong direction when setting the car up for today meant he only qualified 21st on the grid for today. “We could not get qualifying right,” the Brazilian admitted. “We had set the car up a little bit too extreme, and it was not possible to put a proper lap together and qualify where we should have been. Then, of course, the race is compromised when you have to start from so far behind.”
The race, despite its short duration of 40 minutes, saw a lot of incidents and two safety car periods, and Farfus was able to improve six positions. He successfully avoided any trouble at a hectic start and then drove a clear race until he crossed the finish line in 15th. For tomorrow Farfus promises his fans to do much better.
“The speed of the car is good and the track suits me, so I am very confident for tomorrow,” he confirmed. “There is a lot we can change on the car. It is good that we have two chances per weekend. Tomorrow we will get another opportunity and I am optimistic. I think we can aim for the podium.”
Qualifying for the 12th race of the season tomorrow is from 13.25 to 13.45 and the 60-minute race starts at 16.13 local time.