Augusto Farfus had a disappointing third round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) when his BMW M8 GTE retired with a mechanical issue four hours into the Six Hours of Silverstone.

The #81 BMW M8 GTE, which had great reliability in the opening round of the championship at Spa-Francorchamps and good pace at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, struggled to match the speed of the other GTE Pro cars on the Silverstone International Circuit. Not to be defeated, BMW Team MTEK found a solid set-up for the car and planned a strategy that would see Farfus and team-mate António Félix da Costa benefit in the final hour of the race.

The team would never learn the outcome of this strategy, however, as a mechanical issue forced da Costa to pull over and the car was retired from the race with two hours remaining.

“The balance of the car was good and the team had a great strategy, it’s just a shame we were not able to see it through to the end,” Farfus said. “We must focus on the positives, though; we are learning so much and improving race-on-race. We are only two rounds into the WEC Super Season but the team was fantastic from start to finish. I think we have a very good future with this programme.”

Farfus next competes in the first ever DTM night race, which takes place at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli next weekend (25th/26th August).

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