Saturday at the Dutch Circuit Park Zandvoort turned out to be a difficult day for BMW Team MTEK driver Augusto Farfus. After finishing 11th in Friday’s first free practice session on the iconic circuit in the North Sea dunes, the driver from Curitiba was confident about racing into the points with his Shell BMW M4 DTM. However, fortune turned against him in today’s qualifying and the 40-minute sprint race.
In this afternoon’s qualifying Augusto was hit by another car. As a result he was not able to get a decent grid position and had to start this evening’s race from the back of the field. The Brazilian was determined to work his way forward and made up several positions in the early stages. However, on lap nine he came off the track, slid through the gravel and hit the barriers. Augusto was unhurt, but his race came to a premature end.
“You have the feeling sometimes that when the day starts bad it just gets worse,” Augusto commented. “We had a difficult qualifying, but in the race I was there. I was trying to push more than I should have when trying to get past Müller, but then I ran off the track. It was a shame, but it is good that the day is over and tomorrow we will have another chance.”
Augusto is keeping his head high and is now fully focused on tomorrow’s tenth race of the 2016 DTM season. The action in the Zandvoort dunes will start with a free practice session from 09.20 to 09.50. Sunday’s qualifying will be held from 11.20 to 11.40 and the 60-minute race will be started at 13.43.