It’s been a busy weekend for Augusto Farfus: the driver from Curitiba competed not only in one race event, but in two! In Dutch Zandvoort, round four of the FIA World TCR Championship was on the schedule and at the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, he was part of the BMW Team Schnitzer squad in the 24 Hours qualifying Race.

The weekend started for Farfus with free practice and qualifying at Zandvoort but Lady Luck was not on his side. In qualifying, he was hit by an opponent and had to settle with 18th on the grid for the first of the three races. In the race itself, he had to retire after his car was damaged in a collision.

As soon as race one was done at Zandvoort, Farfus flew to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife where he claimed provisional pole position for the 24 Hours qualifying race in the BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3.

Farfus then returned to Zandvoort, where he had a great Sunday. He finished the first of the two Sunday races in sixth place. In the final race, the BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team driver was in third place and had his first category podium in sight. However, because of the team’s strategy in the championship fight, he handed that position over to team-mate Norbert Michelisz. Farfus crossed the line in fourth, claiming his best ever result so far in the FIA WTCR.

“We had a busy and good weekend at Zandvoort,” Farfus reported. “The results and the performance at this round confirm the progress we make. As we have seen before, our performance is much better on the tracks I know. After Saturday’s race, I flew to the Nürburgring where I was able to take the provisional pole position in the 24 Hours qualifying event, and then came back to compete in the WTCR on Sunday. In race three, the podium was in our hands until the last corner, but it was an option for the team to change positions at the end because of the championship strategy. But we achieved good results and are optimistic for the rest of the season. Over the next month I will now fully focus on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Together with BMW, we will intensively prepare for the most important race of the year.”

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 15th/16th June. Farfus will compete in the BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE. Just one week later, the next endurace classic is on is schedule: the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring, where he will compete in the BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer. Farfus has already won that race in 2010. It will be another busy weekend for Farfus, because the next round of the FIA WTCR will also be held at that Nürburgring event.

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