Rain and a blameless collision result in disappointment on Sunday.

Augusto Farfus had travelled to the Hockenheimring full of anticipation ahead of the opening round of the DTM season. In 2016, the Brazilian was celebrating after finishing third in Sunday’s race. This year, however, Lady Luck was not on his side at the “Ring”. Farfus was forced to watch the end of an eventful race on Sunday from the team’s garage. After twelve laps, he retired his Shell BMW M4 DTM after it sustained too much damage in a collision that was no fault of his own. “I was hit from several sides at the restart after the safety car phase. It was pretty chaotic,” he said. “I cannot tell you exactly what happened.”

Luck had already deserted Farfus in qualifying. In difficult conditions, he produced a fantastic lap, which was ultimately in vain, as the BMW Team RMG driver had started his final lap just a fraction of a second too late. “We had a magnificent lap in qualifying, but unfortunately it did not count,” said Farfus. He would have started the race from second on the grid. “Unfortunately, that was a really tough weekend for me. I am just looking ahead to the next race now.”

The action comes thick and fast in the DTM. Farfus will be back at the wheel of the Shell BMW M4 DTM in just two weeks. The Lausitzring hosts races three and four of the season on 20th and 21st May.

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