Even if he could not repeat his podium success from the DTM season opener in Hockenheim in today’s second race in Spielberg, Augusto Farfus leaves the Austrian Red Bull Ring with a big smile on his face. The BMW Team MTEK driver finished the 60-minute race in fourth and collected 12 more points.
Like Saturday, conditions were good with bright sunshine and warm temperatures. In the qualifying in the morning, Farfus secured sixth on the grid in his Shell BMW M4 DTM. When the lights went off, he maintained this position in closely fought first corners in order to then progress forward. On lap three, he improved to fifth and shortly after, he took fourth position with a brilliant manoeuvre. When the race ended after 60 minutes, he brought this fourth place home. The top step on the podium was taken again by a fellow BMW driver: this time BMW Team RMG driver Timo Glock was victorious.
“I am extremely happy,” Augusto commented. “P6 in qualifying and P4 in the race is a good result, considering from where we were at the beginning of the weekend. We started really from the back foot and had to work a lot on the set-up. I have to say that the team did a superb job, all the MTEK boys. They enormously improved the car over the weekend and today a I quite good car. There is still room for more but we achieved our goal to score points in both races, and this is why I am satisfied. Congratulations to Timo and to BMW, it was a great weekend for the BMW M4 DTM with two victories.”
After the first four races of the season, Augusto is seventh of the championship classification with 32 points. The next round with races five and six will be held at German Lausitzring in two week’s time from 3rd to 5th June. Augusto however has no time to take a breath as he will be in action again next weekend, when he will contest the iconic 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in the new BMW M6 GT3.