A very busy racing season kicked off for Augusto Farfus this weekend with the debut of the new BMW M8 GTE at the Daytona 24 Hours. The Brazilian shared the cockpit of the number 24 car with fellow BMW drivers John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Nick Catsburg. After 24 hours without any mistakes and major technical problems they finished seventh in the GTLM class. The number 25 sister car crossed the finish line in ninth position.
Although this wasn’t the result Farfus and his teammates had hoped for, it was good to finish such a tough test with both new cars. “I think it is a great achievement to have completed the new BMW M8 GTE’s first tough 24-hour race without any significant technical problems,“ said Farfus. “Due to our classification we were not where we wanted to be, but we demonstrated a great team spirit and fought right until the very end. A big thank you to the entire team.“
Farfus will be at the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE throughout the whole FIA World Endurance Championship season, starting with the 6-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps on the first weekend in May.
But first he will continue his world tour by travelling from Daytona direct to Australia on Monday. Next weekend Farfus will compete in the 12-hour race in Bathurst in the BMW M6 GT3 run by BMW Team Schnitzer. “I am really looking forward to the next stop on my tour around the world in Bathurst,“ said Farfus.