Augusto Farfus is such a fan of the Nürburginrg that he calls it the ‘temple of motorsport’. So it goes without saying that the Brazilian is looking forward to getting back on this iconic track for the seventh DTM weekend of the season in his Shell BMW M4 DTM.
“The Nürburginrg is special and for me it is the temple of motorsport. It is one of the coolest circuits with fantastic scenery and amazing fans. It is always a highlight for me to go there and I have had some good results in the past, with a podium in the DTM in 2014 and my win in the 24 hour race in 2010,” said the BMW Team MTEK driver. He is also buoyed up by a fourth place on Sunday in Moscow where teamwork made sure he was in the points.
However, the predictable thing about this track in the Eifel mountains is the unpredictability of the weather, as he explained: “I hope we have good weather. In the past we have had heavy rain and, like at any track, this always means you have a bit of a lottery in both qualifying and the race. If the sun can shine on us hopefully we can have a good performance. I can hardly wait to get to the Nürburgring.”
For Augusto this is not his first time at the track this year, as he competed in the 24 hour race in the Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 he was sharing with Jesse Krohn, Jörg Müller and Marco Wittmann and also did a VLN race as a warm up to the major event. Back in May for the race on the 25.378 kilometre Nordschleife he qualified the car on the front row of the grid, but sadly technical problems meant they finished way down the field.
As if racing at his favourite track is not enough, a very special event awaits the driver from Curitiba on the day after the DTM race – he will get to drive a DTM taxi car on the Nordschleife. Beside him will be the winner from a Shell fan promotion, and no doubt both the driver and passenger will have the time of their lives. “I know the Green Hell as well as my sitting room, but have never driven anything but a GT car there. This is such a fantastic and exciting opportunity. Being allowed to drive the Shell BMW M4 DTM taxi there will be one of the highlights of my year,” said a very happy Augusto.
The schedule for the DTM on the 3.629 kilometre track starts with FP1 from 17.00 to 17.30 on Friday (9th September). For Saturday it is FP2 from 10.45 to 11.15, qualifying from 12.35 to 12.55 and the 40-minute race starts at 14.55. On Sunday it is FP3 from 10.40 to 11.10 qualifying from 12.50 to 13.10 and the 60-minute race starts at 15.10.