The iconic Nürburgring-Nordschleife awaits Augusto Farfus this weekend when the BMW works driver competes in his second 24-hour race of the 2015 season.
In January the Brazilian raced in America at the Daytona track, but now he is swapping to a track he has a great affinity with, as he won the famous 24-hour race there in 2010. Then he was driving the BMW M3 GT2 with Jörg Müller, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy. While he will still be teamed up with Müller, this time he has Nick Catsburg and Dirk Adorf sharing the number 26 BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3.
His comment as he got ready to head to the Eifel mountain track was: “I am looking forward to it. I love the place and the race. We will try to pick up a victory. I think we have a very strong package with a very good car, and I can’t wait to start the race. Everything about the race is simply special – the track, the fans, the environment. It is probably one of the coolest races on the planet and it is always a pleasure to be there.”
This race on the 16th/17th May is definitely one of the highlights of the endurance season, with about 170 starters and among them a large contingent of BMWs. Included in the BMW driver line-up will be his fellow DTM works drivers Marco Wittmann, Martin Tomczyk and Maxime Martin, as well as Dirk Werner, who Farfus shared a car with in Daytona, and Lucas Luhr, both of whom race for the German manufacturer in the United SportsCar Championship in America.
The first action on the 20.8 kilometre track is on Thursday, 14th May with free practice from 13.45 to 17.45, which is followed by qualifying from 19.25 to 23.15. Then on the Friday there is another two hours of qualifying from 09.30 to 11.30 and finally the top 30 qualifying from 17.10 to 17.50. The race starts on Saturday, 16th May at 16.00 and finishes exactly 24 hours later on Sunday, the 17th.