Saturday at the “Moscow Raceway” got off to a promising start for Augusto Farfus – but ended in disappointment. The Brazilian delivered his best result of the season so far in qualifying. As the best-placed BMW driver, he started the race from third on the grid. He was able to defend his position in the BMW duel with Timo Glock at the start, before attacking Mike Rockenfeller on the straight at the end of the second lap. As he attempted to overtake, “Rocky” almost pushed him off the track.
With great effort and skill, Farfus managed to catch his Shell BMW M4 DTM, but had to return to the pits after driving across the grass. This was the end of his race that had started so well. Farfus proved yet again that he has the heart of a real racer. Despite being so far behind, he returned to the track and attempted to finish the race for his team, but was forced to return his car to the pits for good a few laps before the end.
“Naturally I am very disappointed,” said Farfus. “We could have come away with a lot of points today. I was engaged in a duel with Mike Rockenfeller. I feel that his reaction to my attack was overly aggressive. I was clearly on the inside, then he blocked me and tried to push me off the track, which I feel was very unfair. I’m surprised that he got away with a warning.”
The action at the “Moscow Raceway” continues tomorrow at 9:40 a.m. local time with the third free practice session of the weekend. Qualifying for the second race runs from 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Tomorrow’s race is scheduled to start at 2:48 p.m. local time.