Augusto Farfus can already look back on a long career in motorsport, but the second race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season represented his first opportunity to drive on the legendary circuit in Laguna Seca.
At the California 8 Hours, he shared the cockpit of the #42 BMW M6 GT3 from the BMW Team Schnitzer with Martin Tomczyk and Chaz Mostert. The trio repeated their solid performance from the season-opener in Bathurst, crossing the line in fifth place once again.
“I think that fifth place was the very best that we could achieve,” said Farfus. “We did not have the best car for this circuit, but we got the best out of our package. This means that we are still in the running in the championship. Of course, we would like to get wins and podiums, but fundamentally it is about staying within striking distance of the leaders. We managed that today.”
Even though he did not quite manage to secure a podium finish, his premiere in Laguna Seca was a highlight for Farfus. “This is an extremely difficult circuit to drive, a real challenge. It provides very little grip and demands a lot from the tyres. However, we prepared very well for this as a team.”
During the coming weeks, Farfus will continue his preparations for the start of the WTCR season.