The 24 Hours of Nürburgring, held on the fearsome Nordschleife, saw Augusto Farfus and his BMW Team Schnitzer teammates rewarded with a fourth place finish. The #43 BMW M6 GT3, shared with Tom Blomqvist, Martin Tomcyzk and Marco Wittmann, survived a late scare in a sudden rainstorm to make the finish in a strong position.
The round-the-clock event was uncharacteristically hot, with blazing sunshine during the day and high temperatures persisting at night. These conditions made tyre management difficult, but Farfus and his co-drivers found the solution and reaped the rewards. In a dramatic last hour, a huge and abrupt downpour soaked the track. Farfus crawled back to the pitlane on slick tyres, before changing to more appropriate wet rubber to make the final charge to the finish.
Unfortunately, the second car driven by Farfus during the race – the #43 BMW M6 GT3, shared with António Félix da Costa, Alex Lynn and Timo Scheider – did not finish. The Brazilian driver had a collision with a slower car, before hitting the barriers.
“It is great for the team that we recorded a good result with the #42 car and that we were rewarded for our fighting spirit,” said Augusto after the race. “It is a real shame that we didn’t make it to the finish in the #43 car. Another car clipped me while overtaking and our vehicle was damaged. A few turns later, I hit the crash barriers and the race was over. I’d also like to congratulate my BMW Motorsport teammates on their podium finish today.”
Augusto will return to action next in the Shell BMW M4 DTM in Budapest, Hungary, from the 16th-18th of June.