Brands Hatch: BMW weekend summary

Jorg Muller celebrates maiden win of the season in Brands Hatch. Brands Hatch, 27th July 2008. Jorg Muller (DE) claimed victory in the 13th round of the 2008 FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the "Brands Hatch Circuit", the BMW Team...

Jorg Muller celebrates maiden win of the season in Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch, 27th July 2008. Jorg Muller (DE) claimed victory in the 13th round of the 2008 FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the "Brands Hatch Circuit", the BMW Team Germany driver won ahead of SEAT's Yvan Muller (FR). Andy Priaulx (GB) crossed the line in third for BMW Team UK, scoring his fifth podium finish of the year. The BMW Team Italy-Spain drivers, Alessandro Zanardi (IT) and Felix Porteiro (ES), rounded off the strong result for BMW with fourth and sixth respectively. Muller's team-mate Augusto Farfus (BR), however, retired following an accident on the first lap.

In the second race of the day, Porteiro and Zanardi represented BMW on the podium after finishing second and third behind Chevrolet's Alain Menu (CH). Muller was fourth, while Farfus made up a total of 18 places and finished sixth. Priaulx was forced to retire with a puncture. Nevertheless, the reigning champion moved up to third in the Drivers' Championship. He is the best-placed BMW driver on 49 points. In the manufacturers' classification, BMW gained some ground on SEAT and has 165 points to its tally.

Jorg Muller (BMW Team Germany):

"Normally I don't have to wait until the second half of the season to score my maiden win of the year. Obviously I'm very happy now that I have made it. The team gave me a superb car. Now I will do my best to repeat this performance at the next race weekend in Oschersleben, in front of my home crowd."

Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):

"Third in race one is a good result. My car was perfect today. However, it was virtually impossible to pass Yvan Muller. I was set to give the British fans something to cheer about in the second race, too. But there is not much you can do with a puncture."

Felix Porteiro (BMW Team Italy-Spain):

"I never reckoned I would be in the position to score another podium result here. At the beginning of the weekend we were nowhere. But from one session to the next we found improvements. In the early stages of race two Alain Menu was just too quick, but over the course of the race I closed in on him. This proves we have a good pace."

Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Team Italy-Spain):

"This has been a fantastic weekend for us. We have changed our car a lot since Friday - and obviously we absolutely hit the mark with the set-up for the two races. In some situations we were a bit lucky. But in racing you just have to work hard enough and the luck plays into your hands."

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany):

"Once again I was only able to show how good our car really is in the second race. I was pushed out of the first race and was forced to fight my way back up the field in the second race. It is frustrating we just cannot be rewarded for all our work."

Race 1 - Lap by lap.

Start: Pole-sitter Augusto Farfus successfully defends his lead before he is hit by Alain Menu and Nicola Larini. He crashes into the barriers, and the left side of his BMW 320si WTCC is severely damaged. Farfus heads back into the pits. Jorg Muller makes a good start. He holds second place following the retirement of his team-mate. Andy Priaulx improves from fourth to third. Alessandro Zanardi races in sixth. Felix Porteiro also manages to gain several places from 15th on the grid.
Lap 1: Priaulx loses third to Yvan Muller.
Lap 6: Porteiro is running in 11th. Priaulx puts Muller under pressure, but fails to overtake the SEAT diesel car.
Lap 12: Robert Huff suffers a puncture, which enables Muller to take the lead. Priaulx, Zanardi and Porteiro also gain one place each.
Lap 13: Zanardi overtakes Menu for fourth. Porteiro continues his chase, now running in eighth.
Lap 14: On the last lap, Porteiro passes Menu and Jordi Gene.
Finish: Muller claims his maiden win in the 2008 WTCC season. Priaulx finishes third, closely followed by Zanardi in fourth. Porteiro takes chequered flag in sixth. Meanwhile, BMW Team Germany is working hard to repair Farfus' car in time for the second race.

Race 2 - Lap by lap.

Start: Thanks to the good work of the BMW Team Germany crew, Farfus is able to take part in race two. At the start he improves from 24th to 16th. Porteiro also performs a great start from third on the grid. The Spaniard gets past Gabriele Tarquini and Menu to take the lead. Zanardi also starts well and takes third. Priaulx initially successfully defends his fifth place against Muller. But over the course of lap one the two BMW drivers swap places.
Lap 1: Following an accident for Gene the safety-car is deployed.
Lap 6: The race is re-started and the BMW drivers keep their positions.
Lap 7: Porteiro loses ninth to Menu. Farfus is continuing to move his way up.
Lap 8" Muller passes Tarquini for fourth.
Lap 11: Priaulx's front-right tyre is damaged. The 33-year-old heads back to the pits and retires.
Lap 13: After passing Sergio Hernandez and Rickard Rydell, Farfus is now running in the points' positions in seventh.
Lap 14: Farfus overtakes Stefano d'Aste.
Finish: Porteiro finishes second, Zanardi takes third. Muller collects five more championship points by coming fourth. Farfus is rewarded with three points for his courageous drive from the back of the grid.

-credit: bmw

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