Difficult start for BMW Team RBM into 2010 WTCC campaign. Curitiba, 7th March 2010. At the season opener of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship in Curitiba (BR), BMW Team RBM managed to score points in both rounds. In wet conditions Andy...
Difficult start for BMW Team RBM into 2010 WTCC campaign.
Curitiba, 7th March 2010. At the season opener of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship in Curitiba (BR), BMW Team RBM managed to score points in both rounds. In wet conditions Andy Priaulx (GB) finished fifth, crossing the line directly in front of his team-mate, Augusto Farfus (BR). Chevrolet's Yvan Muller (FR) claimed the first victory of the year. At the start of race two both BMW works drivers were hit by competitors. While Farfus eventually took the chequered flag in sixth after 14 laps, Priaulx was forced to park his BMW 320si WTCC in the pits with a broken front suspension. Gabriele Tarquini (IT/SEAT) won the race.
Half an hour before the start heavy rain started falling. Therefore, the race got underway behind the safety-car. After two laps the green flags came out at the "Autodromo Internacional de Curitiba" - and the rain stopped only moments later. While many drivers had problems keeping their cars on the track in these conditions, Priaulx and Farfus made no mistakes. Priaulx made a good start in race two, but had to retire following a collision with Tarquini. Farfus got pushed by another car and dropped to seventh, but was able to gain at least one place to finish seventh.
Bart Mampaey (Team Principal):
"We had a decent first race in very tricky conditions. Andy went for a slightly different set-up to Augusto. While Augusto was quicker in the beginning, Andy was on the pace towards the end. So we finished fifth and sixth, which gave us some points and promising grid positions for the second race. With the track drying out and considering the pace we had shown in the dry earlier this weekend, our expectations were high. But both of our cars were touched by another competitor at the start. While Andy was forced to retire, Augusto was able to prove that we had good pace. But it was just not possible for him to gain more ground. This has been a difficult start to the season. We will look into this and keep on working."
Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10):
Race 1: 2nd, 1:24.006 min - Race 2: 7th, 1:23.981 min
"The car felt great over the whole weekend and our pace in the races was okay. However, our overall performance obviously isn't yet good enough to battle it out at the very front of the field. In the first race it was all about avoiding mistakes. At the start of race two I was pushed and lost some ground."
Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11):
Race 1: 6th, 1:24.034 min - Race 2: 6th, 1:23.955 min
"Overall I'm disappointed with this outcome of the first race weekend of the season. I had a great start in race two, but then this collision with Tarquini happened. I was just a touch, but enough to damage my car and throw me out of the race. At least I managed to score some points in race one. But I could have scored a good result in the second as well."