Farfus Wins as Tarquini takes FIA World Touring Car Championship Title
Augusto Farfus took victory for BMW in the shortened final round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Macau on Sunday, as SEAT's Gabriele Tarquini clinched the drivers' crown.
Farfus led away cleanly from pole position, and held an advantage throughout the early stages of the race from BMW team-mate Jorg Muller, who himself was fighting off the close attention of SEAT duo Yvan Muller and Tiago Monteiro.
Their battle was interrupted by a safety car on lap three, when Tom Boardman crashed in the Solitude Esses, and then the race was red flagged at the end of lap eight when there was a spectacular crash at the R Bend final corner.
Felix Porteiro had run wide and hit the barriers, before his car was swiped by Franz Engstler's BMW. Engstler's car was then left stationary in the middle of the track where it was collected heavily by local driver Andre Couto.
With debris all over the track there was no option but to halt the race and, after a brief delay, it was decided that the event would not be restarted.
It meant that Tarquini's fifth placed finish was enough for him to take the FIA WTCC crown, with his SEAT team doing enough to take the manufacturers' title.
Tarquini had been suffering an engine misfire in the second race so was nervous about his chances of taking the title if there had been a restart - so was relieved that his accidents earlier in the weekend and the late drama had not hit his title chances.
"It is fantastic," said Tarquini. "I had some crashes in practice and qualifying, which isn't the best way to approach the weekend in Macau, but the team did a fantastic job to rebuild the car."