Monza: BMW preview

BMW Team RBM prepares for Monza - Drivers full of confidence. Munich, 18th May 2010. This weekend sees BMW Team RBM contest rounds five and six of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Monza (IT). Augusto Farfus (BR) and Andy Priaulx (GB) ...

BMW Team RBM prepares for Monza - Drivers full of confidence. Munich, 18th May 2010. This weekend sees BMW Team RBM contest rounds five and six of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Monza (IT). Augusto Farfus (BR) and Andy Priaulx (GB) travel to the "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza" in confident frames of mind.

Farfus returns to the BMW Team RBM as a newly crowned winner of the Nurburgring 24 Hours. Driving a BMW M3 GT2 along with Jorg Muller (DE), Uwe Alzen (DE) and Pedro Lamy (PT), he won last weekend's race. After an impressive recovery, Priaulx and his co-drivers Dirk Werner (DE), Dirk Muller (DE) and Dirk Adorf (DE) finished seventh. The triple world touring car champion celebrated his first WTCC victory of the season in Marrakesh (MA).

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal): "The Monza circuit represents a tough challenge for our BMW 320si WTCC cars. We are, however, ready to exploit any opportunity as we did in Marrakesh, where circumstances worked in Andy's favour. Last weekend our drivers put up strong performances in the Nurburgring 24-hour race, and Augusto celebrated his maiden win in an endurance classic. Meanwhile Andy's motivation got a boost after his win in Morocco. Our aim is to get both cars into the top eight in race one. From there we will see what happens in the second round."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10): "Winning the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring has naturally given me tremendous motivation, and I aim to carry that momentum into the World Touring Car Championship. In the series the first races have certainly not run to plan for me. In Monza I am expecting another two difficult races, as the circuit is better suited to the opposition. However, Andy's victory in Marrakesh proved we need to be prepared to grasp every opportunity of a top placing. We plan to do that in Italy."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11): "After the 24-hour Race at the Nurburgring the WTCC now heads to yet another classic circuit. It is great that Monza is back on the world championship calendar, for the circuit draws on strong motorsport traditions. Here a good 'tow' is usually more important than car set-up. A lot of effort has to be invested in preparing perfectly for slipstreaming. At Monza the leader never has an easy life as the wind resistance affects him more than his challengers. However, in 2006 I was still able to defend my lead to the finish."

-source: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Jorg Muller , Uwe Alzen , Augusto Farfus , Dirk Werner , Bart Mampaey , Dirk Adorf
Teams BMW Team RBM