Monza: BMW qualifying report

Augusto Farfus finishes fifth for BMW in Monza qualifying session. Monza, 4th October 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) proved the fastest BMW national team driver in qualifying for the 19th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the ...

Augusto Farfus finishes fifth for BMW in Monza qualifying session.

Monza, 4th October 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) proved the fastest BMW national team driver in qualifying for the 19th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza", the 25-year-old clocked the fifth-fastest lap time for BMW Team Germany with 2:00.039 minutes. Triple world champion, Andy Priaulx (GB), also qualified for a top-ten grid position at the 5.770- kilometre circuit: He finished eighth on the timesheets, 0.435 seconds behind Farfus. SEAT's Yvan Muller (FR) secured pole position, posting a best time of 1:59.213 minutes.

BMW Team Italy-Spain's driver pairing will start from rows six and seven on the grid for Sunday's first race. Felix Porteiro (ES) was 12th in qualifying, local hero Alessandro Zanardi (IT) took 14th. Farfus' team-mate, Jorg Muller (DE), had to make do with finishing 15th.

"I'm quite happy with this result," commented Farfus after the 30-minute session. "Maybe I could have gone a little faster. But still this would not have put me in a position to pressure the SEAT diesels. They were in a class of their own today. For tomorrow it's my goal to score as many points for BMW despite the fact on this track the cards don't play exactly into our hands."

The same goes for Priaulx, who was surprised by the big margin to the front-runners. "We knew SEAT would be strong here, but the size of the gap to them is pretty disappointing," said the Guernsey driver. "This track was always going to be a challenge so now I need to just work hard for the races as you never know what will happen."

With its ultra-long straights, the classic circuit in Monza's Royal Park once more saw the drivers going out in small groups so they could slipstream. "Unfortunately I couldn't make full use of this," said Muller. "Twice I was on a fast lap and got into traffic. If this happens the chance for a good time is gone."

Zanardi, however, was still hampered by the consequences of his accident in first free practice. He explained: "Following my crash in the morning, the team did a great job to get my car ready again. During the qualifying session, however, I felt that something was still wrong with the car. So I couldn't use the full potential of my BMW 320si WTCC. In view of this, the grid position is not too disappointing."

Race one at the "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza" will start on Sunday at 12:20hrs (11:20hrs BST), the second race will get underway at 15:50hrs (14:50hrs BST). The two rounds will be televised by Eurosport International. The races will also be streamed live on the internet, at www.bmw-motorsport.com.

Stats and results Monza:

Circuit / Date             Autodromo Nazionale di Monza / 5th October 2008

Lap / Distance 5.770 km / 51.93 km (9 laps)
Pole position 2008 Yvan Muller (SEAT), 1:59.213 minutes

Winners 2007
Race 1: Yvan Muller (SEAT)
Race 2: Jordi Gene (SEAT)

Fastest laps 2007
Race 1: Jordi Gene (SEAT), 2:00.864 minutes
Race 2: James Thompson (Alfa Romeo), 2:01.055 minutes

-credit: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jorg Muller , Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Augusto Farfus , Felix Porteiro , Jordi Gene