Morocco: BMW qualifying report

BMW Team RBM drivers start from sixth row in Marrakech. Marrakech, 1st May 2010. As expected by BMW Team RBM, Augusto Farfus (BR) and Andy Priaulx (GB) experienced a difficult qualifying session at the "Circuit de Marrakech". Farfus had to make...

BMW Team RBM drivers start from sixth row in Marrakech.

Marrakech, 1st May 2010. As expected by BMW Team RBM, Augusto Farfus (BR) and Andy Priaulx (GB) experienced a difficult qualifying session at the "Circuit de Marrakech". Farfus had to make do with 11th on the grid for round three of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Morocco. His team-mate Priaulx finished 12th. Therefore the second qualifying session took place without the two BMW works drivers taking part. Shortly before the end of "Q1" both were on their way to improving on the time sheets. However, following an accident to SEAT's Norbert Michelisz (HU), the session was red-flagged with 1:47 minutes to go. In a repeat of what happened last year, BMW privateer Franz Engstler (DE) coped extremely well with the 4.624-kilometre circuit and claimed ninth on the grid for Sunday's first race at the wheel of his BMW 320si WTCC. SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini (IT) secured pole position in Marrakech, setting the best time of 1:45.830 minutes in the top-ten shootout.

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal):"We had known before the start of the weekend we would have a difficult time here in Morocco. Still it's a huge disappointment that none of our cars managed to make it into the second qualifying session. This is even more upsetting because Andy and Augusto were hindered making it into the top-ten thanks to red flags caused by other drivers. Over the past weeks in testing we made a little progress, but a big step in terms of performance is just not possible with a five-year-old car. We shall now set our sights on tomorrow and will try to make the most of your opportunities in the races."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10): Qualifying 1: 11th, 1:47.616 min
Qualifying 2: not qualified

"We actually travelled to Morocco with low expectations. Today's results prove we were right with our presumptions for this weekend. At the moment we just don't have the same competitiveness as the front-runners. That's really frustrating. We could have made it into Q2, but then Norbert Michelisz' crash ruined our final run."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11):
Qualifying 1: 12th, 1:47.616 min
Qualifying 2: not qualified

"We didn't manage to put together the best-possible lap time today. But even if we had done this, we arguably wouldn't have been able to challenge for top positions. There were many yellow flags, and the session was red-flagged following an accident. The red flag in the dying moments of the session finally made it impossible for us to proceed into Q2. This is a big disappointment. Now we will try our best to improve our positions in the race."

The third round of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship will kick off tomorrow at 13:20hrs local time (14:20hrs BST). Round four will get underway at 14:35hrs (15:35hrs BST).

-source: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Augusto Farfus , Franz Engstler , Gabriele Tarquini , Bart Mampaey , Norbert Michelisz
Teams BMW Team RBM