Oschersleben: BMW preview

BMW returns from WTCC summer break with home races in Oschersleben. Munich, 30th August 2010. When BMW Team RBM takes to the track for the first free practice session in Oschersleben (DE) at 08:30hrs on Saturday, it will mark the end of the ...

BMW returns from WTCC summer break with home races in Oschersleben.

Munich, 30th August 2010. When BMW Team RBM takes to the track for the first free practice session in Oschersleben (DE) at 08:30hrs on Saturday, it will mark the end of the five-week summer break in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The 3.696-kilometre "Motorsport Arena" is the venue for races 15 and 16 of the season.

BMW has enjoyed more success to date at Oschersleben than any other track on the WTCC calendar. A BMW driver has crossed the finish line first in nine of the ten races held in the "Magdeburger Borde" region. Both Augusto Farfus (BR), who celebrates his 27th birthday on Friday, and Andy Priaulx (GB) have won there on three occasions.

The first race at the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben" begins at 13:05hrs on Sunday. Race two starts at 15:20hrs. Priaulx goes into the race weekend third in the Drivers' Championship on 183 points -- just 16 points behind leader Yvan Muller (FR, Chevrolet). Farfus is seventh on 109 points.

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal):
"In Brno Andy was able to reduce the gap to the front-runner in the Drivers' Championship to 16 points. We obviously want to continue this positive trend in Oschersleben. The circuit has always been a successful stomping ground for BMW in the past. Our drivers have claimed a lot of victories there. It will be important to get good starts in both races. A lot can happen in the first corner in Oschersleben -- for that reason it is very important to keep away from the chaos. As usual, we do not have the fastest car. However, our race pace is spot on. We must use this to pick up a lot of points in both races."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10):
"It goes without saying the races in Oschersleben are special, as these are home events for BMW. Our mission is to win the title back for BMW. Therefore we obviously have to gain more points than anyone else. The easiest way to do this is to be at the front of the field myself, and to finish in front of our main competitors, so they ultimately drop points. That is precisely what I aim to do."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11):
"Last year proved to be superb for BMW. I would have no problems if Augusto Farfus and I were again on the top step of the podium. I like the circuit, and it suits my style. The BMW 320si WTCC is particularly competitive here. Oschersleben kicks off the part of the season when the championship battle hots up, so I really hope we have every reason to celebrate here after both races."

-source: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Augusto Farfus , Bart Mampaey
Teams BMW Team RBM