Portimao: BMW qualifying report

BMW driver Augusto Farfus comes third in Portuguese WTCC qualifying. Portimão, 3rd July 2010. BMW Team RBM's Augusto Farfus (BR) finished third in qualifying for round nine of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship in Portimão (PT). At...

BMW driver Augusto Farfus comes third in Portuguese WTCC qualifying.

Portimão, 3rd July 2010. BMW Team RBM's Augusto Farfus (BR) finished third in qualifying for round nine of the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship in Portimão (PT). At the debut of the WTCC at the "Autódromo Internacional do Algarve" he clocked a lap time of 1:55.675 minutes in the decisive second session, finishing just 0.303 seconds behind Tiago Monteiro (PT/SEAT), who secured pole. Following an incident with Monteiro at the beginning of "Q1", Andy Priaulx (GB) drove in both sessions with a slightly damaged car. His personal best time of 1:56.141 minutes put the triple world champion eighth on the grid for tomorrow's first race.

With temperatures exceeding the 30 degrees Celsius mark, Farfus and Priaulx finished fifth and sixth respectively in the first qualifying phase. BMW privateer Colin Turkington (GB) also managed to secure a top-ten result and will start from tenth on the grid. Race one gets underway at 12:05hrs on Sunday, the second race will start at 16:50hrs.

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal):

"Overall I'm happy with our performance. We had no problem whatsoever to get through to the second part of qualifying. Augusto managed to put in a very good lap, making full use of the car's potential. For Andy things were a bit more difficult. Despite the contact with Tiago Monteiro's car in the beginning, he made the best of the situation. From these grid positions we should be able to fight for good results tomorrow."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10):
Qualifying 1: 5th, 1:56.200 min -- Qualifying 2: 3rd, 1:55.675 min

"I'm quite happy with third on the grid. On paper it looks as if the layout of this track should suit us. In reality the Portimão circuit is difficult territory for us with its long straights that follow on from slow corners. Still I'm confident for tomorrow's races, as in the previous events we have always been able to raise our game in the races. I'm hoping for a good start -- and then a strong result is possible."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11):
Qualifying 1: 6th, 1:56.258 min -- Qualifying 2: 8th, 1:56.141 min

"The incident with Tiago Monteiro in the beginning was unlucky. He was going quite slowly, and Augusto passed him. I wanted to follow through, but he didn't see me and we collided. It wasn't on purpose, but the damage to my car didn't make life easier for me. It was a tough session but I am happy to be in the top ten. I know the car has a good race pace, so I shall be pushing as hard as I can tomorrow to score as many points as possible."

-source: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Tiago Monteiro , Augusto Farfus , Colin Turkington , Bart Mampaey
Teams BMW Team RBM