INGOS TARGET IS BMW SUCCESS AT THE SOUTH-AMERICAN SUPER-TOURING S.Paulo (28/08/98) - Just after conquering his first South-American Super Touring triumph, Ingo Hoffmann showed once again the professional approach that made him a household name...
INGOS TARGET IS BMW SUCCESS AT THE SOUTH-AMERICAN SUPER-TOURING
S.Paulo (28/08/98) - Just after conquering his first South-American Super Touring triumph, Ingo Hoffmann showed once again the professional approach that made him a household name in the Brazilian motorsport scene. With the 11 points earned with pole position and victory at the series seventh round, Hoffmann now totals 54, enough to keep alive his hopes to win the top Latin-American title. However, the former Copersucar F1 driver knows what it means to have his own team mate at the Pro.As/Mastercard operation - Argentine Oscar Larrauri -, leading the championship a single point ahead of Brazilian Caca Bueno, who drives for Peugeot:
Mathematically I have chances to win the championship: I am 29 points behind Larrauri and there are 105 to be earn in the remaining five races, if someone starts from pole and wins every single round. The matter of the fact is that we must work as a team to help Larrauri stay ahead of Bueno. Even more important is to keep BMW as the manufacturer champion against the stronger attack from Peugeot and Alfa Romeo.
His start-to-finish victory at Curitiba made Hoffmann the tenth driver to win at the South-American Touring Car Championship in 17 races since the category was established last year. Contrary to the general believe that the key factor for that was his knowledge of the Pinhais circuit - where he won several Stock-car races -, Hoffmann sees other reasons for his triumph, the first in seven starts:
The driving standard at the S-ATCC is very high and any driver with a good equipment can win. If you dont believe it is enough to recall that Bueno start from pole at his first ever race at Buenos Aires. More: I won a race myself the first time I drove in Brno, coincidentally also in a Super-Touring race. In short, the secret is to have a good car. To illustrate how good my car was at Curitiba it is enough to say that my second fastest lap was achieved two laps to the chequered flag and it was only a few thousands of a second slower than my best time over the races 27 laps.
If Hoffmann admits that I will do my best to help Oscar win this title, he also recalls the difference between his and Larrauris BMW 320i:
Nothing wrong with that, we are not talking about first and second driver. It simply shows the limitations that prevent our team to prepare two equal cars. This is not a secret, not even to Marcos Laborda, our technical director. Laborda is aware of this and uses all his international experience to give us a winning equipment and, based on results, try to get some extra help from BMW.
As far as Brazil is concerned, Hoffmanns result at Curitiba helped to promote the Super-Touring among the local enthusiasts, particularly for the remaining rounds in Cascavel and Interlagos. The other three races in the 98 calendar are in Montevideo (Uruguay) and two in Argentina, one of those at Obera, on September 6.