From city circuit to rollercoaster: BMW seeks further victory in Brno. Munich, 11th June 2007. As the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) continues, BMW national teams have no time to put their feet up: next weekend sees the championship...
From city circuit to rollercoaster: BMW seeks further victory in Brno.
Munich, 11th June 2007. As the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) continues, BMW national teams have no time to put their feet up: next weekend sees the championship move into its ninth and tenth rounds in Brno in the Czech Republic. Set impressively into the open countryside of Southern Moravia, the "Automotodrom Brno" follows the lie of the land and stands in stark contrast to the narrow city circuit of Pau (FRA), the venue for the previous two rounds of the WTCC. The BMW drivers are looking forward to the circuit, which promises plenty of opportunities for overtaking.
Covering a distance of 5.403 kilometres, the track includes numerous climbs which will compound the effects of any additional weight in the car far more strongly than a flatter circuit would. This means that Brno will present a particular challenge both for World Championship leader Andy Priaulx (GBR) of BMW Team UK and for Augusto Farfus (BRA) of BMW Team Germany. Following their successful performances in France both drivers will be first to carry the maximum ballast load of 60 kilos. Farfus' team-mate Jorg Muller (GER), who won one of last year's two races in Brno, will be taking an extra 45 kilograms on board his BMW 320si WTCC.
With Felix Porteiro (ESP) having scored four championship points in Pau, BMW Team Italy-Spain is hoping for another good result in Brno. His team-mate Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) already gave a clear indication of his ability to handle the circuit when finishing second in the first round at the "Automotodrom Brno" in 2006.
Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):
"I had a great weekend in Pau. It was good fun and great for BMW Team UK to get back into the Championship lead. I would have loved to have had my first win of the year there, but my sights are firmly on the Championship. Now I'm looking forward to Brno. Leading means having 60 kilos of success ballast - not ideal for the track, but I'm sure RBM will give me a fantastic car again. Brno is a beautiful circuit with steep hills all round. It's like being on a rollercoaster - a bit like a mini-Spa."
Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany):
"Winning Pau after I rolled over in qualifying was a dream. But I only contributed one per cent to that achievement at the most. The rest was down to the work of the team. Now I am looking forward to a slightly less eventful weekend in Brno, where I am aiming to make some more points. I like the circuit, even if I do still have to get to know it better at the wheel of my BMW 320si WTCC."
Jorg Muller (BMW Team Germany):
"Brno isn't really my favourite circuit, but it is still one of the most attractive stops in the WTCC. It has a lot of undulating sections which are great to drive and the surface is very even, so you go into the race with a firmer car set-up. Unlike the last race in Pau, there are a lot of opportunities for overtaking in Brno."