Farfus and Porteiro claim top-ten grid positions for BMW in Monza. In qualifying for the 19th round of the 207 FIA World Touring Car Championship in Monza, Augusto Farfus (BRA) from BMW Team Germany finished sixth, thus being the best-placed BMW...
Farfus and Porteiro claim top-ten grid positions for BMW in Monza.
In qualifying for the 19th round of the 207 FIA World Touring Car Championship in Monza, Augusto Farfus (BRA) from BMW Team Germany finished sixth, thus being the best-placed BMW driver. The 24-year-old recorded a personal fastest lap time of 2:00.386 minutes at the "Autodromo Nazionale". BMW Team Italy-Spain's Felix Porteiro (ESP) secured a place on the fourth row of the grid by coming seventh. Yvan Muller (SEAT/FRA) claimed pole position for the first of the two sprint races that will be held on Sunday. Current championship leader Andy Priaulx (GBR) of BMW Team UK finished 13th.
Farfus was full of praise for his team-mate Jorg Muller (GER), who put in the tenth- fastest lap of the time. He said: "On this track, you simply have to work well together as a team," said Farfus. "We did a good job today, and the slipstreaming on the long straights was perfect. It's not easy to time your outings to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Before the qualifying session we were not really sure about how competitive we would be here. Now I'm looking forward to the two races."
Priaulx and his team-mate Fredrik Ekblom (SWE) were only able to benefit from mutual slipstreaming on the first of their three runs on the 5.770-kilometre track. The rest of qualifying did not go according to plan for the pairing, as the defending world champion comments: "We had planned to optimise our slipstreaming during the second and third outing but unfortunately the traffic that we were facing did not allow us to improve as we had wanted to. Obviously, 13th place on the grid is not exactly what I was hoping for. However, I now hope for a good start in race one, and to benefit from the reversed grid in the second race." Ekblom had to make do with 20th place in what was only his second WTCC qualifying.
BMW Team Italy-Spain experienced a qualifying of mixed emotions. On the one hand, Porteiro was happy with his promising seventh position on the grid. On the other hand, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) had a disappointing session. The local hero was on his way to considerably improve his time, when a mistake in the final section of the circuit cost him dearly. He finished 19th on the timesheets. Despite the outcome of the qualifying session, however, Zanardi made positive news on Saturday. The 40- year-old announced his participation in the popular New York Marathon on 4th November with a special hand bike.
Before Zanardi's marathon, the conclusive two rounds of the European WTCC season take place tomorrow. Race one will be started on Sunday at 12:05hrs local time (11:05hrs BST). Race two will be on at 15:35hrs (14:35hrs BST). Eurosport International will provide live coverage of both rounds.