Monza: BMW qualifying report

Successful qualifying for BMW Team RBM: Farfus claims pole position, Priaulx is third fastest. Monza, 22nd May 2010. BMW Team RBM enjoyed a successful qualifying for the fifth round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Monza (IT)....

Successful qualifying for BMW Team RBM: Farfus claims pole position, Priaulx is third fastest.

Monza, 22nd May 2010. BMW Team RBM enjoyed a successful qualifying for the fifth round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Monza (IT). Augusto Farfus (BR) clocked a time of 2:00.672 minutes in the second qualifying session to clinch pole position. Team-mate Andy Priaulx (GB) was just 0.135 seconds slower than the Brazilian and will start from third place on the grid. Chevrolet’s Robert Huff (GB) split the two BMW works drivers. For Farfus, this is the tenth pole position of his WTCC career. The 26-year-old most recently clocked the fastest qualifying time in Brno (CZ) in 2009.

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal):"That was an extremely exciting qualifying. Our cars were almost ideally positioned at the end of a long chain of other cars, which is always advantageous in Monza. That worked out very well for us in the second qualifying session. Both drivers produced flawless laps. Despite the good grid positions, they will be hard to defend tomorrow. We do not have the top speed on the straights, meaning we are bound to be under pressure right from the word go. However, we can definitely leave here with a good result."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10):Qualifying 1: 11th, 1:47.616 min - Qualifying 2: 1st, 2:00.672 min."We did not necessarily come to Monza expecting it to be a particularly successful weekend. Our first goal was to get both cars safely into the second qualifying session. Now I am on pole and Andy starts from third. That is a fantastic result. We were the last two cars in a large group. I managed to come up with a flawless lap. The slipstream was perfect for me ? and that helped produce a lap time like that. I hope the luck stays with me tomorrow, and that we can pick up plenty of points."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11):Qualifying 1: 12th, 1:47.616 min - Qualifying 2: 3rd, 2:00.807 min."We got ourselves in a virtually perfect slipstream in the second qualifying session, which is absolutely crucial on this track with its long straights. My first lap was excellent. A SEAT came off the track in front of me on my second lap, and I was not able to improve on my third lap. I slipped up a bit in the second Lesmo bend, but was able to get the car back under control. Congratulations to the whole team, which has worked hard for this result."

The fifth round of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship will kick off tomorrow at 13:05hrs local time (12:05hrs BST). Round six will get underway at 15:20hrs (14:20hrs BST).

-source: bmw

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