Augusto Farfus claims sixth for BMW in Oschersleben qualifying session. Oschersleben, 30th August 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) set the sixth fastest lap time in qualifying for the 15th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. With a time of...
Augusto Farfus claims sixth for BMW in Oschersleben qualifying session.
Oschersleben, 30th August 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) set the sixth fastest lap time in qualifying for the 15th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. With a time of 1:36.004 minutes the BMW Team Germany driver has assured himself of being the highest placed BMW on the grid for the race in the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben". Chevrolet's Robert Huff (GB) went 0.329 seconds quicker than Farfus, taking pole for Sunday's first race in the "Magdeburger Borde" region.
Triple world champion Andy Priaulx (GB) was ninth at the 3.696-kilometre circuit for BMW Team UK, while BMW Team Italy-Spain's Felix Porteiro (ES) came 12th. Farfus' team-mate, Jorg Muller (DE), had to make do with 13th. Alessandro Zanardi (IT) - also racing for BMW Team Italy-Spain - ended up 17th on the timesheets.
On several occasions the progress of the BMW drivers was hampered by yellow flags. Many minor incidents forced them to lift off the throttle on the narrow track. "This heavily influenced my qualifying on the negative side," said Farfus after the 30- minute session. "My car was perfect, and I'm 100 percent sure we could have finished further up the grid. However, from the third row I have still got every chance to score a good result in front of our home crowd."
"I'm really disappointed," added Priaulx, "as my car was certainly capable of giving me the chance of a better grid position. But I cannot blame the team or myself. On my last lap I was blocked, and a little later another car went off in front of me. What can you do? That's racing."
Local hero Muller, who thanks to his win in Brands Hatch (GB) is carrying the maximum ballast of 70 kilograms, couldn't exploit the full potential of his BMW 320si WTCC. He said: "On my last run I lost some time when overtaking another car. Otherwise I could have made it into the top eight. In the past, however, I have often managed to fight my way back from even further down the grid. So I will keep on fighting and give my very best on Sunday."
Race one will start on Sunday at 12:05hrs (11:05hrs BST), the second race will start at 15:50hrs (14:50hrs BST). The two rounds will be televised by Eurosport 2 and Eurosport International respectively. They will also be streamed live on the internet, at www.bmw-motorsport.com.