Oschersleben: BMW race report

Priaulx and Farfus secure one-two for BMW in Oschersleben. Both Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus were able to celebrate on the podium at BMW's home event in Oschersleben. Priaulx won the 16th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship ...

Priaulx and Farfus secure one-two for BMW in Oschersleben.

Both Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus were able to celebrate on the podium at BMW's home event in Oschersleben. Priaulx won the 16th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship finishing fifth in race one. Farfus made it the second one-two for the brand by coming second, after claiming the same position in the first race of the day. In the 12th WTCC race in Oschersleben, BMW achieved its tenth win. Priaulx and Farfus secure one-two for BMW in Oschersleben.

For Priaulx it was his sixth victory of the season and the 18th in his WTCC career. The triple world champion improved to second in the Drivers' Championship, and now has 218 points. The gap to championship leader Yvan Muller (Chevrolet) is reduced to 11 points. Farfus gained one place in the overall classification, holding sixth position with 145 points. In the manufacturers' standings, BMW is now in second with 453 points behind Chevrolet (508).

In the first race, both BMW works drivers were hit by other cars after the start and lost some ground. Over the course of the 14 racing laps, however, both Farfus and Priaulx fought their way back up, ultimately finishing second and fifth respectively, with Chevrolet's Alain Menu claiming the win. In race two both drivers got off to an excellent start. Priaulx took the lead and kept it until the chequered flag came out. Farfus improved from seventh on the grid to second, crossing the line 2.279 seconds behind his team-mate.

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen: "Our grid positions for the first race were ideal. Augusto managed to keep the lead at the start, but was then pushed as he headed into the first corner, losing some positions in the process. Andy, too, dropped back after a fight in the first corner. His car was slightly damaged. But both drivers were able to continue and even to regain some places, crossing the line in second and fifth. It was crucial that both Augusto and Andy finished in the top eight, so keeping their chances for a podium finish in race two alive. In race two Augusto first consolidated sixth place before passing the four SEATs in front of him one by one, making it a one-two for BMW. In the drivers' standings Andy improved to second, the same goes for BMW in the manufacturers' classification. This is a very good basis for us heading into the final phase of the season."

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal): "We put in a very strong performance this weekend. The start of race one was a turbulent one with Augusto losing his first place. Andy fortunately managed to finish the race, although his car had suffered slight damage at the start. Race two took the perfect course for us. Augusto and Andy made excellent starts. Augusto pushed hard and worked up to second, while Andy dominated proceedings from the front. I'm really satisfied, as it could hardly have run any better for us today."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11): "I'm really happy with this result. Having scored six wins so far this season really is beyond our expectations. Race one didn't go according to plan, as I finished fifth after starting from third on the grid. Thanks to an excellent start I managed to take over the lead in race two straight away. Afterwards I didn't make any mistakes and secured victory. It had taken a long time until the red lights had gone out at the start, but then the car went off like a rocket. During our tests we worked on improving our starts, which seemed to work out well. Now we will try to keep the pressure on Yvan Muller in the remaining races."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10): "Once again we experienced a very successful weekend here in Oschersleben. Following my pole position on Saturday I obviously wanted to win race one. But considering what happened at the start, I was happy with second. I got pushed after the start and dropped back to fourth, but I managed to keep the car on the track, and fortunately I was able to work my way back up to second. In the second race I had a good start and again managed to improve to second. Today's 36 points really give me a big boost in the Drivers' Championship."

-source: bmw motorsport

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Mario Theissen , Bart Mampaey , Alain Menu