Farfus and Porteiro score home wins for BMW in Oschersleben. Oschersleben, 31st August 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) and Felix Porteiro (ES) gave BMW a successful home event in the FIA World Touring Car Championship by scoring two wins at the ...
Farfus and Porteiro score home wins for BMW in Oschersleben.
Oschersleben, 31st August 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) and Felix Porteiro (ES) gave BMW a successful home event in the FIA World Touring Car Championship by scoring two wins at the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben". In the 15th round of the season, BMW Team Germany's Farfus claimed victory from Chevrolet's Robert Huff (GB) and Alain Menu (CH). In the second race of the day, Porteiro made the best use of pole position to celebrate his second WTCC win for BMW Team Italy-Spain. The 24-year-old was joined by SEAT's Tom Coronel (NL) and Huff on the podium.
BMW Team UK's Andy Priaulx (GB) was pushed out of race one by SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini (IT). But the reigning champion proved his fighting spirit and moved up from 26th to fifth in race two. BMW Team Germany's Jorg Muller (DE) didn't make it to the finish in the first round and was forced to leave Oschersleben empty- handed, after coming ninth in race two. Alessandro Zanardi (IT) finished 12th and 19th for BMW Team Italy-Spain. In the Drivers' Championship, third placed Priaulx with 53 points remains the best-placed BMW driver. In the manufacturers' classification, BMW gained some ground on SEAT but still lies second in the standings with 192 points.
Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany):
"We really needed this success. In qualifying we were not where we should have been. But the pace of my car was just so good that I was still able to score my second consecutive win in Oschersleben. My great start was the key - everything just went perfectly."
Felix Porteiro (BMW Team Italy-Spain):
"My second WTCC victory, 11 points in BMW's home event and sixth in the championship: This was a perfect weekend for me. Tom Coronel gave me a hard time, but I successfully defended the lead. Many thanks to my team. We have managed to improve a lot over the course of the season."
Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):
"I never give up and this just shows what determination does for you. I felt it was inexcusable behaviour by a professional driver that led to my crash in race one. However, I then started race two very fired up."
Jorg Muller (BMW Team Germany):
"I had worked out a different script for my home races. In race one I had a good start but got involved in a collision, which meant the left front suspension of my car was damaged. The start for the second race was great as well, but then Yvan Muller turned out to be a nut too hard to crack!"
Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Team Italy-Spain):
"I'm really happy for my team-mate Felix Porteiro. He worked hard and today earned his reward for all his efforts. I might have scored points in the second race, but after the accident at the start my car was very difficult to handle."
Race 1 - Lap by lap.
Start Augusto Farfus gets off to an excellent start from fifth, manages to
keep out of trouble and determinedly uses his chance to take the lead
from Robert Huff. Jorg Muller starts well, too, improving from 13th to
sixth. Andy Priaulx is pushed onto the grass with two wheels, but only
loses one position. The 34-year-old is running in ninth. Felix Porteiro
defends 12th, Alessandro Zanardi drops back from 17th to 20th
following a spin.
Lap 2 Priaulx passes Rickard Rydell, but the Swede successfully launches a counter attack. In a collision with Alain Menu, Muller's BMW 320si WTCC suffers a damaged front left suspension, forcing the local hero to pit in for repairs. Priaulx benefits from this incident and moves up into eighth.
Lap 3 Porteiro takes 11th from James Thompson.
Lap 5 Porteiro passes Yvan Muller.
Lap 6 Muller rejoins last.
Lap 8 Priaulx looks likely to gain more places when Gabriele Tarquini pushes the triple world champion out of the race on the straight. Porteiro improves by two places. His team-mate Zanardi is also moving up the field.
Finish Farfus wins the race and crosses the line 7.639 seconds ahead of Huff. Porteiro secures pole for race two by coming eighth. Zanardi finishes 12th, Muller takes chequered flag in 26th.
Race 2 - Lap by lap.
Start Porteiro starts well and defends his lead. Farfus starts like a rocket,
which puts him in second. However, the Brazilian is hit by another car
and forced to go through the grass. He drops back into eighth. Zanardi
is also part of a collision involving several cars, which makes him lose
many positions. Priaulx and Muller plough through the field from the
back. Priaulx is 11th after the start, Muller is 13th.
Lap 2 Priaulx and Muller gain one place each. Farfus overtakes Alain Menu and Sergio Hernandez, now running in sixth.
Lap 4 Farfus takes fifth from Yvan Muller.
Lap 5 Priaulx improves to eighth. Muller is 11th.
Lap 9 Priaulx overtakes Muller.
Lap 12 Priaulx passes Hernandez for sixth.
Lap 13 Priaulx overtakes Farfus for fifth.
Finish Porteiro takes victory 0.359 seconds ahead of Tom Coronel. Priaulx scores four points by finishing fifth, Farfus takes sixth. Muller has to make do with ninth, while Zanardi finishes 19th.