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Great fight back by Priaulx in Portugal -- Farfus takes points in both races. Portimão, 4th July 2010. At the debut of Portimão's (PT) "Autodromo Internacional do Algarve" in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, BMW Team RBM increased its...

Great fight back by Priaulx in Portugal -- Farfus takes points in both races.

Portimão, 4th July 2010. At the debut of Portimão's (PT) "Autodromo Internacional do Algarve" in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, BMW Team RBM increased its points' tally despite experiencing two difficult races. In the ninth round of the season Augusto Farfus (BR) finished fourth, before crossing the line fifth in the second race of the day. His team-mate, Andy Priaulx (GB), was hit by several cars at the beginning of race one, and subsequently pushed into the gravel. The triple world champion had to retire, but then put in a stunning performance in round two, improving from 19th to fourth. SEAT's Tiago Monteiro (PT) and Gabriele Tarquini (IT) claimed victories at the 4.654-kilometre circuit.

Yvan Muller (FR/Chevrolet) retained the lead in the Drivers' Championship with 164 points. Priaulx ranks third with 117 points. Farfus now has 75 points to his name, and holds eighth. In just two weeks the WTCC season continues with two rounds in Brands Hatch (GB).

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal): @"Fourth for Augusto in race one was the best-possible result for us today. After he was hit unnecessarily by Robert Huff after the chequered flag, we had to do major repair work during the break. Andy was pushed off the track by another car and had to give up with a damaged left and right suspension. The second race was exciting. Andy put in a great performance, coming from the back of the field. Augusto also had a good race, after losing places at the start. Unfortunately he got a tap to the rear of his car by Huff on lap five. Under these circumstances we got the maximum out of today's two races."

Augusto Farfus (Car Number 10): @Race 1: 4th, 1:57.244 min -- Race 2: 5th, 1:58.207 min @"Neither the rolling nor the standing start worked out well for me today, so I had to make do with fourth and fifth respectively. The balance of the car was fine overall, and we managed to make the most of our package at this track that really doesn't make life easy for us. A big thank you goes to the team. After Robert Huff hit me on my in lap at the end of race one, they had to change the right rear upright in a short period of time. They managed this perfectly."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 11): @Race 1: DNF -- Race 2: 4th, 1:58.006 min
"Obviously it's disappointing to lose all chances of a good result on the very first lap. At the start of race one I dropped back and found myself in the middle of carnage. My car was hit at every corner and was heavily damaged. Finally I got pushed into the gravel. In race two I gave my all to make up places, and this worked out well. There was a lot of action going on, and I enjoyed being part of it."

-source: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Gabriele Tarquini , Bart Mampaey
Teams BMW Team RBM