Farfus’ farewell present for Lamm
Augusto Farfus is the 2018 FIA GT World Cup winner. After his success in the qualifying race on Saturday, the Brazilian went on to also win the feature race on the Sunday of the event held in Macau. Pole-sitter Farfus, who announced his retirement from DTM after seven years in the series just last week, held the lead with his BMW M6 GT3 entered by BMW Team Schnitzer throughout the 18-lap race at the famous ‘Guia Circuit’. At the same time, the finish of this race also meant the end of a motor-racing era: for the long-term Team Principal Charly Lamm it was the last race at the pit wall at the helm of the squad.
Farfus and BMW Team Schnitzer are a proven combination in Macau. They jointly celebrated the victory at the 6.120-kilometre street circuit in 2009, in that event in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), with further DTM aces finishing second and third respectively: Maro Engel took his Mercedes-AMG GT3 to second place, followed by fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Edoardo Mortara who travelled to Macau as reigning champion and already had four Macau wins under his belt. Following four wins since 2011 and the second place in the 2017 edition, Audi failed to make it to the podium in the FIA GT World Cup, with their R8 LMS. Nonetheless, DTM driver Robin Frijns improved consistently: from seventh position in the qualifying session over sixth in the qualifying round to fifth in the feature race.
“It’s a dream come true“
“I don’t really know what to say,” admitted the Brazilian. “Today’s race was anything but easy. I knew that I couldn’t afford making even the smallest mistake because the guys behind me were fast. I think that the battle between the different brands rarely was as close as this year. I’m delighted with having secured the win. It means a lot to me. And it’s also really special to Charly – I’m very grateful to him.” And Charly Lamm added: “It’s a dream come true. This place is magic. The races here always are a season highlight. And although there weren’t any overtaking manoeuvres, the tension was extreme from the first to the final lap. Augusto couldn’t afford making the smallest mistake as his rivals would have made use of such a situation right away. I witnessed quite a number of great moments in my motor-racing career – and this definitely is one of them.”
Eriksson finishes second in his Formula 3 comeback
Meanwhile, this year’s DTM-Rookie Joel Eriksson contested the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and finished second behind Daniel Ticktum. The 19-year old Briton started into the race from pole and successfully defended the title he already had won last year. Sweden’s Eriksson passed the then third-placed French Sacha Fenestraz in spectacular style while approaching the Lisboa-Turn. Mick Schumacher came fifth. “I travelled to Macau with the goal to win the race and therefore, I’m slightly disappointed,” admitted BMW’s Joel Eriksson. . “But at the end of the day it was a good week. That’s Macau. You have to get all the components of your package working. Dan did so, today, and I have to congratulate him on his success.”
Sixth triumph for DTM guest driver Ogier
Sébastien Ogier has won his sixth consecutive World Rally Championship title. Finishing fifth in the season finale in Australia was enough for the Frenchman to again secure the rally crown as his two remaining rivals in the battle for the title, the Belgian Thierry Neuville and Estonia’s Ott Tänak, were forced into retirement on the final day of the rally. For Ogier who is 34 years old it was the perfect way to bid farewell to his M-Sport Team. In the coming season – after an eight-year break – he will make his comeback as Citroën driver. Ogier contested the DTM races at Spielberg as Mercedes-AMG guest driver. Afterwards, he worked his way up from third position in the World Rally Championship to first. In the final three rounds of the season, no other driver scored as many points as the French. In the end, Ogier (219 points) defeated Neuville (201) and Tänak (181) in the battle for the title.