Augusto Farfus celebrates second place with BMW Art Car #18

Racing | November 18th, 2017 by 6
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In a turbulent FIA GT World Cup qualifying race in Macau (CHN), BMW Team Schnitzer’s Augusto Farfus (BRA) claimed a podium position by finishing second. …

In a turbulent FIA GT World Cup qualifying race in Macau (CHN), BMW Team Schnitzer’s Augusto Farfus (BRA) claimed a podium position by finishing second. At the wheel of the 18th BMW Art Car, created by Chinese artist Cao Fei, he crossed the line behind race winner Edoardo Mortara (ITA, Mercedes). Chaz Mostert (AUS), driving for FIST – Team AAI, came fifth in the #90 BMW M6 GT3.

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Following a chaotic first lap at the “Guia Circuit”, only eight drivers were fighting for victory in the end. A total of 12 cars suffered severe damage in a mass collision, forcing their drivers to retire from the race including Marco Wittmann (GER, FIST – Team AAI) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR, ROWE Racing). After the re-start Farfus gained another position after having improved from sixth to third before the first-lap incident thanks to a great start.

The main race at the FIA GT World Cup is scheduled for Sunday at 12:10hrs local time.

Reactions on the qualifying race in Macau:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Direktor): “Second place for our BMW Art Car #18 – that is a great starting position for tomorrow’s race here in Macau. Augusto Farfus and BMW Team Schnitzer have done a superb job over the entire weekend and have been consistently in the top positions. In today’s qualification race, Augusto also had the required luck to not be involved in the collision. The key was his great start and then after the re-start he didn’t make a single mistake. The same goes for Chaz Mostert who finished his first ever race in Macau in a strong fifth position. It is a pity of course for Marco Wittmann and Tom Blomqvist who both retired on the opening lap through no fault of their own. We now have to analyse how heavily their cars are damaged.”

Augusto Farfus (#18 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 2nd place):

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“Macau is a special place. The walls are extremely close so I put a lot of energy into getting a good start – and it worked out. When I saw the three Mercedes going side by side into Mandarin I said: ‘This is my chance’ and I was able to get P3 at the end of the straight when braking into Lisboa. Then everybody saw what happened. This is Macau. Everything can happen at every corner. It is great to be P2. We didn’t really expect this. When I was here the last time with Schnitzer in the world touring car days, we won. Now we are back, and have a good chance tomorrow.”

Chaz Mostert (#90 BMW M6 GT3, FIST – Team AAI, 5th place):

“Obviously a lot of cars were involved in the accident and crashed out. I was very lucky to stay out of the drama. It was good that I had some race laps afterwards. I feel I’m making improvements out there every lap. Overall I’m super happy. Saying I have a P5 from Macau is fantastic.”

Marco Wittmann (#91 BMW M6 GT3, FIST – Team AAI, DNF):

“The start and the first lap were very good. I had already gained four places. Then we came to corner seven or eight, and I was actually in the middle of the big collision. It’s very disappointing to have the race finished like that. The car is heavily damaged. The impact for all of us was pretty hard. Luckily we are all alright. Losing, I don’t know, five, six, seven or eight cars in a GT World Cup is frustrating.”

Tom Blomqvist (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, DNF):

“First of all I didn’t have quite as good a start as I was hoping, losing a few positions. And then just approaching Police Corner I come around and other cars were already standing there. I don’t think the marshals had time to react unfortunately and now a lot of cars are damaged and potentially won’t be racing tomorrow. It’s a big shame. We have to wait and see to get a full picture of the car.”

6 responses to “Augusto Farfus celebrates second place with BMW Art Car #18”

  1. Ask says:

    Great looking car actually.

  2. Shawn Sepehry says:

    I realized too late that the “art” car was all in virtual reality and the actual car is just black. That’s a shame since all the promo photos, broadcast, and event photos show it without the VR which defeats the whole purpose. You can’t expect the entire public to whip out the dedicated app to see the art car. IT should just be there to bee seen and appreciated.

    This series of art cars with both enormous failires.

    • Terry Cowan says:

      So BMW, a tech. co., shouldn’t innovate tech?! Much of the public are on their devices 24/7, so what’s the problem? If it’s an enormous failire it will end. Not because you say so. Good that you think you know what you like, though.

      • Shawn Sepehry says:

        Hm interesting point; I totally understand what you’re saying. To be clear, BMW is not innovating here. Cao Fei, the artist has free reign over this project and she made the concept, app and execution. She chose to go full AR and though it is forward thinking, the real-life execution of it resulted in a black car, not what she had in mind which was a car driving down the road with beautiful flares and effects hovering over it.

        The reason the original art cars worked is that they captured your imagination and had timeless beauty years after they were created. If you look at the “Art Car” 30 years from now, it’s just a black canvas.

  3. Icebreakerr says:

    stunning M6

  4. Giom says:

    Great show! The black looks seriously good anyways.

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