Macau to 2017: BMW M6 GT3 in the second race on P4, P5 & P6

After his second place in the first race, missed, Augusto Farfus available in the BMW Art Car #18 at the second race in Macau just another Podium. The Brazilian drove his BMW M6 GT3 in fourth place to the finish, although he had to take due to an unintentional collision of an unscheduled pit stop. In wet conditions the second race of the weekend started behind the Safety Car, shortly after Farfus received a hit from behind and had to leave the badly damaged rear end repair. In spite of the temporary last-place Farfus was able to bring the BMW Art Car again in the top group to the finish.

On the ranks five and six, the two other BMW M6 GT3 drove with Chaz Mostert and Marco Wittmann. The car of Tom Blomqvist had been damaged during the mass Crash on the previous day, so heavy that it could not be repaired in time for the second race.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “This was an incredibly exciting weekend, with a dramatic Finale. It is hard to draw after such a race is a clear-cut conclusion. From a sporting point of view, we are of course a bit disappointed, if we start from position two, and then finished Fourth. But the fightback shown by Augusto with our Art Car, after he was through no fault thrown in the back of the field, was impressive, stunning, and then, ultimately, but still conciliatory. Not to mention, the places five and six two more BMW M6 GT3 landed. A large compliment to the Team of AAI as well as Chaz and Marco – even more than that, the Team has done a great Job, and after yesterday’s big Crash severely damaged the car of Marco over night repair. This race also marks the end of an exciting year of art, we ushered in Daytona with the Art Car by John Baldessari and here with the 18. Art Car by Cao Fei finished. Both kind of Cars were on their way fascinating. To experience here and the enthusiasm of the Fans and our guests, who have cheered for us, Augusto, and the kind of Car that has impressed me. This project was very successful and has certainly not inspired me. We think that we have passed down the Tradition of Art Cars is a worthy continuation and look forward to many more projects in the future.”

Cao Fei: “I was before the race, nervous and excited – and I am, too. The BMW Art Car has established a connection between Augusto and me. He asked me if I could sign his helmet. I’ve written the word ‘Almost’, which means ‘quickly’. What he has achieved here, was incredible. I congratulate him from the bottom of my heart. For me he is a Hero.”

Augusto Farfus (#18 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 4th): “The race was fun for me. We have shown that we never give up. After the first round, it looked really bad for us. But we have fought after the pit stop from the back of the back. Considering how upset the car looks like after this race, then this result is a dream. I want to thank BMW, Cao Fei, colleagues from the art Department and the BMW Team Schnitzer. I think we have shown the world that we are a very strong family. I missed out on the Podium, although just, but I travel with a Smile on my face to go home.”

Chaz Mostert (#90 BMW M6 GT3, FIST – Team AAI, 5th place): “Until Qualifying, it is for me here in Macau went very well. With each Session I felt more at ease and more comfortable. In the race today, I touched briefly on the wall. Since I had huge luck. In the end, it became a place of five. It was my first use on this track and only my third in a GT3 car. So all round I’m satisfied and hope that I can come back.”

Marco Wittmann (#91 BMW M6 GT3, FIST – Team AAI, 6th place): “It is in Macau, of course, difficult, if one has to start from far back. To me, a normal Start would have been, of course, dear. Therefore, it was difficult at the beginning, the items make up for that. I have benefited from accidents, and at the end of course six is in order. This result shows what an outstanding Job the Team, to put the car over night again on the legs, so that we could compete at all in the final run. The boys have given everything. Therefore, I am just so happy that we came to the finish. Of course you would be as a race driver like in the front or on the Podium, but today was not much more to it.”

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