Cao Fei, Art Car #18, GT Cup Macau

Macau: Farfus claims fourth place in the BMW Art Car #18.

Augusto Farfus claims fourth place in Macau after a great recovery from back the field. Chaz Mostert and Marco Wittmann follow in fifth and sixth positions.

Having finished second in the qualification race, BMW Team Schnitzer’s Augusto Farfus was also the best-placed BMW driver on Sunday at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. The Brazilian overcame an unscheduled pit stop, caused by a collision on the “Guia Circuit” that was not his fault, and worked his way up to fourth place from the back of the field. Chaz Mostert and Marco Wittmann, competing in two BMW M6 GT3 cars from the FIST – Team AAI, secured fifth and sixth positions to complete the good overall result for BMW at the spectacular 2017 GT season finale.

The race started behind the safety car due to wet conditions, with Farfus in second place. When the FIA GT World Cup finally got going, the #18 BMW M6 GT3 was hit by a competitor. This caused serious damage to the rear bodywork, which threatened to tear off completely. Farfus had to head for the pits, where the crew removed the loose boot cover. The BMW Art Car returned to the race in last place. Farfus showed real fighting spirit to make up lost ground and finish in fourth position.

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Cao Fei, Art Car #18, GT Cup Macau

Despite his lack of experience at Macau, Mostert again put in a commanding performance to cross the line in fifth place after 18 laps, just ahead of his team-mate Wittmann. The two-time DTM champion’s car was badly damaged in a mass collision during the qualification race but the AAI team managed to repair it in time for the main event.

However, Tom Blomqvist missed out on the main race in Macau. His #99 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 took such a severe hit during the spectacular mass pile-up on Saturday that competing on Sunday became an impossibility.

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I think we showed the world that we are a really strong family. I just missed out on the podium but I will be heading home with a big smile on my face.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“This race also marks the end of a thrilling year under the art banner which we heralded in Daytona with the Art Car by John Baldessari and have now concluded here with the 18th Art Car by Cao Fei. Both Art Cars were fascinating in their own way. It was impressive to experience the enthusiasm of the fans and our guests here, as they joined us in cheering on Augusto and the Art Car. This project was a great success and I am sure it was not just me that found it inspirational.”

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Cao Fei:

“I was nervous and excited before and after the race. Through my BMW Art Car there was a connection between Augusto and me. He asked me to sign his helmet and I wrote ‘Fast’ on it. It is amazing what he has achieved and I congratulate Augusto Farfus from the bottom of my heart. He is a hero to me!”

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

“I enjoyed the race. We showed that we never give up. Things looked really bad for us after the first lap. After the pit stop, we fought our way up from the back of the field. When you consider the state the car was in after this race, it was a dream result. Thanks to BMW, Cao Fei, the art department and BMW Team Schnitzer. I think we showed the world that we are a really strong family. I just missed out on the podium but I will be heading home with a big smile on my face.”

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