Brazillian Augusto Farfus is set to step away from racing in DTM after seven years in the German-based touring series, and instead will focus on racing with BMW as part of its GT racing programs.
BMW announced that Farfus will continue to race in the marque’s MTEK-run M8 GTE FIA WEC program next year, as well as various M6 GT3 customer racing commitments including the Nurburgring 24 Hours and FIA GT World Cup.
“In 2011, Augusto Farfus was one of the first drivers we brought on board for our DTM comeback the following year — and he has established himself as a top DTM driver in his seven seasons in the series,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Who could forget the 2013 season, when he was in contention for much of the year before eventually finishing as runner-up. We obviously respect Augusto’s decision not to continue to race in the DTM, however, he remains a valuable member of the BMW family.
“Together we have decided to integrate him even more intensely in our GT program next year, as well as in the WEC ‘Super Season.’ Augusto is one of the world’s very best GT racing drivers. We would like to continue our success story together, which began back in 2007, in 2019 and beyond.”
During Farfus’ tenure in DTM with BMW, he racked up four race wins, six poles and 13 podiums in 104 starts. He said it was a tough decision to leave the brand’s program after dedicating a significant portion of his career competing in the German series.
“The decision to turn my back on the DTM was obviously not one that I took lightly,” Farfus said. “It is arguably the best touring car series in the world and I have always felt very comfortable in the DTM family and BMW teams. I have learned a lot, been able to demonstrate my speed and even challenged for the title. It has been an amazing time.
“However, anyone who knows me also knows how much I love GT racing. I felt that it was time to embark on a new chapter. I am very grateful to BMW for accepting my decision and giving me the opportunity to continue to drive BMW race cars at the very highest level. I am really looking forward to 2019.”