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BMW “Got The Maximum” Out Of Macau Qualifying

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BMW Team RBM drivers Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx finished the second qualifying session in Macau in sixth and eighth places respectively. The Q2 segment had to be run early on Saturday morning after delays prevented it from being run before darkness fell on Friday evening.

Team Principal Bart Mampaey said: “I think we got the maximum out of qualifying under these circumstances. We managed to fix Andy's car following the heavy impact he had yesterday. There were also some technical issues on Augusto's car, which we were also able to solve. Both our drivers are very close to each other in terms of lap times.

“Augusto put in a quick lap right in the opening stage of the session. This is essential here, as red flags can come out any time, as we saw on Friday. Andy made an excellent comeback. After an accident like he had yesterday, it's not easy to retain your usual confidence. The team worked extremely hard, and now we are looking forward to Sunday's races that conclude the 2010 season.”

Farfus said: “There wasn't much more possible in this rather unusual qualifying, which stretched over two days. We have had a difficult weekend so far, but the team managed to fight back into the action. From sixth on the grid anything should be possible on Sunday. However, I definitely won't make any predictions about the outcome of the two races. That's just not possible here in Macau.”

Priaulx, who had crashed in Friday's Q1 session, said: “Everything was okay, but the session wasn't brilliant. I am not sure quite why, but I didn't feel really connected. I don't think it is the car, but after such a big impact yesterday you never know. I felt within myself not quite hooked up and that is most likely why I am two tenths slower than Augusto. It is disappointing as it is nice to be a bit quicker, but I think that is about where we expected our cars to be.”

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