Augusto Farfus is a Brazilian driver born on 3rd of September, 1983, in Curitiba. This passionate guy has not won any major competitions yet, but he had missed three chances to became a champion at the very last minute.
Augusto Farfus, DTM BMW driver
From minibike in backyard to Italy
The fact that racing is in his blood could already be seen when he was eight years old, participating in local minibike races. A year later, he moved to karts and immediately won the title at the local competition in the province of Parana.
At age of 17, he moved to Italy where he competed in the Formula Renault Italian championship and then in Eurocup in which he was champion in 2001. The following year he moved to Formula 3000, and in 2003 triumphed in the Euro Formula 3000 Championship. It has been an excellent springboard to a higher level.
Video : DTM driver Augusto Farfus speaks about his home city and life out of racing
Impressive results with BMW
This was followed by years in the European Touring Car Championship, and then he turned to the World Touring Car Championship where he drove the Alfa Romeo. He achieved his best result in 2006: he was in the game to win the title up to the last race, but at the end of the season had to settle for the third place, mostly because of his outdated Alfa Romeo.
Since 2007, the Brazilian driver is a member of the BMW Team. He immediately confirmed the quality as he was the Championship leader in one part of the season, but eventually finished fourth. Two years later he won six races in WTCC, but again missed the chance to take the crown, finishing third at the end of the season. As a consolation, Farfus got a chance to test the BMW Formula 1 in 2007.
Augusto driving a BMW in WTCC
Augusto Farfus in DTM
After BMW withdrew from the WTCC, Farfus had ventured into the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, also behind the wheel of a BMW. Since 2012, as a member of BMW Team RBM, the Brazilian had entered the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). In 2013, when he was the fastest at three races, he finished as a runner-up at the end of the season, mostly because he failed to take a single point in four races.
Augusto driving BMW M4 DTM
Unfortunately, the following two years in DTM were a complete failure. In 2014, Farfus finished at the 13th position with 2nd place at Spielberg as his best result that year, while in 2015, now as a driver of BMW Team MTEK, the Brazilian was 12th. The most notable results in that campaign were 2nd places at Zandvoort and Oschersleben.
Video : Scheider spinning Farfus as he overtakes him at the 2016 DTM Hockenheim Final
Second in the class at Daytona 24 Hours
The highlight of the 2015 campaign for the Brazilian was second place in GTLM class at Daytona 24 Hours. Driving for BMW Team RLL alongside Dirk Werner, Bruno Spengler and Bill Auberlen, Farfus also took the 5th place in the overall classification at one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world.
Farfus, who has participated in 24 hours of Le Mans twice, lives in Monaco and is married to Elirane Johnsson.
Augusto Farfus as a member of BMW Team RLL at 2015 Daytona 24h