BMW duo Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx admitted they had been surprised by the pace of the SEAT Leon TDi after missing out on pole position for the latest World Touring Car Championship rounds at Monza.
Farfus had been the man to beat in practice at the wheel of his BMW Team Germany 320si but was unable to match the diesels for pace during qualifying as four of the Leon TDis locked out the front two rows of the grid.
While the Brazilian was the leading petrol runner on the times, he was over eight tenths of a second away from poleman Yvan Muller, with Farfus admitting the SEATs were in a class of their own.
“I'm quite happy with this result,” he said. “Maybe I could have gone a little faster. But still this would not have put me in a position to pressure the SEAT diesels. They were in a class of their own today. For tomorrow it's my goal to score as many points for BMW despite the fact on this track the cards don't play exactly into our hands.”
Priaulx was the only other BMW driver inside the top ten on the timesheets but was more than a second away from pole, a gap he admitted was disappointing.
“We knew SEAT would be strong here, but the size of the gap to them is pretty disappointing,” he said. “This track was always going to be a challenge so now I need to just work hard for the races as you never know what will happen.”