Farfus apologises for Thompson clash.

Augusto Farfus has apologised to James Thompson for causing him to retire from the lead just over a lap from home in the final World Touring Car race of the season in Macau.

Farfus was running Thompson close as they entered the penultimate lap of the race, but the Brazilian misjudged a move on the Honda coming up to the Solitude Esses and the two came together. Thompson subsequently hit the barriers, heavily damaging his car and putting him out of the race.

Farfus duly inherited the lead of the race, but the impact would result in him losing the front-left wheel on his BMW 320si just a few corners from the finish line.

A sour end to what has been a troublesome season for Farfus, while he was frustrated with his own misfortune, he did apologise for preventing Thompson from winning the race.

“It's not easy to cope with a retirement when you are leading the race on the final lap. But it somehow reflects how this season went for me. I'm sorry that James Thompson was forced to retire. This was my only chance to overtake him. Maybe he didn't expect an attack there.

Farfus also had kind words to say to title winner Yvan Muller, acknowledging the clear winning margin he achieved by the end of the season.

“Congratulations to SEAT and Yvan Muller. To beat your team-mates by such a clear margin is impressive.”

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Augusto Farfus - BMW Team Germany 320si [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Ryo Michigami, Honda Racing Team JAS [Credit: WTCC]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing
Tiago Monteiro (POR), Castrol Honda WTCC, WTCC [Credit: Honda]
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroen Racing, WTCC, [Credit: WTCC]
Japp van Lagen (NED), Lada Sport, WTCC [Credit: LADA Sport]
James Thompson - Rosneft LADA Vesta
James Thompson - Rosneft LADA Vesta [credit: FIA WTCC]
James Thompson (GBR), LADA Sport, WTCC [Credit: LADA Sport]
James Thompson, Robert Huff, LADA Sport, WTCC [Credit: LADA Sport]
James Thompson - LADA Granta WTCC [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Franz Engstler - Liqui Moly BMW 320si [credit: FIA WTCC]
James Thompson - LADA Granta TC1 [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
James Thompson - LADA Granta TC1 [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
James Thompson - LADA Granta TC1 [pic credit: FIA WTCC]

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Beszti - Unregistered

November 17, 2008 2:19 PM

Good old Farfus never will win the championship because he''s behaving like a bull watching the red carpet when he fights with somewhat slower but hard drivers. Tyring to overtake in the street section is ridiculous. Andy Priaulx have already won the title 4 times because he has the best mathematical abilities and the he''s the most brainy people in the entire field.

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