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Theissen: Macau summed up BMW’s season

23 November 2009

BMW motorsport chief Mario Theissen said that the World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau had summed up the German manufacturers' season after rivals SEAT picked up both championship titles for the second successive year.

BMW went into the weekend with hopes of overhauling SEAT for both crowns, but Augusto Farfus saw his chances of becoming champion ended in the opening race when Gabriele Tarquini established an unassailable advantage over the Brazilian.

Despite Farfus leading home team-mate Jorg Muller to a 1-2 finish in the second race, BMW were unable to overhaul SEAT for the manufacturers' title – leaving BMW empty-handed for the second year in a row.

“Congratulations to SEAT and Gabriele Tarquini on winning both championships,” Theissen reflected. “As expected the finale was dramatic, and this was somewhat symbolic of how the season had been for us. The first part of the year was especially difficult for us before we were able to close the gap.

“The outcome of the first race here in Macau was decided shortly after the start, when our rivals managed to get passed us. This lost Augusto Farfus his chance of winning the drivers' title. In the final race it was impossible to turn things around in the manufacturers' standing despite the BMW Team Germany one-two.”


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