3 June 2007
Pau 2007: Farfus back on a roll with victory.
Augusto Farfus bounced back from his spectacular qualifying accident in the best possible way by triumphing in the second race World Touring Car race of the day around the streets of Pau.
Rewarding the BMW Team Germany squad for their enormous effort following qualifying to repair his heavily damaged 320si, Farfus made the most of his second place starting position to get out into the lead early and defend to the finish.
A dominant BMW 1-2, Andy Priaulx shadowed his team-mate across the line after making a concerted effort in the final laps to try and wrestle the race win away from the Brazilian but was nonetheless content with second place, five seconds up on Tiago Monteiro, who in turn recorded his second podium of the day.
The standing start produced a relatively even getaway for most, but with the rear-wheel drive BMWs starting second, third and fourth, pole sitter Jordi Gene was swamped into the first corner by a bevy of 3-Series', Farfus maintaining his status as the leading BMW to move into the lead, ahead of Priaulx, the somewhat bemused Gene and his countryman Porteiro.
However, although the tricky turn one posed no problems over the first two laps as the race settled into a rhythm, a coming together for Stefano D'Aste and Sergio Hernandez before the corner sent both off into the barriers. However, a further spin for Luca Rangoni and Miguel Freitas produced a chain reaction effect for Emmet O'Brien and Olivier Tielemans following behind.
Boxed in and with nowhere to go, the otherwise undamaged O'Brien and Tielemans were brought to a halt, forcing the safety car to make an appearance. Of the six victims, only two would restart, with Rangoni and Tielemans recovering but the heavily damaged D'Aste, Rangoni and Freitas going nowhere, while O'Brien was unable to get started again either.
Although the safety car managed to bunch the field up for three laps, Farfus and Priaulx wasted no time in losing Gene again at the restart, sprinting away for their own private battle as the SEAT tried to keep the close following Porteiro in his mirrors.
The other SEATs of Monteiro and Yvan Muller in fifth and seventh were each having to contend with a racy looking Chevrolet too, Rob Huff hassling Monteiro and race one winner Alain Menu bothering Muller.
With little space to pass though, the inevitable eventually happened on lap eleven when Porteiro slid his BMW down the inside of Gene at the hairpin, an unsurprisingly robust move on the tightest section of an already narrow circuit. With Gene on the back foot, Monteiro and Huff blasted through too.
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