Augusto Farfus outlines BMW’s 2023 Learning plans

Farfus joined Seiji Ara as a full-time driver at the Studie this year at the introduction of the new M4 GT3 which he played a key role in developing, but was forced to miss two of the eight races due to calendar clashes.

He skipped the May Suzuka race, which the team won without him with Ara and Tsubasa Kondo, to race at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, while he also did not race at Autopolis, as the season finale of the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup fell in Barcelona on the same weekend.

Farfus has announced that the intention is to continue his relationship with Studie for next year, but will not be available for any races that overlap with IMSA events after being named one of four full-time drivers in BMW’s LMDh program.

As it stands, only the Okayama season opener and August Fuji round fall into this category, but the Brazilian driver remains unsure of how many of the remaining six SUPER GT events he can appear in.

“There are two clashes, but what we can’t predict at the moment is the test, and if IMSA will have more tests,” Farfus told Motorsport.com.

“I really want to come back and race here [in SUPER GT]but due to LMDh’s commitment it won’t be a full season again. I don’t know how many races I can do yet. We also need to check how many back-to-back races are on my schedule, because they are very difficult.

“If it was my decision, I would have been there for the whole season, even though the trip was very long and tiring, but in the end it was BMW’s decision.

“I want to have a very clear picture at the beginning of the year, so I can tell Bob [Yasuaki Suzuki, team owner] that I will do for sure three, four, five races. It’s not fair to Bob to pull out of races at the last minute.”

Farfus spent the 2022 season combining the SUPER GT and GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup, while also competing in three of the four IMSA endurance events and the Nurburgring 24 Hours, on top of his extensive testing program in both LMDh and GT3 machinery.

The 39-year-old is unsure if he will compete in the GT World Challenge again, saying: “The The only obvious ones are IMSA and the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and I want to do the Spa 24 Hours as well.”

Ara finished ninth in the GT300 standings, with him and Farfus achieving a best finish of fifth place as a duo in mixed conditions at Sugo.

Farfus feels Studie’s progress in understanding its Michelin tires will make the team a force to be reckoned with in 2023.

“I am sure next year will be a better year,” he said. “We are getting to know the car and the tires much better, so if we can put everything together, it should be The year.

“If I can bet… winning a championship is hard to say, but I’m sure they’ll be one of the top teams next year.”

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