WTCR Fast Five with Augusto Farfus
Augusto Farfus will be a Ningbo International Speedpark rookie when WTCR Race of China signals the start of part two of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
In today’s WTCR Fast Five, the BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team driver talks Hamilton, race numbers and running restaurants.
Why did you choose to run the #8 on your Hyundai i30 N TCR?
“I started racing in motorbikes with number eight. When I moved to go-karts, I couldn’t have number eight because there was another kid with number eight, so I moved to 18. Then I drove for many years with 18 but when I had the chance to have the number eight back, I moved to 18. It’s always been my number and then I came to the WTCR and they said I could choose my number, so I said either eight or 18 and eight was available, so I took it.”
Who would join you on your ultimate fantasy podium, any category, any era?
“It would be an honour for me to share a podium with Senna, that goes without saying. Then Hamilton. Two completely different generations. It’s a different era, a different time but Hamilton is great like Verstappen. Senna was great in a different time when it was a bit more freestyle. But both times and drivers are great, amazing.”
When you eventually call time on your racing career what will you do to keep busy?
“I have many things I didn’t do because I’ve not had the time yet. Maybe I could take over the job of running the family restaurants in Brazil but, honestly, I have not thought about it.”
If you could add one more track to the WTCR / OSCARO calendar what would it be?
“Curitiba in Brazil. The World Touring Car Championship races there were pretty nice and it would be great to go back there.”
Pre-race, what do you do before getting in the car?
“I pray and I try to gather my own thoughts. That’s pretty much it.”