The BMW factory ace was introduced last month as a full-time driver when the team prepares to begin its first GT300 professional work since the 2017 season with the new M4 GT3.
Farfus was supposed to share Michelin shoes with the winner of the 24-hour Le Mans 24-hour race, Sadie Ara, but amid prolonged uncertainty with Japan’s border restrictions, Tsubasa Konda added Studie as the third rider and will participate in any races in which Farfus cannot to participate.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, Farfus explained that the idea of spending a full season with Studie has existed since about when he first competed in the SUPER GT in 2014, when he competed in the 1000km Suzuka race as the third rider along with Ara and his former WTCC. teammate Jörg Müller.
The Brazilian said he remained in close contact with Studie owner Yasuaki “Bob” Suzuki, and the appearance of the M4, in the development of which he was closely involved, gave a great chance for a full attack on Japan.
“I think the SUPER GT is one of the most beautiful sports car racing championships on the planet,” said Farfus. “I was very impressed when I first performed there in 2014, about the atmosphere of the podium, the fans … I like the championship.
“With Bob I would say we had a dream to spend a full season since I first participated there. We are friends, albeit from afar, and have always kept in touch. Once the M4 program came along, he said there was a real opportunity to do so.
“My desire to do a full season was from 2017 or 18, but it was impossible to fit into the rest of my schedule. Now it’s still impossible, but we can at least become in the championship, and maybe next.” year we can participate in the race from the beginning for a full season. “
In addition to Suzuka’s three 1000km starts, Farfus also drove the BMW M4 DTM during a special demonstration in Motegi in 2017.
It is unclear which races Farfus will participate in 2022, and things are complicated not only by Japan’s tough immigration rules, but also by the fact that the Brazilian has signed up to participate in the full season of the European Le Mans Series with BHK Motorsport.
This means that Farfus will definitely miss the SUPER GT race in Akayama, which falls on the same weekend as the Paul Ricard ELMS race, and the Suzuka race in August, which contradicts the Barcelona ELMS stage.
Farfus explained that he accepted the offer to race in ELMS only after the COVID-19 Omicron variant appeared, which forced Japan to close the border again for beginners after a brief period of easing last fall.
“Originally I didn’t plan on doing ELMS because I already had a deal on the SUPER GT, but when they closed the border, Bob and I set a deadline in Dayton [in late January] decide on a proposal to participate in the ELMS race, ”Farfus said.
“If the SUPER GT had been 100 percent so, I would have given up on ELMS. If it was still 50/50, I would have taken up ELMS. After talking to Bob in Dayton, I gave the green light to ELMS and decided that I would participate in any SUPER GT race I could. ”
He added: “I can’t become a race champion this year, but participating in the championship campaign would be an honor. I will strive to make as many races as possible in Japan. ”
Farfus was actively involved in the development of the M4 GT3 and raced last month in Dayton
Farfus faces additional clashes with Suzuka’s May race on the same weekend as the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, and the penultimate round at the Autopolis in October, which will face the IMSA final in Little Le Mans and the Barcelona GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup final.
However, he suggested that BMW could allow him to race in the SUPER GT this weekend “depending on the situation in the championship”.
Farfus has ruled out attendance at the first official pre-season test in Akayama on March 12-13, but he could potentially conduct a test on Fuji on March 26-27, when Japan’s border rules are relaxed next month.