BMW looks back on its most successful FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) weekend to date on Mexican soil: At the "Autódromo Miguel E. Abed" in Puebla (MX), BMW Team Germany's Augusto Farfus took second in the third race of the season, after claiming pole position on Saturday. While SEAT driver Rickard Rydell (SE) won, Andy Priaulx (GB) of BMW Team UK finished third, celebrating his maiden podium finish of the season – and his first in Puebla.

In race two, it was Priaulx who finished second behind SEAT's Yvan Muller (FR), while Farfus came fourth. The two BMW Team Italy-Spain drivers, Sergio Hernández (ES) and Alessandro Zanardi (IT), managed to score points in race two by finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Farfus' team-mate Jörg Müller (DE), who collected four points in the first race, rounded off the strong overall result.

In the Drivers' Championship, Farfus has now 20 points under his belt, thus improving to third in the standings. Having 30 points to his name, Muller tops the classification. BMW increased its points tally in the Manufacturers' Championship to 49, still holding second place behind SEAT.

In the first race Farfus got off to a good start and successfully defended the lead. However, on the opening lap he had to let Rydell pass, who had overtaken Priaulx before. SEAT's Gabriele Tarquini (IT) and Muller also passed Priaulx. Müller improved to fifth at the start, Hernández moved up to eighth. A turbulent third lap changed this order: First, Müller got on the grass during a fight with Tiago Monteiro (PT, SEAT) and dropped back to eighth. Then Hernández spun off, rejoining in 12th. Zanardi benefited from the incidents and climbed to ninth.

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As the race developed, the balance of power moved in BMW's direction. At the top of the field, Farfus started to put Rydell under pressure. Behind the leading duo Priaulx first overtook Muller and then passed Tarquini on lap nine. Müller gained ground as well, eventually crossing the line in fifth. While Zanardi lost several positions due to technical problems, which saw him finish 13th, Hernández worked his way up to ninth again. However, it was too late for the Spaniard to launch an attack for P8 and pole position for race two against Chevrolet's Nicola Larini (IT). Two laps before the end of the race, Priaulx set the fastest lap of 1:38.076 minutes, and closed in on Rydell and Farfus. But Rydell defended his lead from the two BMW drivers, with Farfus coming second, just 1.508 seconds behind the Swede, and Priaulx taking the chequered flag in third.

Müller managed to improve from fourth to second at the start of race two. First he passed Larini, then he also overtook Tarquini. Priaulx remained in sixth, while Farfus dropped from seventh to ninth. Hernández and Zanardi also gained several positions. Müller's hopes for a strong result, however, ended on lap six, following a collision with Tarquini. He went off and lost many places. The SEAT driver received a 30-second penalty for this incident after race. His team appealed against this decision. Müller finished 13th – and clocked the fastest lap time in 1:38.287 minutes.

The other BMW drivers continued their chase up the field. On lap eight, Priaulx took second place away from SEAT's Jordi Gené (ES), now running directly behind race leader Muller. He stayed until the end of the race and crossed the line 0.459 seconds after the reigning champion. Farfus passed Gené for fourth on lap 11. Hernández and Zanardi eventually finished fifth and sixth after delivering strong performances.

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Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK): "This result is not only good for us, but also for the championship. The competition was close in both races, and the fans got to see many exciting fights. Towards the end of race one, the balance of my car was just fantastic. No wonder I set the fastest lap time. Second place in race two feels like a victory. There was just no chance to pass Yvan Muller. Our strong result here must not hide the fact that we still have to find speed, if we want to win such a race in future."

Jörg Müller (BMW Team Germany): "Compared to my previous Mexico weekends it went not too bad for me this year. Before today I had always failed to score points at this track. Fifth place in the first race was an excellent starting point for race two. I knew that I would have a chance to win, if only I could make a good start. In fact, I improved to second early, but then Gabriele Tarquini took me out of the race. That's really disappointing, as this incident ruined my chances."

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany): "Of course you want to win, when you are starting from pole position. But my disappointment is limited. Before the start of the weekend we had never expected to be that competitive and to make it to the podium. That's why I'm really happy about my 13 points today. In race two my start was not perfect. But I quickly found my rhythm again and managed to move up."

Sergio Hernández (BMW Team Italy-Spain): "I'm really happy with the outcome of this weekend. We didn't start particularly well ion Friday, but improved step by step. I spent a lot of time studying the data with my engineers, which helped me a lot to fine-tune my driving style on this track. The work was worth it. I did a big mistake in race one. But race two could hardly have run any better for me."

Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Team Italy-Spain): "Once more my team did something magic for me today. After race one my car was heavily damaged. But within 15 minutes my boys changed the alternator, the exhaust, the bumper, and many, many more parts. They only forgot to adjust my mirrors. To bring them this type of result after what they did is one of the best things of my racing career. Despite my 30-kilo handicap for the sequential gearbox, I was able to compete on a similar level as the other BMWs. This gives us an amazing boost for Marrakech."