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BMW Team RLL Disappointed at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen; Edwards and Müller Finish 6th, Auberlen and Priaulx 10th

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 29, 2014 . . . The beginning of BMW Team RLL’s Sahlen’s Six Hour of the Glen story was better than the ending, as the team was unable to capitalize on its excellent starting positions (first and third) at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The day of struggle ultimately ended with sixth and tenth place finishes.

The No. 56 BMW Z4 GTLM of John Edwards and Dirk Müller finished sixth, with a relatively trouble-free race only marred by Edwards having to take evasive action due to a spinning competitor during the second hour and dropping from third to ninth. Müller moved up to sixth by the fourth hour and Edwards, back in the car at the end, crossed the finish line in sixth. They completed 185 laps of the 3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit during the six-hour contest. The race was won by the No. 3 Corvette.

Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx had an unfortunate day in the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, having to make 10 pit stops to their teammates’ six, for a myriad of problems after starting from BMW Team RLL’s first pole position of the season. They worked hard to stay on the lead lap, but a stop-and-hold penalty for avoidable contact by Auberlen just before the third hour combined with three tire punctures to ultimately drop the car one lap to the leaders. Their tenth place finish was their poorest of the season and drops them out of the lead in driver points.

Separately, in the GTD class, a third BMW Z4 in the race, campaigned by Turner Motorsport with drivers Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala, raced to a dominant victory – their second of the season. The duo completed a total of178 laps, leading 169 circuits during the race.

 “It was a disappointing race after performing so strongly all weekend in qualifying and practice,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager. “That’s how it goes sometimes. I think the pace of the Corvettes during the race surprised us. However, it is now on to Canada and we’ll continue the fight. Congratulations to Will Turner and the Turner Motorsport guys on their second victory with the Z4 GTD. It was a dominating win and hopefully more victories will come for them during the season.”

 “Our cars were well-balanced and fast, but it was difficult to show that today with everything that happened,” said Jay O’Connell, RLL VP Technology. “Hopefully, we have had all our bad luck. It is a tough day when you end up P6 and a lap down in 10th.”

 John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “It was a very exciting race, but not necessarily in a good way. We had an issue right after one of the re-starts where I came round the corner, a Prototype had spun and I had to go off to avoid it. As I went off to the right, he turned the wheel and backed out to the right so I had to go even further off. It cost me seven or eight positions. It is surprising in a six-hour race we can’t recover from that, but there was a really long period of green flag running and we needed yellows to catch back up.”

 Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “I had three thrilling stints and loved them all. I was really quick in all of them and put no scratches on the car. The Z4 ran well. Unfortunately, we had really tough luck. John had to avoid an accident and made the best of the situation; he went outside and lost seven positions. Considering the alternative, we’ll accept a sixth place finish.”

 Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “That was a weird and very challenging day and it makes it much, much worse when you have a great car, but a lot of bad things go against you. I can’t remember the last time the car was that good and felt so connected. However, nothing went our way. We just hope it is now behind us. We leave with second in the points, but at least we are still near the top.”

 Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “We had a relatively good start, but that’s really all we had today. Unfortunately, in the areas where we needed to pass we weren’t quite strong enough. It opened Bill to bad luck and the call (avoidable contact) went against him this time. Better luck in Canada.”

 In other BMW racing action today, Joey Hand raced to a season’s best finish (7th) in round 4 of the 2014 DTM championship today at the Norisring. Teammate Marco Wittmann was the top-finishing BMW driver (6th) and retained his lead in the driver points standings.

 Round Six of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Mobil1 SportsCar Grand Prix, will take place at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, July 13th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.

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Reactions to the fourth DTM race at the Norisring.

Norisring (DE), 29th June 2014. BMW Team RMG driver Marco Wittmann (DE) finished sixth at his home race in Nürnberg (DE) and, in doing so, defended his lead in the DTM Drivers’ Championship. Joey Hand (US) crossed the finish line immediately behind Wittmann in seventh place. Read here what BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, the team principals and the eight drivers had to say after the fourth race of the season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“That was the tough race we expected. The weather made conditions very difficult, and the race was dominated by the tyre strategy. It all came down to switching from wets to slicks at just the right moment. Given the position we started from, we are not unhappy with the outcome of the race as far as the Drivers’ Championship is concerned. Marco Wittmann had a good race and managed to leave with a few more points to his name. Joey Hand also produced a great display to finish in the points. On the whole, we are obviously not satisfied. We are not here to finish sixth and seventh. When it comes down to it, the total package was not good enough on this circuit, with its special requirements. However, we are pleased to have been able to limit the damage. We are looking ahead now, and expect to fare better in Moscow in two weeks. Congratulations to Robert Wickens and Mercedes on the win. And compliments to the many spectators: over 121,000 turned out over the course of the weekend and stuck it out in the stands despite this weather. That deserves the utmost respect.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):
“We finished roughly where we started. We are pleased with that, as it means Marco Wittmann maintains his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. Congratulations to the team on a good job on what was a difficult weekend. I must apologise personally to Maxime Martin, as it was my decision to send him back out on wets again after the pit stop. That cost him a better result.”

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“We would obviously have liked to have done better at our home race. However, from those start positions we could not really have hoped for much more. Bruno Spengler put up a great fight, but was unfortunately not rewarded with a point. We must take a very close look and find out why we were not able to match the pace of our competitors, particularly in the second half of the race. Martin Tomczyk unfortunately hat to retire after a collision.” 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):
“That was a tough weekend. We just did not have the speed we needed with either car on this circuit. The situation in the pit lane, when we released Timo Glock too early, was very unfortunate. That kind of thing can happen in such a tight pit lane, but we are obviously sorry for causing the incident.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):
“Both our cars actually had good pace. We decided to go for two different strategies. We finished in the points with Joey Hand, who produced a really good race. Our tactic with Augusto Farfus did not pay off. If anyone would have told me yesterday that we would have 83 laps of the Norisring on a damp or wet track without a single safety car phase, I would never have believed them. Congratulations to the entire field, who drove with great consideration in these difficult conditions.” 

Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG, 6th):
Tyres: Wet-Option

“I think, on the whole, that we can be satisfied. We scored a few points, which was important in this race. We just weren’t competitive enough this weekend to mix it with the front-runners. We were lacking a bit of pace in the wet, and the balance was not ideal. That resulted in us losing a few positions at first. When the opposition went on the attack, it sometimes made more sense to leave the door open than to be forced into a spin. We then switched to slicks and our pace was then really good. I was able to move back up through the field again. We can now head to Moscow with new momentum.”

Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM, 7th):
Tyres: Wet-Option
“That was my best result this year. I obviously don’t compete at any race with the intention of finishing seventh. Despite this, I am quite happy with this result – particularly when you bear in mind the way we started the weekend. We had to fight hard to find the right performance on this circuit. In the rain, I had a car that really suited my driving style, although we were possibly lacking a bit of speed. I enjoyed the race though. It was a fair, clean contest on a street circuit. Today had a bit of everything. I think we put on a great show for the fans.” 

Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer, 11th):
Tyres: Wet-Option
“I am obviously very disappointed. A safety car start makes it difficult to gain positions at the start. After that the race actually went quite well, but unfortunately the front left of my car was damaged after a small contact on the opening lap. That made it difficult for me to make any progress as it started to dry out. The strategy of switching early to slicks was very good, but unfortunately the damage meant we did not have enough pace. The team and I did our best today. We must now move on from today and concentrate on the next race.” 

Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM, 14th):
Tyres: Wet-Wet-Option

“I think we had a very strong car today, and we had a really good pace. We gambled with the strategy at the beginning of the race. But unfortunately that did not work out. It would have worked out if we had a safety car period but that did not happen.” 

Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK, 16th):
Tyres: Wet-Option
“It was working really well in the rain at the start, and I was able to climb as high as eighth place. After that I was consistently losing grip and had a spin. That was a shame, as I might have been good for the odd point or two. On the whole, we were simply not quick enough here.” 

Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG, 17th):
Tyres: Wet-Wet-Option
“I made a good start and worked my way into fifth place over the opening laps. Unfortunately we then made the wrong decision in the pit stop and headed back out onto a drying track on wet tyres. After that it was obviously tough for me to hold off the opposition on options. It is a shame, as we could definitely have done better today.”

António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK, 20th):
Tyres: Wet-Wet-Option

“It was not a good weekend for us. We went the wrong way with the car from the beginning and then it was just too hard to recover from that. But we will make sure that we go home, we have a look at it, and we learn from it. We will then head to Moscow with a clear head and ready to have a great race.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer, DNF):
Tyres: Wet-Wet

“The collision with Gary Paffett was my fault. I am very sorry. We had just switched to options and I misjudged the braking point. The conditions were very tough, but it was the same for everyone.”

Facts and figures from Norisring:  

Circuit / Date Norisring, 29th June 2014
Laps / Distance 83 laps, 2.3 km
2014 Pole Position Robert Wickens (CA), 47.883 seconds
2014 Winner Robert Wickens (CA), Mercedes
2014 Fastest Lap Mattias Ekström (SE), 48.610 seconds

Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR
Country BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE
Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24
Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG
Free practice 18th 19th 10th 17th 20th 22nd 7th 14th
Qualifying 15th 14th 16th 19th 13th 22nd 8th 11th
Race 14th 7th 11th DNF 16th 20th 6th 17th
2014 points 14 7 23 8 10 4 58 8
Current position 11th 18th 10th 17th 14th 19th 1st 16th
Performance Weights +5kg +2.5kg +5kg +5kg +2.5kg +2.5kg +5kg +2.5kg

 

Standings after 4 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ standings.
1. Marco Wittmann (58 points), 2. Edoardo Mortara (39), 3. Mattias Ekström (35), 4. Mike Rockenfeller (35),  5. Adrien Tambay (28), 6. Miguel Molina (26), 7. Robert Wickens (25), 8. Christian Vietoris (25), 9. Jamie Green (24), 10. Bruno Spengler (23), 11. Augusto Farfus (14), 12. Paul di Resta (12), 13. Pascal Wehrlein (10), 14. Timo Glock (10), 15. Timo Scheider (9), 16. Maxime Martin (8), 17. Martin Tomczyk (8), 18. Joey Hand (7), 19. António Félix da Costa (4), 20. Gary Paffett (4). 

Team standings.
1. Audi Sport Team Abt (67 points), 2. BMW Team RMG (66) , 3. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (61), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (44), 5. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (37), 6. BMW Team Schnitzer (31), 7. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (29), 8. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (24), 9. BMW Team RBM (21), 10. BMW Team MTEK (14), 11. gooix Mercedes AMG (10). 

Manufacturers’ standings.
1. Audi (196 points), 2. BMW (132), Mercedes-Benz (76).

2014 calendar:

4th May – Hockenheim (DE), 18th May – Oschersleben (DE), 1st June – Budapest (HU), 29th June – Norisring (DE), 13th July – Moscow (RU), 3rd August – Spielberg (AT), 17th August – Nürburgring (DE), 14th September – Lausitzring (DE), 28th September – Guangzhou (CN), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE). 

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Marco Wittmann finishes sixth at his home race to retain the DTM lead – Joey Hand also in the points for BMW.

Norisring (DE), 29th June 2014. Marco Wittmann (DE) was the best-placed BMW driver at his home race on the Norisring (DE), finishing in sixth place. Despite difficult conditions, the local favourite from BMW Team RMG still managed to pick up eight points in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM and continues to lead the DTM Drivers’ Championship with 58 points. Joey Hand (US), at the wheel of the Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM, also produced an impressive display to finish seventh behind Wittmann on a track that was wet at first but dried out as the race progressed. Victory went to Mercedes driver Robert Wickens (CA).

The remaining BMW DTM drivers missed out on the top ten in the fourth of ten races this season. Bruno Spengler (CA) finished 11th in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Augusto Farfus (BR) was unable to benefit from an early first pit stop, eventually crossing the finish line 14th in the Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM. The two BMW Team MTEK drivers, Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM), came home 16th and 20th.

Maxime Martin (BE) demonstrated his renowned ability in the wet during the first half of the race, climbing as high as fifth place. However, he returned to the track with wet-weather tyres on the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM after his first stop. When the circuit then started to dry out towards the end of the race, Martin was forced to switch to slicks and dropped back into 17th. Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) was forced to retire from the race following a collision with Gary Paffett (GB).

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“That was the tough race we expected. The weather made conditions very difficult, and the race was dominated by the tyre strategy. It all came down to switching from wets to slicks at just the right moment. Given the position we started from, we are not unhappy with the outcome of the race as far as the Drivers’ Championship is concerned. Marco Wittmann had a good race and managed to leave with a few more points to his name. Joey Hand also produced a great display to finish in the points. On the whole, we are obviously not satisfied. We are not here to finish sixth and seventh. When it comes down to it, the total package was not good enough on this circuit, with its special requirements. However, we are pleased to have been able to limit the damage. We are looking ahead now, and expect to fare better in Moscow in two weeks. Congratulations to Robert Wickens and Mercedes on the win. And compliments to the many spectators: over 121,000 turned out over the course of the weekend and stuck it out in the stands despite this weather. That deserves the utmost respect.”

Note to editors:

You will shortly receive a press release with further reactions from the four BMW team principals and eight drivers.

Facts and figures from Norisring:  

Circuit / Date Norisring, 29th June 2014
Laps / Distance 83 laps, 2.3 km
2014 Pole Position Robert Wickens (CA), 47.883 seconds
2014 Winner Robert Wickens (CA), Mercedes
2014 Fastest Lap Mattias Ekström (SE), 48.610 seconds

Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR
Country BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE
Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24
Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG
Free practice 18th 19th 10th 17th 20th 22nd 7th 14th
Qualifying 15th 14th 16th 19th 13th 22nd 8th 11th
Race 14th 7th 11th DNF 16th 20th 6th 17th
2014 points 14 7 23 8 10 4 58 8
Current position 11th 18th 10th 17th 14th 19th 1st 16th
Performance Weights +5kg +2.5kg +5kg +5kg +2.5kg +2.5kg +5kg +2.5kg

 

Standings after 4 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ standings.
1. Marco Wittmann (58 points), 2. Edoardo Mortara (39), 3. Mattias Ekström (35), 4. Mike Rockenfeller (35),  5. Adrien Tambay (28), 6. Miguel Molina (26), 7. Robert Wickens (25), 8. Christian Vietoris (25), 9. Jamie Green (24), 10. Bruno Spengler (23), 11. Augusto Farfus (14), 12. Paul di Resta (12), 13. Pascal Wehrlein (10), 14. Timo Glock (10), 15. Timo Scheider (9), 16. Maxime Martin (8), 17. Martin Tomczyk (8), 18. Joey Hand (7), 19. António Félix da Costa (4), 20. Gary Paffett (4). 

Team standings.
1. Audi Sport Team Abt (67 points), 2. BMW Team RMG (66) , 3. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (61), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (44), 5. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (37), 6. BMW Team Schnitzer (31), 7. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (29), 8. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (24), 9. BMW Team RBM (21), 10. BMW Team MTEK (14), 11. gooix Mercedes AMG (10). 

Manufacturers’ standings.
1. Audi (196 points), 2. BMW (132), Mercedes-Benz (76).

2014 calendar:

4th May – Hockenheim (DE), 18th May – Oschersleben (DE), 1st June – Budapest (HU), 29th June – Norisring (DE), 13th July – Moscow (RU), 3rd August – Spielberg (AT), 17th August – Nürburgring (DE), 14th September – Lausitzring (DE), 28th September – Guangzhou (CN), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE). 

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Marco Wittmann starts from the fourth row at BMW’s home race – Tough qualifying for the BMW DTM teams.

Norisring (DE), 28th June 2014. Qualifying for the fourth DTM race of the season at the Norisring (DE) did not go entirely to plan for the BMW teams. Local favourite and DTM leader Marco Wittmann (DE) was the best-placed BMW driver, qualifying eighth in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. The 24-year-old overcame the disadvantage of an additional five kilograms of ballast, added to his car as a result of his recent success, to progress to the third qualifying session. He now goes into Sunday’s race with every chance of adding to his points tally. Fellow BMW Team RMG driver Maxime Martin (BE) landed his SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM in 11th place on tomorrow’s grid.

Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM), Joey Hand (US, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM), Augusto Farfus (BR, Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM) followed in positions 13, 14, 15 and 16. Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) in 19th and António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) in 22nd failed to progress beyond the first qualifying session. Tomczyk missed out on Q2 by just one thousandths of a second.

The race begins on at 13:30 Sunday (live on ARD).

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“We are obviously not happy with this qualifying result. It was once again extremely close here. In the first qualifying session, just four tenths of a second separated first from 23rd place. That shows how incredibly evenly-matched the drivers and manufacturers are on this short circuit. It looked pretty good for us at first, but unfortunately qualifying then went the wrong way for us. A great performance from Marco Wittmann has at least given us some reason for optimism looking ahead to tomorrow’s race, with regard to the Drivers’ Championship too. We still have to take a close look at the exact reasons behind the poor result. The Performance Weight definitely played a role here. One way or another, we are looking forward to an exciting race tomorrow, especially as rain is forecast. We hope local favourite Marco can come up with a good result in front of his home fans. Congratulations to Robert Wickens and Mercedes on a strong display.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG, 8th):

“Even after free practice we could kind of predict that we would not be right up there in dry conditions. The Performance Weight obviously makes a difference on this circuit, where every fraction of a second counts. We were quick in the middle sector, but the others were ultimately better than us today. I will have to try to get off to a good, clean first lap tomorrow, and stay out of any trouble. Then we will wait and see what the Nürnberg weather has in store for us. If it rains, it will be a case of adapting quickly to the wet conditions. My goal is to have a good race and pick up plenty of points.” 

Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG, 11th):

“I am the second highest-placed BMW driver, which is not bad for my first qualifying here at the Norisring. Starting from 11th on the grid is basically okay. On the whole, however, the BMWs were not as strong today as we had hoped to be. Marco Wittmann did a good job.”

Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK, 13th):

“I think that was as good as we could have hoped for today. We saw all day that we did not really have the pace. However, I must say that my guys at BMW Team MTEK did a very good job and gradually improved the car. We were heading in the right direction. Personally, I have struggled all weekend to understand how to drive the last corner. That is where I had the most problems, as the car was always sliding a bit. Starting from 13th, we are right in the midst of all the chaos. And if it rains tomorrow, it could be a bit tricky.”

Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM, 14th):

“In actual fact, that was almost better than expected for me. It is a tough weekend for us. BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RBM have really worked hard. We had a new schedule today. It is great fun having two practice sessions, and it is better for the fans. However, this does mean a lot of work between sessions for our guys. I am now looking forward to the race. It will be a real battle, and it could be a wet one. We are ready for it.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM, 15th):

“We saw that all the BMWs are very evenly matched. We are lacking a bit of pace here. The balance of the car between the tyres was not quite right. That is why we came up that little bit short today. It is a shame, but rain is forecast for tomorrow and it is a very long race. If it does rain, the tide could turn in our favour.” 

Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer, 16th):

“That was not our day today. It is hard to say what it is down to. We must analyse it closely now, in order to be able to push in tomorrow’s race. That will be difficult for me from 16th on the grid. I don’t believe in miracles. All that can help now is hard work. We will do our very best to make up places tomorrow. Let’s see what kind of weather we have. Maybe that will help us.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer, 19th):

“That is obviously not the result I was looking for. However, we saw that it was difficult for all the BMWs today. Despite this, there was more in it for us with our car. Given the qualifying result, the fact that it is due to rain tomorrow is good news.”

António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK, 22nd):

“After the second free practice we went in the wrong direction with the set-up. After that, we simply were not quick enough. The gaps between the cars are very small, and another half a second quicker would have put me in Q2. It is a shame, as I like the track. I will now sit down with the team and see how we can improve tomorrow. If it rains, we actually have a good set-up, so let’s wait and see.”

Facts and figures from Norisring:  

Circuit / Date Norisring, 29th June 2014
Laps / Distance 83 laps, 2.3 km
2014 Pole Position Robert Wickens (CA), 47.883 seconds
2013 Winner – (Mattias Ekström disqualified)
2013 Fastest Lap Christian Vietoris (DE), 48.572 seconds
Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR
Country BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE
Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24
Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG
Free practice 18th 19th 10th 17th 20th 22nd 7th 14th
Qualifying 15th 14th 16th 19th 13th 22nd 8th 11th
Race
2014 points 14 1 23 8 10 4 50 8
Current position 9th 18th 7th 13th 11th 16th 1st 12th
Performance Weights +5kg +2.5kg +5kg +5kg +2.5kg +2.5kg +5kg +2.5kg

 

Standings after 3 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ Championship.

1. Marco Wittmann (50 points), 2. Mike Rockenfeller (31), 3. Edoardo Mortara (27), 4. Miguel Molina (26), 5. Adrien Tambay (26), 6. Christian Vietoris (25), 7. Bruno Spengler (23), 8. Mattias Ekström (20), 9. Augusto Farfus (14), 10. Paul di Resta (12), 11. Timo Glock (10), 12. Maxime Martin (8), 13. Martin Tomczyk (8), 14. Timo Scheider (8), 15. Jamie Green (6), 16. António Félix da Costa (4), 17. Gary Paffett (4), 18. Joey Hand (1). 

Team Championship.

1. BMW Team RMG (58 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt (53), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (46), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (39), 5. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (37), 6. BMW Team Schnitzer (31), 7. BMW Team RBM (15), 8. BMW Team MTEK (14), 9. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (6), 10. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (4.). 

Manufacturers’ Championship.

1. Audi (144 points), 2. BMW (118), Mercedes-Benz (41).

2014 calendar:

4th May – Hockenheim (DE), 18th May – Oschersleben (DE), 1st June – Budapest (HU), 29th June – Norisring (DE), 13th July – Moscow (RU), 3rd August – Spielberg (AT), 17th August – Nürburgring (DE), 14th September – Lausitzring (DE), 28th September – Guangzhou (CN), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE). 

About the DTM.
The German Touring Car Masters – DTM for short – is the most popular touring car series in the world. Last season, over 700,000 spectators flocked to renowned racetracks in Germany and around Europe to watch the ten races live. The series pits the three premium automobile manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz against each other in a sporting contest. BMW fielded its first works teams from 1984 to 1992, during which time it claimed 49 race victories and won the Drivers’ Championship on three occasions (1984, 1987 and 1989). In 2012, the manufacturer returned to the DTM with the BMW M3 DTM, three teams and six drivers. BMW promptly won five races and topped the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the end of the season. In 2013, BMW Motorsport managed to defend the Manufacturer’s title with four teams and eight drivers. The 2014 DTM calendar once again consists of ten races. The schedule includes four trips abroad, to Budapest (HU), Spielberg (AT), Moscow (RU) and Guangzhou (CN). The season traditionally ends in Hockenheim (DE) on 19th October. TV station ARD is broadcasting each qualifying and every race live. Tickets for all the DTM races are available here: http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/fan-area/dtm-tickets.html

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The long break is over and BMW Team RLL heads to new territory in Watkins Glen for round five of the series.

Munich (DE), 25th June 2014. BMW Team RLL will contest its first race at the classic Watkins Glen International circuit this weekend at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in round five of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship.

The series restarts following a seven-week break for teams competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FR). BMW Team RLL drivers Bill Auberlen (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) currently lead the GTLM driver points and their number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM leads the team points standings. John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE), drivers of the number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM, stand sixth in driver points and eighth in team points. BMW is second in GTLM Manufacturer points, only two points behind Porsche.

In preparation for the race on Sunday, the team held a two-day test at the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course on 21st and 22nd May with drivers Auberlen, Müller and Priaulx present. Completing a total of 207 laps, the critical test gave both Müller and Priaulx their first laps of the circuit that was home of the US Grand Prix from 1961 to 1980. Edwards did not test, having gained experience at the Glen in the recent Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

In past years, BMW teams have had success at Watkins Glen and the six-hour race. Most recently Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates raced to the overall win in 2010 with the number 01 BMW Riley and, in 2004, Auberlen and Boris Said took the GT win in a BMW Team PTG M3. Seventeen years earlier, in 1987, the first generation BMW M3 scored a one-two finish in the Firehawk Endurance Championship. Bobby Rahal, Team Principal, drove his very first Formula One race at WGI in 1978, finishing 12th. He also drove to two top-five finishes in International Race of Champions (IROC) in 1986-1988.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):

“It’s exciting to be back at Watkins Glen, which is certainly one of the crown jewels of racing circuits in this country. It’s the first race for BMW Team RLL at Watkins Glen and we’re looking forward to it. We tested there recently, although the weather didn’t totally cooperate. There are a lot of high speed corners, which we’re pleased about, and there is a long straightaway, which we’re not so pleased about, but just to be back at Watkins Glen is important for BMW, our team and sports car racing.  It’s going to be a tough race for sure, but it’s such a great circuit. A great-handling car can definitely make a difference there, so I’m hopeful we can take advantage of our strengths.”

Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“This has been one of those amazing years and they are very hard to come by. We have managed to be on the podium all but once in the most competitive racing series around and it’s all due to the incredible BMW Z4 GTLM, BMW Team RLL and Andy Priaulx. With some luck we can extend our championship lead coming out of Watkins Glen, which is one of the most incredible tracks in the world.  It’s going to be a gruelling six-hour fight to victory lane and we are more than prepared to get it done. I’m really looking forward to Watkins Glen and giving it our all.”

Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“I’m very much looking forward to getting back to the Glen after what was a great test a few weeks ago, and crucially an ideal opportunity for me to learn this very challenging circuit. I would say that The Glen should suit our car; it’s a circuit that requires a good balance in order to fully commit to the high-speed corners. This is where the BMW Z4 GTLM is strong. Again, like all the races so far the year, we need to keep our head and score points and keep building our championship campaign. It’s going to be a long race with many cars on track and staying out of trouble will be crucial.”

John Edwards (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“Watkins Glen is one of my favourite tracks in the country, and I’m really excited to be going there this year with the BMW Z4 GTLM. The car has quite a bit more downforce than anything else I’ve driven at Watkins Glen, so it should be an intense race. The BMW Z4 GTLM’s strength also lies in carrying momentum, so it is a good thing that there aren’t any slow corners leading on to long straights here. Dirk and I have had some bad luck in a couple races this season, which has put us behind in points, so we’re ready to rebound and win some races the rest of this year, hopefully starting this weekend.”

Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“I’m looking forward to a great weekend with a big six-hour race. Watkins Glen is an incredibly quick and challenging circuit.  We’ve had enough time to get ready after our break and all the batteries are charged and ready to go!”

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Spotted! Right hand drive E30 touring!

I was driving along Route 34 in Wall, NJ last Saturday and caught sight of this RHD  BMW E30 Touring w/manual transmission  just sitting in a parking lot. From a distance I thought it was just an E34 Touring, but as I got closer… A quick application of hard braking and a jab at the steering wheel and I was in the parking lot. I only took a few quick pics with my iPhone. The car shows some areas of rust, but looks to be the start of a nice project. Hopefully I’ll come across it again in its finished state.

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On the streets of Nürnberg: The BMW M4 DTM makes its street circuit debut.

Munich (DE), 23rd June 2014. After a four-week break in race action, the 2014 DTM season resumes with the race on the Norisring (DE). On 29th June, the BMW drivers will do battle for points and places at the iconic street race in Nürnberg (DE). One driver in particular is looking forward to the fourth race of the year: Marco Wittmann (DE), who currently leads the Drivers’ Championship with 50 points. He lives just 20 kilometres from the circuit in Fürth (DE). Just as the local favourite leads the Drivers’ Championship, BMW Team RMG also occupies first place in the team competition. Team Principal Stefan Reinhold’s (DE) outfit tops the standings with 58 points.

The 2.3 kilometre Norisring is regarded as the Monaco of the DTM. Similar to the way Formula One drivers weave their way through the narrow streets in the Mediterranean principality, the DTM drivers also come within a whisker of the walls on the tight street circuit in Nürnberg. They must complete the stop-and-start circuit around the Dutzendteich 83 times before they see the chequered flag.

Last year the Norisring, which is made race-ready each year by volunteers, proved to be relatively difficult terrain for BMW Motorsport. After an eventful race in extreme heat, which also included two safety car periods, Bruno Spengler (CA) came home sixth as the best-placed BMW driver. In total, four BMW drivers finished in the top ten. Over the course of the weekend, 126,000 spectators followed the action on the Norisring, where BMW has five DTM wins to its name. These included the first ever DTM race in Nürnberg back in 1984, when Winfried Vogt (DE) triumphed in a BMW 323i.

On Sunday, fans can look forward to a very special highlight before the fourth round of the season gets underway – the BMW Motorsport “Pit Stop Chain”. Together with the many BMW employees in Nürnberg, the fans will form a human chain from the ITR stage to the BMW Z4 GT3 of BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT), who will also be making a guest appearance at the Norisring. They will pass the four tyres for the pit stop, one after another, to the pit crew, who will then perform the tyre change. Zanardi will then head out onto the track with the BMW Z4 GT3.

A new addition to the weekend format awaits DTM fans in Nürnberg on Saturday. For the first time this season, the eight BMW M4 DTMs will go on track for two 60-minute practices. ARD will broadcast the subsequent qualifying at the Norisring live from 14:35 on Saturday. TV viewers will join the action live from 13:15 on Sunday, when the BMW drivers set off in pursuit of more points in the fourth race of the season.

Three BMW DTM drivers are travelling straight from the “Green Hell” to Nürnberg: Wittmann, Maxime Martin (BE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) were all in action at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) last weekend. While both Wittmann and Martin failed to finish with BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Tomczyk and his team-mates came home sixth in the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 for BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“The new BMW M4 DTM’s debut has been very successful for us so far. Two pole positions, two wins and 118 points from three races are a more than positive yield. Furthermore, in Marco Wittmann we also have the leader in the Drivers’ Championship among our ranks. So, we have enjoyed a good start to the season with the new BMW M4 DTM. However, we will not make the mistake of resting on our laurels. You have to work hard for every single success in the DTM, and a weekend of hard work awaits us in Nürnberg this weekend. The Norisring is the perfect venue to return from the four-week break with one of the real highlights of the season. The unique atmosphere that the fans generate in the paddock and the stands is enough to give you goose-bumps. I am particularly looking forward to the many BMW employees who will be at the circuit and give us fantastic support this weekend. We will do our best to give them and all the other BMW fans further cause for celebration in Nürnberg.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):
“We used the four-week break to analyse this year’s previous races and to work on improvements. At the same time, we also used the time to recharge our batteries after the intense start to the season. That has worked very well, and the entire team is now looking forward to the highlight of the season at the Norisring.”

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“After the intense start to the season, with three races within a matter of weeks, the short breather before our home race at the Norisring in Bavaria has done us all good. Especially having gone into the break on the back of a success like Bruno Spengler’s third place in Budapest. We are looking forward to the outing at the Norisring. The street circuit in Nürnberg has a long tradition and is definitely a special event for us.”

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):
“Our performance in the first third of the season was good. My team did a superb job. We have been particularly strong in qualifying so far. All that is missing is a top result in a race. We want to achieve that as quickly as possible. I would be delighted for the team if we were to pull it off at the next race at the Norisring.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):
“We have had a very good start to the season and are obviously looking forward to Marco Wittmann’s home race at the Norisring. We are working very hard to ensure Maxime Martin and Marco remain successful. The Norisring is a unique and difficult circuit, which represents a completely new challenge for everyone after three of ten races. Because of this, we are very intrigued to discover the balance of power on this circuit. As always, it will be important that the team does not make any mistakes on the weekend. For me personally, this race is something of an anniversary: I was involved in my first Formula 3 race at the Norisring in 1994.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM):
“On paper a lap of the Norisring looks really simple. The challenge is finding the right strategy and the perfect set-up for the race. You can soon end up with a car that is quick on the straights, but poor braking into corners. For this reason, the set-up must be 100 per cent right.”

Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM):
“Where we would normally drive off into a gravel trap at other circuits, you are straight into a wall at the Norisring. I think this really changes how people race. It is fantastic to race on a track in the middle of the city, because we are bringing the racing right to the fans. The race at the Norisring will be a great show.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“The Norisring is very technical and very challenging, as you have to brake late. Because the cars pass very close to the walls, you cannot afford to make any mistakes. I have always been very successful at the Norisring. The atmosphere there is always amazing, so I am really looking forward to driving there in the DTM again.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer):
“After the scorching race last year, which included two safety periods and was utter chaos at times, I am intrigued to see what surprises the Norisring has in store for us this time. Driving there is always a big challenge. I hope I can produce another good performance in front of the many BMW employees and fans.”

Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK):
“The race at the Norisring is always a highlight, both for us drivers and for the DTM fans. The action there is incredible. There are a lot of battles on the track, and it is not uncommon for cars to end up in the wall or crash barrier. Although the circuit only consists of four corners, it represents a real challenge. The cars are set-up with very little downforce and dance across the bumps. It will be an exciting weekend, and one I am really looking forward to.

António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK): 
“I was at the Norisring in 2010 with Formula 3 and am looking forward to returning to this circuit. A lap of the Norisring is very short – and the car needs a completely different set-up to other circuits. I head to Nürnberg with a lot of confidence and really hope we can mix it with the front-runners again there.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG): 
“There is huge anticipation ahead of my home race at the Norisring. This event is the highlight of the year. It is fantastic to compete at my home race as the leader in the Drivers’ Championship. The circuit is only a few kilometres from my home. My family and friends will be there to support me and cheer me on. A good result at the Norisring would be a dream come true.”

Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG): 
“Every DTM driver wants to race at the Norisring and to put in a good performance there. The circuit itself does not look all that difficult, with just two hairpins and a chicane. However, it is a real challenge. I have yet to complete a single lap there so far, so I don’t know exactly what awaits me. For this reason, I am preparing meticulously and really looking forward to pulling out of the pit lane for the first time.”

Statistics ahead of the race at the Norisring.

Circuit / Date Norisring, 29th June 2014
Laps / Distance 83 laps, 2.3 km
2013 Pole Time Robert Wickens (CA), 48.384 seconds
2013 winner – (Mattias Ekström disqualified)
2013 Fastest Lap   Christian Vietoris (DE), 48.572 seconds

 

Driver data.

Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR
Nationality BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE
Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24
Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG
Races 23 23 96 134 13 3 13 3
Wins 4 14 7 1 2
Poles 3 16 8 3
Fastest laps 1 1 14 8 2
Points 199 39 565 408 50 4 99 8
2014 points 14 1 23 8 10 4 50 8
Current position 9th 18th 7th 13th 11th 16th 1st 12th
Performance Weights +5kg +2.5kg +5kg +5kg +2.5kg +2.5kg +5kg +2.5kg

 

Drivers’ Championship.

1. Marco Wittmann (50 points), 2. Mike Rockenfeller (31), 3. Edoardo Mortara (27),
4. Miguel Molina (26), 5. Adrien Tambay (26), 6. Christian Vietoris (25), 7. Bruno Spengler (23), 8. Mattias Ekström (20), 9. Augusto Farfus (14), 10. Paul di Resta (12),
11. Timo Glock (10), 12. Maxime Martin (8), 13. Martin Tomczyk (8), 14. Timo Scheider (8), 15. Jamie Green (6), 16. António Félix da Costa (4), 17. Gary Paffett (4), 18. Joey Hand (1).

Team Championship.

1. BMW Team RMG (58 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt (53), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (46), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (39), 5. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (37), 6. BMW Team Schnitzer (31), 7. BMW Team RBM (15), 8. BMW Team MTEK (14),
9. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (6), 10. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (4.).

Manufacturers’ Championship.

1. Audi (144 points), 2. BMW (118), Mercedes-Benz (41).

2014 calendar:

4th May – Hockenheim (DE), 18th May – Oschersleben (DE), 1st June – Budapest (HU), 29th June – Norisring (DE), 13th July – Moscow (RU), 3rd August – Spielberg (AT), 17th August – Nürburgring (DE), 14th September – Lausitzring (DE), 28th September – Guangzhou (CN), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE).

 

BMW Motorsport media schedule.

Saturday, 28th June
17:50-18:15 Round table interview with BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt BMW Motorsport Hospitality
18:15-19:00 Interviews with the BMW DTM drivers BMW Motorsport Hospitality
Sunday, 29th June
17:30-18:00 Interviews with the BMW DTM drivers and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt BMW Motorsport Hospitality

About the DTM.
The German Touring Car Masters – DTM for short – is the most popular touring car series in the world. Last season, over 700,000 spectators flocked to renowned racetracks in Germany and around Europe to watch the ten races live. The series pits the three premium automobile manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz against each other in a sporting contest. BMW fielded its first works teams from 1984 to 1992, during which time it claimed 49 race victories and won the Drivers’ Championship on three occasions (1984, 1987 and 1989). In 2012, the manufacturer returned to the DTM with the BMW M3 DTM, three teams and six drivers. BMW promptly won five races and topped the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the end of the season. In 2013, BMW Motorsport managed to defend the Manufacturer’s title with four teams and eight drivers. The 2014 DTM calendar once again consists of ten races. The schedule includes four trips abroad, to Budapest (HU), Spielberg (AT), Moscow (RU) and Guangzhou (CN). The season traditionally ends in Hockenheim (DE) on 19th October. TV station ARD is broadcasting each qualifying and every race live. Tickets for all the DTM races are available here:

 http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/fan-area/dtm-tickets.html

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Strong displays by the BMW Sports Trophy teams go unrewarded on the Nordschleife – Two BMW Z4 GT3s in the top ten

Nürburgring (DE), 22nd June 2014. There was to be no happy ending for the BMW Sports Trophy teams at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE). Despite strong performances and leading at times, the podium eluded BMW as the endurance classic was held for the 42nd time in front of a total of 205,000 spectators. BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, with the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3, was embroiled in a fascinating three-way battle at the head of the field with an Audi and a Mercedes until two hours from the end of the race. However, Claudia Hürtgen (DE), Dominik Baumann (AT), Jens Klingmann (DE) and BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk (DE) then dropped back through the field due to a bent tie rod, which had to be replaced during a lengthy pit stop for repairs. After 157 laps, they eventually came home in sixth. Ferdinand Stuck (DE), Max Sandritter (DE), Christopher Brück (DE) and Dennis Rostek (DE) finished an outstanding eighth overall in the number 28 BMW Z4 GT3 for the Walkenhorst Motorsport team.

The race came to a premature end for the remaining BMW Z4 GT3s fielded by BMW Sports Trophy teams Schubert and Marc VDS. The number 19 car of BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert retired as a result of damaged suspension just four hours into the race. BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS’ two BMW Z4 GT3s were forced out of the race during the night, having crashed while running in promising positions. Both BMW DTM driver Marco Wittmann (DE) and Bas Leinders (BE) were involved in collisions. Their cars were too badly damaged to be able to continue the race.

“That was once again a dramatic 24-hour race here on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife – with a disappointing outcome for us,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Despite a number of set-backs, we were at least right up there among the leaders until shortly before the finish with the number 20 car. BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and drivers Claudia Hürtgen, Jens Klingmann, Dominik Baumann and Martin Tomczyk ultimately went unrewarded for their commitment. They had to abandon any hope of a podium following a pit stop for repairs two hours before the end of the race, and eventually came home in sixth place. Prior to this, the other BMW Z4 GT3 of our BMW Sports Trophy teams had been involved in crashes and had to retire. That shows how ruthless this race has been again this year. Because of this, we are all the more delighted that the Walkenhorst Motorsport team managed to claim a top-ten finish, bringing its number 28 BMW Z4 GT3 home in eighth place. Furthermore, the BMW M235i Racing was a valuable addition to the field on its 24-hour debut, and provided plenty of action in the Cup2 class. The race was eventful, very tiring and unpredictable. Unfortunately this time we did not have the luck you need on the toughest circuit in the world. Congratulations to the victorious Phoenix team.”

First place in the hard-fought BMW M235i Racing Cup class, and 29th overall, went to Daniel Zils (DE), Norbert Fischer (DE), Uwe Ebertz (DE) and Timo Schupp (DE) from the Adrenalin Motorsport team. The quartet also won the interim classifications after six, 12 and 18 hours, picking up plenty of points for the overall classification in the process.

The BMW M235i Racing fielded by BMW Motorsport and featuring a special livery, driven by journalists Marcus Schurig (DE) and Jethro Bovingdon (GB), former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann (DE) and BMW Motorsport Junior Alexander Mies (DE), made it through its 24-hour debut without any technical issues to finish a creditable 53rd overall. The car was involved in an incident in the Flugplatz section of the circuit on Saturday evening, as a consequence of which a marshal injured his leg leaping over the crash barrier and was taken to hospital. “I am very sorry about this incident,” said Mies, who was at the wheel at the time. “I did not see the yellow flag and so did not slow down sufficiently. That was my mistake, and I apologise. I wish the marshal all the best for a speedy recovery.”

The BMW Z4 GT3s fielded by the BMW Sports Trophy teams were equipped with BMW laser light technology for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The first race outing for this innovative technology at the qualifying race for the Eifel marathon in April was a world first.

Quotes after 24 hours.

Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, 6th):
“You are obviously very disappointed after a race like that. We wanted to win – and we really gave it our all. However, it just wasn’t meant to be. I feel incredibly sorry for the entire team, which once again did a sensational job. The cars were superbly prepared, but you also need that little bit of luck in the race – and we just didn’t have that.”

Dominik Baumann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, 6th):
“The closing phase was exciting. I tried to get everything out of the car. Our car was good to drive, although we had just replaced the tie rod. It was also getting quite warm for the tyres. However, I discussed it with the team and we decided I should go on the attack again and try to gain the odd position. It was a nice stint, but I am glad to be at the finish and that it is over. It was a tough race and, unfortunately, there were a few incidents that cost us a top result. As far as speed and durability are concerned, we could have won the race.”

Jens Klingmann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, 6th):
“I think we deserved to be on the podium. We were able to put the winning Audi under pressure for a long time. On the one hand I am satisfied, as our package was definitely right here and could have produced a top result. On the other hand, you are naturally disappointed. Once you have led the race, you want to go on and win it. It was a 24-hour sprint with plenty of action – and the BMW laser light technology definitely proved advantageous in the night.”

Martin Tomczyk (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, #20, 6th):
“This Nürburgring 24 Hours once again showed just what can happen. Unfortunately misfortune struck for the last of the four BMW Z4 GT3s towards the end of the race. That was a huge shame, as we were actually well placed to challenge for first or second place. In the end we had to settle for sixth. We came here to win. That was the goal. Anything else is a disappointment.”

Max Sandritter (Team Walkenhorst, #28, 8th):
“We wanted to finish in the top ten – and we did precisely that, coming home eighth. We never expected to be the second best BMW. The BMW Z4 GT3 ran without any issues, and the team did an outstanding job. It was my first 24-hour race in a GT3 car, and I made it through to the finish at the first attempt – awesome.”

Alex Hofmann (BMW M235i Racing, #235, 53rd):
“That race was just hugely enjoyable. It was an honour for me to drive both the start and the final stint. At first it was a bit wild out on the track, but then it all calmed down a bit and we found a good rhythm. I learned a lot and hope that we were able to convey the fascination of this race from the cockpit to the TV viewers. I would like to thank the entire team for the flawless job they did all weekend, and obviously BMW Motorsport for giving me this opportunity.”

Matthias Unger (Team Principal, Adrenalin Motorsport, BMW M235i Racing, #308, 1st in Cup2 class):
“We achieved what we set out to achieve. We went into the race with a certain tactic – and we stuck with it. It proved to be successful. As Team Principal, I also drive myself, so I know what the 24-hour race here is all about. We had superb drivers, who all drove with their heads and intelligently, and who stuck to what we discussed in advance. On top of that, we had a super team and an excellently prepared car. The BMW M235i Racing was perfect. It could not have run more smoothly.”

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Night of highs and lows for the BMW Sports Trophy teams

Nürburgring (DE), 22nd June 2014. The new day has dawned over the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE), and the BMW teams have a night of highs and lows behind them. While the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 is battling with the front-runners, crashes mean the two BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS cars are no longer involved.

Martin Tomczyk (DE) moved into the lead with the number 20 car during the night. Jens Klingmann (DE) and Dominik Baumann (AT) were then embroiled in a hard-fought three-car battle with a Mercedes and an Audi. The quartet was running third when the car was handed over to Claudia Hürtgen (DE) after almost 15 hours of racing.

The race was already over by this point for the other three works-assisted BMW Z4 GT3s. The race came to a premature end for the two BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS cars in its tenth hour. First to crash out was the number 25 car. Marco Wittmann (DE) was hit by another car in the Pflanzgarten section of the track and was pushed into the crash barriers. Wittmann and his colleagues Maxime Martin (BE), Jörg Müller (DE) und Uwe Alzen (DE) had previously managed to fight their way back into the leading group following an early spin.

A short time later, a similar fate struck the number 26 car. Bas Leinders (BE) came off the track while attempting to avoid hitting other cars. The resulting damage to the BMW Z4 GT3 was so serious that it was impossible to continue. Leinders, Markus Palttala (FI), Nick Catsburg (NL) and Dirk Adorf (DE) were in the midst of a fightback, having lost time and places with a technical problem at around midnight. The number 19 BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert car, with Dirk Werner (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE), Dirk Müller (DE) and Alexander Sims (DE) at the wheel, suffered a damaged suspension and was forced to retire in the fourth hour of the race.

The two BMW Z4 GT3s fielded by the Walkenhorst Motorsport team are running 15th and 16th overall. The BMW M235i Racing with the appropriate start number 235, driven by Alexander Mies (DE), former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann (DE), and journalists Marcus Schurig (DE) and Jethro Bovingdon (GB), is 56th. The Adrenalin Motorsport team leads the BMW M235i Racing Cup class.

Quotes from the BMW drivers after 15 hours.

Dominik Baumann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, #20):
“I drove through dawn, so I had happy hour with good light and relatively few cars on the track. My stint was good. I was able to lap consistently on the soft tyres and did not have any problems of note. I was easily able to keep pace with the other cars in the leading group. The battle for the lead is incredibly tight, but everything is still running smoothly.”

Jens Klingmann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, #20):
“I am very happy that we are still among the front-runners. The car is good and smooth to drive, which gives us great hope for the rest of the race. I always love driving in the night. It takes a lap to get used to it, but then you find your rhythm and can enjoy it. I spotted some smoke here and there, so I had the smell of barbecued sausages in my nose. The atmosphere is superb and it is great fun.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, #25):
“I was hit on the rear right of the car and spun off into the crash barriers. The contact damaged the car to such an extent that we had to retire from the race. It is a massive shame for everyone in the team. We had good pace and were performing well. We had fought our way back into the leading group and were very confident. However, 24 hours is a long time and you have to get through to the finish. It is a huge shame. We had spent a long time preparing intensely for the race. The team had worked hard and the cars were perfect.”

Bas Leinders (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, #26):
“It is obviously very disappointing. Marco was unlucky that a slower car made a mistake and hit him. My crash came about when I tried to avoid a car that had been forced to swerve to avoid two slow cars. You know that this kind of thing can happen on the Nordschleife, as it is very narrow, you are travelling quickly, and there is a big difference in speed between all the different cars. We will regroup and prepare for the Spa 24 Hours.”