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BMW Drivers Back on the Podium at Indy

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 28, 2014 . . . BMW’s history of strong results in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course continued for the third consecutive year with podium finishes in both classes in Friday’s 2.5-hour race at the legendary circuit.

 

Trent Hindman consolidated his lead in Grand Sport class driver championship with a second place finish in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsport BMW M3 he shares with John Edwards. Edwards started the race from his outside front row qualifying position. Hindman drove the second half of the race, to complete 86 laps of 2.435-mile, 14-turn circuit during the contest and finish 3.494 seconds behind the winning Camaro. Fall-Line teammates Shelby Blackstock and Joey Atterbury ran a strong race, leading 17 laps and finishing third in the No. 48 M3. Turner Motorsport drivers Tom Kimber-Smith and Michael Marsal finished seventh in the No. 97 M3.

In the Street Tuner class, Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss finished third in the No. 56 Murillo Racing BMW 328i. They were the top-finishers of the nine BMW machines in the ST class and the result keeps Foss at the top of the ST driver points standings.

“Congratulations to Fall-Line Motorsports and Murillo Racing on a pair of strong performances at Indy,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager.

“It was a fight to the finish in both classes. BMW continues its podium streak for three consecutive years at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hindman and Foss stay on top of their respective driver’s championship.”

Today’s race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August, 3rd. Round 9 of the 2014 CTSCC will be held at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on July 9th.

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The DTM visits Austria: BMW Motorsport gets the second half of the season underway in Spielberg.

Munich (DE), 28th July 2014. Three weeks after the first one-two for the BMW M4 DTM and Maxime Martin’s (BE) debut victory at the Moscow Raceway (RU), the DTM is leaving Germany once again: On 3rd August in Spielberg (AT) the four BMW teams will contest the sixth race of the year – thereby getting the second half of the season underway.

Last year BMW Motorsport celebrated a historic one-two-three at the Red Bull Ring and picked up 70 points, more than on any other race weekend since the brand returned to the DTM in 2012. After three victories and three pole positions in five races in the current season, BMW Motorsport wants to build on the BMW M4 DTM’s track record in Austria.

The Red Bull Ring is situated in the heart of Styria, surrounded by a picturesque mountain backdrop. Last season saw 44,000 spectators follow the action on the 4.326-kilometre race track over the course of the weekend. After 47 laps in the BMW Bank M3 DTM, Bruno Spengler (CA), who started from pole position, was the first to cross the finish line. Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE) in second and third clinched a historic result for BMW. For the 11th time in the history of the DTM the podium was full with BMW drivers. In his third ever DTM race, Wittmann also drove the fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1:25.505 minutes.

Going into the sixth race of the 2014 season in Spielberg, BMW Team RMG leads the team standings with 103 points. Wittmann has been at the top of the drivers’ standings since the first race. The BMW Team RMG driver currently has 70 points to his name. In third place in the standings is Spengler, who has 41 points. Thanks to his victory in Moscow, Martin is also in the top ten. The Belgian holds sixth place with 33 points. In the manufacturers’ standings BMW is in second place with 196 points.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“The first half of the 2014 DTM season is over and things couldn’t have gone much better for BMW Motorsport, with three victories in five races. The BMW M4 DTM got off to a dream start: From the word go our new challenger was victorious as it crossed the finish line with Marco Wittmann at the wheel in Hockenheim. In Budapest Marco followed this up with his second victory and leads the drivers’ standings. And Maxime Martin, one of our rookies this year, celebrated his first pole position and first victory at the last race in Moscow. We have been strong in the first half of the season. Now we will give it our all to stay on track. The fans can definitely look forward to an exciting second half of the season. As of this week, we now know we will return to Zandvoort at the end of September. Naturally we would have loved to visit China. However, in order for a DTM race to be held successfully, it is important that the general conditions are right, from a safety point of view, but also from a sporting and commercial perspective. It wasn’t possible to meet the required standards for this race. But for now we are looking forward to the next race in Spielberg. It won’t be easy for us: The performance weights that we have to carry in our cars as a result of our good results to date will definitely play a role from this point on.”

 

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“In Moscow the two safety car periods put a spoke in our wheels, so if it wasn’t for that we would have been in with a chance of a good result. We want to make up for that in Spielberg. The one thing missing from this year is a great result. I hope our luck will change in Austria and that we will pick up some points. Everyone in the team is working very hard towards this.”

 

Charly Lamm ( Team Principal , BMW Team Schnitzer):

“After Bruno Spengler’s second place in Moscow, we head to Spielberg full of confidence. No other track on the DTM calendar is closer to our team HQ in Freilassing than the Red Bull Ring. That makes the race a bit like our home race. Last season in BMW’s one-two-three result we had a perfect race weekend with pole position and Bruno’s victory. That’s why we’re really looking forward to returning to Spielberg.”

 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):

“The return to Spielberg brings back a lot of positive memories for our team. Last season we finished second and third in BMW’s historic one-two-three, making it the first race where we showed just how much potential our team has. I am confident we will do well at the Red Bull Ring once again this year. At the last race in Moscow Timo Glock would have been in with a chance of securing a spot on the podium. He had the right pace. And there’s no doubt that António Félix da Costa in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM is highly motivated as well.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“Overall we have definitely had a positive first half of the season. With three victories and three pole positions we have had a dream start. Our drivers and the whole team are doing a fantastic job. We will do our best to continue our success story in the upcoming races. Finishing second last season, Marco Wittmann showed that he can cope with the Red Bull Ring. It will be Maxime Martin’s first DTM race in Spielberg, but the same was true for Moscow. This is why we are optimistic heading into the sixth race weekend of the year.”

 

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

“Spielberg is a great track. I love the landscape there. It’s one of the most beautiful backdrops in the DTM. The track itself has extremely fast bends, which should suit our car. I like this type of corners. It’s very important to have a car with a good high-speed balance, but that can also decelerate well. Last year we qualified well and had a good race. I hope that we can repeat that.”

 

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

“Spielberg is one of the tracks on which I have already had good results and I really like the track. The surroundings are beautiful too. The atmosphere is just fantastic. It has everything: a great race track, fabulous scenery and excellent fans. All this is why the event is a real highlight of the season for me.”

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

“Spielberg is a great track. There are uphill and downhill sections and the track has a little bit of everything: long straights, hard braking zones, slow and fast corners. The final two corners are extremely demanding. The final corner, with a bump in the middle, is particularly fun. Last year went very well for us. I won the race and there were three BMW drivers on the podium. Of course each year is different, but we will do our best to be successful again.”

 

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

“I have high expectations. I love Spielberg and the Red Bull Ring. It’s a great race track and I’m happy we are returning there with the DTM. It’s a sensational track with a great layout, which you don’t see all that often. I have been successful there in the past and hope that will be the case this year.”

 

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

“I’m already looking forward to Spielberg. I’ve had some successful races there. The best memories are, of course, those from last year when we had three BMW drivers on the podium. I hope that we will be just as strong again this year. It’s a very fluid track with many fast corners. But there is also a long straight. We should be well positioned once again.”

 

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

“We’re looking forward to Spielberg. I think the track will suit our car, particularly in the second and third sectors, where there are lots of high-speed corners. I like this type of fast corner. It’s like a home race for me and the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM and I always love representing the brand’s colours. We need to remain focussed and do our homework so that we are competitive in qualifying and in the race.”

 

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

“I’m really looking forward to Spielberg. The track is great, as is the landscape. It makes for a fantastic atmosphere. I achieved my best DTM result up to that point there last year, which is why I am really excited. I’m hoping for another strong result this year. Particularly after last year’s success when I finished second in qualifying and in the race, I’m optimistic about the weekend.”

 

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

“I’ve already raced in Spielberg and tested there last year in the BMW M3 DTM. The landscape there is just fantastic, and the track is interesting. That’s why I’m looking forward to the weekend. The track is really fast and demanding for us drivers. I like it. I’m already excited to see what we will be able to achieve there. BMW was really strong there last year and finished first, second and third. We will all be trying to repeat that success this year.”

Statistics ahead of the race in Spielberg.

Circuit / Date Red Bull Ring, 3rd August 2014
Lap / Distance 47 laps, 4.326km
2013 Pole Time Bruno Spengler (CA), 1:24.836 minutes
2013 Winner Bruno Spengler (CA)
2013 Fastest Lap Marco Wittmann (DE), 1:25.505 minutes

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 25 25 98 136 15 5 15 5
Wins 4 14 7 1 2 1
Poles 3 16 8 3 1
Fastest laps 1 1 14 8 2
Points 200 45 583 408 58 4 119 33
2014 points 15 7 41 8 18 4 70 33
Current position 13th 19th 3rd 18th 12th 20th 1st 6th
Performance Weights +5kg +2.5kg +5kg +25kg +2.5kg +/-0kg +7.5kg +2.5kg

 

DTM standings after 5 of 10 races.

 

Drivers’ Championship.
1. Marco Wittmann (70 points), 2. Mattias Ekström (50), 3. Bruno Spengler (41), 4. Edoardo Mortara (41), 5. Mike Rockenfeller (35), 6. Maxime Martin (33), 7. Christian Vietoris (31), 8. Adrien Tambay (28), 9. Miguel Molina (26), 10. Robert Wickens (25), 11. Jamie Green (24), 12. Timo Glock (18), 13. Augusto Farfus (15), 14. Pascal Wehrlein (14), 15. Paul di Resta (12), 16. Nico Müller (10), 17. Timo Scheider (9), 18. Martin Tomczyk (8), 19. Joey Hand (7), 20. António Félix da Costa (4), 21. Gary Paffett (4).

Team Championship.
1. BMW Team RMG (103 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (76), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt (69), 4. BMW Team Schnitzer (49), 5. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (44), 6. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (43), 7. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (34), 8. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (29), 9. BMW Team MTEK (22), 10. BMW Team RBM (22), 11. gooix Mercedes AMG (14).

Manufacturers’ Championship.
1. Audi (223 points), 2. BMW (196), Mercedes-Benz (86).

 

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 – Zandvoort (NL), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE).

 

 

BMW Motorsport media schedule.

Saturday, 2nd August
19:55-20:25 Round table interview with BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt BMW Motorsport Hospitality
20:25-20:45 Interviews with the BMW DTM drivers BMW Motorsport Hospitality
Sunday, 3rd August
17:30-18:00 Interviews with the BMW DTM drivers BMW Motorsport Hospitality

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One-of-a-Kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition to be Auctioned During Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Weekend

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014… In celebration of the US arrival of the BMW i8, the world’s most innovative sports car, a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be auctioned during the weekend of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, ahead of the official fall sale date.  The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be distinguished by a unique paint scheme and interior treatment as well as other features that will make it unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be sold by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, during the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at Pebble Beach on Saturday, August 16. Proceeds of the sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will feature BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint. The unique interior will boast Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts. The upholstery is accented with stitching in BMW i Blue. The Pure Impulse Tera World interior includes other trim accents in BMW i Blue, including the seat belts, as well as having “BMW i8” embossed into the front headrests. A number of US firsts will be included with this special edition including laser headlights, pending government approval, a BMW i8 Display key as well as the first BMW Charging Station, professional edition.

The words “Concours d’Elegance Edition” i8 will be laser etched in the interior, further marking this as truly one-of-a-kind. The car will be sold at the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company on Saturday, August 16 at the Pebble Beach Special Events area. For information about bidding or to watch a live stream of the auction, please visit www.goodingco.com.

The BMW i8 is arguably the most innovative sports car on the road today. The plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain combines an electric motor to drive the front wheels and a powerful and efficient 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear wheels. The BMW i8 is capable of driving on pure electric power at speeds up to 75 mph for approximately 20 miles, producing zero tailpipe emissions. When the gasoline engine joins forces with the electric motor, together they are capacity of propelling the i8 for 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Thanks in part to its passenger cell constructed out of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic, The BMW i8 will deliver fuel efficiency normally associated with the stingiest subcompact. The lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor can be charged from any 240-volt level 2 charging station as well as a conventional 110-volt outlet.

The BMW i8 is the world’s first series-produced vehicle to be made available with innovative laser headlights as an option. These generate a pure-white, extremely bright light that is pleasant to the eye by carefully converting the beams emitted by tiny laser diodes using a fluorescent phosphorous material inside the headlight. The laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light-emitting diodes, helping to save space in the headlight unit and also to reduce weight.  The BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will be the first car in the US to have this technology, pending government approval. If necessary these headlights will be retrofit subsequent to delivery. It will also be the first BMW in the US to offer an innovative display key which features an integrated LCD touch screen.

The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition will not only offer the winning bidder the chance to own one of the first BMW i8s in the US, but also to own a truly one-of-a-kind example of the world’s most innovative sports car.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies 2nd and 5th for Brickyard Grand Prix

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 24, 2014 . . . BMW Team RLL will start from the second and fifth starting positions in tomorrow’s 2.75-hour Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The race is the seventh round of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship and marks the first time BMW Team RLL has raced at the most famous racetrack in North America.

John Edwards qualified the No.56 BMW Z4 on the outside of the GTLM class front row with a time of 1:22.442 minutes around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit – only .064 seconds from the pole winning Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella. The result is the third time this season the No. 56 Z4 has qualified second. Edwards and co-driver Dirk Müller stand fifth in GTLM driver points.

Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 55 BMW Z4 fifth with a time of 1:22.563 minutes, .185 seconds from the pole time. The entire 10-car GTLM class qualified within .859 seconds, the top-seven within some .300 seconds. Auberlen and co-driver Andy Priaulx currently stand in a tie for second in GTLM driver points.

 “I think the team did a good job today,” said Jay O’Connell, VP Technology RLL.

“John certainly got the most out of 56 car by putting in a really strong performance and qualifying second. Bill was equally strong in the 55 car with some fast sectors, but just couldn’t put a complete lap together. Having the top seven cars qualify within three tenths of a second is impressive. It should be quite a race tomorrow.”

 

John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (2nd) – “This is a hard track to get a rhythm, and that makes it hard to get every sector put together for the whole lap. There are three really hard braking zones, and that is where things can get a little wrong. If you get two right and one just a little off, when the times are half a tenth separating most of the positions, that can make a huge difference. It was a little nail biting and I think the guys on the timing stand may have written us off when we were down in P6. It didn’t look like we were going to go any quicker. Fortunately I got all my sectors together in the end and we are just a half a tenth off P1. I think we can be happy with our effort today.”

 

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (5th) – “Andy and I have been P1 most of the time in today’s free practice. In the first session we were P1 right to the very end until we dropped a place or two, but knew we had a good car. In the second session we were solidly in P1, but now we qualified P5. We tried a bit of a gamble and it did not pay off. We are making the change back and should go racing with a very strong car.”

The Brickyard Grand Prix will take the green flag at 5:45 p.m. ET Friday, July 25th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 with coverage beginning at 5:30 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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Endurance highlight in the Ardennes: seven BMW works drivers and six BMW Z4 GT3s line up at the 24 Hours of Spa

Spa-Francorchamps (BE), 23rd July 2014. This weekend, the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium is the venue for the next

highlight of the 2014 endurance season. The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which also forms the highlight of the season in the Blancpain Endurance Series, sees four BMW teams in action, fielding a total of six BMW Z4 GT3s in the Ardennes marathon. A host of BMW works drivers will bolster the driving line-up within the individual teams.

BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS from Belgium will run two BMW Z4 GT3s in the Pro Cup category at its home race. At the wheel of the number 66 car will be the two BMW DTM drivers Maxime Martin (BE), who recently claimed his maiden victory in the DTM, and Augusto Farfus (BR). They are joined by BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE). The second car, number 77, will be driven by BMW works drivers Lucas Luhr (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE), alongside Markus Palttala (FI).

 

The TDS Racing team competes at the “Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps” with two BMW Z4 GT3s in the Pro-Am Cup category. BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (DE) joins Henry Hassid (FR), Nick Catsburg (NL) and Pierre Thiriet (FR) in the cockpit of the number 12 car. The French quartet of Eric Clément, Benjamin Lariche, Nicolas Armindo and Olivier Pla will share driving duties in the number 10 TDS Racing car.

 

Another BMW works driver, Alexander Sims (GB), is taking on the challenge of Spa-Francorchamps: he will drive a BMW Z4 GT3 for Ecurie Ecosse alongside Olivier Bryant, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig (all GB). The sixth BMW Z4 GT3 in the field belongs to ROAL Motorsport, and its team principal Roberto Ravaglia (IT). Stefano Comandini, Eugenio Amos, Stefano Colombo and Michela Cerruti (all IT) will alternate behind the wheel of the number 43 car. Ecurie Ecosse and ROAL Motorsport start in the Pro-Am Cup category.

 

The 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps gets underway at 16:30 on Saturday 26th July. The race finishes at 16:30 on Sunday 27th July.

 

Quotes ahead of the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps.

 

Maxime Martin (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Number 66):
“It is great to be back at Spa-Francorchamps. It is my home race and the most important race in Belgium. I know BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS pretty well and I think we have a really good line-up this year, composed of very experienced and fast drivers. That is important for a 24-hour race: you need experience and speed. So I think with this line-up we are well prepared. My DTM win in Moscow has obviously given me a confidence boost ahead of my home race.”

 

Augusto Farfus (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Number 66):
“I am extremely motivated because Spa-Francorchamps is a brilliant track. I have really fast team-mates and we have a strong team behind us. Our car is extremely good in the infield. Therefore, I think we definitively have a chance to fight for the overall victory. In addition, Spa is the only one of the five most important 24-hour races which I have not yet contested. I have already raced in Dubai, Daytona, Le Mans and at the Nürburgring with BMW, and now I will compete at Spa. This makes me extremely proud.”

 

Lucas Luhr (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Number 77):
“I am really looking forward to Spa. The circuit in the Ardennes is in a beautiful location, and I always describe it as a ‘mini Nordschleife’ with all its uphill and downhill sections. What makes the 24 Hours of Spa so challenging is the incredible number of cars on the track – and they are all GT3 cars. We have seen in recent years that the race has been more and more fiercely contested. It is important to get through the traffic as well as possible. However, that is not so easy, as all the cars are roughly as quick as each other – in theory, at least.”

 

Dirk Werner (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, Number 77):
“The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is special because only GT3 cars compete there. You don’t get that anywhere else. This means that all the cars on the track are also direct rivals, which is a special challenge. The circuit is great. Together with the Nürburgring it is one of my favourite racetracks. Because of this, I am very much looking forward to the weekend. The race will be very tiring. There are a lot of quick corners, but not many opportunities to catch a breather. You always have to wait and see how races like this develop. However, I feel we have the total package to be right up there at the very front of the field.”

 

Jens Klingmann (TDS Racing, Number 12):
“I drove at Spa-Francorchamps last year, and am delighted to be back again this year. The TDS Racing team may be new to me, but we spent a successful test day together. I was well received by everyone in the team. We compete in the Pro-Am class, which means that Nick Catsburg and I will share the cockpit with two gentlemen drivers. That will be interesting. We are well prepared and have our sights set on victory in the Pro-Am class.”

 

Alexander Sims (Ecurie Ecosse, Number 79):
“I know the Ecurie Ecosse team well as we race together in the British GT championship. I think that we can be pretty competitive. Whether or not we can fight for the win in the Pro-Am class remains to be seen, but we will obviously do our best. The challenge at Spa itself is always very difficult. Usually, a lot of cars retire over the course of the 24 hours, so the first priority is to finish the race. It would be good if we can qualify in a good position and just stay out of trouble at the start. I know that our BMW Z4 GT3 is very reliable so my confidence is high and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

 

Michela Cerruti (ROAL Motorsport, Number 43):
“I am really looking forward to Spa-Francorchamps. Every year, this is the race I wait for more than anything else. I love 24-hour racing and I love the race in Spa. The first and biggest challenge will be to stay out of trouble and to finish the race. If we achieve that we will have a good chance of a strong result. This season in the Blancpain Endurance Series, the ROAL Motorsport team has already enjoyed a great win at Monza and then another podium in Silverstone. We have always been strong on race day. Spa is also important for the team for the championship, as we can score a lot of points with a good result.”

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BMW Team RLL heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for second half of the USCC season

Munich (DE), 22nd July 2014. Something old and new is up next for BMW Team RLL when it comes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (US) to contest round seven of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) on a circuit that combines part of the legendary speedway and a newly revised infield road course.

The “Brickyard Grand Prix” was part of the GRAND-AM series from 2012, so Bill Auberlen (US) and John Edwards (US) have raced there twice, but the revised circuit effectively means this year’s event will be brand new for everyone at BMW Team RLL. Auberlen again will share duties with Andy Priaulx (GB) in the number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM while Edwards will race the number 56 car together with Dirk Müller (DE).

Auberlen and Priaulx are in a tie with two other drivers for second place in the USCC drivers’ rankings, 19 points behind the lead. Edwards and Müller stand fifth in the driver points. In the manufacturers’ championship, BMW is currently third, ten points behind the lead.

The original Indy road course hosted the United States Grand Prix from 2000 to 2007. The 2.439-mile, 14-turn revised Indy road course was finished this year and was first used on 10th May for the new “IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis”. The “Brickyard Grand Prix” will take the green flag at 17:45 ET Friday, 25th July.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL):

“I think Indianapolis Motor Speedway has done a fantastic job with the new road racing circuit.The IndyCar race was great and I feel that the IMSA race will be equally as good. It has some interesting corners in the infield, but certainly the front straightaway is very, very long. It’s going to be a tough race for us but we’ll keep pushing and see what we get.”

Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“It’s been a tough couple of races recently and Indy will not be any easier. Our top speed deficit was obvious at Mosport. Both Andy and I have to focus to make every lap count and put a stint together that keeps the number 55 car as high up the order as we can.”

 

Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“Indy will be another new challenge for me, as this is a track that I have not driven before. So far my race preparations for the previous races have worked out ok, so I will not change this process. I am very conscious that, since coming back from Le Mans, Corvette have been pretty much untouchable, so we need to hope that soon we can close this gap and stay in the fight for the championship. Bill and I will keep pushing to keep the title fight alive.”

 

John Edwards (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“I saw my first ever F1 race at Indy and that was a big part of getting me into racing. I think the new layout will help the BMW Z4 GTLM since it adds some cornering where we would have been flat out otherwise. We put a good race together in Mosport, but lacked a little bit of pace to the frontrunners, but there have been some Balance of Performance changes since then so we will see how that affects the racing this weekend. Although Dirk and I had some bad luck in a couple races early in the year, the championship is still very tight from P2 to P7, so we will be pushing harder than ever to move back up the standings.”

Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“Indy will be a new experience for me. I’ve never been to the 500 and I’m looking forward to seeing the home of the great race. We have reviewed video from the IndyCar race in May and will have to work hard for a good result as the track will certainly favour our competitors.”

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 25/14

Whether in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The BMW Motorsport News allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

DTM: Martin proud of first Belgian win.
Maxime Martin (BE) made history with his victory at the fifth DTM race of the year in Moscow, where he became the first Belgian to triumph in the popular touring car series. It was the third success of the season for BMW Team RMG, who had previously won twice with Marco Wittmann (DE). Team Principal Stefan Reinhold’s (DE) outfit now leads the Team competition with 103 points.

Three questions for… Maxime Martin.

Maxime, how does it feel to have a DTM win to your name?
Maxime Martin: “Fantastic. What happened last Sunday in Moscow is only now starting to sink in. It was always a dream of mine to race in the DTM. But to go down in history as the first Belgian to win a race is incredible. I really did not expect to claim pole and my maiden victory on only my fifth DTM weekend. When I look at all the messages and congratulations I have received, it makes me very proud. This was a big step forward.”

How did you celebrate?
Martin: “I had a little party with my family and friends when I returned from Moscow on Monday. There were about 40 people there. It was great fun – and the perfect end to a fantastic weekend.”

Are you particularly proud to be the first Belgian ever to have won in the DTM?
Martin: “It is obviously great to be the first person from your country to achieve something. There have been Belgians in the DTM before me, including my father Jean-Michel and Eric van de Poele, who actually won the title in 1987. However, nobody managed to win a race before me. That definitely means something to me. Eric also contacted me and congratulated me after the race. We know each other and get on very well.”

Japanese Super GT: Two BMW Z4 GT3s in the top ten.

Two BMW Z4 GT3s made it into the top ten at the fourth GT300 race in the Japanese Super GT Championship in Sugo (JP) on Sunday. BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE) and Seiji Ara (JP) finished eighth in the number seven car for BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie. Akira Iida (JP) and Hiroki Yoshimoto (JP) of the TWS LM corsa team came home tenth. The third BMW Z4 GT3 in the field, driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi (JP) and Tatsuya Kataoka (JP), was 15th. Taniguchi and Kataoka continue to top the GT300 standings with 80 points to their name. Müller and Ara follow in third place with 52 points. Victory in Sugo went to Subaru drivers Kota Sasaki (JP) and Takuto Iguchi (JP).

Asian Le Mans Series: Victory for AAI-Rstrda in Inje.

The AAI-Rstrdateam started the 2014 Asian Le Mans Series with victory in the GT class. After three hours and 111 laps of racing, Hanchen Chen (TW), Ryohei Sakaguchi (JP) and Marco Seefried (DE) crossed the finish line in first place in the number 92 BMW Z4 GT3 in Inje (KR). Their team-mates Jun San Chen (TW), Tatsuya Tanigawa (JP) and Oliver Millroy (GB) finished third.

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BMW Team RLL Results at Canadian Tire Motorsport.

Munich (DE), 14th July 2014. BMW Team RLL improved from its starting positions to finish fourth and sixth in the sixth round of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville (CA). After a wet morning warm up session, the 2 hour 45 minute race was held under sunny skies and ran caution free.

The number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM of John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) finished fourth, completing 126 laps of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit. Bill Auberlen (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) also had a solid day, finishing sixth in the number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM after starting from tenth in class. The race was won by the Corvette of Jan Magnussen (DK) and Antonio Garcia (ES).

In the GTD class the Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GTD, driven by Dane Cameron (US) and Markus Palttala (FI), finished third.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):

“Realistically fourth is pretty darned good. Early on we got separated as the Corvette and Viper got away from everybody, and we just couldn’t chase them down. But I am pleased with fourth and sixth based on where we qualified. The car’s pace was pretty good. We were just not quite fast enough, but we will keep on pushing. I am very pleased with the job the drivers did. They were opportunistic and were able to pass. We had great pit stops today, so those guys did their jobs. All in all we have got to be happy with where we ended up.”

Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“We had good starts, very good stints and John and myself had a car that we could push with. We ended up fourth, and I think that was our maximum result, so that is why we are happy, although it is true I really wanted to be on the podium. We had a clean race, and there were not any scratches on the car apart from some knocks from behind, as usual. I had fun in the car and so did John. We were pushing like crazy and that was the maximum we could have done.”

John Edwards (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“It was really hard work just to come fourth. Our pace was decent and we got through traffic pretty well. It is not an easy track and I lost a lot of sweat in this race. Even when you are by yourself you are working really hard here. I am exhausted but pleased with the result.”

Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“We went in the right direction today. I gained a position and then Andy got in the car and got two more. Good driving and great racing today. We can be pleased with our performance.”

Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“The car was transformed today and was much, much better. The guys did a great job last night, as they changed everything. We had a good solid day, those are good points for me and Bill and this keeps us in some sort of contention for the championship, although it is going to be tough as the Corvettes are really strong. The battle I had was awesome. I closed on the Falken Porsche, and just slipped by on the inside in turn one as a Prototype went through. We went all round the outside and he was very fair with me. It was quite edgy and then there was the Corvette. He was defending really heavily but I came through, saw a gap and took it.”

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 24/14

Whether in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

DTM: Maiden win for Martin – Podium for runner-up Spengler.
BMW Motorsport enjoyed a successful fifth race of the DTM season at the Moscow Raceway (RU): Maxime Martin (BE) and Bruno Spengler (CA) finished first and second to claim BMW’s first one-two of the year. Marco Wittmann (DE), Timo Glock (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) also scored valuable points on the outskirts of the Russian capital. A total of 50,000 fans flocked to the circuit to follow the action over the course of the weekend.

British GT: Ecurie Ecosse wins in Spa-Francorchamps.
The Ecurie Ecosse team secured its second win of the season at the British GT Championship event in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). Marco Attard (GB) and Alexander Sims (GB), at the wheel of the number 79 BMW Z4 GT3, won the second of two races at the iconic circuit in the Ardennes. The duo had previously finished fourth in race one. The successful weekend saw Attard return to the top of the Drivers‘ Championship, while Ecurie Ecosse now also leads the Team competition. Triple-Eight drivers Joe Osbourne (GB) and Lee Mowle (GB) were also in contention for a podium in race two in the number 88 BMW Z4 GT3, but dropped back to fifth on the final lap. They came home 18th in the opening race. Their team-mates Luke Hines (GB) and Derek Johnston (GB) in the number 888 car finished 13th in race one. They then failed to finish the second race. The number 78 BMW Z4 GT3 fielded by Team Russia by Barwell, with Timur Sardarov (RU) and Jonathan Cocker (GB) sharing the driving duties, came home 19th and 21st.

CTSCC: Hindman regains the championship lead.
The Continental Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) visited the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville (CA) this weekend. The Canadian round of the championship saw Trend Hindman (US) regain the lead in the Grand Sport class driver championship. He shared driving duties in the Fall-Line Motorsport BMW M3 with John Edwards (US), who squeezed this race in between free practice three and qualifying for the United SportsCar Championship (USCC). The pair completed 90 laps in the two-and-a-half hour race and finished fourth. In the Street Tuner class, Jeff Mosing (US) and Eric Foss (US) finished second after a great battle with the eventual winner in the Murillo Racing BMW 328i. The Bimmerworld Racing BMW 328i of James Clay (US) and Jason Briedis (US) came home fifth. Terry Borcheller (US) and Mike LaMarra (US) finished eighth in their Burton Racing BMW 128i.

DTM: Klingmann thrills fans in the centre of Moscow.
While his DTM colleagues were contesting the fifth race weekend of the 2014 season on the outskirts of Moscow, BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (DE) was also in action at the wheel of a BMW M4 DTM in the centre of the metropolis. He thrilled fans with a number of demonstration laps in the DTM racing car at Saturday’s “Moscow City Racing” – a popular show event set against the impressive backdrop of the Russian capital. The spectacular event has been on closed roads in the heart of historic Moscow every year since 2008. It allows spectators to experience racing cars from various classes in action, including Formula One, DTM and motorcycle racing. This year’s event attracted about 150,000 fans. “It was really impressive. When else do you get the opportunity to put your foot down in a racing car in front of the Kremlin and around Red Square. And the atmosphere was sensational. You could really feel how excited the spectators were. It was brilliant fun,” said Klingmann.

 

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Maxime Martin claims his maiden DTM win – Bruno Spengler completes first one-two of 2014 for BMW

Moscow (RU), 13th July 2014. Maxime Martin (BE) crowned a perfect weekend at the Moscow Raceway (RU) with the first win of his fledgling DTM career. After 46 laps of the 3.931-kilometre circuit on the outskirts of the Russian capital, the BMW Team RMG driver crossed the line as the comfortable winner in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. Bruno Spengler (CA) followed 4.259 seconds behind in the BMW Bank M4 DTM to finish runner-up and make his second appearance of the year on the podium. The one-two marks the 16th time in the history of the DTM that two BMW drivers have occupied the top two steps of the podium.

Saturday’s qualifying had seen Martin secure his first pole position at only his fifth DTM race weekend. Martin’s victory also presented BMW Team RMG with its third win in five races this season. The previous two victories came courtesy of Marco Wittmann (DE), who this time came home fourth in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship. Team Principal Stefan Reinhold’s (DE) outfit also regained the lead in the Team competition.

Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) in sixth place and Augusto Farfus (BR, Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM) in tenth also finished in the points at the end of an eventful race, which included two safety car phases. BMW added a further 64 points to its tally in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) narrowly missed out on the points, coming home eleventh and 13th respectively. Joey Hand (US, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM) finished 17th.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“That was a fantastic race for us – the most successful of the season so far. Maxime Martin produced a dominant display and a magnificent race against a great backdrop and in only his fifth race in the DTM. He was simply unbeatable this weekend. Bruno Spengler also put in a very strong performance to finish just behind him. Despite the fact that it was, at times, hard to keep track of what was going on, this one-two was never in doubt. I feel sorry for Timo Glock: a problem with the fuel pressure meant he dropped back to sixth place shortly before the end of what had been a great race for him. Marco Wittmann also scored a lot of points and extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. Augusto Farfus rounded off a good result for us in tenth place. We once again leave Moscow very happy and are now looking forward to Spielberg – and we obviously have our fingers crossed for the German national team tonight.”

Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG, 1st):

“I can’t quite believe it yet. It is simply incredible. To drive in the DTM was always a dream of mine. As I have never driven single-seater cars, I never paid much attention to Formula One. Instead, I always wanted to race in this series. And now here I am after five races, with a first pole position and maiden win to my name. Incredible! I would like to thank everyone at BMW Team RMG. The pit stop was awesome and the strategy was spot on. The team and, of course, everyone at BMW Motorsport really did a fantastic job.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer, 2nd):

“That was a good day for us. First of all, I would like to congratulate Maxime Martin on his maiden win. He did not make any mistakes and was very quick. It is a dream result for BMW. I struggled a little on the option tyres in the first stint, and lost a bit of time. However, things were much better on the primes. We scored some valuable points towards the championship. That gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the next races. BMW Team Schnitzer deserved a result like this.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG, 4th):

“I was really under fire in the start phase. As such, the key for me was to get through in one piece and without making any mistakes. I managed that. Fourth place is a super result. Our team did a great job and we can be very happy. Congratulations to Maxime Martin and BMW.”

Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK, 6th):

“It is a real shame, as I could obviously have been on the podium today. However, I suffered a massive drop in fuel pressure in the final stages of the race. There were signs of this happening after the safety car phase and I noticed that the engine was no longer getting the fuel it needed. In the end I had no chance at all. It is painful, as we were within touching distance of a one-two-three for BMW. However, we showed today that we had good pace – particularly on the softer tyres. I hope we will have a bit more luck at the Red Bull Ring. Congratulations to Maxime, Stefan Reinhold and his entire crew. They did a superb job all weekend.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM, 10th):

“All in all, the race was ok for us. However, the safety car phases didn’t exactly help us. They meant we were on the standard tyres for a lot longer than planned. That basically destroyed our race. It could definitely have gone a lot better, but we just didn’t have any luck on our side. Congratulations to Maxime Martin on his victory!”

António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK, 11th):

“The safety car phases could have helped us, but unfortunately they lasted far too long. We lost too many laps behind the safety car, meaning our strategy no longer came into play. It was actually fun out there. However, we simply have to ensure that we qualify further up the field for the next races.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer, 13th):

“I did my very best today, and was involved in hard-fought duels for the majority of the time. The safety car phases lasted a very long time, but I just drove my own race. There was certainly no lack of fighting spirit. Congratulations to my team-mate Bruno Spengler on second place – and to Maxime Martin on his maiden DTM win, of course.”

Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM, 17th):

“Starting from 16th on the grid meant that we were right in the middle of all the turmoil right from the word go. When we then missed the pit stop window due to the safety car phases, our race was basically over. After that it was just a case of putting on a good show for the fans. We just weren’t quick enough here.”

Facts and figures from Moscow:  

Circuit / Date Moscow Raceway, 13th July 2014
Laps / Distance 46 laps, 3.931 km
2014 Pole Position Maxime Martin (BE), 1:28.619 minutes
2014 Winner Maxime Martin (BE), BMW
2014 Fastest Lap Miguel Molina (ES), 1:28.305 minutes

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
Practice 1 6th 8th 14th 11th 19th 17th 1st 5th
Practice 2 14th 13th 8th 20th 5th DNS 7th 4th
Qualifying 6th 16th 2nd 19th 10th 13th 7th 1st
Race 10th 17th 2nd 13th 6th 11th 4th 1st
2014 points 15 7 41 8 18 4 70 33
Current position 13th 19th 4th 18th 12th 20th 1st 6th
Performance Weights +/-0 kg +/-0 kg +/-0 kg +/-0 kg -2.5 kg -2.5 kg +2.5 kg -2.5 kg

 

Standings after 5 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ standings.
1. Marco Wittmann (70 points), 2. Mattias Ekström (50), 3. Edoardo Mortara (41), 4. Bruno Spengler (41), 5. Mike Rockenfeller (35),  6. Maxime Martin (33), 7. Christian Vietoris (31), 8. Adrien Tambay (28), 9. Miguel Molina (26), 10. Robert Wickens (25), 11. Jamie Green (24), 12. Timo Glock (18), 13. Augusto Farfus (15), 14. Pascal Wehrlein (14), 15. Paul di Resta (12), 16. Nico Müller (10), 17. Timo Scheider (9), 18. Martin Tomczyk (8), 19. Joey Hand (7), 20. António Félix da Costa (4), 21. Gary Paffett (4). 

Team standings.
1. BMW Team RMG (103 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (76), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt (69) , 4. BMW Team Schnitzer (49), 5. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (44), 6. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (43), 7. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (34), 8. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (29), 9. BMW Team MTEK (22), 10. BMW Team RBM (22), 11. gooix Mercedes AMG (14).

 

Manufacturers’ standings.
1. Audi (223 points), 2. BMW (196), Mercedes-Benz (86).

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).