Perfect pit stops are important for success in every race series. While it will be primarily about the speed of changing tyres at next weekend’s DTM races in Brands Hatch (GBR), in endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), it’s the right timing and coordination of the different procedures that is crucial. In addition to changing the tyres, the car is refuelled and a new driver enters the cockpit. We provide an overview of the pit stops in the various race series in which BMW M Motorsport is involved and compare the stops at the upcoming DTM races with those in the FIA WEC, the IMSA series and at the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours.
AFTER THE WALKENHORST SENSATION AT SPA: BMW CUSTOMER RACING TEAMS LOOK BACK ON SUCCESSFUL SEASON SO FAR
Last weekend’s sensational triumph for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) with the BMW M6 GT3 was the highlight of the 2018 season so far from a BMW Customer Racing point of view. After seven months of race action, it has been a more than positive year to date for the three BMW M Motorsport customer race cars: the BMW M6 GT3, the new BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M235i Racing have enjoyed plenty of success and thrilled motorsport fans around the world. As well as the BMW M6 GT3’s magnificent victory at Spa, the new BMW M4 GT4, in its first season, has also proved to be a successful model from the word go in the hands of international customers.
WALKENHORST ON SENSATIONAL VICTORY WITH THE BMW M6 GT3: “THIS WIN MEANS AN AWFUL LOT TO EVERY ONE OF US.”
The biggest success in the history of Walkenhorst Motorsport so far is the sensational victory at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 24 Hours. After 24 hours and 511 laps of racing, the BMW customer racing team from Melle near Osnabrück (GER) came home ahead of all the high-class teams from other manufacturers. The #34 BMW M6 GT3, driven by BMW works drivers Philipp Eng (AUT) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) together with their team-mate Christian Krognes (NOR), crossed the finish line in first place. The BMW success was rounded off by a fine second place for the ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3 which, like Walkenhorst Motorsport, is a customer team supported by BMW Motorsport.
The final weekend in July sees the focus of GT racing return to the Ardennes. The 70th edition of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) will be held on 28th and 29th July. BMW teams ROWE Racing and Walkenhorst Motorsport are contesting the anniversary race with a total of four BMW M6 GT3. Numerous BMW works drivers will take man the cockpits, including three previous winners of the Ardennes classic.
In an interview, ex-DTM star Timo Scheider (39, GER, BMW Team Schnitzer) delivers an interim summary of his debut ADAC GT Masters season. He tells us about his role as mentor to the BMW Juniors and outlines his objectives for the remaining races of the 2018 Super Sports Car League.
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri team-mates Sean Walkinshaw and Shinichi Takagi experienced extreme misfortune during round four of the Super GT Championship season at Chang International Circuit in Thailand on Sunday, 1st July, when a late-race puncture cost a certain GT300 podium.
BMW TEAM RLL FINISHES SEVENTH AND EIGHTH IN SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN: TURNER MOTORSPORT SCORES GTD CLASS WIN
BMW Team RLL finished the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in seventh and eighth positions in GTLM class. The No. 25 BMW M8 GTE finished seventh with Bill Auberlen, Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims sharing the driving duties after a problem-free race. The No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, of Tom Blomqvist, John Edwards and Jesse Krohn, finished 27 laps down in eighth after a challenging race. The race was won by the No. 66 Ford GT.
Six long weeks since the Super GT Championship was last in action, the world-renowned series will resume this coming weekend at Chang International Circuit in Thailand where GT300 points leader Sean Walkinshaw is aiming to add to his 2018 haul of silverware.
Falken Motorsports has confirmed it will enter both its BMW and Porsche in a further four of the seven remaining VLN races in the 2018 season. After Falken’s BMW and Porsche both finished the Nürburgring 24 Hours Race in the top 20 last month, the drivers have now set their sights on achieving more success in the German endurance race series.
One of the highlights of the 2018 endurance season takes place this weekend: the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER). Over 40 BMW race cars will be in action in the “Green Hell”, including five BMW M6 GT3s. ROWE Racing will field two cars with works support from BMW Motorsport. The third car in the field is the … Continue reading → ...
Super GT Championship racer Sean Walkinshaw produced a sensational performance during round two of the 2018 season at Fuji Speedway in Japan on Friday, 4th May, to secure his second career GT300 victory with team-mate Shinichi Takagi.
PODIUM SILVERWARE SQUARELY IN WALKINSHAW’S SIGHTS AS SUPER GT MAKES FIRST VISIT OF YEAR TO FUJI SPEEDWAY
British racing driver Sean Walkinshaw returns to the scene of his maiden Super GT Championship race victory, Fuji Speedway in Japan, this week for the eagerly awaited second round of the 2018 season.
Following the spectacular start to the season at Oschersleben (GER) a fortnight ago, it was the turn of Autodrom Most (CZE) to host races three and four of this season’s ADAC GT Maters on Saturday and Sunday. The best-placed BMW drivers in the two races were Jens Klingmann (GER) and Christopher Zöchling (AUT). They finished … Continue reading → ...
ROWE Racing is approaching the start of the 2018 GT season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. The team will compete in the season’s five races with two BMW M6 GT3s and a strong BMW driver line-up. The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) promises to be the highlight of the year. The new Blancpain … Continue reading → ...
BMW works driver Timo Scheider (GER) and BMW Motorsport Junior Mikkel Jensen (DEN) started the 2018 season of the ADAC GT Masters with podium success. The BMW Team Schnitzer duo initially crossed the finish line in fourth place at the wheel of the #42 BMW M6 GT3 in the race on Saturday in Oschersleben (GER).
BMW is once again represented with a strong contingent at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER). The majority of those alternating at the wheel of the two BMW M6 GT3s fielded by ROWE Racing, with works support from BMW Motorsport, will be drivers from the GT works programmes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. A total of five BMW M6 GT3s will line up in the “Green Hell”. As well as ROWE Racing, FALKEN Motorsports will also run one car, while Walkenhorst Motorsport fields two BMW M6 GT3s. Among those in action at the wheel of the car in the livery of Premium Technology Partner Shell will be Augusto Farfus (BRA).
The Second race of the season in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, first victory of the season for the BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER): Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Connor De Phillippi (USA) won the “43rd DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen”. After 27 laps, they had an advantage of around nine seconds in the #99 ROWE Racing BMW … Continue reading → ...
Race-winning Super GT driver Sean Walkinshaw aims to get his GT300 championship bid off to the strongest possible start at Okayama International Circuit in Japan this coming weekend, 7th/8th April, when the much anticipated 2018 campaign gets underway.
The test and set-up sessions fell victim to the weather conditions, but the 64th ADAC Westfalenfahrt on Saturday marked the official start of the 2018 VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. The best-placed BMW drivers were Nick Catsburg (NED), John Edwards (USA) and Richard Westbrook (GBR) in the ROWE Racing number 98 BMW M6 GT3.
BMW Motorsport heads into the coming ADAC GT Masters season with a strong mixture of experience and talented youngsters. BMW Motorsport Juniors Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Dennis Marschall (GER) are given the opportunity to prove themselves at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 in which they will race alongside and learn from a two-time DTM champion.