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BMW POWER ON TOUR.

Important events and championships for the BMW Sports Trophy.

All the private teams that form part of the BMW Sports Trophy fight for success in high-level racing series. In addition, they also fly the BMW flag at various 24-hour classics around the world.

24h Nürburgring – 26th/29th May 2016

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The iconic Nürburgring-Nordschleife this year hosted the 24-hour race for the 44th time. No other manufacturer can point to as many victories in the “Green Hell” as BMW, which has 19 wins – eight of them one-twos – to its name. In 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 lined up for its first crack at a top result on the Nordschleife. In doing so, it spearheaded the traditionally large BMW contingent on the Nordschleife, where a host of drivers, teams and cars represent the BMW brand every year. As well as Schubert Motorsport, ROWE Racing and the Walkenhorst Motorsport team, who all fielded the BMW M6 GT3, the focus for BMW was on the designated class for the BMW M235i Racing, in which BMW Sports Trophy participants went head to head with identical material.

24h Spa-Francorchamps – 26th/31st July 2016

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The BMW M6 GT3 repeated last year’s success for its predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3, by winning the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. After 531 laps, the ROWE Racing car number 99, driven by Maxime Martin, Philipp Eng and Alexander Sims, crossed the finish line in first place. The trio clinched the 23rd victory overall for BMW in the endurance classic at the "Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps". Local heroes Pascal Ickx and Gérard Langlois secured BMW's first triumph at the Ardennes marathon in a BMW 1800 TI/SA back in 1965. Nicky Catsburg, Lucas Luhr and Markus Palttala scored victory with the BMW Z4 GT3 last season. Now its successor, the BMW M6 GT3, has also added its name to the list of winners of the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps – and on its very first appearance.

ADAC GT Masters

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ADAC launched the ADAC GT Masters in 2007, with the goal of putting the emphasis on private drivers. In order to guarantee equal opportunity among the privateers, all the drivers are divided into four categories according to their ability, from category A (experienced professionals) to D (complete amateurs). Each car is always shared by two drivers. Depending on the categorisation of the driver pairings, the cars with better drivers must carry additional weight.

The format of the ADAC GT Masters features two races per weekend – both one hour long. One driver change-over must be completed per race. Since 2012, Schubert Motorsport has been flying the flag for BMW. This season sees the team from Oschersleben line up with the new BMW M6 GT3 for the first time.

Asian Le Mans Series

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The Asian Le Mans Series (AsLMS) has been the Asian counterpart to the European ELMS since 2013, and is also run by the ACO. It is now in its fourth season. The AAI Motorsports team secured its place in the history books with the BMW Z4 GT3 in 2014, winning the title in the GT class. The 2016 season consists of four rounds: in Zhuhai, Fuji, Buriram and the season finale in Sepang.

Australian GT Championship

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A new field of battle for the BMW M6 GT3: as of the 2016 season, the top GT racing model will also fight for points and podiums down under. The 585-hp racing car lines up in the prestigious Australian GT Championship. The BMW M6 GT3 will be run by SRM Team BMW, which is owned by four-time and reigning Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards. This sees BMW return to Australia after a 20-year absence. Back in the 1990s, BMW was second to none when it came to motor racing on the fifth continent. Back then, the BMW 318i and BMW 320i won race after race in the Australian Super Touring Championship. From 1994 to 1997, BMW lined up with a works presence in the series, dominating the opposition at Ford, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. With Paul Morris and Tony Longhurst at the wheel of the iconic racing cars, BMW won eight of a possible twelve titles in this time: the Manufacturer and Driver titles went to Munich three times, while BMW triumphed twice in the Team Championship. The BMW M6 GT3 is now charged with following in the footsteps of its successful predecessors. The calendar for the 2016 Australian GT Championship features ten race weekends – four endurance and six sprint events. Up to 30 of the best GT cars in the world will take their place on the grid at each event.

Blancpain GT Series

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Where the Blancpain Sprint and Endurance Series were previously held as independent events, they have been merged to form the Blancpain GT Series in 2016. The calendar of what is now the world’s largest GT series comprises ten events this year: five endurance and five sprint events, including outings at the Nürburgring, in Silverstone, Budapest and Monza. To triumph in the Blancpain GT Series, one must contest the entire season. The classification of the drivers and cars is also standardised. There will be three categories in both sprint and endurance races: Pro, Pro-Am and Am. The highlight of the season is the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW M235i Racing Cup

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BMW Motorsport is once again providing a specific cup class for the BMW M235i Racing in the VLN and at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This represents an excellent platform, on which to promote amateur racing. This cup class is not a one-make cup – with the BMW M235i Racing and its own cup class, BMW is providing its customers with a reasonably-priced entry-level model and an appealing stage for amateur motor racing. The events in the “Green Hell” allow BMW customers to go head to head with similar, modern material and to test their skills on the toughest racetrack in the world.

British GT Championship

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The British GT Championship sees some of the best GT racing drivers in Great Britain lock horns. The races are held at iconic courses around the British Isles, as well as at Spa-Francorchamps. From April to September, the drivers do battle for victories and points at seven rounds. In 2014, Marco Attard won the Driver title in a BMW Z4 GT3. Last season, BMW works driver Alexander Sims finished second overall after a thrilling finale.

British Touring Car Championship

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The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is production-based touring car racing of the highest standard. The season’s 30 races are spread over ten race weekends. Three races per event are held at iconic British racetracks. In 2014, Colin Turkington claimed the title in the Drivers’ Championship at the wheel of a BMW 125i M Sport. The West Surrey Racing team will once again fly the flag for BMW with the BMW 125i M Sport in 2016.

IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

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Production-based touring cars go head to head on the most famous racetracks in North America in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (ICTSC). The races are held as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). The cars compete in two classes, Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST). In 2014, Trent Hindman won the Drivers’ Championship in the GS class in a BMW M3. This season, the Murillo Racing and Bimmerworld Racing teams will field three BMW 328i cars in total.

International GT Open

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2016 marks the 11th season of the International GT Open. During this period, it has established itself as one of the best Pro-Am racing series in Europe. The races take place on Saturday (70 minutes) and Sunday (50 minutes). The venues are some of the most popular and iconic circuits in Europe. The Teo Martín Motorsport team runs two BMW M6 GT3s as defending champion in this series. The drivers in action for the Spanish team are Miguel Ramos, Roldan Rodriguez, Pieter Schothorst, Gustavo Yacamán and Fernando Monje.

Italian GT Championship

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Since 2003, the Italian GT Championship has thrilled motorsport fans in Italy with action-packed races at iconic circuits, some of which possess real Formula One flair. The 2016 season again features seven race weekends, held in Monza, Imola, Misano, Mugello and Vallelunga. Each event consists of two races, meaning fans can look forward to 14 helpings of GT action. The BMW M6 GT3 lines up as the successor to the BMW Z4 GT3 in the Italian GT Championship. The car will be run by ROAL Motorsport – the team run owned by BMW legend Roberto Ravaglia.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

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As well as BMW Motorsport’s works presence in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), two BMW M6s will also line up in the GTD class. Turner Motorsport is responsible for both cars. In 2014, the team enjoyed outstanding success in the predecessor series, the United SportsCar Championship (USCC). Dane Cameron won the title in the Drivers’ Championship, while Turner Motorsport triumphed in the Team competition. This year, BMW works driver Jens Klingmann will contest the entire season alongside Bret Curtis in the number 96 BMW M6 GT3. As they did last year, Michael Marsal and Markus Palttala will share the driving duties in the number 97 car.

Japanese Super GT Championship

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BMW Motorsport is also represented with the BMW M6 GT3 in Asia. The new car lines up in the Japanese Super GT Championship in 2016. The series is divided into two classes: the GT500 class, which is similar to the DTM, and the GT300 class, in which the BMW M6 GT3 will be in action. In 2014, BMW drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka won the Drivers title. This season sees BMW works driver Jörg Müller take to the track for BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie. The calendar consists of eight races on at the best circuits in Japan.

VLN Endurance Championship

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The VLN Endurance Championship allows drivers and fans alike to experience the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife up close and personal on ten race weekends. An unparalleled spectrum of racing drivers – from professional to amateur – and cars lock horns on the iconic circuit in the Eifel Mountains. The undisputed highlight of the Nordschleife season is the 24-hour race in May. The two preceding VLN races are the best possible preparation for anyone with aspirations of winning there. At the heart of the VLN, from a BMW Motorsport perspective, is the BMW M235i Racing Cup class. This class sees customer teams go head to head in the BMW M235i Racing and will once again form part of the VLN in 2016.