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MARATHON THROUGH HELL.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours.

In 2016, the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife hosted the 24-hour race for the 44th time. To date, BMW has claimed more victories in the “Green Hell” than any other manufacturer. The brand currently has 19 overall triumphs to its name – of which eight were one-twos.

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In 1970, BMW was the first entry in the winners’ list at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, when Clemens Schickentanz and the young Hans-Joachim Stuck triumphed in a BMW 2002 ti. In 1998, Andreas Bovensiepen, Marc Duez, Christian Menzel and Stuck achieved the first victory for a car with a diesel engine: the BMW 320d. The last BMW victory dates back to 2010, when Augusto Farfus, Jörg Müller, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy secured the win in a dramatic finale with their BMW M3 GT.

The Nordschleife is the toughest circuit in the world – and that is why BMW puts every new production car to the ultimate endurance test there. The more than 20 kilometres long circuit demands skill, courage and a cool head at all times. The weather conditions in the Eifel region, which can change within minutes, pose an additional challenge.

In its latest edition, the 24-hour race once again offered everything that GT fans from around the world love about this event: constantly changing conditions with rain and hail, an interruption that lasted several hours and countless accidents that played havoc with the classification time and again.

On its first outing at the “Green Hell”, the new BMW M6 GT3 finished in the top five. Dirk Werner, Maxime Martin, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng finished in fifth place for ROWE Racing in the number 23 car. The two Walkenhorst Motorsport cars also made it into the top 30, finishing in 12th (number 999) and 22nd (number 101) place.

The word from the drivers …

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Jörg Müller (Schubert Motorsport, #18 BMW M6 GT3):
“The most important thing is that the car survives the 24 hours. The race is unique. And you can't forget about the weather since it follows its own rules at the Nürburgring. The particular challenge for the teams is having the right driver on the track at the right time and with the right set-up.”

Klaus Graf (ROWE Racing, #22 BMW M6 GT3):
“The GT3 field is extremely close this year, but we are doing well with the new BMW M6 GT3. The 24-hour race is the biggest motorsport event in Germany. And the track is a real challenge.”

Dirk Werner (ROWE Racing, #23 BMW M6 GT3):
“The 24 Hours Nürburgring is unique – and accordingly as a driver, you are particularly motivated. Now we are highly motivated as we take on the challenge of the ‘Green Hell’.”

Lucas Luhr (Schubert Motorsport, #100 BMW M6 GT3):
“Naturally it is the track in particular that makes this race special. The Nordschleife is unique in the world. Together with the atmosphere and the fantastic fans, as a driver they give you that extra motivation.”

Tom Blomqvist (Walkenhorst Motorsport, #999 BMW M6 GT3):
“I’m really looking forward to the race. The preparations have been made, I know the track, the car and my team. And you need to prepare well for this race.”