BMW M6 GT3

70th edition of 24h Spa-Francorchamps.

ROWE Racing and Walkenhorst Motorsport to contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the BMW M6 GT3.

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 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.

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In the ROWE Racing team #98 car, two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, BMW works driver Jesse Krohn and BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard will take turns at the wheel. The #99 sister car will be driven by BMW works drivers Jens Klingmann, Nick Catsburg and Alexander Sims, all three of whom, like Krohn and Collard, are ROWE Racing regulars. Walkenhorst Motorsport is competing with the #34 and #36 BMW M6 GT3s. BMW works driver Tom Blomqvist, BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng and Christian Krognes will be sharing the cockpit of the #34 car. Catsburg, Eng and Sims have previously won the legendary endurance race. The #36 BMW M6 GT3 will be racing in the AM Cup, with regular Walkenhorst drivers Henry Walkenhorst, Ralf Oeverhaus, Anders Buchardt and Immanuel Vinke at the wheel.

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BMW M6 GT3

BMW has always enjoyed close links with the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which was held for the first time back in 1924. To date, the record is no fewer than 23 overall wins, which makes BMW by far the most successful brand in the history of the Ardennes classic. BMW celebrated its most recent wins in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the BMW Z4 GT3 crossed the finish line in first place on its final major outing. ROWE Racing immediately triumphed with its successor, the BMW M6 GT3, when the race car debuted at this classic endurance race in 2016. In preparation for the 24-hour race, BMW teams took part in the official test day in early July. The first highlight of the race week is scheduled for Wednesday, 25th July: the drivers’ parade in Spa’s town centre. The 70th edition of the 24-hour race will start on Saturday 28th July at 16:30 CEST.

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Stimmen zum 24-Stunden-Rennen von Spa-Francorchamps:

“I have wanted to contest the 24 Hours of Spa for many years, but it hadn’t ever worked out until now.”
Marco Wittmann (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):
Marco Wittmann

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“In addition to the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and at Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps is one of the real highlights on the endurance calendar. It is a thrilling event and a real festival of GT racing. We are convinced that our BMW teams are set up well for the mission ahead to improve the already impressive BMW statistics at this classic event. Experienced teams, the proven quality of the BMW M6 GT3 and great drivers – the ingredients are right, and as always with a 24-hour race, it's all about having that little bit of luck. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the BMW teams!”

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Jesse Krohn (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“Spa will be really special for me as it will be my debut in the Spa 24-hour race. It is something I have been seeking for years. I am going there with ROWE Racing and such a strong line-up, so it will be great. The races leading up to Spa have been progressive for us, the team has done a great job and we were making big steps with the car so I am sure we can be optimistic about the weekend.”

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Ricky Collard

Ricky Collard (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“Spa is the big one and definitely the highlight of the season. It will be my first 24-hour race in the BMW M6 GT3 and I am really excited about it. I did two 24-hour races in the BMW M4 GT4 – at the Nürburgring and Dubai. They went really well and I am looking forward to Spa. I think our package for the BMW M6 GT3 is very strong.”

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Philipp Eng

Philipp Eng (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):

“It goes without saying that I have fond memories of Spa, as that is where I celebrated my first victory in a 24-hour race and my first win for BMW in 2016. I hope that we can celebrate similar success. It is the best GT3 endurance race in the world, it is probably the most closely contested race in which only GT3 cars compete. I am really looking forward to it and think that we have a good package. I am looking forward to working with Walkenhorst Motorsport. They are highly motivated and ambitious, and I hope that we can repeat the 2016 win.”

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