BMW M6 GT3

One-two result for BMW at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Philipp Eng, Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes win the 70th edition of the classic Ardennes race. Second place for Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims and Nick Catsburg in the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.

After a long, tough 24-hour race, there was unbridled joy for the BMW teams. Walkenhorst Motorsport and ROWE Racing recorded a one-two result for BMW at the 70th edition of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. BMW works drivers Philipp Eng and Tom Blomqvist topped the podium with their team-mate Christian Krognes, triumphing after 511 laps in the #34 BMW M6 GT3. This was a maiden Spa victory for the Walkenhorst Motorsport team, which was competing in the PRO Cup for the first time.

BMW M6 GT3

The ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3 crossed the line ten seconds after the winner to claim second place. The three BMW works drivers Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims and Nick Catsburg rounded off the one-two result for BMW. This success marks the 24th overall win for BMW at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and the first one-two result since 1997. BMW is by far the most successful brand in the history of the legendary race. BMW has claimed three wins in the last four races at Spa (2015, 2016 and 2018).

BMW M6 GT3

This year’s race was characterised by numerous yellow flag and safety car periods, and was red-flagged for nearly two hours after a serious night-time accident. The ROWE Racing #98 BMW M6 GT3 started from 27th position and was also involved in the battle for victory for a considerable period. However, Marco Wittmann, Jesse Krohn and BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard had to retire overnight due to a technical issue. The fourth BMW M6 GT3 to compete, the #36 Walkenhorst Motorsport car, was in action in the AM Cup. The driving quartet of Henry Walkenhorst, Ralf Oeverhaus, Anders Buchardt and Immanuel Vinke secured fifth place in class and finished 38th overall.

BMW M6 GT3

Reactions to the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps

“This 24th triumph has cemented our position as the most successful manufacturer by far at the Spa 24-hour race.”
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
Marco Wittmann

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to the Walkenhorst Motorsport team on their victory in the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. After 2016, this is now the second time that the BMW M6 GT3 proved unbeatable at the world’s largest GT race. We are very proud of this – once again, it underlines the competitiveness of the GT3 - the flagship in our customer racing range. I was particularly impressed by the way in which Philipp Eng, Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes secured their victory. Just like the whole crew, this trio made no mistakes, stayed out of trouble and were in the leading pack from the start. The strategy during the numerous yellow flag and safety car phases was also ideal. This is just the kind of performance required to come out on top at such a tough endurance classic. The fact that Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims and Nick Catsburg also reached the podium, finishing second in the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 and completing a one-two result, makes the 70th edition of the 24-hour race at Spa just perfect. Now we can celebrate.”

Philipp Eng (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 1st place):

“That is just unbelievable. I am simply delighted to have won the race for a second time, ahead of such a tight field with these great drivers and cars. Our BMW M6 GT3 ran incredibly well – and my two team-mates were legendary. There is so much going through my head right now. I am overjoyed for the whole Walkenhorst Motorsport crew and for the BMW Motorsport guys here at the circuit and in Munich. Now I am looking forward to a cold drink.”

Tom Blomqvist (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 1st place):

“Words cannot describe my feelings. Who would have thought at the beginning of the race that we could really win it? Not one single mistake by the team, not one problem with the car over the whole week – it’s unbelievable. What this small team has done is just fantastic. It is one of my special moments, to enjoy such a sensation with a team like this is just incredible.”

Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 1st place):

“This is crazy! I would never have thought this when I came here. But I believed in the team and I had two fantastic team-mates in Tom and Philipp that I could rely on. What Philipp pulled out of the hat in the last two hours was just fantastic. I have been with this team for two years, mainly on the Nordschleife. It is a young and inspired team; they all want to win and this came to fruition here.”