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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND.

Victory in Japan, victory and further podium successes in the USA: BMW looks back at a successful weekend of customer racing.

IMSA SERIES.

Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 wins at Watkins Glen.

BMW customer racing team Turner Motorsport fought through a tough and competitive field in IMSA’s GTD class to take the top podium spot after qualifying in 13th position. The winning Turner BMW M6 GT3 was co-driven by Dillon Machavern, Markus Palttala and Don Yount.

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Blancpain GT Series Asia

BLANCPAIN GT SERIES ASIA.

First win for BMW M4 GT4.

First victory on home soil: Takayuki Kinoshita and Sunako Jukuchou celebrated their first win at the third race weekend in the Blancpain GT Series Asia. At their home race on the Suzuka International Circuit, the two BMW Team Studie drivers were victorious in Saturday’s race in the #81 BMW M4 GT4. “It is overwhelming for the team to win at Suzuka,” said Kinoshita. “We have come very close but never achieved it and it was a great race today. I enjoyed fighting with Ryuichirou [Ohtsuka], who’s a good driver, and we had so much fun overtaking some GT3s at the start of the race.” Ken Urata and Max Chen rounded off a great day in the #82 BMW M4 GT4, finishing third to claim another podium finish for BMW Team Studie. In the second race on Sunday, Kinoshita/Jukuchou finished in fourth place while Urata/Chen crossed the line in sixth. Thanks to this successful weekend at Suzuka, BMW Team Studie has taken the lead in the team championship at the season’s halfway point. The team has collected 136 points ahead of the trip to Fuji, where the fourth race weekend is scheduled to take place on 21st and 22nd July.

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CTSCC.

Another podium for BMW M4 GT4.

The BMW M4 GT4 carried on its success record in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC). Team BimmerWorld Racing’s Tyler Cooke and James Clay secured second place in the #82 BMW M4 GT4 after four hours of racing at the Watkins Glen International Circuit. The podium finish was their reward for a superb recovery performance after starting the race from eighth position. The BMW M4 GT4 success on foreign soil continued with the customer race car claiming another podium finish in the fourth race of the CTSCC season. Greg Liefooghe and Ari Balogh, from Team Stephen Cameron Racing, rounded off the strong performance, crossing the line in sixth place in the #19 BMW M4 GT4. The BimmerWorld Racing team had further reason to celebrate when Nick Galante and Devin Jones claimed second place with the #81 BMW 328i in the ST class. The fifth race in the CTSCC takes place next week at the “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park”.

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JAPANESE SUPER GT CHAMPIONSHIP.

ARTA out of luck in Buriram.

The Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) suffered from bad luck at the fourth race of the season in the Japanese Super GT Championship. At the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Shinichi Takagi and Sean Walkinshaw, racing the #55 BMW M6 GT3, had to make do with an eleventh-place finish in the GT300 class. After securing third place in qualifying, it looked very much like the duo would be involved in the battle for victory, as they were at the second race of the season in Fuji. However, luck was not on ARTA’s side during the race with the BMW M6 GT3 losing a substantial amount of time after unfortunate contact with another car and putting them out of contention for a podium finish. The fifth race weekend in the Japanese Super GT Championship takes place on 4th and 5th August in Fuji.

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