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BMW CUSTOMER RACING: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND.

BMW M6 GT3 victorious at the VLN Eifel opener, reigning champions Griessner and Fübrich are victorious in the BMW M240i Racing Cup. An overview of the weekend of customer racing.

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BMW M6 GT3 wins Nordschleife season opener.

Perfect start to the new season: John Edwards, Nick Catsburg and Marco Wittmann clinched victory in the BMW M6 GT3 at the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring opener. The trio won the 65th ADAC Westfalenfahrt in the ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3. In the #98 sister car, Tom Blomqvist, Connor De Phillippi and Mikkel Jensen finished in third place to round off a strong result. There was already evidence of the BMW M6 GT3’s potential in qualifying, which was postponed by several hours due to fog. Blomqvist secured pole position at the wheel of car #98. The race, which was reduced to two hours and 45 minutes, provided spectators with excitement down to the final metre. After numerous changes at the front, and close duels, Edwards pulled off the winning manoeuvre on the 20th and final lap. BMW works driver Jens Klingmann was also in action in the Eifel mountains behind the wheel of the Team Falken Motorsports #3 BMW M6 GT3. Alongside Alexandre Imperatori, he finished in eighth place, while a BMW M6 GT3 was also at the front in the SP9 Pro-Am class. Rudi Adams, Immanuel Vinke and Jody Fannin were victorious in the #35 Walkenhorst Motorsport car, and finished twelfth overall in the standings. A total of more than 50 BMW cars were represented in the first 2019 race at the “Green Hell”. In addition to six BMW M6 GT3s, five BMW M4 GT4s also battled for points in the SP10 class, and recorded two podiums. In the #181 Team Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4, BMW Motorsport Junior Erik Johansson and Heiko Eichenberg finished in second place. The #180 BMW M4 GT4 driven by Stefan Beyer, Emin Akata and Torsten Kratz took third place. In the V4 class, Kratz, Oliver Frisse and Moran Gott won in the Sorg Rennsport #706 BMW 325i. The second race in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring is scheduled for 13th April.

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BMW M240I RACING CUP.

Reigning champions Griessner/Fübrich are victorious.

New name – old winners: In the first BMW M240i Racing Cup race, which was held as part of the 65th edition of the ADAC Westfalenfahrt, the two reigning champions David Griessner and Yannick Fübrich clinched the win. The Pixum Adrenalin Motorsport duo were victorious in the #650 BMW M240i Racing, ahead of Nico Otto and Lars Peucker in the Team Scheid-Honert Motorsport #666 BMW M240i Racing. The runner-up “Eifelblitz” also gifted its drivers victory in the Juniors classification. Juha Hannonen in the FK Performance Motorsport #679 BMW M240i Racing crossed the finish line in third place having shared the cockpit with Christian Konnerth and Marc Ehret. The win in the Gentlemen classification went to Jörg Breuer in the Walkenhorst Motorsport #682 car.

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ITALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP.

Johansson and Krohn share the cockpit at Monza.

Current and former BMW Motorsport Juniors Erik Johansson and Jesse Krohn will share the BMW Team Italia BMW M6 GT3 cockpit at the Italian GT Championship opener at Monza from 5th to 7th April. Johansson, who as part of his first year of training will contest the entire season of the Italian GT Championship at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3, has in Krohn a partner who was promoted from BMW Motorsport Junior to BMW works driver. “I’m really looking forward to contesting the first race at Monza with Jesse Krohn,” said Johansson. “Two Scandinavians in an Italian team – it’s an exciting combination. I think we are very well-positioned and I’m happy to be able to pick up a few tips from a former BMW Motorsport Junior. I’m really excited and can’t wait for the first race.” In addition to the Italian GT Championship, Johansson, who was admitted to the BMW Motorsport Junior programme in an intensive selection procedure at the start of the year, will also contest the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, where he will take the wheel of a Team Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4. In the first VLN race of the year, the Swede, with Heiko Eichenberg, finished second in the SP10 class in the #181 car. Krohn, who successfully completed BMW Motorsport’s junior development programme from 2014 to 2016, will contest the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in a BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE.

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