Sunday, 16:30 in Spa-Francorchamps: After 24 hours, the #10 BMW M6 GT3 of Boutsen Ginion Racing crossed the finish line in the iconic endurance race in the Ardennes. For the Belgian BMW M Motorsport team, making it to the finish at their home event was something of a personal victory. The team with its drivers Jens Klingmann, Karim Ojjeh, Jens Liebhauser and Yann Zimmer overcame every challenge at the 24h of Spa-Francorchamps.
In the opening phase, characterised by a long full course yellow phase followed by heavy rain, the #10 BMW M6 GT3 of Boutsen Ginion Racing was inspiring as it courageously battled its way up the field. Starting from 45th on the grid, it ploughed its way up through the field. BMW works driver Klingmann got the car up into 25th place – and took the lead in the Pro Am class. “We had a very good pace in the race,” said Klingmann. “We showed that we are definitely capable of being up there with the Pro frontrunners with our Pro Am car. That’s also a good sign for the remaining races of the season.”
But 24-hour races play by their own rules. Like many other teams, Boutsen Ginion Racing were not spared from technical issues, which required long pit stops. But the team kept on battling, and after 24 hours crossed the finish line in 11th place in the Pro Am class and 35th place overall.
“Obviously it was a shame that the technical pit stops caused us to drop right down the field, but we gave it our all to make it to the chequered flag for us and for BMW,” said Klingmann. “It goes without saying that the overall result wasn’t what we had hoped for, but I have to say that I had a lot of fun in the car. Spa is a really demanding racetrack, and I think that you can enjoy every single lap. I’m also grateful that our BMW M6 GT3 showed what it’s capable of once again, even if that wasn’t quite reflected in the position. We’re feeling positive going into the final two endurance races in the GT World Challenge and hopefully we will be able to give the BMW M6 GT3 a fitting send-off in this series as well.” On the first weekend in September, Boutsen Ginion Racing will take to the grid at the Nürburgring with the #10 BMW M6 GT3 to contest the FANATEC GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup, the season finale will be held in Barcelona from 8th to 10th October.