BMW M6 GT3, Italian GT Championship

BMW CUSTOMER RACING: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND.

BMW teams celebrate wins in Italy, Malaysia and Great Britain. An overview of the weekend of customer racing.

ITALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP.

BMW Team Italia wins first race of the season.

It was a perfect start to the season for BMW Motorsport Junior Erik Johansson and BMW Team Italia. The new BMW driver celebrated his debut win in his first endurance event of the season at Monza, alongside former BMW Motorsport Junior and current BMW works driver Jesse Krohn and Stefano Comandini. The trio had set course for victory when they claimed pole position in the GT3 class on Saturday afternoon. BMW Team Italia also ensured that they would start first in the GT4 class. In the race itself, Giuseppe Fascicolo, Francesco Guerra and Andrea Fontana all lost ground in the #207 BMW M4 GT4, before completing the three-hour race in third place in the GT4 class and celebrating a podium finish. The second race weekend of the season features two sprint races and takes place from 3rd to 5th May at Vallelunga.

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Italian GT Championship, BMW M6 GT3
BMW M6 GT3

BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA.

BMW Team Studie celebrates perfect season-opener.

BMW Team Studie could not have enjoyed a better start to the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia season, which kicked off this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. Right from the start, Takayuki Kinoshita and Sunako Jukuchou gave an outstanding performance in the #81 BMW M4 GT4 and ensured that their competitors had no chance of reaching the top spots. The two BMW drivers first claimed pole position and followed this up with the first race win on Saturday. They were equally unstoppable on the second day, wrapping it up with the second win in the second race of the season. The next round in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia will take place from 11th to 12th May at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

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BTCC.

First win for West Surrey Racing at the season-opener in Brands Hatch.

The wheels were back in motion after the winter break this weekend in the British Touring Car Championship. The series celebrated its traditional opening event at Brands Hatch and the West Surrey Racing team had a successful start to the season. After some difficulties in race one that culminated in a 15th-place finish, Andrew Jordan gave a great recovery performance in the new #77 BMW 330i M Sport. Having started from 15th position, he claimed victory in the second race. His two team-mates, reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington and new driver Tom Oliphant, finished in 19th and 22nd places in race one. In the second race, they claimed 14th and 15th positions. In Sunday evening’s third race, Turkington and Oliphant crossed the line in fifth and sixth places. After experiencing a few problems, Jordan had to make do with 24th position. Stephen Jelley, competing for Team Parker Racing in the #12 BMW 125i M Sport, also scored some important points on the first race weekend of the season. He finished in seventh, sixth and third places.

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West Surrey Racing, BMW 330i M Sport