After the opening round of this season’s Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) was cancelled due to snow, rounds two and three were held on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in mid-April and on the first weekend in May. In April’s race, the BMW Junior Team was the best-placed BMW team in the #44 BMW M6 GT3. Neil Verhagen, Max Hesse and Dan Harper finished eighth overall alongside Augusto Farfus.
Next up was NLS 3 on the first weekend in May. After four hours of racing, the #99 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3, with Nick Catsburg, John Edwards and Nick Yelloly, came home in fifth place. The same car also set the fastest lap of the race. Just behind them, in sixth place, were Connor De Phillippi, Martin Tomczyk and Marco Wittmann in the #98 BMW M6 GT3 of ROWE Racing. The fastest time in qualifying, and with it pole position, went to the #20 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. In the race itself, the Schubert team and its drivers Jens Klingmann, Jesse Krohn, Alexander Sims and Stef Dusseldorp finished eleventh.
The BMW Junior Team failed to finish, but gained more valuable experience looking ahead to the 24-hour race. “Our pace was good, and we made great progress again. We are confident and well-positioned,” said Hesse.
BMW teams also enjoyed success in the different classes. In the SP10 class for GT4 cars, Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport secured second place. The #191 BMW M4 GT4 was driven by Michael Fischer, Gabriele Piana and Michael Schrey. In addition, the BMW teams picked up five class wins in both NLS races. The victorious teams included Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport, Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, FK Performance Motorsport, and Schnitzelalm Racing GmbH.
On the Thursday before NLS 3, the new flagship in the portfolio of cars BMW M Motorsport took it to the track on the Nordschleife for the first time: the BMW M4 GT3 successfully completed a test on this unique, over 20 kilometre long circuit.