BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND.

BMW teams in dress rehearsal for 24h Nürburgring – Bill Auberlen continues winning streak in the USA. The BMW M Customer Racing weekend at a glance.

BMW M4 GT4

NLS.

Three BMW M6 GT3 in the top 10 in the 6-hour race.

At the final showdown before the 24 Hours Nürburgring on 26th/27th September, three BMW M6 GT3 finished in the top 10 this past weekend. At the ROWE 6 Hours ADAC Ruhr Cup race, Nick Catsburg, Philipp Eng, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly in the #99 BMW M6 GT3 of ROWE Racing were the best-placed team in fifth. In seventh and eighth places were the #42 BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer, driven by Augusto Farfus, Jens Klingmann, Martin Tomczyk and Sheldon van der Linde, and the #34 BMW M6 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport with Jordan Pepper and David Pittard at the wheel. The second ROWE Racing car was unable to take part in the race after an accident in qualifying. In the SP10 class, the #1 BMW M4 GT4 of Pixum CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport with drivers David Griessner, Yannick Fübrich and Florian Naumann celebrated the class win. The BMW Junior Team finished fourth in their second race at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4 in the SP8T class. Overall, the BMW M customer racing teams were victorious in the five classes CUP5, SP10, SP4, V4 and VT2 at the season highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series.

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BMW M240i RACING CUP.

One-two win for AVIA Sorg Rennsport.

AVIA Sorg Rennsport celebrated a one-two result in the CUP5 class at the highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series season. At the wheel of the #695, Heiko Eichenberg and Moritz Oberheim were victorious after six hours of racing ahead of their team-mates Ivan Berets, Brett Lidsey and Moran Gott. Third place went to Marcel Marchewicz, Tim Neuser, Luca-Sandro Trefz and Esteban Guerreri of Schnitzelalm Racing. The leaders of the overall standings thus far, David Griessner, Yannick Fübrich, Sindre Setsaas and Francesco Merlini of Pixum CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport only finished in eighth, after they were awarded a retrospective penalty for violating regulations during a pit stop.

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BMW M240i Racing, Team AVIA Sorg Rennsport, NLS
BMW M4 GT4, BimmerWorld Racing, GT4 America
BMW M240i Racing, BimmerWorld Racing, TC America

GT4/TC AMERICA.

Bill Auberlen continues winning streak.

A week ago, Bill Auberlen set a new record with the 61st IMSA win of his career at the IMSA race weekend at “Virginia International Raceway”. A day later he also won the Michelin Pilot Challenge race. Now he has added a victory in the GT4 America SprintX to his impressive run. In the first of three races at Road America, he won alongside James Walker Jr. in the BMW M4 GT4 of BimmerWorld Racing, with the duo making it onto the podium again in the second race, finishing in P2. Auberlen and Walker Jr. finished the closing third race in 10th place. Harry Gottsacker and Nick Wittmer of Team ST Racing finished second in the first race, which saw them get the win in the Silver class. In race three, fourth place overall saw the duo finish second in their class. In ST Racing’s second car, Jon Miller and Samantha Tan finished third in the Silver category in the second race.

In TC America, the dominance of the BMW M240i Racing continued at Road America. All three podium spots went to BMW M customer racing drivers in all three races. James Clay of BimmerWorld Racing was unbeatable in the first two races. In the third race, finishing P2, he was only forced to surrender to Toby Grahovec of Team Classic BMW. Grahovec finished second in the first race and fourth in the second race. The other spots on the podium went to Johan Schwartz, Chandler Hull and Austen Smith.

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ITALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP.

Fourth and second place for BMW Team Italia.

In the second race of the Italian GT Endurance Championship season in Imola, BMW Team Italia finished in fourth place in the overall standings with the BMW M6 GT3. Stefano Comandini, Marius Zug and BMW works driver Bruno Spengler shared the wheel. In the GT4 class, Francesco Guerra, Simone Riccitelli and Nicola Neri in the BMW M4 GT4 finished in second place, like at the season opener in Mugello.

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BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Italia, Italian GT
BMW M4 GT4, Century Motorsport, British GT

BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP.

GT4 podium for Century Motorsport.

Century Motorsport made it onto the GT4 class podium with the BMW M4 GT4 in the British GT Championship race at Brands Hatch. Initially, Ben Green and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke finished in third place, but a retrospective penalty was awarded to a rival which saw them move up into second place.

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BTCC.

Further podiums for Colin Turkington.

Colin Turkington of Team BMW finished on the podium twice at the British Touring Car Championship race weekend at Knockhill to defend his lead in the driver standings. Despite his BMW 330i M Sport carrying heavy success ballast, he finished in second place in both of the first two races. He finished ninth in the third race. His team-mate Tom Oliphant finished in eighth, sixth and fourth in the three races. This further strong points haul saw Team BMW extend their lead in the team standings and BMW extend theirs in the manufacturers’ standings.

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BMW 330i M Sport, Colin Turkington, BTCC