BMW M6 GT3

“Green Hell” calling.

One of the highlights of the 2018 endurance season takes place this weekend: BMW teams and drivers eagerly awaiting the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
BMW M6 GT3

Over 40 BMW race cars will be in action in the “Green Hell”, including five BMW M6 GT3s. ROWE Racing will field two cars with works support from BMW Motorsport. The third car in the field is the Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3, with BMW works driver Augusto Farfus among those sharing the driving duties. Walkenhorst Motorsport and Falken Motorsports will run the remaining two cars in the top SP9 category. BMW Motorsport Juniors Beitske Visser and Nico Menzel will be at the wheel of the #60 Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4. They will be ably assisted by Dirk Adorf, who mentors the BMW Motorsport Juniors, and the experienced Tom Coronel.

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Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Last weekend, we kicked off the season in Europe with the BMW M4 DTM and the BMW M8 GTE. Next up is one of the absolute highlights of the year for our BMW M6 GT3. For sure the goal is to claim the 20th victory for BMW at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. However, you cannot count on victory at what is possibly the toughest endurance race in the world. You always need a little bit of luck too. As well as the battle for overall victory, the focus at this special race will once again be on the hordes of BMW customer teams, who will take on the Nordschleife in many different BMW cars. I am also curious to see BMW Motorsport Juniors Beitske Visser and Nico Menzel at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4. The 24-hour race is a real festival of motorsport.”

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BMW M4 GT4

Hans-Peter Naundorf (team principal ROWE Racing):

“Our goal for the 24-hour race is actually a very simple one: We want to go one better than last year’s second place. As simple as that may sound, it will be tough to achieve. At this unique race on the toughest circuit in the world, and against so much top-quality opposition, you need to remain fully-focussed and work precisely – not just for 24 hours, but for a full four days – and you simply cannot afford to make any mistakes. We have come really close to achieving our dream of overall victory on several occasions in recent years, but we have always been lacking that little bit of luck you need. We have prepared very well this year. Victory in the second round of the VLN and second place in the qualification race have shown that our goal is a realistic one. I am proud of the high-quality team of drivers we have assembled together with our partner BMW Motorsport.”

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Tom Blomqvist (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“ROWE Racing is familiar to me as I drove for the guys before. It is a great team so hopefully we will be able to get a good result. As a driver the 24-hour race is a spectacular event. The pleasure you get driving a race car around a circuit such as the Nordschleife is probably the most you can get.”

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Nick Catsburg (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“I am really looking forward to the Nürburgring 24 Hours – in fact, it is my favourite event of the year. We have a strong car and good drivers. Our results in the VLN and the qualification race have been very promising. I feel that we are very well prepared.”

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BMW M6 GT3

Connor De Phillippi (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“I am really looking forward to my first outing as a BMW works driver at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, and with it the opportunity to repeat my overall victory from last year. The BMW M6 GT3 is particularly strong on the Nordschleife. We have shown our speed in the VLN races. We now hope we can repeat that pace at the highlight of the season.”

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Martin Tomczyk (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“I am obviously really looking forward to the Nürburgring 24 Hours. I have driven in this race with BMW for many years. Unfortunately, I have not won it yet. We have come close a few times and could theoretically have won it twice - but that is part and parcel of the Nürburgring. It is a big challenge, and many different factors play a role there.”

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Nico Menzel

Nico Menzel (#60 BMW M4 GT4, Sorg Rennsport):

“The 24-hour race gives us the opportunity to spend an awful lot of time on the most difficult track in the world with the car that we run in the GT4 European Series. I am really looking forward to the race and to driving alongside our Junior mentor Dirk Adorf. I also have two fantastic teammates from the Netherlands, in Beitske Visser and Tom Coronel. It is going to be an awesome weekend.”

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