Numerous class wins and a top five result in the overall standings at the third race of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring mean that BMW teams and drivers can look back at a successful race weekend in the Eifel mountains. After the length of the first VLN race was reduced due to fog and the second race had been stopped due to snow, the third VLN race took place over the full distance, allowing fans and spectators to enjoy typical Eifel conditions. Sheldon van der Linde and Nick Yelloly, in the BMW Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3, kept their nerve despite some severe downpours and finished in fifth place after 24 laps. The ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3 finished immediately behind them in sixth position with Marco Wittmann, Jesse Krohn and John Edwards sharing driving duties at the wheel. It was an early retirement for the second ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3, however, the #98 car having been driven by Philipp Eng, Mikkel Jensen and Tom Blomqvist. A total of seven BMW M6 GT3s had started the race.
BMW also had reason to celebrate in the individual classes. In the V4 class, victory was claimed by Stefan Beyer, Emin Akata and Thorsten Kratz in the Sorg Rennsport team BMW 325i. The team from Wuppertal was also able to celebrate in the hard-fought SP10 class. In the #181 BMW M4 GT4, BMW Motorsport Junior Erik Johansson and Heiko Eichenberg finished in second place. Florian Wolf, Arne Hoffmeister and Manuel Amweg rounded off the podium behind them. Further class wins were recorded by Christopher Dreyspring and Christer Jöns in the Schubert Motorsport team BMW M2 Competition in the SP8T class, and by Marcel Manheller and Carsten Knechtges from the Manheller Racing team in the BMW 328i, in the VT2 class. In total, more than 60 BMW entries were competing at the third VLN race weekend. The fourth race in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring takes place on 13th July with the 50th Adenauer Trophy. However, many BMW teams and drivers will be back in the Eifel region in just a few weeks for the six-hour qualifying race, the final endurance test before the legendary 24-hour race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife which takes place on 18th and 19th May.