BMW M4 GT4

BMW CUSTOMER RACING: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND.

BMW M4 GT4 celebrates victory in the first ever ADAC GT4 Germany race in Oschersleben, successful weekend for BMW M customer racing cars. The weekend at a glance.

VLN.

Top five result for BMW Team Schnitzer on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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.

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BMW M240i Racing Cup

BMW M240i RACING CUP.

Next success for Griessner/Fübrich.

Reigning champions David Griessner (AUT) and Yannick Fübrich (GER) remain right on course to defend their title in the BMW M240i Racing Cup. The duo from Pixum Team Adrenalin proved unbeatable in the third race of the season in the CUP5 class, which takes place as part of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. The two drivers took a dominant win in the #650 BMW M240i Racing to extend their lead in the overall standings. Behind them, Nico Otto and Lars Peucker (both GER) finished second in the legendary #666 “Eifelblitz” from the Scheid-Honert Motorsport team. Marc Ehret, Christian Konnerth (both GER) and Juha Hannonen (FIN) in the FK Performance Motorsport #679 BMW M240i Racing completed the podium. A total of 21 BMW M240i Racings were competing. The fourth race in the BMW M240i Racing Cup takes place on 13th July.

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ADAC GT MASTERS.

BMW M6 GT3 in sixth place after strong recovery performance.

BMW Motorsport works driver Jens Klingmann and Nicolai Sylvest put on an impressive recovery performance in the season-opener of the ADAC GT Masters at Oschersleben, securing a good sixth place finish. The duo started Sunday’s race from 14th place in the MRS GT Racing team #14 BMW M6 GT3 and worked their way up by eight positions. This also equated to third place in the Junior standings for Sylvest. The pair had crossed the finishing line in 17th place in Saturday’s race. The second race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters takes place from 17th to 19th May in Most.

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ADAC GT4 Germany

ADAC GT4 GERMANY.

perfect debut for BMW M4 GT4 in Oschersleben.

Gabriele Piana and Marius Zug celebrated a perfect start in the newly-created ADAC GT4 Germany in the RN Vision STS team #7 BMW M4 GT4. The duo finished second in qualifying before claiming victory in Saturday’s race at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The new race series delivered excitement right up to the final metres of Sunday’s race as well, but BMW just missed out on another podium finish. Michael Schrey and Thomas Jäger ended the race in fourth place in the #3 BMW M4 GT4, followed by Claudia Hürtgen and Michael Fischer in fifth position in the #2 BMW M4 GT4. Both cars are competing in the ADAC GT4 Germany for Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport. The duo of Piana/Zug finished tenth in Sunday's race. A total of five BMW M4 GT4s were competing. The next race in the ADAC GT4 Germany takes place from 7th to 9th June at the Red Bull Ring.

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BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA.

Auccessful weekend for BMW M customer racing cars.

A large line-up of cars from the BMW M Motorsport customer racing range enjoyed numerous successes at the “Virginia International Raceway”. The BMW M6 GT3, the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M240i Racing and BMW M235i Racing were competing at the legendary circuit in the Blancpain GT World Challenge America. A strong recovery performance in Saturday’s race saw Justin Rapheal and Stevan McAleer claim victory in the SprintX overall standings for the first time in the Team Classic BMW #29 BMW M4 GT4. This also equated to victory in the GT4 America East championship. Greg Liefooghe and Sean Quinlan rounded off a strong result with third place in the SprintX Pro Am category in the #19 BMW M4 GT4 from Stephen Cameron Racing. Randy Mueller and James Clay crossed the finishing line immediately behind them in the Epic Motorsport #3 BMW M4 GT4 to claim the win in the AM standings of the GT4 East. In race two on Sunday, Marko Radisic and Karl Wittmer took first place in the GT4 East – second place overall – with the Precision Driving Tech BMW M4 GT4. In the Pro-Am class of the SprintX, Chris Ohmacht and Toby Grahovec finished runner-up in the #92 car, while Quinlan and Liefooghe followed them home in third place to complete another strong BMW result. Kris Wilson and John Allen of the Auto Technic Racing team finished second in the Am class to round off the successful weekend. There was another podium to celebrate in the GT4 America Sprint. Marko Radisic, at the wheel of the #22 BMW M4 GT4 of Precision Driving Tech, narrowly missed out on a spot on the podium in Saturday’s race, finishing fourth in the AM class. However, he bounced back to finish third on Sunday. BMW also had reason to celebrate in TC America, with six BMW cars out in front after the first race. In the Rooster Hall Racing #80 BMW M235i Racing, Johan Schwartz claimed victory ahead of Toby Grahovec in the Classic BMW #26 BMW M240i Racing and the #81 BMW M235i Racing of Steve Streimer, also competing for Rooster Hall Racing. On Sunday, the BMW drivers actually surpassed their success of the previous day with a top-eight shut-out. Once again it was Schwartz who took his place on the top step of the podium. He was followed home in second and third place by Chandler Hull in the #94 BMW M240i Racing and Moisey Uretsky in the Murillo Racing BMW M235i Racing. The BMW M6 GT3 was also competing at the Virginia Raceway. Henry Schmitt and Greg Liefooghe, in the #87 BMW M6 GT3 run by the Stephen Cameron Racing team, crossed the finish line in seventh place in the Pro-Am class in the Sunday race. The duo failed to finish the opening race on Saturday.

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BTCC.

Double win for Turkington in Donington.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington made an impressive return at the second round of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington. The British driver claimed victory in the first two races in the West Surrey Racing #1 BMW 330i M Sport. He had laid the foundations for the wins with first place in qualifying. He secured ninth place in the third and final race. West Surrey Racing team-mate Tom Oliphant, competing in the #15 BMW 330i M Sport, finished the first race in third place and was in a promising position for much of the second race before dropping out of the points after a spin. He finished in 13th position in the third race. The third car competing for West Surrey Racing, the #77 BMW 330i M Sport, was driven by Andrew Jordan who retired from the first race and was unable to appear in either of the subsequent races. Stephen Jelley, competing for the Parker Racing team in the #12 BMW 125i M Sport, finished in 17th place in the first race and secured 20th position in the third race. He had to retire from the second race. The next BTCC race weekend will take place at Thruxton on 18th and 19th May.

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