Freak weather conditions, incidents and plenty of bad luck: the BMW representatives in the SP9 class endured a disappointing time at the 46th edition of the Nürburgring 24-hour race. In the end, it was Augusto Farfus, Markus Palttala, Christian Krognes and Fabian Schiller who crossed the line in 13th place to make the #102 Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3 the best-placed BMW car. They achieved this despite suffering the major setback of a collision during the opening phase of the race. The #33 BMW M6 GT3 from Falken Motorsports also lost the chance of securing a top finish during the first third of the race and finished in 15th position. The ROWE Racing team enjoyed even less luck during the race in the Green Hell: after claiming a great second place in 2017, the two BMW M6 GT3s (#98 and #99) both had to retire early. “Unfortunately, that was not the 24-hour race we had hoped for,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Our pace was up there with the leading group and there were phases when we had the fastest car in the field. That makes it even more disappointing that some incidents and technical difficulties prevented us from getting involved in the battle for the top positions in the overall standings.” Even if BMW had no say in the fight for overall victory, the brand did record three class wins at the classic endurance race. In the BMW M235i Racing Cup class, Heiko Eichenberg, Yannick Mettler, Torsten Kratz and Tristan Viidas from the Team Securtal Sorg Rennsport finished ahead of the cars from Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport and the Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport. BMW customer teams also claimed class wins in the V4 and SP4 classes.