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Krohn and Tomczyk in action at season-opener

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Krohn and Tomczyk in action at season-opener.

Countdown to the 2016 ADAC GT Masters: last week, the two BMW Motorsport Juniors, Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz, took the opportunity to test the new BMW M6 GT3 in Oschersleben.

Krohn and Delétraz will line up together in the BMW M6 GT3 Junior Car at four of this season’s race weekends. They do so for the first time at the second race weekend of the year, at the Sachsenring. DTM driver Martin Tomczyk will take his place alongside Krohn for the opening round in Oschersleben. The experienced German will be on hand to offer valuable advice, as well as sharing the driving duties. In doing so, Tomczyk can call on his own experience as a BMW Junior.

Three questions for… Martin Tomczyk.

Martin, you also took your first steps towards a career in motorsport through the BMW Junior programme. How important are promotional programmes like these to young racing drivers?
Martin Tomczyk: “Very important. Back then, the programme had only just been launched. I was there in the first year of the ADAC Formula BMW Junior Cup, and so witnessed its very beginnings. Over the following years, you could see how the programme was becoming increasingly established. The promotion of juniors is incredibly important. The drivers are getting younger and younger. We now have 18-year-olds driving in Formula One and the DTM. For this reason, you have to receive good encouragement and support from the word go, in order to adapt quickly to professional motorsport, even in the entry-level classes.

Jesse Krohn, the 2014 BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year, will contest the entire season in the ADAC GT Masters. You will join him for the first two races. This is a big step for such a young driver. How good is Krohn already?
Tomczyk: “Very good. He has proven that emphatically. The fact that, at just 25 years of age, he asserted himself in Daytona among the elite of the motorsport world, and that he is lining up in endurance races in America and all over the world, just goes to underline his undoubted ability. The BMW Motorsport Junior programme has naturally played an important role in his magnificent development.”

The car you are both sharing is the new BMW M6 GT3. How do you like the new GT car?
Tomczyk: “It goes without saying that I like it, because it looks absolutely fantastic. However, a racing car should not only look good, but also be quick. The BMW M6 GT3 has already proven that it is precisely that. You obviously have to bear in mind that this is a brand-new car, and is designed for a longer life cycle. As such, it is definitely more work at first to get the car to the level it should be at. However, we are on the right track, and the car showed in its first races in the USA that it has great potential and is really quick. We are now working hard to ensure that the BMW M6 GT3 is also successful on its debut in the ADAC GT Masters.”

Original article posted by BMW Motorsport  Apr 11, 2016: http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2016/4/adac-gt-masters-tomczyk.html

Driver line-ups confirmed for the 24h race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife

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BMW Motorsport will be racing at the 44th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, which takes place on the Nordschleife on 28th and 29th May, with a driver line-up that is both strong and experienced.

Eleven BMW works drivers will share the cockpits of the four BMW M6 GT3s, which will be run by the Schubert Motorsport and ROWE Racing teams, with support from BMW Motorsport. The BMW M6 GT3 takes on the challenge of the “Green Hell” for the first time this year. Schubert Motorsport will be among the contenders at the head of the field for the fifth time with BMW support. Meanwhile, the ROWE Racing team will make its debut as part of the BMW family. However, the outfit does boast a wealth of experience at the Nürburgring. Both teams have what it takes to add to BMW’s impressive history on the Nordschleife. BMW is by far the most successful manufacturer in the Eifel Mountains, with 19 victories – eight of which were one-twos.

“Our history at this classic makes the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring very important to us,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Our contingent for the 44th running of the race backs this up. We have a lot of drivers, whose experience makes them perfectly suited to putting the BMW M6 GT3 through the ultimate endurance test on the most demanding racetrack in the world. Furthermore, the inclusion of some extremely talented young drivers gives our driver line-ups the ideal mix. We are very confident that we can leave our mark on the Nordschleife in the centenary year of the BMW Group and the BMW brand. And not only with our works-assisted teams, but with the whole impressive contingent of privately run BMW cars, which will provide BMW fans at the circuit with plenty of action. There is already great anticipation ahead of the 44th running of this classic race in the Eifel Mountains.”

For Schubert Motorsport, John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann, who race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), will be joined by DTM driver Martin Tomczyk. Sharing the driving duties in the team from Oschersleben’s second car will be BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn, DTM drivers Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann, and Jörg Müller, who this season competes in the Japanese Super GT Championship for BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie. Hoping to challenge for a top result in the ROWE Racing team’s BMW M6 GT3 are BMW works driver Alexander Sims, BMW newcomer Philipp Eng, DTM drive Maxime Martin and IWSC driver Dirk Werner. The team’s second car will be driven by Richard Westbrook, the second newcomer to the squad of BMW drivers Klaus Graf, and Nick Catsburg and Markus Palttala, who won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps together with Luhr at the wheel of a BMW Z4 GT3 in 2015. Walkenhorst Motorsport also competes in the Eifel Mountains with two BMW M6 GT3s and a strong driver line-up. This includes BMW DTM driver Tom Blomqvist, who will gain his first experience in a GT car. Victor Bouveng, who impressed as a BMW Motorsport Junior in 2015, also takes to the track in a BMW M6 GT3 for Walkenhorst Motorsport. The team’s third driver is Christian Krognes.

Last season, BMW finished second and fourth at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. To prepare for the endurance classic, both Schubert Motorsport and ROWE Racing will race at the opening round of the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nordschleife, before returning to the Nürburgring on 17th April for the qualification race for the Eifel marathon.

 

Original article posted by BMW Motorsport 4.3.2016: http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2016/3/24h_nbr.html

Daytona lineup

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TURNER 2016 ROLEX 24 DRIVER LINEUP CONFIRMED. BMW MOTORSPORT WORKS DRIVERS HELP REINFORCE IMPRESSIVE TEAM.

Amesbury, MA. – December 7th, 2015 –Following an eventful weekend in Munich, Germany this past Friday for the BMW Sport Trophy awards, Turner Motorsport secures an impressive eight-driver lineup for the team’s sixth consecutive running in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The historic North American Endurance event will kick off the 11-race 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Similar to previous years, the Turner driver lineup for the 54th running of the Rolex 24 will include BMW Motorsport Works drivers as well as some familiar North American sports car drivers including BMW Motorsport DTM driver and 2014 Champion Marco Wittmann (DE) as well as DTM Star Maxime Martin (BE) .

The “Star Studded” BMW Driver lineup is also set to include Jens Klingmann (DE), Jessie Krohn (FI) as well as BMW North America Scholarship driver, Ashley Freiberg (US) teamed up with Turner Veterans Bret Curtis (US), Markus Palttala (FI) and Michael Marsal (US).

“This is truly one of the best BMW driver lineups we have ever had,” said Will Turner. “We are so extremely excited for the 2016 season and the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. We look forward to getting this incredible amount of driver talent behind the wheel of our new BMW M6 GT3s for one of the biggest endurance races in the world, and with some luck, finishing toward the front of the GTD field.”

Will Turner added, “I want to thank Victor Leleu and BMW Motorsport for all their help to bring our 2016 season plans to fruition. Without Victor’s help and hard work we would not be in the position we are today with such an amazing driver line up and two brand new M6s on their way.”

Marco Wittmann, a BMW Motorsport DTM driver and 2014 Champion just completed his third season, scoring 5 wins and 5 pole positions since his rookie season in 2013. Prior to his DTM career, Wittmann competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series and the Formula BMW ADAC.

Maxime Martin returns to the Turner Daytona lineup after racing with the blue and yellow in 2013, making his North American racing debut in the E92 M3 GT. Since then he has competed in two full seasons of DTM for BMW Motorsport as well as frequent GT racing appearances.

“I am looking forward to the 24 Hour at Daytona as well as the entire 2016 season with our new cars and very strong driver lineups,” added Michael Marsal. “This will be my sixth season with Turner Motorsport and I don’t think I have ever been so eager to go racing.”

In addition to the Rolex 24 at Daytona driver lineup, Turner Motorsport confirms the two full-season driver duos in the No. 96 and No. 97 BMW M6 GT3s.

The No. 96 will be piloted by Bret Curtis teamed up with Jens Klingmann for the season, accompanied by Marco Wittmann and Ashley Freiberg for Daytona. The No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal BMW will see two familiar faces with Michael Marsal and Markus Palttala behind the wheel for the entire 11-race season with Jessie Krohn and Maxime Martin for the Rolex 24.

“I’m really looking forward to 2016,” said Bret Curtis. “It was a great experience racing with Turner last year so this year should be even better with the new cars and stellar driver lineups. Daytona cannot come soon enough.”

In addition to the full-time driver lineups, Turner is excited to announce the addition of Ashley Freiberg for the North American Endurance Cup events. Freiberg will be continuing as a BMW of North America Scholarship Driver and will drive in the No. 96 IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GT3 for select events.

“I really can’t find the words to describe how thankful I am for this incredible opportunity,” commented Ashley Freiberg. “So many dreams of mine are all coming true at once. To be able to race in my first Daytona 24 Hour race, with a championship-winning team, with great teammates, in the new BMW M6 GT3 is just so exciting. It is an honor to continue my relationship with BMW of North America as a Scholarship Driver and with IHG Rewards Club.”

The Turner Motorsport team prepares for the Roar before the 24 on January 8th-10th in which the team plans to have their two new M6 GT3s ready to test with the entire Rolex 24 driver lineup present.

The 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will take place on Saturday, January 30th. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:30pm ET and will be televised live from Daytona International Speedway on Fox Sports. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the kick off the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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Michael MarsalMichael Marsal:
Now entering his sixth season with Turner Motorsport, Michael Marsal will take the wheel in the No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal BMW M6 GT3 for the entire 2016 season with co-driver Markus Palttala. Last season Marsal completed a successful first season in the GT class of IMSA’s United SportsCar Championship with Palttala in the No. 97 BMW Z4 GTD, claiming eight top-10s, three top-5s, two podiums and a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Lime Rock Park. Marsal brings extensive North American endurance racing experience to the Turner team, having competed at top tracks throughout North America in multiple Turner race cars and in a variety of race series.
Markus PalttalaMarkus Palttala:
2016 will be the third full-season for Markus Palttala with Turner Motorsport. In his first season with the team Palttala and co-driver Dane Cameron captured the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the BMW Z4 GTD, winning four races with six podiums and ten 10-ten finishes. He followed-up his championship-winning performance in 2015 with another competitive campaign alongside Michael Marsal, In addition to his success in North America, Palttala has had a large amount of success throughout Europe racing BMWs. The Finnish driver has started in over thirty 24 Hour starts including Le Mans, the Nurburgring and Spa all driving a BMW, claiming multiple victories in the process. This season Palttala will once again be paired with Marsal looking to put the blue and yellow Turner BMW on the top of the podium.
Maxime MartinMaxime Martin:
Maxime Martin is returning to the blue and yellow BMW’s of Turner Motorsport for the first time since co-driving the No. 93 BMW M3 GT with Michael Marsal during the 51st annual Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 2013. That same year Martin started his rise through the ranks of the German DTM, first as a test and development driver, before his debut season with BMW Team RMG in 2014. In only his fifth DTM race he climbed to the top of the podium, on his way to “rookie of the year” honors. In addition to the German DTM Martin has competed in numerous series and races, including the ADAC GT3 German Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series. Martin will drive the No. 97 M6 GT3 during the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Jesse KrohnJesse Krohn:
Jesse Krohn will make his inaugural drive for Turner Motorsport during the 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. As one of BMW’s most promising and talented young GT drivers, the Finland native will continue to hone his skills in the Turner No. 97 M6 GT3. After winning the first class of the BMW Motorsport Junior Program in 2014, driving a BMW M235i Racing, Krohn was promoted to drive with Marc VDS Racing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), along with the VLN Endurance Championship with Walkenhorst Motorsport. Krohn continued to impress throughout the 2015 season, taking class victories with Marc VDS Racing during the ELMS season finale at Estoril, as well as a second place at the VLN finale, securing the Speed Trophy Championship in the process.

No. 96 BMW M6 GT3Bret CurtisBret Curtis:
Bret Curtis is returning to drive for the blue and yellow BMWs after a strong first-season driving the No. 32 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 in the GT-A class of Pirelli World Challenge that included a season-best second place finish at Barber Motorsports Park. This season he will pilot the all-new BMW M6 GT3 with co-driver and BMW Factory Driver, Jens Klingmann in the GTD class of the Weathertech United SportsCar Championship. Prior to joining the Turner team in 2014, Curtis established himself in some of the world’s most prestigious and grueling races, including a total of six 24-hour races, four 12-hour races and three 6-hour races. He has achieved class and overall victories, along with eight podiums finishes in multiple racing series, on multiple continents at such legendary tracks as Le Mans, Daytona, Spa Francorchamps, Bathurst, Sebring and Laguna Seca.
Jens KlingmannJens Klingmann:
Twenty-five-year-old BMW Factory Driver Jens Klingmann brings significant endurance experience to an already stout Turner driver lineup. For the 2016 season, Klingmann will co-drive the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 with Bret Curtis. Klingmann tested with Turner Motorsport and the BMW M6 GT3 during the team’s test at Daytona International Speedway last month. In 2015 he supported BMW Team RLL at Daytona, Sebring and Road Altanta as well as completed a full season of the ADAC GT Masters in a BMW Z4 GT3. This will be his first full season competing in the Weathertech United SportsCar Championship.
Marco WittmannMarco Wittmann:
Marco Wittmann, who in 2014 at the age of 24 became the youngest ever German DTM Champion for BMW, and the third youngest overall champion in the series’ illustrious and storied history. His storybook second season in the German DTM started with a season-opening victory in Hockenheim. Wittmann carried his success through the season, winning three additional races en route to the championship. Wittmann kicked off his BMW racing career in the German Formula BMW series, taking two victories and four podiums. Following continued success in Formula BMW Europe and the Formula 3 Euro Series Wittmann became a DTM test and development driver in 2012, making his DTM debut the following season in 2013. Wittmann will drive the Turner Motorsport No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 alongside Curtis, Klingmann and Freiberg during the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Ashley FreibergAshley Freiberg:
For the past two seasons, Freiberg has driven a BMW E92 M3 in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. During her time in the CTSCC she captured numerous class victories, including being the first female overall race winner at Daytona International Speedway. In 2015 she took home three podiums, along with the overall victory at Petit Le Mans. In 2013 she was the first female to win a Porsche GT3 Cup race when she took the top of the podium at Watkins Glen. This will be Freiberg’s first season competing in the GT class of the Weathertech United SportsCar Championship and will take part in select rounds of the Patron North American Endurance Cup at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans. When Freiberg takes to the track in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 at Daytona International Speedway she will become the first female driver in Turner Motorsport history.

King of the Ring – Walkenhorst BMW wins Nordschleife Trophy

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Dunlop, Germany – November 1st 2015: After a year of intense racing on the world’s most demanding race circuit, Walkenhorst Motorsport have won the coveted VLN Speed Trophy Championship with their BMW Z4 GT3. The team took a crucial sixth place in Saturday’s race with drivers Jesse Krohn (Finland) and Victor Bouveng (Sweden) amassing enough points to top the championship after the ten 2015 races.

It was a strong season for the team, taking two class wins this year and scoring consistently in the other races . Walkenhorst BMW are a Dunlop development partner and have benefited from the intense development from the tyre company during the last two years.

In addition to showing great consistency throughout the year, the team have also shown incredible pace, taking pole position for Saturday’s race with a record breaking lap. Jesse Krohn’s pole lap of 8m 01.3s was the fastest qualifying lap of the year on the gruelling 26km circuit in Germany’s Eifel Mountains.

For Dunlop, the Speed Trophy is the latest accolade for their Nordschleife specification tyres, adding to Dunlop’s 24h victories in 2013 (Mercedes AMG) and 2010 (BMW).

Alexander Kuehn, Manager, Motorsport OE, stated: “This year, Dunlop achieved its target of winning the fastest class of Europe’s most demanding endurance championship. We are proud to partner with Walkenhorst BMW and congratulate them on winning the VLN Speed Trophy”

Top three qualifying lockout

Whilst Walkenhorst BMW’s 2015 Speed Trophy win was the highlight of the race weekend, Dunlop performance was also proven by the top three cars in qualifying being equipped with the company’s latest GT tyres. Behind Walkenhorst’s record breaking pole position car, the stunning Scuderia Glickenhaus SCG003 prototype and Car Collection’s Mercedes AMG SLS took second and third places in qualifying – all on Dunlop

“This performance shows that we have a strong Nordschleife specific tyre for a diverse range of cars. We aim to make further development steps to build on this strong performance as we enter 2016″ added Kuehn.

Winning in open competition

Dunlop’s focus is to develop tyres in championships with open tyre competition . In addition to the 2015 VLN Speed Trophy, Dunlop customers also won the European Le Mans Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship for LMP2 teams and, on two wheels, the FIM Endurance World Championship and Isle of Man TT.

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Original article posted by Dunlop  November 1st, 2015

Marc VDS Take Farewell Victory in Estoril

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Estoril, Portugal – October 18 2015: The Marc VDS Racing Team, a team with a history of dramatic victories in mixed conditions, took a dramatic victory in mixed conditions in the European Le Mans Series Four Hours of Estoril, their last ever race. Henry Hassid, Jesse Krohn and Andy Priaulx took the #52 BMW Z4 GTE to class victory by a lap.

Having started in last place after a tyre gamble – slicks on a damp track – in qualifying didn’t pay off, it was always going to be a tough race for the #52 team. Hassid took the start in dry conditions, and was left dodging cars at the first corner, as he had in much of this season’s ELMS races. However, the Frenchman starred and took several places and, by the end of his stint, had run as high as third.

Priaulx took the second stint. The team took a chance, leaving him on slick tyres in a brief deluge, and it paid off, the Guernseyman driving superbly. He moved into second, and then took nearly a minute off the leading car’s advantage. When the rain came for a second shower, even heavier than the first, it was time for the team to take another risk.

Priaulx pitted, and handed the car to Krohn. With the shower looking likely to be over quickly, the team elected to send the Finnish BMW junior driver out on cut slick tyres. The gamble worked, because despite losing time on a sodden track, he was able to claw it back when the circuit dried and he went on to take a lead that would not be relinquished.

The result means that Marc VDS and their three drivers finish second in the teams’ and drivers’ championships respectively.

Jesse Krohn, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“I’m so, so happy. I know that I’m not meant to show emotion as a Finn, but this is such a great feeling. My stint was the most difficult I’ve ever experienced – there was so much water, and the tyres were such a big gamble. I was aquaplaning on the straights, I couldn’t even go full throttle… But when it panned out, I was in a position to cruise to the flag. I’m so happy for all the team. They’ve worked so hard all year, and I’m so glad we could win on our last race.”

Henry Hassid, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“Sebastien told me that I had to push hard in the first stint. We weren’t just last in class, we were pretty much dead last of the entire field. So I assumed it would be a very difficult start. I ended up passing something like 15 cars on the first lap! The car was just fantastic the whole stint, and the team did a fantastic job again. I’m very proud to have been a part of this winning team.”

Andy Priaulx, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“It’s a fairytale story, isn’t it? We take a win, from the back of the grid, in the team’s last race… That’s just fantastic. The guys did a mega job today – the strategy was perfect. Those calls are always risky, and Sebastien and Ed (Turner, race engineer) got them absolutely right. The whole team deserve this win, because they’ve been superb all year. It’s such a professional environment. Again, Henry and Jesse were both mega today – Henry’s start was unbelievable! I’m just glad we took this win today. This one’s for the team, for Marc van der Straten and for the fans. Thank you!”

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Original article posted by Marc VDS Racing Team  October 18th, 2015

Podium Joy for Marc VDS at Paul Ricard

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Marc VDS Racing Team, Le Castellet, France, September 6th 2015: BMW Team Marc VDS stood on the podium for the first time in the 2015 European Le Mans Series, at the 4 Hours of Le Castellet. Henry Hassid, Andy Priaulx and Jesse Krohn took the #52 BMW Z4 GTE to second place at the Paul Ricard track.

Qualifying on Sunday morning was a disappointment for the team. With track conditions cooler than than practice, Priaulx suffered. The car and tyres didn’t match up well in the lower temperatures, and the Briton was stranded in eighth place.

However, it was a different story in the race, as track temperatures rose under the French sun. Hassid, racing at a track he’s very fond of, was able to avoid a spinning Porsche at the first turn and make heaps of progress in the opening stint. Over the course of the hour, he moved from eighth to second.

Priaulx took the second hour, and was moving into position to challenge for the lead when the safety car intervened. The field was split, leaving the leading – and eventually winning – Ferrari with an unassailable lap advantage. Both Priaulx and Krohn, who drove the final two hours, were faultlessly fast and consistent, but nothing could be done about the gap to the leader. Krohn was able to comfortably see out the race and claim the team’s first ELMS podium of the year.

The result sees Marc VDS move into second in the teams’ standings, and Hassid, Krohn and Priaulx also to second in the drivers’ standings. The margin in both is 19 points, with 26 on offer in the final round, at Estoril.

It is Marc VDS’ third podium at Paul Ricard in three visits – a win here in the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2013, and a third place earlier this year in the same championship preceded today’s result.

Henry Hassid, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“I’m very happy to step on the podium. We’ve worked extremely hard as a team but until today the results hadn’t matched the effort. Today, the team has really earned a taste of champagne. My stint was a lot of fun, and I felt really good in the car. It was stable, and great to drive. It helps that I love this track, and I just felt confidence right from the start. Everyone did a great job!”

Andy Priaulx, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“I’m really pleased we’re up here on the podium. I was concerned in qualifying – the car just felt awful. But then, in the race, the temperatures suited us a bit better and it felt great. I was comfortable, the pace was good and if it wasn’t for the bad luck with the safety car we’d have been right in the hunt to win the race. Henry and Jesse both drove superbly – to go from eighth to second in one stint, as a bronze driver, is really impressive.”

Jesse Krohn, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“The team deserve this. OK, second place isn’t as good as a win, but it felt fantastic to achieve it with Marc VDS. This season has been a challenge so far, but everything felt great today. Henry was amazing – I’m so impressed with his stint. It was frustrating to see the safety car split the field, though, because Andy looked like he was ready to challenge for the lead. Basically, my stint was just consolidation, because the gaps in front and behind were so big, but the car was great in the race. That’s a good sign for Estoril.”

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Original article posted by Marc VDS Racing Team  September 6th, 2015

Paul Ricard Beckons for Marc VDS

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Marc VDS Racing Team, Gosselies, Belgium, September 4th 2015: BMW Team Marc VDS resume their European Le Mans Series (ELMS) campaign at Paul Ricard this weekend. The Belgian team’s BMW Z4 GTE will be crewed once again by Henry Hassid, Jesse Krohn and Andy Priaulx.

Paul Ricard is a track the Marc VDS Racing Team have fond memories of. In their last two races here, both in the Blancpain Endurance Series, they’ve been on the podium. The team won in 2013, and took third despite starting behind more than 60 cars earlier this year. Though the circuit’s long straight doesn’t ideally suit the BMW Z4 GTE, the sweeping mid and fast paced turns do. All three drivers will look to make the most of the car’s capabilities in the four-hour race, especially as the car has received a small balance of performance (BoP) adjustment for the French race.

It’s been an ELMS season of frustration for the team so far – three fourth places are all the team have to show from a trio of races, despite improving in relative pace each race. The team missed the podium in Imola by less than a second despite starting from the back of the grid, and managed to earn fourth in Spielberg despite engine trouble meaning they had no meaningful practice running.

Both teams’ and drivers’ titles are still well within reach, however. Hassid, Krohn and Priaulx are 12 points off the top of the drivers’ standings, with BMW Team Marc VDS also 12 points from the top. There are 52 points available from the final two races, with 25 points for a race win and a single point for pole position.

The race begins at 13:00 local time on Sunday September 6, and is live on europeanlemansseries.com

Jesse Krohn BMW Z4 GTE #52
“We’re still in the title fight – we’re not too far away. We’ve got a chance, and a bit of a boost from the BoP. We need to eliminate any mistakes, stick to our task, and hopefully avoid some of the bad luck that has affected us a little this year. There’s a strong driver level in this championship, great respect between the competitors, and that feels great. It’s been a pleasure to race in ELMS this year. This is an awesome track for drivers, there’s a lot of variety, and I’m really excited to get back on track.”

Andy Priaulx, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“We are still in with a chance of the title and have it all to go for, so this is an important weekend and race for us. I think it’s fair to say that the circuit, with the very long straight, is not the best for us, but we have shown over the last few races some great team work, consistency and race speed, so I am still very optimistic that we can fight for the title. We just need some luck now and some solid pace.”

Sebastien Metz, Technical Director
“It’s been a tough year in ELMS, that’s for sure. We’ve had to work very hard to even get close to the competition. We’ll be a little closer with the adjustments in the BoP for this round – that’s a positive. The team is high on confidence after the victory at Spa, and I know we’ve got a very good driving team. We know that we have to score a lot of points here, and we’re focused solely on that.”

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Original article posted by Marc VDS Racing Team  September 4th, 2015

Another top ten finish for Walkenhorst motorsport

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BMW Sports Trophy, Germany, August 22nd 2015:Walkenhorst Motorsport finished with both BMW Z4 GT3s in the top ten in the sixth race of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring.

BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn, Michela Cerruti and Felipe Fernándes Laser crossed the finish line in sixth. Henry Walkenhorst, Matias Henkola and Andreas Weishaupt finished ninth. The overall win went to Mercedes. Dennis Wüsthoff and Benjamin Leuchter of Team racing one finished in first place in the BMW M235i Racing Cup class. They were in front of Philipp Leisen and Thomas Jäger of Team Securtal Sorg Rennsport and Michele Di Martino and Moritz Oberheim of Team TKS-Motorsport. Finishing in fourth place was enough for Ralf Schall and Mario Merten of Team Bonk Motorsport to take the lead in the overall standings. The BMW teams celebrated a total of seven class victories in the 38th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen.

Original article posted by BMW Sports Trophy  Aug 24, 2015

Another class win in SP9 for Walkenhorst

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BMW Sports Trophy, Germany, August 1st 2015: Podium finish for the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 in the VLN 5. After victory at the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, the success streak of the BMW Z4 GT3 continues.

The car claimed a one-two-three in the SP9 class at the fifth round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. The class win – and P3 in the overall classification – went to the number 36 BMW Z4 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport. In the 4-hour race, BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn, Michela Cerruti and Felipe Férnandes Laser were just beaten by the number 777 Ford GT and the number 55 Lexus, which both competed in the SPX class. Fourth overall was claimed by BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert. Dominik Baumann, Max Sandritter and Anders Buchardt crossed the finish line in their number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 22 seconds behind the winners and were second in the SP9 class. P3 of the class went to the number 35 BMW Z4 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport, which was shared by Henry Walkenhorst and Matias Henkola. Overall, BMW teams claimed seven class wins.

Original article published by BMW Motorsport 3rd August 2015