Seeing Munich through different eyes: The ‘Map of Big Love’ presented by MINI and Google.

BMW:Seeing Munich through different eyes: The ‘Map of Big Love’ presented by MINI and Google.

Munich. There are many ways to see a city – and it’s
precisely this diversity that makes urban life so appealing. MINI is
now presenting a unique new way to explore a city through the themes
that users interest most: From ‘Mood Boosters’ and ‘Conscious Living’
to the ‘City as Playground’ as well as through the very personal eyes
of six MINI Friends. The ‘

Map of Big
offers a multi-lense view on Munich by
linking the favorite places of these MINI Friends to varied curated
routes and content.

The digital experience points to the many sides of urban life. ‘The
‘Map of Big Love’ thrives on community exchange and the belief that
looking at things from different perspectives leads to enrichment for
everyone,’ says Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. ‘Just as the MINI
increases the fun of urban mobility on every trip, the new hub leads
to precisely those destinations that make a city particularly lovable.’

‘We are thrilled to help MINI bring their colourful and optimistic
attitude to life by using Google Maps Platform’, explains Achim
Rietze, Strategy Lead, Creative Works, Google. ‘Thanks to the new
WebGL-powered Maps features like Cloud-based Maps Styling, users can
see how different the world can be and explore new perspectives on Munich’.

It’s a great starting point for anyone who wants to see Munich in a
unique way. The routes are curated by six MINI Friends and offer some
fresh inspiration. For example you can follow tennis pro Carina
Witthoeft on her trail to the outdoor skate park at Hirschgarten and
it’s full pipe, which is reminiscent of the first skate parks in
California in the 70s’. Or visit ‘Sugar Mountain’ a former factory
site of a concrete plant in Obersendling with an impressive tower
colorfully designed by artist Lakwena in collaboration with MINI. If
you are interested in the stops of the British Designer Paul Smith,
have a look at one of his favorite galleries, where you can get
‘brilliantly designed posters for the 1972 Olympic which are quite
difficult to find.’ Of course you can also see the designers ‘one-off
show car, the ‘MINI Strip’ at the MINI Pavillon, located in the city
center of Munich.

WebGL-powered Maps: The ‘Map of Big Love’ relies on Google Maps
Platform and the Maps Javascript API. The new Maps features that use
this low-level browser API were introduced in March 2021 and enable
3D map experiences. The WebGL Overlay View allows rendering 3D
objects directly on the map, which opens up new storytelling possibilities.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications
Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108

The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2020, the BMW Group sold
over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and more than 169,000
motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year
2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.990
billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce of
120,726 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
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of all products.


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Qualifying at the Bol d’Or: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team starts the 24-hour marathon from third on the grid.

BMW:Qualifying at the Bol d’Or: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team starts the 24-hour marathon from third on the grid.

Le Castellet. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team will start
the Bol d’Or in Le Castellet (FRA), which is the third round of the
2021 FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC), from third on the
grid with the #37 BMW M 1000 RR. Only the times of Markus
Reiterberger (GER) and Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) were classified for
qualifying, as the third regular rider, Xavi Forés (ESP), was unable
to participate after picking up an injury in Thursday’s practice
session in a crash that was not his fault. The team’s fourth rider,
Kenny Foray (FRA) will alternate with Reiterberger and Mikhalchik in
the race.


Forés was hit and knocked off his bike by another rider in practice
and injured his shoulder in the fall. As he was unable to start in the
two qualifying sessions on Thursday and Friday, the grid position for
the #37 M RR was calculated taking the average of the fastest times
set by Reiterberger and Mikhalchik in their sessions. Reiterberger’s
best time of 1:53.617 minutes came on Friday morning, as did
Mikhalchik’s fastest lap of 1:53.623 minutes. This produced an average
time of 1:53.620 minutes.

The 84th Bol d’Or gets underway at 15:00 CEST on Saturday 18th
September. The race finishes 24 hours later. The privateer BMW Team
LRP Poland (#90 BMW S 1000 RR) starts from ninth place, with Tecmas
BMW (#9 BMW S 1000 RR) 30th on the grid.

Quotes after the Bol d’Or qualifying.


Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:
“It has been a little bit mixed feelings, because on one side
we have Xavi’s injury, but, in general, I am very happy with
qualifying. As a team we are very strong. We did not use any
qualifying engine, but the lap times from Markus, Ilya and especially
Kenny, who is going to be our third rider in the race, were very good.
I am very happy to see that Kenny has the same rhythm as the others
and that he is in top form. Everything is well prepared and we are
ready to fight for the top places.”


Markus Reiterberger: “Third place on the grid is
good, although I am not entirely satisfied with qualifying. I gave it
my all, but was a little unlucky with slipstreams. That is an
important factor here at this racetrack, especially when you are not
on a bike in special qualifying trim. We will now sit down together
and try to come up with the perfect package for the race. I think that
all three of us – Ilya, Kenny and myself – are superbly-set in terms
of our race pace. Unfortunately, Xavi cannot start. I wish him all the
best and a speedy recovery. It is going to be a long and hard race,
but we are ready.”

Ilya Mikhalchik: “I am pretty happy with how the week
has gone so far. I feel good on the bike, even if it it’s not 100 per
cent perfect yet like it was at the test. We did not manage to put
together the ideal lap as we did at the test with Markus. But it is
good to start from P3 and we can rely on our strong race pace. We just
need to have a trouble-free race. We hope for good weather so we can
enjoy the riding during the 24-hours. So let’s see how it will go and
let’s fight until the end.”


Xavi Forés: “Obviously, it was a bit unexpected for
me to finish the Bol d’Or weekend so early. It was a big shame to be
taken out on track due to another rider’s mistake and to not be able
to race this weekend. It also hurts especially as we are fighting for
the victory and for the title. So it’s not only painful for my
shoulder but also for my heart that I can’t help the team in that
task. My target is now to try to recover as fast as I can to be ready
and in a good shape for the season finale in Most. All the best to my
team-mates and to the team for the race – I cross my fingers for them
for another podium and more strong points for the championship.”


Kenny Foray: “First of all, I am really sorry for
Xavi. That was not the plan and I know that it is very difficult for
him. I wish him a speedy recovery. I am ready for the race. I feel
good on the bike, I love this race, I love this track and I love this
bike. I will give my all and am confident that we can have a strong race.”

Original Press Release

BMW MOTORRAD replaces footrests from the accessory selection.

BMW:BMW MOTORRAD replaces footrests from the accessory selection.

Munich. Over the course of its market monitoring
obligation, BMW Motorrad as determined that stress corrosion cracks
may occur on the studs on certain milled footrests from the accessory
selection for the GS models in some cases.

For this reason, BMW Motorrad is offering the exchange of these
parts with footrests that have a modified material composition free of
charge as part of a worldwide campaign to all customers who purchased
footrests with the following part numbers.

  • 77 25 2 452 958           Footrest adjustable, left, black solid
  • 77 25 2 452 960           Footrest adjustable, right, black solid
  • 77 25 2 465 256           Set of footrests adjustable, black solid

The accessory footrests were offered for the models

  • R 1200/1250 GS
  • R 1200/1250 GS Adventure
  • F 750 GS
  • F 850 GS
  • F 850 GS Adventure

Affected customers are asked to contact an authorised
BMW Motorrad Retailer for the exchange.

In cases where an exchange cannot be offered to a
customer, BMW Motorrad is offering the removal of the
retrofit/conversion to standard equipment and reimbursement of the
purchase price in form of a coupon.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at

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Barcelona, Jerez, Portimão: WorldSBK-Dreierpack für BMW Motorrad Motorsport in Spanien und Portugal.

BMW:Barcelona, Jerez, Portimão: WorldSBK-Dreierpack für BMW Motorrad Motorsport in Spanien und Portugal.

Munich. For BMW Motorrad Motorsport, the action comes thick
and fast over the next few weeks in the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK), with three race weekends in a row. First,
this weekend (17th to 19th September), is the ninth event of the
season at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona (ESP). The BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team and its riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Michael
van der Mark (NED), as well as Bonovo MGM Racing and Jonas Folger
(GER), then head south to the Iberian Peninsula. Rounds ten and
eleven of the season will then take place at Jerez de la Frontera
(ESP) and Portimão (POR).


Circuit de Catalunya hosted WorldSBK for the first time last year.
This spring, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and Bonovo MGM Racing
completed extensive tests at Jerez de la Frontera and Barcelona, where
they prepared their BMW M 1000 RRs for the season ahead. The BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team and Sykes also attended another Barcelona test
in hot conditions this August.


Jerez de la Frontera, where round ten of this season’s WorldSBK will
take place from 24th to 26th September, has been a fixture on the
calendar for many years. The same goes for Portimão on the Portuguese
Algarve, venue for the eleventh event of the season from 1st to 3rd
October. The triple being held in Spain and Portugal marks the end of
the European leg of WorldSBK for BMW Motorrad Motorsport, before the
series moves on to the two overseas events in Argentina and Indonesia
in October and November.

Quotes ahead of the WorldSBK triple header.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Some
intensive weeks await us in WorldSBK. With three back-to-back race
weekends, we have a demanding programme ahead of us. However, we are
looking forward to the challenge. Barcelona may still be a relatively
new hunting ground in WorldSBK, but we were already able to gather
important information there during this year’s tests to have a good
base. It was also helpful to get out on the track there in summery
conditions in August as we have to expect high temperatures at the
next races, especially at Jerez de la Frontera and Portimão. Our goal
is to get the triple-header off to a strong start with our M RRs in
Barcelona, then to carry the momentum into the remaining races in the
south of the Iberian Peninsula.”


Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“At Magny-Cours, the two sides of the garage had different
issues but all are working to overcome that. The aim for the next race
at Barcelona and the coming triple-header is to build on our test work
that we did there in pre-season and recently with Tom also. We are
confident we can once again hit the ground running in FP1 with a very
good pace. We know that we can be competitive at Catalunya, we have
proved that in the past. The temperatures will be pretty high and we
know we need to manage that with the bike. Overall, we are keen to be
back on track again; it is going to be very hectic and very hard work
for the mechanics and the entire team working on three back-to-back
races so we need to plan our work very efficiently and we prepare
ourselves. I think it will be once again critical that we start FP1
and FP2 and go into qualifying with a very good pace and give
ourselves a real chance in the races by qualifying on the front two
rows where possible and we are hopeful that we can do that.”


Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “I am really
looking forward to the next three rounds of the World Superbike
Championship. To be honest, it’s a little bit different approach now;
I don’t remember in all of my years racing that we had three
back-to-back races so that’s definitely a quite intense part of the
championship. It will be three exciting circuits and ones that I
really enjoy so starting in Catalunya we can hopefully find a little
bit more form and continue the run that we had there the last time we
visited. Plus we also had a test there recently to get some more
information so I am overall looking forward to the run of these three
races and trying to gain many more points for the championship.”


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “I
always love to ride my race bike and I think we can be still very
happy that we can do so many races this year so I am looking forward
to the triple-header. In addition, we are going to three of my
favourite race tracks in a row, so that’s also not so bad. We tested
at Barcelona in spring and it is good to come there again and see
where we improved. I think that we have shown at Magny-Cours that we
are getting closer to the podium. Of course, I want to fight for the
podium and we are getting closer. At Magny-Cours, we were unlucky with
a few things but our goal for sure is to fight again for these
positions. I think the general package has improved and our goal is to
fight for the podium on the coming weekends.”


Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “Firstly, I am
looking forward to Barcelona, as we had a good test there in the
spring. We are now looking to implement some of that at the race
weekend and adapt one or two of the settings. It is also a great
circuit which really suits me. I hope I can make the most of that and
that we can score a good haul of points. We attended our very first
test with BMW at Jerez de la Frontera, and I know the track just as
well as I do the Barcelona circuit because I have ridden there many
times in the past. I am obviously hoping that we continue to see an
upward trend there and can pick up some points. In contrast, Portimão
is new territory for me. I don’t know the circuit. I have watched many
videos of MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship, and it appears
to be a very demanding circuit, which is often referred to as
‘rollercoaster’. However, I am really looking forward to this new
challenge and am already very excited about the ‘rollercoaster ride’
at Portimão.”

Track Facts Barcelona.


km – clockwise


14 – 8 right-handers, 6 left-handers




900 metres

Grip level

Medium / low


long straight, flowing sections

Strain on


Amount at full

27 %

Top speed / lowest

km/h / 58 km/h

Best overtaking



Traction, engine performance

Track Facts Jerez de la Frontera.


km – clockwise


13 – 8 right-handers, 5 left-handers




580 metres

Grip level



Partly long corner, hard braking zones

Strain on

Medium / high

Amount at full

25 %

Top speed / lowest

km/h / 59 km/h

Best overtaking

T1, T6, T13


delay, agility

Track Facts Portimão.


km – clockwise


15 – 9 right-handers, 6 left-handers




770 metres

Grip level



Significant changes in elevation, more slower
sections but also fast corners with compression

Strain on

Medium / low

Amount at full

20 %

Top speed / lowest

km/h / 52 km/h

Best overtaking



Stability, confidence in the front, good turn-in

Original Press Release

Shortlist exhibition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. BMW as long-term partner since 2006.

BMW:Shortlist exhibition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. BMW as long-term partner since 2006.

Munich/Berlin. From September 16, 2021 to
February 27, 2022
works of the nominees of the Preis der
Nationalgalerie 2021 Lamin Fofana, Calla
Henkel & Max Pitegoff
, Sandra Mujinga,
and Sung Tieu will be on display for a joint
exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
The BMW Group Cultural Engagement which celebrates its 50th
anniversary this year, already supports the Preis der Nationalgalerie
for 15 years now.

Deploying installation, photography, sculpture, sound, and other
media, the shortlist exhibition address topics such as displacement
and migration, belonging and alienation, shifting logics of public and
private space, and the potential of sound and music to act as social
forces. On display of the exhibition are both, already existing works
as well as new productions of the artists.

On the evening of October 7, 2021, an international
jury will announce the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021.
The museum prize will be awarded already for the eleventh time by the
Nationalgalerie Berlin. It consists of a solo exhibition at Hamburger
Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin in the course of 2022 and an
accompanying publication.

The jury consists of:
Emre Baykal, Chief Curator, Arter, Istanbul
Sven Beckstette, Curator, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum
für Gegenwart – Berlin
Gabriele Knapstein, Head of Hamburger Bahnhof –
Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Emma Lavigne, President, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Yesomi Umolu, Director of Curatorial Affairs and
Public Practice, Serpentine, London  

The Preis der Nationalgalerie is made possible by the Freunde der
Nationalgalerie since the year 2000 and supported by BMW as exclusive
partner for 15 years now. The award focuses on young important
positions of today. Eligible are artists of all nationalities who at
the time of their nomination live and work in Germany and are under
the age of 40. Previous awardees amongst others were Monica Bonvicini
(2005), Cyprien Gaillard (2011), Anne Imhof (2015), Agnieszka Polska
(2017), and Pauline Curnier Jardin (2019).

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For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382 247

Fiona Geuss
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Press Officer Nationalgalerie
Telephone: +49 30
3978 34 17


About the artists and their works on display at the shortlist

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021

Lamin Fofana (lives in Berlin and New
Lamin Fofana explores questions of movement, migration,
alienation and belonging through his electronic music and in
installations. He synthesizes original composition, field recordings
and archival material to create sounds which place historical and
contemporary Black critical thought in a dialogue with the reality of
the world around us, and which open up new spaces for reflection
beyond this reality. For Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021, Fofana is
presenting the sound installations “BLUES” (2020) and “Ballad Air
& Fire” (2021), in which he incorporates light and scents as well
as videos and photography by his long-term collaborators Nicolas
Premier and Jim C. Nedd. In the installations, Fofana engages with key
texts dealing with the experiences of African people living in the
West–including works by Sylvia Wynter, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Amiri
Baraka–to create a multisensory space that fosters an active and
collective practice of listening.

Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff (born 1988 in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA / 1987 in Buffalo, New York, USA; both
live in Berlin)
Over the past ten years, Calla Henkel and Max
Pitegoff have developed a practice rooted in documentary photography
which has captured the socio-urban development of Berlin from their
perspective within the city’s artistic community. Their spaces Times
Bar, New Theater and, currently, their TV Bar have shaped the Berlin
art scene of recent years. In the photographic series “Exteriors”
(2021) and “Collective Image (Klärwerk Ruhleben)” (2021), the duo
examines utopian projections and underlying realities in order to
offer a view on urban development in Berlin and the unseen, peripheral
moments of city living. In addition, they are presenting a trailer for
“Paradise” (since 2020), an ongoing television series filmed at TV
Bar. The first two episodes of the series will be shown parallel to
the exhibition in bars and independent spaces around the city,
including Bierhaus Urban, Hopscotch Reading Room, Eschschloraque, and
Restaurant im Hamburger Bahnhof.

Sandra Mujinga (born 1989 in Goma, Democratic
Republic of the Congo; lives in Berlin and Oslo)
In her work,
Sandra Mujinga negotiates economies of visibility and invisibility,
and questions around identity, self-representation and surveillance.
The notion of camouflage and invisibility as a survival strategy plays
a crucial role in her observations of existing socio-political
structures and power dynamics. She navigates both physical and digital
spaces to create images and spatial configuration for speculative
worlds which look beyond an anthropocentric paradigm. In the
exhibition, Mujinga is presenting two new sculptural ensembles:
“Reworlding Remains” (2021) and “Sentinels of Change” (2021). Engaging
with principles of Afrofuturism and science fiction, and theories of
the posthuman, Mujinga deploys the strategy of worldbuilding in the
creation of fantastic figures and a schematic representation of a
dinosaur’s body bathed in green light.

Sung Tieus (born 1987 in Hau Duong, Vietnam; lives in
Life in the diaspora and its psychological consequences,
as well as the legacy of the Cold War and its lasting effects on
global capitalism are all recurring themes in the work of Sung Tieu
(born 1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam, lives in Berlin). In her works she
often interlinks fact and fiction, historical and biographical events,
and a diverse array of lived social experiences. The installation
“Song for VEB Stern-Radio Berlin” (2021) draws on her interest in the
history of Vietnamese contract workers in the GDR. By incorporating
radios manufactured by contract workers in Berlin, Tieu’s installation
alludes directly to the city and its Vietnamese community. The radios
activate the space acoustically and create a dense weave of
readymades, texts and sound that give occasion to think about the
relationship between work and life, and between individuals and systems.

Original Press Release

Largest MINI Cooper SE fleet in Europe: One in four Deloitte employees in Belgium chooses a MINI Electric.

BMW:Largest MINI Cooper SE fleet in Europe: One in four Deloitte employees in Belgium chooses a MINI Electric.

More and more young people are opting for an electric company car: at
Deloitte alone, 26% of employees do. To meet this growing demand,
Deloitte has ordered 140 electric MINIs. According to BMW, this is the
largest order of fully electric MINIs in Europe so far. With an
additional charging infrastructure, Deloitte wants to make a
significant contribution to climate neutrality.

Deloitte added the first 100 MINI Electric to its fleet back in
August last year. Now the company announces that it is adding 140 new
MINI Electric to its electric fleet. Deloitte’s fleet now has 240 MINI
Electric. The fully electric MINIs with the eye-catching green
rear-view mirrors in Deloitte colour are particularly popular with new
employees. In total, Deloitte has ordered 540 new MINIs since June
this year.

The growing popularity of electric cars at Deloitte goes hand in hand
with the increasing demand for hybrid vehicles at the company. As of
June 2021, electric and hybrid cars together account for 88% of all
company cars ordered at Deloitte. This clearly shows that employees
prefer sustainable alternatives to conventional cars with internal
combustion engines. In addition to purchasing electric cars, Deloitte
is investing heavily in its electric vehicle infrastructure. For
example, the Belgian office currently has 540 charging stations for
electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

“All our investments in sustainable mobility are part of
Deloitte’s goal to be CO2 neutral by 2030. As our fleet accounts for
70% of our carbon footprint, every small and big step brings us closer
to carbon neutrality. That’s why we launched a new mobility programme
in 2017. We have also been working successfully with MINI for many
years and I am delighted that we are working with them to increase
enthusiasm for electric cars at Deloitte. The fact that one in four
new employees now chooses an electric car gives me full confidence
that we are on the right track to make Deloitte a pioneer in
sustainable mobility,” says Piet Vandendriessche, CEO of Deloitte Belgium.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax
in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting
to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction,
from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase
of all products.

Original Press Release

BMW M Motorsport News, 14th September 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 14th September 2021.

Nürburgring Endurance Series: BMW M Motorsport teams celebrate
class victories at NLS 7.

BMW M Motorsport teams claimed a total of five class victories at
round seven of the 2021 Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) on the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER).

The FK Performance Motorsport team enjoyed success in two classes in
Saturday’s six-hour race. The team won the Cup5 class in the BMW M2 CS
Racing Cup NLS. Marc Ehret, Moritz Oberheim and Nico Otto (all GER)
claimed their latest victory in the #875 BMW M2 CS Racing. Second
place in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS went to Francesco Merlini (ITA),
Yannick Fübrich (GER) and David Griessner (AUT) in the #870 car run by
Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Tobias Vazquez-Garcia and
Michael Tischner (both GER) came home third in the #883 BMW M2 CS
Racing. FK Performance Motorsport’s second class win of the day came
in the highly-competitive VT2 class with the #485 BMW 330i, driven by
Ben Green (GBR), Christian Konnerth (GER), Ranko Mijatovic and Yann
Zimmer (both SUI).

The BMW M240i class was again won by the #700 BMW M240i Racing of the
Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport team. Alternating at the wheel were
Michael Schrey (GER), Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Michael Fischer (AUT).
In the V4 class, Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive continued
its winning run with the #1 BMW 325i. The car was once again driven by
Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen (all GER). Victory in
the SP4 class went to Marc Riebel, Daniel Jolk (both GER), Florian
Haller and Daniel Fink (both ITA) in the #255 BMW 325i.

The BMW M4 GT4 also picked up two podium results in the SP10 class.
Second place went to Walkenhorst Motorsport with the #181 BMW M4 GT4
and drivers Chandler Hull and Jonathan Miller (both USA). James Clay
and Charlie Postins (both USA) came home third in the #180 BMW M4 GT4,
run by the AVIA Sorg Rennsport team.

British GT Championship: Burton, Burns and Century Motorsport
wrap up the Driver and Team titles with races to spare.

British GT Champions claimed the title with the BMW M4 GT4. Century
Motorsport and its two drivers Gus Burton and Will Burns (both GBR)
wrapped up both the Driver and Team titles at the penultimate event of
the season at Oulton Park (GBR).

Burton and Burns already had one hand on the trophy after race one on
Saturday in which they finished runner-up with the #57 BMW M4 GT4. In
race two on Sunday, the duo produced a drive worthy of champions to
win the title. With torrential rain causing perilous conditions,
Burton and Burns took their third victory of the season. That was
enough to give them an unassailable lead in the Drivers’ Championship
as well as in the Silver category. Century Motorsport was also crowned
champion in the Team competition with races to spare.

“To be GT4 champions is just incredible. What a weekend,” said Burns.
Burton added: “Century have done such a superb job with the car. It
felt great, even in conditions like those. And the strategy has been
spot-on all season. I’m just delighted.”

Their team-mates Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke and Chris Salkeld (both
GBR) failed to finish the opening race, before coming home ninth in
race two in the #9 BMW M4 GT4. The season finale will take place
mid-October at Donington Park (GBR).

ADAC GT Masters: Schubert Motorsport shows fighting spirit at
the Lausitzring.

The Lausitzring (GER) hosted the fourth event of this season’s ADAC
GT Masters at the weekend. The programme consisted of one race on
Saturday and one on Sunday. Fifth place in the first qualifying
session put Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) in the #10
Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 in a promising position for Saturday’s
race. However, they then had to dig deep and show all their fighting
spirit. Yelloly was spun by another car at the start and fell back to
25th place. From there, he and Krohn made an impressive comeback. Over
the following 41 laps to the finish, they managed to climb into
seventh place in the #10 BMW M6 GT3. Yelloly and Krohn finished
eleventh in the Sunday race.

IMSA: Eventful races for Turner Motorsport at Laguna Seca.

The Turner Motorsport team was in action in the North American IMSA
series at Laguna Seca (USA) at the weekend. First was the race in the
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge on Saturday. Robby Foley and Vin
Barletta (both USA) finished sixth in the #96 BMW M4 GT4. Their
team-mates Bill Auberlen and Dillion Machavern (both USA) led the race
in the #95 BMW M4 GT4 until 43 minutes from the end, but then dropped
back to 14th place as the result of a puncture.

That was followed on Sunday by the race in the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship. Starting from second on the grid, Auberlen and
Foley led the GTD class in the #96 BMW M6 GT3 for much of the race.
After two hours and 40 minutes, they crossed the finish line in fourth
place. Auberlen and Foley continue to lead the GTD Drivers’
Championship, while Turner Motorsport tops the standings in the GTD
Team competition.

Super GT Championship: Round five of the season for BMW Team
Studie in Sugo.

Sugo (JPN) hosted the fifth event of this season’s Japanese Super GT
Championship at the weekend. In Saturday’s qualifying, Seiji Ara (JPN)
of BMW Team Studie set the fastest time in Group B in the #7 BMW M6
GT3. That put Ara and his team-mate Tomohide Yamaguchi (JPN) 15th in
the overall qualifying results. In an eventful race on Sunday, which
included several safety car periods, the duo in the #7 BMW M6 GT3
climbed through the field to finish eleventh.

TC France: One-two for the BMW M2 CS Racing at Lédenon.

After a few weeks off for the summer, the 2021 season of the
“Championnat de France FFSA Tourisme” – TC France – resumed at Lédenon
(FRA). The BMW M Motorsport teams enjoyed more success at the fifth
event of the season. In Saturday’s opening race, they claimed a
one-two with the BMW M2 CS Racing. Ricardo van der Ende (NED / #16)
from the L’Espace Bienvenue team took victory, three seconds ahead of
second-placed Steven Palette (FRA / #18) from the VSF Sports team. In
race two on Sunday, Palette again finished runner-up to claim another
spot on the podium. In the TC Drivers’ Championship, Palette leads
with 183 points going into the finale. He is followed in second place
by van der Ende with 152 points. VSF Sports is also sitting pretty at
the top of the TC Team standings. The finale, featuring another two
races, will take place at the start of October at Le Castellet (FRA).

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Billy Horschel wins the BMW PGA Championship – European Ryder Cup Team line-up confirmed.

BMW:Billy Horschel wins the BMW PGA Championship – European Ryder Cup Team line-up confirmed.

  • Billy Horschel (269 strokes, -19) triumphs at the BMW PGA
    Championship after a thriller on the final round at the Wentworth
    Club (London).
  • The 34-year-old becomes just the second American to secure
    victory at the flagship event on the European Tour, Arnold Palmer
    having won in 1975.
  • 110,000 spectators present for a ‘Festival of Golf’.
  • Bernd Wiesberger (AUT, -11, T20), defending champion Tyrrell
    Hatton (MC) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both ENG, -11, 20) qualify
    for the European Ryder Cup team.
  • Captain Padraig Harrington hands wild cards to Sergio García
    (ESP), Shane Lowry (IRL, -12, T17), and Ian Poulter (ENG, MC).


Spectators were able to return after one-year hiatus imposed
by the Coronavirus pandemic, and fans enjoyed a top-quality BMW PGA
Championship at Wentworth that boasted sporting drama galore.
Horschel secured the title at the third Rolex Series event of the
year, and his second major BMW title after the BMW Championship in
Denver (USA) with an excellent final round of 65 (7 under par) and a
birdie at the 18th hole. There was also plenty of suspense around
the question of who would claim the final three qualification spots
on the Ryder Cup Team Europe, and fans were kept guessing until late
in the final round.

“On behalf of everyone at BMW, I would like to congratulate Billy
Horschel for winning the 2021 BMW PGA Championship,” said Chris
Brownridge, Chief Executive Officer BMW Group UK. “It has been
fantastic to see spectators safely back at Wentworth in person this
year and we have all been treated to an exciting tournament in return.”

A thrilling final round at times featured 15 players in with a chance
of the title but it was Horschel who proved most adept at keeping his
nerve. In the end, seven birdies without a single dropped shot were
the key to the first victory for an American golfer at an event in the
prestigious Rolex series. The 2014 FedExCup champion only pulled clear
of the field on the final hole, taking a brilliant approach shot and
following that up with a tap-in birdie.

“It feels amazing. We are talking about winning majors, the Players
Championship and a few other events, but after having been here in
2019, I added the BMW PGA Championship to that list,” said Horschel.
“In my opinion this is equal to winning a Players Championship. The
names on this trophy are legends in their own right. To be the second
American to win this event is amazing. There is something about me
playing well in BMW tournaments – I have to find some more BMW events
around the world.”

Second place was shared by Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Jamie
Donaldson (WAL) and Laurie Canter (ENG, all -18), ahead of Christiaan
Bezuidenhout (RSA, -17). Justin Rose, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston (both
ENG) and Francesco Laporta (ITA, all -16) followed tied in sixth.

The BMW PGA Championship was the final tournament at which European
players had the chance to score points for the Ryder Cup. Four of the
nine qualification places were still mathematically up for grabs.
However, there was only a theoretical chance that England’s Matthew
Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton would miss out on qualification, so a
thrilling battle developed for the remaining three spots between Bernd
Wiesberger, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry. Wiesberger gave the most
solid performance over four rounds, becoming the first-ever Austrian
to qualify for the Ryder Cup. The advantage swung back and forth from
Westwood to Lowry, culminating in a heart-stopping finale on Sunday
that saw the Englishman claim the upper hand.

Lowry’s dream of participating in the Ryder Cup for the first time
will still come true, however, as captain Padraig Harrington nominated
the Irish golfer as Captain’s Pick on Sunday at the Wentworth Club, as
was also the case for Ryder Cup legends Sergio García and Ian Poulter.
Jon Rahm (ESP), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Viktor
Hovland (NOR) and Paul Casey (ENG) had already qualified for the
defending champions’ team before the BMW PGA Championship.

The teams from the USA and Europe will face one another at Whistling
Straits (in the US state of Wisconsin) during the week after next
(21st to 26th September), which will also mark the debut of BMW as
Worldwide Partner of the Ryder Cup. The US team for the legendary and
emotionally charged team event will feature Collin Morikawa, Dustin
Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick
Cantlay, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Harris English,
Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler.

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NLS 7: BMW Junior Team back on the podium with the BMW M6 GT3 – successful race debut for the new BMW M4 GT3.

BMW:NLS 7: BMW Junior Team back on the podium with the BMW M6 GT3 – successful race debut for the new BMW M4 GT3.

Nürburg. The BMW Junior Team extends successful run at the
Nürburgring Nordschleife (GER) in the Nürburgring Endurance Series
(NLS). After recording two wins in races four and five, Max Hesse
(GER), Dan Harper (GBR) and Neil Verhagen (USA) in the #44 BMW M6
GT3 remained involved in the battle for victory to the end of
Saturday’s seventh race. After six hours of racing, they claimed the
second spot on the podium. The new BMW M4 GT3 also made its debut at
the seventh NLS race, driven by Philipp Eng (AUT) and Augusto Farfus (BRA).


The BMW Juniors secured fifth position on the grid in Saturday
morning’s qualifying session. A great, error-free performance from all
three drivers swiftly put the trio on course for the podium as they
battled for another win. They also set the fastest race lap with the
#44 BMW M6 GT3. Hesse, Harper and Verhagen finished second to secure
another podium, crossing the line less than 20 seconds behind the
victorious Manthey Porsche.

The new BMW M4 GT3, which is still in the test and development phase,
made a racing debut out of competition in the SP-X prototype class.
Cars in this class have to start at the back of the GT3 field,
regardless of their result in qualifying. Farfus and Eng then worked
their way up into the top ten with the #55 BMW M4 GT3. Running the
tank to empty was part of the planning for the day, and the car then
rolled to a stop at the entry to the pit lane once the fuel ran out in
the final minutes.

The #35 BMW M6 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport also recorded a top
six finish. Jörg Müller, Mario von Bohlen, Dennis Fetzer (all GER) and
Thomas Neubauer (FRA) finished in sixth position. Starting from tenth
on the grid, David Pittard (GBR) sprinted up to second in the #34
Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, before a double dose of tyre damage
knocked him and his team-mates Christian Krognes (NOR) and Ben Tuck
(GBR) a long way back. The team’s #36 BMW M6 GT3, driven by Henry
Walkenhorst, Jörg Breuer and Andreas Ziegler (all GER), crossed the
line in 14th place overall, and in second place in the SP9 AM class.

This was a first taste of the Nordschleife for Jake Dennis (GBR).
Having finished third in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
2021, he had made his GT racing debut for BMW M Motorsport last
weekend in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Endurance Cup and is now
aiming for his Nordschleife permit. In the seventh NLS race, Dennis
shared driving duties with Niklas Krütten (GER) in the #652 BMW M240i
Racing from the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. The duo
claimed second place in the BMW M240i class.


Reactions after round seven of the 2021 NLS.

Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport: “We had a
successful day all round on the Nordschleife. Congratulations to our
three BMW Juniors Max, Dan and Neil – they battled for their next NLS
win right up to the final lap in their BMW M6 GT3 and can be very
satisfied with second place. The three gave an error-free performance,
delivering impressive proof that they are certainly one of the real
top teams on the Nordschleife. Our new BMW M4 GT3 also enjoyed a
successful race debut. The car ran like clockwork and we had no
problems at all during yesterday’s testing or in qualifying and the
race today. Augusto and Philipp were delighted with the performance of
the BMW M4 GT3 and confirmed how great the BMW M4 GT3 drives on the
Nordschleife. Overall, we are very pleased with this NLS Saturday.”

Max Hesse, #44 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Junior Team: “It was a
good six-hour race for us. The team gave a top performance and it was
very, very close at the end. Of course, it was a bit of a shame that
we didn’t quite manage to grab the win but we will try to do that
again in two weeks. To be honest, the Manthey guys are really strong
here at the Nordschleife. The drivers are the reigning champions in
the 24-hour race and so we can really pleased to have kept the gap to
below 20 seconds after a six-hour race.”

Neil Verhagen, #44 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Junior Team: “When
you are so close to the win, it is obviously a bit bitter-sweet but I
think we can be super happy with today. BMW Team RMG, Max and Dan and
myself, I think we all achieved pretty much the maximum that we could
today. We knew that we really need to put everything together to be
competitive and that is exactly what we did. So I am super happy with
the team and with my team-mates. Thank you to BMW and to everybody
involved to make this possible because it was definitely not easy. We
fought over the entire race and it was just down to the wire. Now we
keep pushing to return to the top step.”

Dan Harper, #44 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Junior Team:
“Overall, I am very happy with the result. Obviously on the
back of two wins, the second place and even being so close to first
place, can be a bit disappointing but we can for sure be very happy.
The team and us three drivers we have done a good job, we achieved the
maximum that was possible and collected good points for the
championship. And it is always nice to spray some champagne.”

Philipp Eng, #55 BMW M4 GT3: “That was so much fun.
It was an honour for me to complete the debut race for the BMW M4 GT3
together with Augusto. The car drives extremely well. If you compare
it with the BMW M6 GT3, it is even easier to drive but the performance
is even better. The Nordschleife was a busy place again today and I
had a few situations with other cars but it helped that you can
overtake offline with the BMW M4 GT3 too, without getting yourself
into trouble right away. Overall, I feel that it went great. The race
was smooth and I would be happy to start the 24-hour race with this
car right away.”

Augusto Farfus, #55 BMW M4 GT3: “It was a very
emotional day because I remember my first rollout in Dingolfing and
after so many months, we come to the Nordschleife and I did the first
race start with the new BMW M4 GT3. It was just great. Thanks to BMW
who did an amazing job, the car ran trouble-free. We could experience
and measure the speed of the car against the competition so it was a
great lesson today. The car feels very, very good and I can’t wait to
be back at the Nordschleife with the car.”

Jake Dennis, #652 BMW M240i Racing: “It was fantastic
to finally experience the Nordschleife. It certainly lived up to my
expectations. Everybody had warned me how difficult it is and entire
circuit is just impressive. There is not really one combination what
makes it superior to any other, it is just 25 kilometres of challenge.
It is so on the edge and when the conditions are mixed as well, as we
had them in this morning’s qualifying, it makes life even more
challenging. But that’s part of the Nordschleife and that’s what makes
it so special. It has been a great experience and the BMW M240i Racing
is a great car to learn the circuit. And to finish second in the class
was obviously very nice.”



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Round three of the 2021 FIM EWC: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team travels to the famous Bol d’Or with the wind in its sails.

BMW:Round three of the 2021 FIM EWC: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team travels to the famous Bol d’Or with the wind in its sails.

Munich. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is all set for
the next classic in the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM
EWC). The 24-hour Bol d’Or on 18th/19th September at Circuit Paul
Ricard in Le Castellet (FRA) is round three of the 2021 FIM EWC
season. Alternating in the saddle of the #37 BMW M 1000 RR will once
again be Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Xavi
Forés (ESP). Kenny Foray (FRA) is also in Le Castellet as the team’s
fourth rider.


In preparation for the famous endurance race, the BMW Motorrad World
Endurance Team attended a two-day test in Le Castellet last week. The
team, led by team principal Werner Daemen, and the four riders
fine-tuned the set-up of the #37 M RR, ready to take on the challenges
of the 24-hour race. The test was a successful one and the team set
the fastest time on both days – with a new lap record on each
occasion. On Tuesday, Mikhalchik topped the standings with a new
record of 1:53.261 minutes on the #37 bike. Reiterberger then went
even faster on the Wednesday, setting a new record of 1:52.484 minutes.

The last time the Bol d’Or took place, in September 2019, the BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team was making its debut in the FIM EWC.
Back then the team finished third with the #37 BMW S 1000 RR to claim
a spot on the podium at the first attempt. The team has also finished
third on the new #37 BMW M 1000 RR in each of the two races that have
been held so far in the 2021 season – the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
and the 12 Hours of Estoril (POR). The BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team lies third in the world championship with 80 points, seven less
than the leaders. The race weekend in Le Castellet kicks off on
Wednesday 15th September with scrutineering. This is followed on
Thursday 16th September by the first practice and qualifying sessions.
On Tuesday 14th September, another private test day will be held.

As well as the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, the privateer BMW
teams Tecmas BMW 9 (#9 BMW S 1000 RR), Team univers racing/ACRacing
#23 (#23 BMW S 1000 RR) and LRP Poland (#90 BMW S 1000 RR) also
compete in the Bol d’Or.

Quotes ahead of the Bol d’Or.


Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “The
Bol d’Or is one of the biggest classics in motorcycle racing. Our
debut in the FIM EWC in Le Castellet two years ago was unforgettable.
Finishing on the podium at the first attempt was very special. Since
then, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team has proven that this
success was no flash in the pan. It has established itself among the
world’s elite, first with the BMW S 1000 RR and now with the BMW M
1000 RR. Last week’s test was very promising and gives us momentum
ahead of the race weekend. However, we know that nothing is guaranteed
in an endurance race, and that is particularly true of 24-hour races.
Our goal is to impress with a strong performance at the Bol d’Or. The
ingredients are there to achieve that: a superbly coordinated and
experienced team, an extremely competitive motorbike, and strong, fast
and experienced riders. We are well equipped to face the challenges of
the Bol d’Or. If everything goes to plan in the race, we can continue
the success story of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team.”


Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:
“The test last week was really good. We still had some small
issues, but this is normal. The team found a good set-up; we have been
the fastest on both days, we broke the lap record on both days, and
this with two different riders, which is also important. All four
riders did a very good job. Kenny, of course, who knows the track very
well, and then Xavi, who was there for the first time, was really fast
and showed his potential with good lap times. Also Ilya and Markus
were fast as always and concentrated. I think we are well prepared for
the race. Of course, a 24-hour race is a 24-hour race, but we are
confident we can show another strong performance at this year’s Bol d’Or.”


Markus Reiterberger: “On the first day of the test I
first had to refamiliarise myself with the circuit, as the last time I
was here was back in 2015 and there have been a few changes since
then. However, I adapted really quickly and set the second fastest
time behind my team-mate Ilya, who set a new record. We had good pace,
but still tried out a few things on the bike. On the second day I was
really happy with my race pace and the long runs. I was super quick
and consistent. At the end of day two I also set a new record. To have
ridden the fastest lap ever on a motorcycle in Le Castellet is very
cool. However, what is far more important is the race pace, and we are
excellently positioned with our bike in that sense. We will now
fine-tune our package a bit between now and the race. Our goal for the
race is to win. The podium is the least we are aiming for, victory
would be fantastic. We have the package to achieve it, the team will
do a superb job of preparing the bike, and we are really well
positioned with our trio of riders and our fast fourth rider. I am
looking forward to the Bol d’Or.”

Ilya Mikhalchik: “Last week we had a really positive
test. We have been really fast and set two lap records. Our pace was
very strong during the long stints. We also tried a few tyres for the
race but also for the fast lap. I am confident that we are ready to
fight for the top positions. Me personally, I tried a lot of things,
especially on day two, and several settings on the bike. I had a very
good feeling for the bike, and it worked very well on new as well as
on used tyres. This is really important for the endurance race. I am
very happy and looking forward to the race.”


Xavi Forés: “It was a very positive test for me. I
was there only for one day, as I had to go back to the UK for the
British Superbike Championship. It was an amazing day for me as I
could learn the layout of the track as I had never been there before.
I really enjoyed riding there; I was fast and consistent as well on my
laps. I did a long stint trying to stay focused on the race pace and I
think we did quite well. So I am looking forward to the race. It is
going to be a very important race for us because we are fighting for
the championship. It will be a very long race. We have to stay very
focused and make no mistakes. If we can do that, I think we have the
pace and are strong enough to fight for the victory. I can’t wait to
start and see what the race weekend brings.”


Kenny Foray: “It was a really good test for us. The
race pace of the bike was great for all of us four riders. This is
good for the race. Of course, you can never know what happens in the
race because it goes over 24 hours, but I think that we are ready.”

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