BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 starts off.

Munich. This year, the BMW Welt Jazz Award is
celebrating its 10th anniversary. Under a yearly changing theme, six
free Sunday matinees will take place at BMW Welt’s double-coned
structure between February and April 2018. Afterwards, the expert jury
will nominate two ensembles to perform at the finale concert on June
9, 2018. The audience will also have a chance to vote for their very
own favourite. For the kick-off, two ensembles will compete in
February: The German ensemble LBT on February 18, and the Finish Jukka
Eskola Soul Trio on February 25. This year’s theme will be “Jazz moves”.

Together with bassist Maximilian Hirning and drummer Sebastian
Wolfgruber, pianist Leo Betzl regularly performs as the rhythmic group
known as LBT. They started their trio three years
ago, while studying at the University of Music and Theatre Munich.
Since then LBT has produced music that surprises its audiences with
drama and excitement alike. The trio likes to experiment and as such
has won various awards including Steinway’s young talent award, Kurt
Maas Jazz Award and Hansjörg Henzler Jazz Award. With their new
programme featuring a combination of techno and jazz, the trio is
asking for a dance at the BMW Welt on February 18.

Over the past ten years, trumpeter Jukka Eskola demonstrated his
versatility by joining renowned ensembles playing various kinds of
music including dancefloor with Five Corners Quintet, expressionist
jazz with the big band of Mikko Innanen and entertaining parodies of
jazz with Jimi Tenor. Together with organist Mikko Helevä and drummer
Teppo Mäkynen, the Jukka Eskola Soul Trio returns to
the essence of jazz. Following its own rules and using a humorous
approach, the trio will perform moving soul jazz as heard by Blue Note
and Prestige in the 1960s and 70s, on February 25 at
BMW Welt’s double-coned structure.


Programme of BMW Welt Jazz
Award 2018

 

Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of
BMW Welt:

February 18, 2018       LBT

Febuary 25, 2018        Jukka Eskola Soul Trio

March 18, 2018           PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods. Arroyo/Schläppi/Engler

March 25, 2018           Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO

April 8, 2018                Beady Belle

April 22, 2018              BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna

Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are
subject to availability. Doors open at 10.30 am.

 

Grand finale at the auditorium of BMW Welt
at 7 pm:

June 9, 2018             Final concert featuring the two nominated finalists

Tickets for the grand finale on June 9, 2018, will be available as of
February 18, 2018, at BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the programme will be hosted by Beate Sampson,
jazz expert and editor at the German broadcasting station BR-KLASSIK.


Jury

The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by
Oliver Hochkeppel (journalist for music and
cultural affairs at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will
include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, editor at the music desk and jazz
expert at the German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR‑KLASSIK;

Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of the magazines
JazzZeitung and neue musikzeitung;

Heike Lies, musicologist, Music and Music Theatre
Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich;

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
international jazz festival Bingen swingt.

For further questions please contact:

Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-247 53

Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382

Micaela Sandstede

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Spokesperson BMW Welt

Telephone: +49-89-382-61611

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Email: presse@bmw.de

 

About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment


For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated
and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company
places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and
modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and
design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the
artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s
Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff
Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have
co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from
China and American John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for
the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate
Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin,
Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and
art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The
BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural
activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview

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BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city

The BMW Welt welcomes over 3 million visitors per year. With its
pioneering architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all the brands in
the BMW Group – BMW, the sub-brands BMW M and BMW i, MINI, Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their
own worlds of experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the
collection of new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all
over the world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied
events covering culture, art and entertainment as well as a popular
event location for over 400 external events per year. The various
restaurants of the BMW Welt offer a variety of culinary delights up to
star gastronomy. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and
youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes
of mobility and sustainability.

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 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Classic Down Under: BMW M6 GT3 returns to Bathurst.

BMW Motorsport is sending four DTM drivers down under to support the
teams. Marco Wittmann (GER) is returning to Bathurst for the second
time, and will drive for BMW Team Schnitzer this year. He shares the
cockpit with his fellow BMW DTM driver Augusto Farfus (BRA), who will
fly to Australia straight from the 24-hour race in Daytona (USA) to
make his debut in Bathurst. Local favourite Chaz Mostert (AUS)
completes the trio in the #43 BMW M6 GT3.

Timo Glock (GER) is also set for his second appearance in
Bathurst, having raced there last year. He joins Team Principal Steve
Richards (NZL) in the #100 BMW M6 GT3 run by BMW Team SRM. The third
driver in this car is BMW DTM newcomer Philipp Eng (AUT) who, like
Farfus, is travelling straight from Daytona. This will be Eng’s first
time racing in Bathurst.

The new BMW M4 GT4 is also set for its Bathurst debut this year.
The newly-developed customer racing car for the GT4 category
successfully completed its first race outing in customer hands at the
Dubai 24 Hours (UAE) in mid-January and now takes its place on the
grid at this classic Australian endurance race. BMW customer teams
will run a total of four BMW M4 GT4s in Bathurst.

As well as the BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team SRM will also field the #44
BMW M4 GT4, with drivers Dean Grant, Xavier West and Cameron Hill (all
AUS) sharing driving duties. The cockpit of the #30 BMW M4 GT4, run by
the Boat Works Racing team, will be home to some well-known names:
Australian racing legend Tony Longhurst is team principal and driver.
He lines up alongside Matt Brabham (AUS), grandson of three-time
Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham (AUS), and Aaaron Seton (AUS).
Daren Jorgensen, Cameron Lawrence, Brett Strom (all USA) and Kuno
Wittmer (CAN) will alternate at the wheel of the Marc GT #13 BMW M4
GT4. The #15 BMW M4 GT4 will be run by Baigent Motorsport and driven
by the New Zealand quartet of Kent Baigent, Neil Allport, Matt Spratt
and Ash Blewett.

The Mount Panorama Circuit is located about 200 kilometres west
of Sydney and is 6.213 kilometres long. The drivers must cope with 16
percent climbs in places. BMW currently has two overall victories to
its name – in 2007 and 2010. The 2018 race will get underway at 05:45
local time on Sunday 4th February.

Quotes ahead of the Bathurst 12 Hour:

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“I am really looking forward to race again at the Bathurst 12 Hour in
Australia. For me it will be my first race of 2018. Last year, it
definitely was one of the highlights of my season, a really cool
experience. I think that last year we have been pretty competitive and
the performance of the BMW M6 GT3 was very strong. We hope to be
strong again this year, to maybe have a little bit more luck and to
fight for a top result. I’m in a very optimistic mood and looking
forward to a great start to the new year.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“It is an honour for me to drive in Bathurst. It will be my first
participation in the Bathurst 12 Hour, and my second time in
Australia. As I heard from many drivers, Bathurst is one of the
coolest circuits in the world. So it will be a nice and big challenge
for me. With Marco and Chaz in the car we have a really strong line-up
and so I am really looking forward to it. I think that the track might
suit our car as last year the BMW M6 GT3 had a strong pace there.
Overall, I can’t wait to get there.”

Chaz Mostert (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“I’m pumped to be heading back to the Bathurst 12 Hour and to be back
in a BMW M6 GT3. To be doing it with such an iconic team and with a
driver line-up that strong is incredible. It’s a real honour, because
I know that there are top level GT drivers all over the world doing
their best to get on the Bathurst grid. These endurance events aren’t
about being the quickest car out of the gate, it’s about us doing a
solid job as a team, having the car prepped as well as possible, and
settling on a set-up that will look after the tyres and brakes. We’re
looking forward to having an exciting race.”

Timo Glock (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“I am really looking forward to being back in Bathurst. I have been
there for the first time last year and I really enjoyed it. It was a
big experience. I just love the track and the race itself as an event
grew massively over the past years. It has a very good reputation so I
am really looking forward to it. It is also good to be back behind the
steering wheel and to shorten the break until DTM in Europe starts
again. I can’t wait to do the first laps again around the Mount
Panorama Circuit.”

Philipp Eng (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“It will not only be my debut at the Bathurst 12 Hour but in general
my first time ever in Australia. It has always been my wish to go
there and in addition I think that every race driver has to drive in
Bathurst at least once. I am more than happy that I will do so now
with BMW and with this line-up. I already did a billion laps on this
circuit in the simulator, just because it is so much fun. It is great
that I now can put a real tyre on the asphalt there. I think that with
the car, the team and my strong team-mates we have all the required
ingredients to be successful.”

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Round 4 in South America: Chile beckons for MS&AD Andretti Formula E.

Munich. Season 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship
continues on the streets of Santiago (CHI) this weekend, with the
Santiago E-Prix on 3rd February. The fourth round of the season will
be the first Formula E event to be held in Chile. BMW works drivers
António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) will race at
the South American venue for MS&AD Andretti Formula E. The
highlight ahead of the racing action will be the unveiling of the
new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8.

The Situation

MS&AD Andretti Formula E will be looking to once again reach
the points in Chile, having already done so in Hong Kong (CHN) and
Marrakech (MAR) this season. After Félix da Costa scored in Asia, it
was the turn of series debutant Blomqvist to earn points in Africa, at
his first ever Formula E event.

BMW i will unveil the new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 on Thursday
at a special event ahead of the race weekend, with several new
features on show. The car spearheads the BMW i car fleet, which will
be on view in season 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as part
of the “Official Vehicle Partner” cooperation programme.

The Team

The MS&AD Andretti Formula E team is in its fourth season of
Formula E in 2017/18. So far, Michael Andretti’s (USA) squad has
contested 36 races, claimed three pole positions, and scored 214
points. Félix da Costa is again in action at the wheel of the number
28 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-003 in Season 4. Joining the Portuguese
driver is Blomqvist, racing car number 27.

The Expectations

Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E: “I’m
really excited to head to Santiago as I feel a lot more prepared and
ready after having scored some points at my debut race in Marrakech.
It will be my very first visit in South America and I’m looking
forward to it. The track is going to be challenging, but the good
thing is that it’s going to be new for everyone. That means I won’t
have a disadvantage.“

António Félix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E:
“It will be my first time in Chile and it’s always cool to have a new
track in Formula E. I like the challenge as a driver. We are learning
so much as a team day by day. I am really encouraged by that. My goal
for Santiago is to compensate for the mistake I made in Marrakech and
score some good points for the team.”

The Circuit

Since it is a brand new circuit, Chile’s E-Prix will be a
challenge for all the competitors. With limited track time available,
drivers and teams must work quickly to reach optimum performance. As
was the case for New York’s (USA) track, the layout in Santiago will
see the start and finish in different parts of the track. The start
line is located on the longer back straight, between turns 2 and 3.
Cars will cross the river Mapocho twice, with the track running
parallel with each bank of the waterway along the front and back
straights. The 2.46-kilometre circuit is a tight, technical layout
that will provide a severe test of drivers’ concentration and accuracy.

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the FIA
Formula E Championship in Season 4. The BMW i8 (combined fuel
consumption: 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km)* continues
to take to the track as a powerful and efficient Safety Car. The same
goes for the new BMW i3s (combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical Car” and “Race Control
Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as
“Rescue Car” and “Extrication Car”.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were
determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the
version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to
a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires.

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to
Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification)
on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and
specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the
following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die
CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen”
(Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power
consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of
charge from all dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

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DriveNow becomes wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW Group

Munich. With the acquisition of Sixt SE’s stake in
DriveNow, the BMW Group continues its systematic development as a
customer-centric mobility company. Today’s signing is subject to
approval by antitrust authorities. With this move, the world’s leading
provider of premium mobility is offering customers efficient,
sustainable mobility solutions from a single source. The rapidly
growing field of mobility services is one of the cornerstones of the
BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, as evidenced by
the BMW Group expanding its offering in the areas of on-demand
mobility (DriveNow and ReachNow), parking (ParkNow) and charging
(ChargeNow) in a sustainable way. The acquisition of the Sixt shares
is therefore the next logical step in this strategy, following the
acquisition of Parkmobile LLC in early January of this year, a move
which made the BMW Group the world’s leading provider of digital
parking solutions.

“We have achieved extraordinary success with DriveNow over the past
seven years – thanks to the efforts of the DriveNow employees and the
excellent cooperation with our joint venture partner, Sixt. Sixt will
remain a strong partner for us in the future,” said Peter
Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement
and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group. “Our aim is to win 100
million customers for our premium mobility services by 2025. With
DriveNow as a wholly-owned subsidiary, we have all options for
continued strategic development of our services in our hands. Our
experience with mobility services supports our development of future
autonomous, electrified and connected fleets,” Schwarzenbauer continued.

Independently of the acquisition of the Sixt stake in DriveNow, the
BMW Group and Sixt will continue their successful long-standing
partnership through delivery of BMW and MINI vehicles for the Sixt fleet.

“The joint development of DriveNow impressively demonstrates the
innovative strength of Sixt and the BMW Group. We would like to thank
the DriveNow employees and the BMW Group for this success and look
forward to continuing our strategic partnership with the BMW Group
through our contracts for delivery of BMW and MINI brand
vehicles”, said Alexander Sixt, member of the Managing Board of
Sixt SE, responsible for Group Strategy.

DriveNow was founded in 2011 as a premium car-sharing joint venture
between the BMW Group and Sixt SE. The service is already used by more
than one million customers in 13 European cities. The fleet comprises
more than 6,000 BMW and MINI brand premium vehicles across Europe. The
electric BMW i3 is also available to users at all DriveNow locations.

“In 2017 our customers drove over eight million kilometres with the
DriveNow electric fleet – that is equivalent to driving round the
globe more than 200 times on electric power. DriveNow not only reduces
traffic and improves the parking situation in urban areas, but it is
also supporting the breakthrough of electromobility,” said DriveNow
Managing Director Sebastian Hofelich. “We look forward to working with
our franchise and city partners to continue actively shaping urban
mobility in a sustainable manner,” he added.

The BMW Group seeks to improve quality of life in urban areas through
its mobility offering. The company works with various partners and
decision-makers in cities to help shape the sustainable mobility of
the future.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Christina Hepe, Business and Finance Communications, christina.hepe@bmwgroup.com

Telephone: +49 89 382-38770

Glenn Schmidt, Head of Business and Finance Communications, glenn.schmidt@bmwgroup.com

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmw.de

 

 
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 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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BMW M8 GTE masters debut race in Daytona.

Daytona. The racing career of the new BMW M8 GTE officially
kicked off at the season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship in Daytona (USA) this weekend. At the Daytona
International Speedway, Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards (USA), Nick
Catsburg (NED) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) finished seventh in GTLM
class after 773 laps, sharing driving duties at the wheel of the
number 24 car. Their team-mates, Alexander Sims (GBR), Connor De
Phillippi (USA), Bill Auberlen (USA) and Philipp Eng (AUT) came
ninth with the second car entered by BMW Team RLL. The number 67
Ford GT claimed victory in the 24-hour race.

 

Both cars showed great reliability and managed to complete the tough
endurance classic without major technical issues in the maiden race
appearance for BMW Motorsport’s new GT flagship car. No other new BMW
GT race car has ever been more reliable on its debut. This was the
good news for all involved at BMW Motorsport and in BMW Team RLL.
Considering the given Balance of Performance (BoP), it was obvious,
even before the start of the race, that the two BMW M8 GTE cars would
be out of contention for top positions. More important was the fact
that the new car was able to master the challenge of a 24-hour race
from the word go.

 “Our BMW M8 GTE successfully completed its baptism
of fire here at Daytona,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“To finish such a tough debut race with both cars after 24 hours
without major technical problems is something we can be more than
proud of. Everything has been said with regards to the reasons for the
gap in performance compared to the competition. The car couldn’t show
its true potential yet. That’s why BMW and IMSA will continue their
productive and open talks and have agreed to find an appropriate BoP
assessment for the upcoming events starting with Sebring, allowing the
BMW M8 GTE to show its true performance for the benefit of the series,
BMW and all of our fans.”

Marquardt added: “As a matter of fact we sent a great GT car into
action that holds huge potential for the future. Everyone at BMW Team
RLL and at BMW Motorsport gave their all to get the most out of this
race under these difficult conditions. In the coming race appearances
we are set to be stronger, and we want to fight for top positions. The
BMW M8 GTE has got all it takes to do so in any case. Many team
members in Munich and at BMW Team RLL in North America have worked
very hard in preparation for this race over the past months. My
compliments go to everyone involved. This was an impressive team
effort displaying a lot of passion. I’m particularly happy about the
strong debut race of the BMW M4 GT4 in the Continental Tire SportsCar
Challenge. The fact that our teams managed to finish second and fourth
in the first race of the season shows that we are absolutely on the
right track with this car.”

BMW and IMSA have been working together for years in a very positive
and constructive manner. The BoP system is an integral part of global
sports car racing including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship. BMW and IMSA will continue productive, open talks and
have agreed to find an appropriate BoP assessment for the upcoming
events starting with Sebring (USA), allowing the BMW M8 GTE to show
its performance for the benefit of the series, BMW and the fans.

The spectators were treated to a kind of unusual season opener. The
anticipated rain didn’t come on Sunday. Only a heavy shower at the
start of the sixth hour brought extra action in the pit lane. In
addition, many teams suffered punctures over the course of the 24
hours of racing. Apart from that, relatively few incidents occurred,
with only four full-course cautions. Never before were more laps
completed at Daytona than in this year’s edition of the race.

In the sixth hour, the four drivers of car number 25 suffered a blow,
when the BMW M8 GTE’s right front tyre burst after Auberlen hit debris
on the track. Following 30 minutes of repair works, the BMW NA Brand
Ambassador was able to rejoin, 17 laps behind the leaders. A strong
result was impossible after that early setback. More repair pit stops
followed as a result of that incident. Ultimately the number 25 BMW M8
GTE took the chequered flag in ninth after 731 laps.

The drivers of car number 24 delivered a consistent and flawless
performance, trying to get the maximum out of the race under the given
circumstances. Final-stint driver Edwards crossed the line in seventh.

Difficult race for Turner – Strong US debut for the BMW M4 GT4.

BMW was also represented in the GTD class. The number 96 BMW M6 GT3,
driven by Martin Tomczyk (GER), Jens Klingmann (GER), Mark Kvamme
(USA), Don Yount (USA) and Cameron Lawrence (USA), completed a total
of 733 laps. After several unscheduled pit stops, the Turner
Motorsport had to make do with 14th position in class.

The BMW drivers in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
(CTSC) also kicked off their 2018 season in Daytona – and they did so
in style. The new BMW M4 GT4 enjoyed an outstanding race debut. The
number 82 car finished runner-up in the BMW Endurance Challenge. James
Clay and Tyler Cook (both USA) fought back brilliantly for BimmerWorld
Racing from 19th place on the grid to climb into second
place over the final few laps. The second BMW M4 GT4 in the race also
made good progress through the field. Toby Grahovec, Jason Hart and
Mike Vess (all USA) from Classic BMW team started the race from
34th place, but then produced a fantastic performance to
finish fourth, only narrowly missing out on another podium for BMW. In
the Street Tuner class, BimmerWorld Racing’s Devin Jones and Nick
Galante (both USA) converted pole position to a dominant class victory
in their BMW 328i.

 

Further reactions to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

 

Bobby Rahal (BMW Team RLL, Team Principal): “It’s
been a tough weekend for everybody at BMW Team RLL running a new car
for the first time. I’m very proud of the job the whole team has done
during the past months – working flat out to prepare the two BMW M8
GTEs for this race. You always have concerns regarding reliability in
such a situation but I have to say, that both cars have run very well
from that standpoint. To make it to the end in a 24-hour race with a
new car is pretty good, I think.”

John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “At the
Roar and during the race weekend we didn’t have the necessary pace for
the known reasons. Having said that it’s good that we managed to score
some points for the championship. Our car made it to the finish
without major problems. That’s at least a small win this weekend.”

 

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “For me
personally it has been a great weekend. My first race weekend with BMW
Team RLL went very well, although there weren’t many opportunities for
me to test the car. The hours I had in the car during this race were
important for me in terms of getting familiar with it. So all in all
the Daytona 24 Hours have been a big step for me getting perfectly
prepared for the whole season.”

 

Nick Catsburg (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “It
was great to be part of the race debut of the BMW M8 GTE. For sure it
was unfortunate that we were not able to fight for better positions.
Nevertheless we gave everything. The car was pretty reliable. We had
some tyre damage but we saw that very often in this race. I am
impressed how stable the BMW M8 GTE was here. Our time will come.”

Augusto Farfus (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “I
think it is a great achievement to have completed the first tough
24-hour race for the new BMW M8 GTE without any significant technical
problems. Due to the car’s BoP we were not where we wanted to be, but
we showed great team spirit and fought to the very end. A big thank
you to the entire team. Now I am looking forward to the next stop of
my tour around the world at Bathurst.”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place):
“The BMW M8 GTE has very good balance and is a really good
car to drive. I think that it is much faster than we were able to show
here at Daytona but overall we can be proud of our work. We were able
to gather a lot of valuable data for the remaining season.”

Alexander Sims (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place): “It was
good to see that the BMW M8 GTE has a lot of potential. We now need to
extract that as we’re obviously not happy with this result. But it’s
been a really good car to drive through the race. I think the team did
a very good job and we have learned a lot.”

Philipp Eng (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place): “This was
my second start at Daytona – and I enjoy this race a lot. It’s a
different way of racing compared to Europe. The atmosphere is a bit
more relaxed. I really like it. We had a great car in terms of balance
and driveability. I enjoyed every single lap despite the fact that we
weren’t there in terms of performance for known reasons.”

Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place): “I had
my big moment on Saturday evening when my right front tyre exploded at
170 mph. I was very lucky that the car stayed off the wall and I could
avoid a crash. Although we couldn’t fight for top positions here at
Daytona my general impression is that the BMW M8 GTE is the best GT
car I’ve ever driven. I hope we’ll be able to show that great
potential soon.”

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 4/2018.

24h Daytona: Race debut for the new BMW M8 GTE.

The long awaited race debut for the new BMW M8 GTE is on: the 24
Hours of Daytona (USA). The endurance classic started on Saturday
afternoon, 14.40 local time (20.40 CET). In the final quarter of the
race, both BMW M8 GTEs of BMW Team RLL are still in action. After 19
hours of racing, the number 24 car, driven by John Edwards (USA),
Jesse Krohn (FIN), Nick Catsburg (NED) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) was
running in 7th place of the GTLM class. The number 25 BMW
M8 GTE of Alexander Sims (GBR), Connor De Phillippi (USA), Bill
Auberlen (USA) and Philipp Eng (AUT) was in 9th place. In
the GTD class, the Turner Motorsport team is competing with the BMW M6
GT3. The drivers in the number 96 car are Don Yount (USA), Mark Kvamme
(USA), Jens Klingmann (GER), Martin Tomcyzk (GER) and Cameron Lawrence
(USA). The No. 96 BMW GT3 was 14th of the GTD class after
19 hours of racing. (Note to editors: a detailed release about the 24h
Daytona will be published after the race.)

CTSC: Podium for the BMW M4 GT4 on its USA debut.

The new BMW M4 GT4 enjoyed an outstanding race debut in North America
this weekend. The number 82 car finished runner-up in the BMW
Endurance Challenge, the four-hour race that forms the opening round
of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) at Daytona
(USA). James Clay and Tyler Cook (both USA) fought back brilliantly
from 19th place on the grid to climb into second place over
the final few laps. This meant an acclaimed podium finish for the
BimmerWorld Racing team. The second BMW M4 GT4 in the race also made
good progress through the field. Toby Grahovec, Jason Hart and Mike
Vess (all USA) from the Classic BMW team started the race from
34th place, but produced a fantastic performance to finish
fourth and narrowly miss out on another podium for BMW. BimmerWorld
Racing had two reasons to celebrate. In the Street Tuner class, Devin
Jones and Nick Galante (both USA) converted pole position to a
dominant class victory in their BMW 328i. The BMW Endurance Challenge
was opened by BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt with the words
“Drivers, please start your engines.” Frank van Meel, President of BMW
M GmbH, started the race with the green flag. The new BMW M5 Safety
Car led the field on the formation lap.

DTM: Joel Eriksson to start at the Race of Champions.

Great honour for the newcomer to BMW’s DTM squad: Joel Eriksson (SWE)
is one of a select field of international racing drivers to receive an
invitation to this year’s Race of Champions (RoC). The event will take
place next week (2nd and 3rd February 2018) in
Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia. The 19-year-old Swede will compete in the
individual competition and the Nations Cup, in which he will join up
with compatriot and World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson to
form “Team Sweden”. “I’m really excited about doing the Race of
Champions for the first time,” said Eriksson. “It’s not every day you
go to Saudi Arabia to measure yourself against some of the greatest
legends of the sport, so it’s definitely going to be a special
moment!” This year’s RoC participants include defending champion Juan
Pablo Montoya (COL), former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard (GBR),
reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden (USA), and three-time Indy
500 winner Helio Castroneves (BRA). Also in action will be Riyadh-born
rally driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi, who recently took part in the Rally
Dakar in a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.

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Double victory for BMW at the “Best Cars Award” 2018.

Munich. For BMW, the year 2018 begins with a double
victory at the “Best Cars Award”. Both the BMW 5 Series and the BMW X1
claim class victories in the latest reader’s poll held by the trade
journal “auto, motor und sport”. With first place in the “Upper
Midrange” category, the BMW 5 Series was able to repeat last year’s
success. The Sports Activity Vehicle BMW X1 asserted itself in the
“Compact SUV” class. Moreover, six further current BMW models were
able to gain places on the winners’ rostrum in each of their
respective vehicle classes. The prizes were presented yesterday during
a festive gala at the International Congress Center Stuttgart (ICS).

The “Best Cars Award” is one of the most coveted and
tradition-steeped prizes in the automotive sector. The public survey
held among readers of “auto, motor und sport” took place this year for
the 42nd time. More than 117,000 readers participated in
the latest voting, in which they were able to choose from 378 current
models in eleven vehicle categories.

With 28.8 percent of votes, readers chose the BMW 5 Series as their
favourite in the “Upper Midrange” class, the car thus continuing the
series of successes it achieved last year when in addition to the
“Best Cars Award” from “auto, motor und sport”, it also won the “Auto
Trophy – World’s Best Cars” from “Auto Zeitung” and was voted “Car of
the Year” in the UK. Furthermore, the BMW 5 Series clinched other
renowned accolades, including the “Red Dot Award” and the “iF Gold
Award” for outstanding design, the “Car Connectivity Award” and the
title “Goldener Computer” for its advanced networking technology. The
BMW 5 Series was also awarded the title  “Value Champion 2017”
certifying its above-average value stability.

With its class victory at the “Best Cars Award” 2018, the BMW X1 has
also replicated its earlier successes. In 2016, it was already able to
clinch victory in the reader’s poll held by “auto, motor und sport”.
This time, it gained top place in the category “Compact SUV”, winning
15.9 percent of votes. The compact Sports Activity Vehicle scores not
only with versatility, premium characteristics and brand-typical
dynamics, but also with exceptionally innovative networking technology
that is unmatched in its competitive environment.

BMW’s success in the current “Best Cars Award” is also owed to a
certain extent to the top 3 places won by six further models. It is
the outstanding placements earned by the electrified BMW i automobiles
in the overall ranking of all current models that are also
particularly noticeable. For example, the purely electrically driven
BMW i3 (combined power consumption: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) achieved 2nd place in the category “Small Car”,
the BMW i8 Coupe with plug-in hybrid drive (combined fuel consumption:
1.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km; combined power
consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km) was awarded third place in the category
“Sports Car”.

Overview of BMW model rankings:

Winner Upper Midrange                    BMW 5 Series
Winner
Compact SUVs                      BMW X1
2nd place
Small Cars                          BMW i3
3rd place
Compact Class                   BMW 2 Series Coupe
3rd place Midrange Class                   BMW 4 Series
Gran Coupe
3rd place Sports
Cars                         BMW i8 Coupe
3rd place
Large SUVs                        BMW X3
3rd place
Vans                                                 BMW 2 Series
Active Tourer/BMW 2 Series
Gran Tourer
 

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific
CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new
passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden
über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch
neuerPersonenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which
can be obtained from all dealerships, from the Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.
LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB))

BMW i3: combined power consumption: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

BMW i8: combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 42 g/km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km

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Interview with Jens Marquardt on the development of the new BMW M8 GTE: “The special team spirit will definitely stay with us for a long time”.

Daytona. BMW Motorsport presented the new BMW M8 GTE in its
livery for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in
Daytona (USA) on Wednesday. The running of two cars in the GT class
in the 24-hour race at the “Daytona International Speedway”
represents the race debut and the next milestone in “Mission8”.
Speaking in an interview, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt
looks back on the development of the BMW M8 GTE and underlines the
importance of team spirit in the development crew.

 

Mr Marquardt, the race debut of the new BMW M8 GTE is just
around the corner. Take us through the development of the car over
the past few months. How did it all begin?

Jens Marquardt: “The first race for the new BMW M8 GTE at Daytona
will be very special for every one of us at BMW Motorsport. The roots
of the GTE project lie in a combination of many aspects. At the start
of the programme, back in 2015, the goal was to expand our activities
in traditional motor racing – BMW M Motorsport – and to position
ourselves even more internationally. At the same time, the possible
return to Le Mans brought its very own fascination for our team.
However, the most important factor was that the production model, the
BMW 8 Series Coupé, was developed at the same time. We were given a
green light from the board to develop a thoroughbred GTE racing car,
parallel with the colleagues in production development. That is how it
all began. Now the BMW M8 GTE is ready for Daytona. For the first time
in BMW Motorsport history the race car will be in action before its
series counterpart.”

When you started to develop the BMW M8 GTE, there was not
actually a production model…

Marquardt: “Correct. Right from the word go, we worked with our
colleagues in production development to synchronise the individual
steps as closely as possible. It was a challenge. When we needed the
first chassis of the production car, there simply wasn’t one yet. We
were, however, able to work with special prototype chassis from
production development. We progressed step by step in that manner.
Furthermore, at the start of our development, there were still minor
changes to the production model. To a certain degree, we were dealing
with a moving target.”

How was the cooperation with colleagues in production?

Marquardt: “Very close and efficient. The developers on the
production side obviously had their own specific challenges to
overcome. Despite that, they were always open to the GTE project, and
always willing to help. That was real teamwork. We synchronised the
focus of our development with the core areas of the production model.
The question was: what should the racing car emanate and embody? The
core values of the BMW 8 Series Coupé should also be the strength of
the BMW M8 GTE.”

Can you give us any examples of these development focal points?

Marquardt: “Let’s take the design aspects. We are obliged to adopt
the same external contour and roof line as the production model.
However, it was also important to incorporate elements such as the
headlamps, the Carbon Core and the centre console in the race car,
based on the BMW 8 Series Coupé. The topic of carbon fibre played a
major role.”

Does the joint development mean that the BMW M8 GTE is more
similar to its production counterpart than any other BMW race car?

Marquardt: “When you look at the regulations, the engine in the BMW
M6 GT3 is extremely close to that in the production model. However, we
were able to make more substantial changes to the chassis. In the case
of the BMW M8 GTE, the chassis is closer to the production model, but
the engine had to be modified significantly. The most important thing
is that we based the BMW M6 GT3 on an existing car. That was different
this time. Because the race car will be in action before the
production car, we worked intensively with the design department from
a very early point to ensure that were on the same page when it came
to the design. That worked very well.”

The GTE class is fiercely competitive, both in the IMSA and
the FIA WEC. How big was the challenge, with regard to performance?

Marquardt: “We are certainly up against some tough competition with
the BMW M8 GTE, that much is clear. The BMW M6 GTLM, which itself was
derived from the GT3 car, served as a reference. But this time we were
able to concentrate fully on the demands of the GTE class. As such,
many parts have been specifically designed for this car to explicitly
align areas such as weight, centre of gravity and aerodynamics with
the eventual area of application. We have actually exceeded our own
requirements when it comes to the engine and aerodynamics. We have
also made big strides with other components, such as the chassis and
traction control. This is confirmed by the feedback from the drivers.
We will see how this is reflected in the results over the course of
the year. The Balance of Performance obviously also plays a big role,
however the BMW M8 GTE certainly has great potential.”

Were there specific key moments in the development?

Marquardt: “The special team spirit in the development team will
definitely stay with us for a long time. The engineers consistently
motivated each other and put a lot of heart and soul into this
project. The rollout in Dingolfing was the first highlight. The second
step, in which the final chassis and aerodynamics were added to the
car, was of similar importance. It was an extremely tight schedule,
which led straight into a 24-hour test. We achieved all that as a team
with a remarkable group dynamic. I am proud of everyone at BMW Motorsport.”

To what extent does the development work continue after the
first race in Daytona?

Marquardt: “After the car has been homologated, there are some areas
in which we can, and may, make changes. We can still do some work on
the software, in particular. We will also continue to work on aligning
the BMW M8 GTE with all its systems, and will integrate all the
reference values we have acquired. First of all, however, we are
looking forward to the maiden race in Daytona.”

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Warm-up laps in Italy: The new BMW 8 Series Coupe undergoes vehicle dynamics testing on the racetrack.

Munich. With the presentation of the BMW Concept 8
Series, BMW already offered a close-to-series glimpse at the design of
their new luxury segment sports car. The dynamic qualities of the new
BMW 8 Series Coupe are now also clearly manifesting themselves. A
close-to-series prototype is currently undergoing intensive testing on
a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. The tests serve in
particular to optimise the vehicle’s driving dynamics on surfaces with
a high friction coefficient and mark yet a further decisive stage on
the way to the launch of the new BMW 8 Coupe during 2018. 

The test drives are being carried out with a heavily camouflaged
prototype, which nevertheless gives strong indication of the new BMW 8
Series Coupe’s typical sports car proportions. As in the case of the
BMW Concept 8 Series, the dynamically stretched lines, the flat
silhouette and the powerful front and rear ends give a foretaste of
the fascinatingly sporty driving experience.

This impression is confirmed with each lap completed on the proving
ground in Italy. With its around 4 kilometres long oval circuit,
including steep bends, the area situated in the proximity of Rome
offers above all the perfect conditions for high-speed and high
friction coefficient tests. Moreover, the acceleration, braking and
steering behaviour of the new sports car are analysed on circuits,
slalom courses and different road surfaces. The highly demanding test
programme facilitates the targeted harmonisation of all drive and
suspension systems. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe has shown that it
offers maximum agility and precision in highly dynamics situations.
Likewise, the car is also able to meet the highest demands in terms of
supremacy and comfort.

“The test drives under the most severe conditions show that we are
right on target with our concept for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The
vehicle dynamics values already achieved are absolutely impressive.
Our customers and fans can look forward to a genuine sports car,” says
Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of the BMW AG, Development and
Research, who oversees the test programme in Italy.

The high vehicle dynamics potential results from an extraordinary
close connection between motorsports and series production. The new
BMW 8 Series Coupe is being developed parallel to and in close
coordination with the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE racing car. Whilst the
prototype of the production model is undergoing endurance tests, the
teams, which are supported by BMW Motorsport, are currently preparing
in Daytona (USA) for the initial racetrack use of the BMW M8 GTE. On
27/28 January, the BMW M8 GTE will make its racing debut at the
Daytona 24-hour race. In June 2018, it will then participate in the
24-hour race at Le Mans. The knowledge gained there and at numerous
other racing events in the FIA WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship (IWSC) in North America will directly benefit series
development of the BMW 8 Series Coupe.

Likewise, the know-how gained during training and on the racetrack
will advance development of the new BMW M8. In June 2017, a prototype
of this new model from the BMW M GmbH was already presented during the
24-hour race on the Nürburgring. The Nordschleife of the legendary
racing circuit is also the main proving ground for testing and further
enhancing the new BMW M8.

The BMW Group has defined its strong presence in the luxury segment
as one of the major pillars of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. With
the consistent extension of its model portfolio through the addition
of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe and the new BMW M8, the BMW Group
creates the ideal prerequisites for winning over the most demanding
target groups and convincing them with a unique combination of supreme
dynamics and modern luxury.

*Due to the prototype vehicle status, technical details like fuel
consumption, CO2 emissions etc. will be communicated later this year.

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Green light for the new spearhead: BMW M8 GTE makes race debut at the “Rolex 24” in Daytona.

Munich. This is the moment BMW Motorsport has been waiting
for: after months of intensive development, the new BMW M8 GTE will
make its race debut this weekend. The new top model for
international GT racing will take to the track at the legendary
24-hour race in Daytona (USA), the opener of the 2018 IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The 56th edition of
the endurance classic takes place on 27th/28th January.

 

The honour of contesting the first race with the BMW M8 GTE goes to
BMW Team RLL. Team principal Bobby Rahal’s (USA) crew enters their
tenth season with BMW and is set to compete in the IMSA series with
two BMW M8 GTE this year.

 

The BMW M8 GTE is the result of BMW’s latest thinking in GT car
development and constructed in order to be eligible to compete at Le
Mans – something BMW will do this year for the first time since 2011.
Where the BMW Z4 GTLM and BMW M6 GTLM raced in the four previous IMSA
seasons were derived from GT3 versions of these cars, the BMW M8 GTE
was designed and built specifically as a GTE specification racing car
in conjunction with its upcoming BMW 8 Series road car counterpart,
making for the minimum number of compromises and maximum performance.

The twice-around-the-clock classic will not only see the debut of a
new BMW racing car, but it will also see the most substantive change
to the BMW Team RLL driver line-up in a decade. With Bill Auberlen
(USA) transitioning to a new role as a BMW of North America Brand
Ambassador supporting marketing and PR activities, the experienced
veteran of 400 races with BMW has moved away from a full-time seat and
will drive in a support role at the “Rolex 24”. Auberlen will share
the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE at Daytona with season-long drivers Alexander
Sims (GBR) and Connor De Phillippi (USA). Philipp Eng (AUT) will also
drive the No. 25 machine. The No. 24 BMW M8 GTE will have John Edwards
(USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) as its drivers for the season. Nick
Catsburg (NED) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) will support at Daytona.

Led by Bobby Rahal, BMW Team RLL finished the 2017 IMSA season with
four victories including consecutive wins in Laguna Seca and at the
Petit Le Mans to close the BMW M6 GTLM programme second in GTLM
Manufacturer, Team and Driver standings. Since 2009, the team has
totalled 17 GT class wins among 68 total podium finishes campaigning
the BMW M3 GT, BMW Z4 GTLM and BMW M6 GTLM.



Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL):
“The BMW
M8 GTE is the only entirely new car in the GTLM field this year and we
believe it has a great deal of potential. While we fought a number of
new car gremlins at the Roar, I think everyone is generally quite
happy. Certainly we will have a busy time back at the shop before the
‘Rolex 24’, but that is nothing unexpected. Compared with teams like
Schnitzer who have been racing for BMW for multiple decades, we are
the new guys, but the relationship is everything in motorsport. We are
very proud to start our tenth year with BMW and especially proud to be
the team that will debut the BMW M8 GTE.”

 

Connor De Phillippi (No. 25 BMW M8 GTE): “This will
be my first race with BMW and I’m eager to add what I can to a team
that ended the 2017 season very successfully.”

 

Alexander Sims (No. 25 BMW M8 GTE): “The BMW M8 GTE
is a very nice car to drive. I think BMW has done a great job building
on the strengths of the M6 while also addressing its weaknesses.”

Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW M8 GTE): “I am cautiously
optimistic having driven quite a few new BMW racing cars over the
years. The BMW M8 GTE checks all the right boxes for me and I’m
excited to share in its debut race.”

 

Philipp Eng (No. 25 BMW M8 GTE): “I have a very
strong connection to the BMW M8 GTE having been involved with the
programme since the first day. I hope our first race will be a
successful one.”

John Edwards (No. 24 BMW M8 GTE): “This year will be
quite an exciting one. I’m excited to share the No. 24 car with Jesse
(Krohn) for the entire season along with Augusto (Farfus) and Nicky
(Catsburg) at Daytona.”

Jesse Krohn (No. 24 BMW M8 GTE): “We still have a
great deal to learn. Our car ran limited laps at the Roar because of a
number of teething issues, but we have a very positive outlook for the
‘Rolex 24’.”

 

Nick Catsburg (No. 24 BMW M8 GTE): “A brand new car
is never an easy thing, but I have high expectations because the laps
that I did drive at the Roar made me feel the car certainly has potential.”

Augusto Farfus (No. 24 BMW M8 GTE): “The car has
shown reasonable pace so far and we are confident and motivated. To
finish high in the order in our debut race would be a great reward for
all the work everyone has contributed to the BMW M8 GTE program so far.”

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