Wittmann celebrates home win for BMW at the Norisring – “I drove the race of my life”.

BMW:Wittmann celebrates home win for BMW at the Norisring – “I drove the race of my life”.

Nuremberg. Marco Wittmann (GER) has done it: Sunday was the
first time in his DTM career that the BMW Team RMG driver claimed a
victory at his home race at the Norisring (GER). After 68 laps the
local hero, at the wheel of the BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, was
the first to cross the finish line. A combination of a breathtaking
performance and a perfect strategy helped him to win Sunday’s race
after starting from seventh on the grid. The win followed a
third-place finish in Saturday’s race to cap a thoroughly successful
home weekend in Nuremberg (GER). It was the 80th win for
BMW in the DTM and the eighth success at the Norisring. Wittmann
topped the DTM podium for the eleventh time in his career.

Bruno Spengler (CAN), in the BMW Bank M4 DTM, also proved once again
how much he likes to drive on the tight street circuit. Starting from
sixth, the 2012 champion moved up to fourth during the race. The third
BMW driver in the top-ten was Timo Glock (GER) in the DEUTSCHE POST
BMW M4 DTM, who finished in tenth place. He was followed by Philipp
Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM), Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW M4 DTM) and
Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM), who was sent into a spin after
contact on lap 52. They crossed the line in eleventh, twelfth and
17th positions respectively.

The result means that the front-runners in the drivers’ standings are
now even closer together. Wittmann is now the best-placed BMW driver
(92 points), level on points with Glock in third. Gary Paffett (GBR,
Mercedes) is the leader, with 99 points.

Reactions to Sunday’s race at the Norisring:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“This is the first time that Marco Wittmann has triumphed at his home
race. After our historic wins last year, this is another particularly
special success for us at the same venue. Seeing the emotions
displayed by Marco, the spectators and the team really sent shivers
down my spine. It was our 80th DTM win and the eighth here
at the Norisring. Congratulations to Marco and the whole BMW Team RMG
for an absolutely outstanding performance – it was a remarkable race,
with him moving up from seventh position to first. Bruno Spengler also
did a very good job in fourth. Timo Glock managed to pick up a point
with a damaged car after Gary Paffett leaned in a bit too often.
Nonetheless, it is a great result of course. Now we can celebrate.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“It is fantastic. Marco surpassed himself once again today. Our team
can be really happy with this victory. We really wanted to win here
today. The lads did a great job today and the pit stops were perfect.
It was a tough weekend but we kept our nerve.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG – qualifying result: 7th place, race result:
1st place, points: 92):

“I think my heart is still racing. These emotions are just crazy.
It’s not every day that you win your home race. I have been trying
here for so long and this is the first time it’s worked out. I would
never have thought that I’d manage to move up from seventh to first.
We had fantastic pace. I drove the race of my life – with some wild
overtaking manoeuvres. My guys did an unbelievable job. The car was
sensational. It is wonderful to be heading home from the Norisring
with two trophies.”

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG –
qualifying result: 14th place, race result:
17th place, points: 8):  

“We didn’t improve enough on Saturday’s performance. I had no chance
to attack. The start went well but then I just didn’t have the pace
again. I got spun and that pushed me back further. Congratulations to
Marco and the team on the win.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
qualifying result: 9th place, race result:
10th place, points: 92):  

“That was another difficult race. I just didn’t feel comfortable in
the car, the pace was better today, but not perfect. I had a pretty
tough fight with Gary Paffett and I tried my best to get that last
point. I managed to do that. That was another intense duel with Gary
and we touched a few times. Of course, I had hoped for more than two
points from the weekend but we are still involved in the battle at the
top. Everyone is really close together. Now we have to make sure that
we get the set-up better for the next races. Congratulations to Marco
on his home win. He drove a great race. “

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“We scored some more important points today with Bruno. Everything
went perfectly. We pushed his pit stop back a bit and I think that was
the right decision. He then had a battle on his hands with the
Mercedes to try and stay in front. He did very well there.
Unfortunately, we lost a bit of time in the pits with Joel. Philipp’s
pace was good but he just got held up in traffic. Congratulations to
Marco and BMW on the win.”

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying
result: 10th place, race result: 11th place,
points: 53):  

“I didn’t have it easy out there today. The pace was there in the
race – but we didn’t get it 100 percent in qualifying. Next time we
have to hit the target. It continues to be a steep learning curve. I
am not happy with 11th place but I am satisfied with the
work that we put in this weekend. I am sure of one thing – the results
will go our way again.”

 

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 6th place, race result: 4th place,
points: 43):  

“It was an interesting race with a lot of great battles. After
starting from sixth place, I moved up to fourth and I was in the
points for both races at the Norisring so I’m happy with that. Winning
in front of his home crowd is fantastic for Marco. Overall, it was a
very positive weekend for BMW.”

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 8th place, race result: 12th place,
points: 25):  

“The race was tough, the start was OK. We lost some places during the
pit stop. I had a battle on my hands then and I had to use the DRS a
lot. It certainly wasn’t my best race but I am looking forward and
getting ready for the next races at Zandvoort. Congratulations to
Marco on his home win here in Nuremberg.”

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Kaymer and Kieffer lead the German charge at BMW International Open.

BMW:Kaymer and Kieffer lead the German charge at BMW International Open.

Cologne. Martin Kaymer and Max Kieffer will be carrying the
hopes of a nation on their shoulders when they step on to the first
tee together as joint leaders in the final round of the 30th BMW
International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof tomorrow.

The German pair lie on five under par and in a share of the lead with
four others – Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN), Chris Paisley (ENG), Aaron Rai
(ENG) and Scott Hend (AUS), the leader after 36 holes. With a further
14 players within three shots of the lead, the race to the finishing
line is by no means a foregone conclusion.

It is fair to say, however, that the greatest expectation will fall
on Kaymer, a two-time major champion who also happens to hold the
record as the youngest winner in the history of the BMW International
Open. It is ten years since, at 23, he held the trophy aloft and he is
determined to do so again.

Kaymer, who had a third round of 71 today, started well but lost his
way around the turn, with three bogeys in four holes from the 9th. He
refused to buckle, however, and picked up three birdies on the home
stretch to keep firmly in contention.

“The round almost got away from me in the middle, but I hung in there
and had a very nice finish,” he said. “To be up there and in with a
chance tomorrow was the main thing. The crowds really helped to pull
me through over the last six or seven holes and I was able to feed off
the atmosphere. I didn’t drive the ball very well today and kept
missing fairways. It was nice that a few putts started to drop. It was
a tough battle, but it was nice having everyone around supporting me.
It’s always nice to be in contention, especially as it has been a
while. Winning in your own country speaks for itself.”

For Kieffer (71), a BMW Friend of the Brand, victory would represent
the biggest win of his career – not only in terms of a first prize of
€333,330 but, primarily, in terms of prestige. To win a coveted BMW
event, on home soil, would be the stuff of dreams.

“The support from the crowds was superb,” Kieffer said. “They even
clapped after bad shots. I could actually have done even better today.
There are so many players bunched together that the guys at five under
are going to have to shoot low tomorrow. That is what I will be trying
to do.”

While Kieffer and Kaymer will get the chance to watch each other at
close quarters, they will need to be aware of what is happening around
them. If the leaders needed reminding that a player can come out of
the pack, they need only think back to Argentina’s Andres Romero, who
claimed the title last year after storming through the field with a
blistering final round of 64. Incidentally, Romero lies only two
strokes off the lead after a 67, the joint best round of the day.
Nothing, as they say, can be taken for granted.

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First podium at home event: BMW driver Marco Wittmann secures third place at the Norisring.

BMW:First podium at home event: BMW driver Marco Wittmann secures third place at the Norisring.

Nuremberg. In the seventh race of the DTM season, Marco
Wittmann (GER) claimed third place at the classic Norisring (GER) in
the BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM. This was the first podium finish
for BMW Team’s RMG local hero at his home circuit at Nuremberg
(GER). He had started the race from third place, immediately behind
Philipp Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) of BMW Team RBM (RMR), who
finished in fifth place after 68 laps.

Bruno Spengler (CAN) also delivered a strong performance in the BMW
Bank M4 DTM, moving from ninth to sixth during the race. Joel Eriksson
(SWE, BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) were
also in the points, finishing in ninth and tenth respectively, while
Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) missed out on the top-ten,
crossing the line in 14th. Victory went to Mercedes driver
Edoardo Mortara (ITA).

Glock is second in the drivers’ standings with 91 points, behind new
leader Gary Paffett (GBR, Mercedes) on 97 points. BMW Team RMR heads
the team standings with 131 points. In the Manufacturers’
Championship, BMW is in second place with 236 points.

Reactions to Saturday’s race at the Norisring:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to Marco Wittmann on his first podium finish at his
home race at the Norisring. I am delighted for him – he fought really
hard for this success. Marco was in touching distance of the cars
ahead of him right up to the finish, but then his DRS ran out.
Overall, it was an exciting and interesting race. We got five cars
into the top-ten, which is a good result. Mercedes were very strong
today; congratulations to them. Now we will see if we can do even
better tomorrow.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“Finally getting Marco onto the podium at his home race was our main
objective. We were also determined to improve compared to last year.
We achieved both of those goals. The team worked fantastically to get
Timo’s car ready again after yesterday’s accident. Now we want to take
another step forward tomorrow.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG – qualifying result: 3rd place, race result:
3rd place, points: 67):  

“The podium finish at my home race is just a sensational feeling. I
started well and I was able to pass Philipp Eng. I then challenged
Edoardo Mortara from second place. I got really close to him early on
and we had a nice battle but he was just a bit faster overall. Then
Gary Paffett closed up on me and I had to let him pass. Nonetheless it
is just fantastic to get to the podium here at the Norisring, in front
of my home fans and my family. “

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG –
qualifying result: 12th place, race result:
14th place, points: 6):  

“I just had no pace today and couldn’t find any grip. We build up
speed on fresh tyres but as soon as the tyre performance drops, we
lose the pace completely. We just have to write this day off. Now we
will work hard to ensure that we do better tomorrow.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
qualifying result: 8th place, race result:
10th place, points: 91):  

“This hasn’t been an ideal weekend for me so far. The accident
yesterday didn’t help, and I didn’t really feel comfortable in the car
today. I don’t have full confidence in the car for some reason. I had
problems with the tyres in the first stint and I was just driving
along. There was something in the set-up that we didn’t get quite
right, whereas the others did. We will take a closer look at that now.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“There were some conflicting weather forecasts so we took the
cautious approach and split the strategies for our cars. That actually
worked pretty well and all three drivers scored points for us. Now we
want to get them even closer to, or better still on the podium tomorrow.”

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying
result: 2nd place, race result: 5th place,
points: 53):  

“I am really happy overall, even though I would have preferred to
have reached the podium. We will have to improve our race speed a bit
tomorrow. I still managed to score plenty of points by starting on the
front row and finishing the race in fifth place. That looks pretty
good overall.”

 

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 9th place, race result: 6th place,
points: 37):  

“I did well today and maybe an even better result would have been
possible, had the circumstances been a little different. I was behind
Philipp but I didn’t want to risk anything. The chances of getting
involved in an accident are simply too high here at the Norisring. The
car did very well in the race. Tomorrow, I will be concentrating on
doing better in qualifying.”

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 11th place, race result: 9th place,
points: 25):  

“My performance in qualifying wasn’t particularly good today so it
was clear that the race wouldn’t be too easy either. I lost a bit of
time with the pit stop, otherwise I might have been able to do a bit
better. Nonetheless, I am happy to have scored some points.”

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Hip hip Hoo-Rai: Aaron Rai wins the new BMW i8 Roadster with a hole in one.

BMW:Hip hip Hoo-Rai: Aaron Rai wins the new BMW i8 Roadster with a hole in one.

  • England’s Aaron Rai aces the 167-yard 16th hole
    at the 30th BMW International Open.
  • Peter van Binsbergen, Senior Vice President Sales and
    Marketing BMW Germany, presents the new BMW i8 Roadster.
  • Fourth time the BMW Hole-in-One Award has been won in the
    tournament’s fourth appearance at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof.

Cologne. The incredible run continues: Gut Lärchenhof has now
hosted the BMW International Open four times, and on each occasion a
player has won the BMW Hole-in-One Award. In this year’s second
round, it was the turn of England’s Aaron Rai to achieve this
spectacular feat on the 16th hole. This stroke of genius with a
6-iron earned the 23-year-old a dream prize: The new BMW i8
Roadster*. Peter van Binsbergen, Senior Vice President Sales and
Marketing BMW Germany, handed the key over to the delighted
23-year-old.

The captivating appeal of the world’s most successful plug-in hybrid
sports car can now be experienced with the roof down. The BMW i8
Roadster features a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, dihedral
doors, a windscreen frame made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic
(CFRP) and an electrically operated soft-top, not to mention the
plug-in hybrid drivetrain that has received multiple awards and, with
a power output of 275 kW (374 hp), allows the car to accelerate from 0
to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.

When the BMW International Open made its debut in Cologne in 2012,
Englishman Andrew Marshall was the recipient of a BMW 640i Gran Coupé.
Two years later, his compatriot James Heath hit a dream shot to win a
BMW i8. Scotland’s Richie Ramsay was the third player to leave Gut
Lärchenhof in another spectacular car: the BMW M760Li xDrive.

BMW i8 Roadster: Combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100 km, combined
CO2 emissions: 46 g/km.

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Kaymer and Kieffer poised to strike at BMW International Open.

BMW:Kaymer and Kieffer poised to strike at BMW International Open.

  • Local heroes on the move at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof.
  • Australia’s Scott Hend opens up narrow lead over the field.
  • Englishman claims BMW i8 Roadster* for hole in one.

 

In front of 15,000 fans, Germany’s Martin Kaymer produced one
of the scores of the day to move within touching distance of the
lead in the second round of the BMW International Open at Golf Club
Gut Lärchenhof today.

Kaymer, a two-time major champion and former winner of the event,
defied gusting conditions for the second day in succession to compile
a round of 68 that left him just two strokes behind Australia’s Scott
Hend, who lies on six under par after an equally sparkling round of
67. In joint second place, one stroke off the lead, are Nico Geyger,
of Chile, and Sweden’s Henric Sturehed.

Kaymer, who had six birdies in his round, said: “I played really well
and created a lot of chances. One or two putts went in, particularly
early on. When you are four under par after nine, it gives you hope
for the back nine. Unlike yesterday, I struck the ball very well.
There is still room for improvement but, on the whole, four under par
is a good round for day two.”

Local hopes were also boosted by the performance of Max Kieffer, a
BMW Friend of the Brand, who had four birdies in a row from the 12th
in a score of 69 that moved him alongside Kaymer and into a share of
fourth place with three others – Sébastien Gros (FRA), the first-round
leader, Nick Cullen (AUS), and Aaron Rai (ENG).

“Like yesterday, I started well but did not score as I should have
been doing and did not take my opportunities,” Kieffer said. “I was a
bit tired in the middle of the round, but I found my rhythm again at
the end and played really well. It is great for the tournament to have
two Germans playing really well. Maybe that will bring in one or two
more spectators. It would be cool to continue tomorrow where I left
off today.”

In many ways the day belonged to Rai, who took just one shot to
double his winnings for the season when he had a hole in one at the
167-yard par-three 16th and claimed the keys to a BMW i8 Roadster* on
offer to the first player to achieve the feat.

All week, players had stopped to look covetously at the beautiful car
perched behind the 16th tee, but it was Rai – playing his first full
season on the European Tour – who claimed it for his own with a
well-struck six-iron, the ball landing just short of the green and
rolling unerringly towards the hole before dropping in.

“Including short par-three courses, I’ve now had around 25 holes in
one,” Rai admitted to general astonishment, “but nothing to compare
with this. There’s never been a BMW on the line! It was an awesome
thing to do it, but I couldn’t celebrate too much because there was
still a long way to go as I’d started my round on the 10th hole.”

Among those to make the cut were Sergio Garcia (ESP), who had a
topsy-turvy round of 71 that was made up of five birdies, one eagle, 1
double bogey, four bogeys and seven pars, Thorbjørn Olesen (DEN) and
Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), who got in on the cut line of four over par.
Crowd favourite Ernie Els missed out.

* Combined fuel consumption 2,0 l/100 km; combined electricity
consumption 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 46 g/km.

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The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and operating range figures were determined according to the prescribed test procedure in the version applicable at the time of type approval (Regulation No 715/2007). The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres.

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 neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de.

The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and operating range figures were determined according to the prescribed test procedure in the version applicable at the time of type approval (Regulation No 715/2007). The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres.

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 neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de.

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“BMW Opera for All”: Russian premiere of BMW Group’s outdoor series in Moscow.

BMW:“BMW Opera for All”: Russian premiere of BMW Group’s outdoor series in Moscow.

Moscow. On Sunday, June 24, Moscow will witness a
unique musical event – the festival “BMW Opera for All”, organized by
the BMW Group Russia together with the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre
of Russia. The oldest orchestra in the country – the Bolshoi Theatre
Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of its Chief Conductor and Music
Director Tugan Sokhiev ‒ will give a free, open-air concert in the
spectacular setting of Moscow’s Theatre Square. The capital’s
residents and guests will enjoy the best arias from outstanding
classical works by Russian and foreign composers. The concert will
start at 4 p.m.

“Open-air concerts with the stars of the world classical scene have
already become a good tradition in Europe. Thanks to this BMW Group’s
initiative, Berlin, Munich and London have been hosting the ‘Opera for
All’ festival for many years. We are delighted to be able to take it
over and bring this musical festival to Russia, together with our
long-term partner, the Bolshoi Theatre,” said Stefan Teuchert, CEO BMW
Group Russia, “We’ve supported many high-profile premieres held in the
theater, and now we let music outside. With the launch of the joint
‘Garage/BMW: Art/Tech Grant’, this year has already become very
special for the concern’s cultural presence in Russia, and ‘Opera for
All’ will make it just unforgettable. This project perfectly conveys
the essence of BMW Group’s cultural activities: bringing classical
music outside the concert hall, it gives people the opportunity to
enjoy art with no limitations whatsoever.”

Vladimir Urin, the general director of the Bolshoi Theatre: “I am
very glad that thanks to our long-term cooperation with the BMW Group
Russia, this June the residents and guests of Moscow will have an
opportunity not only to watch the matches of the World Cup, but also
to enjoy a concert of the soloists and orchestra of the Bolshoi
Theatre. It seems very important to me to expand our audience. I hope
that many listeners of this concert will return later to the Theatre
for our performances.”

Concerts from the BMW Group opera series are a hotly anticipated
event in the musical calendars of European capitals. Since 2007,
thanks to the BMW Group, more than 400,000 music fans have been able
to enjoy the festival. Under the guidance of Tugan Sokhiev, over 100
musicians of the Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra will appear on
stage at the premiere in Moscow under the theme “BMW Opera beyond
borders”. In the first section, the soloists of the theatre will
perform the main arias from the best Russian operas: “The Snow Maiden”
and “May Night” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Eugene Onegin” and “The
Queen of Spades” by Peter Tchaikovsky. The programme will also include
the overture to Mikhail Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila” and the
romance by Alexander Alyabyev “The Nightingale”. The second part of
the concert will be devoted to the works by foreign composers. The
guests will hear excerpts from the works by Giuseppe Verdi – “La
Traviata” and “La forzadel destino”, the operas by Gaetano Donizetti –
“Don Pasquale”, “L’elisir d’amore” and the musical masterpieces by
Georges Bizet – “Carmen” and “Les pêcheursde perles”. The perfect
complement to the programme will serve “Barcarolá” – the gentlest duet
for soprano and mezzo-soprano from Jacques Offenbach’s last opera “Les
contes d’Hoffmann”.

Following Moscow, the event will be held in the British capital. The
London Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Trafalgar Square on July
1. Under the guidance of Sir Simon Rattle – the sixth in the list of
top-20 greatest conductors of all time, according to BBC Music
Magazine – the orchestra will give already the sixth free concert in
London. This year’s program will be devoted to the theme of dance and
ballet and will include works by Dvorak, Massenet, Tchaikovsky and
Stravinsky. In addition, Trafalgar Square will host the world premiere
of the 29-year-old pianist and composer Kate Whitley, the founder of
the Multi-Story Orchestra, which promotes availability of classical music.

BMW Group Russia and the Bolshoi Theatre

For the whole world, the Bolshoi Theatre embodies the cultural life
of Russia. This is why the partnership between BMW Group and this
legendary creative institution, launched in 2004, is of the utmost
importance. It positively influences the company’s business and
reputation in Russia. For many years of cooperation, BMW Group Russia
has supported all the high-profile premiers of the Bolshoi Theatre,
including such operatic masterpieces as “The Flying Dutchman”,
“Mazepa”, “The Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Falstaff” and “War and
Peace”. Acting as a reliable partner, the BMW Group guarantees
absolute creative freedom in all cultural activities it is involved in
– as this is just as essential for groundbreaking artistic work as it
is for major innovations in a successful business.

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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For further questions please contact:

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BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-24753

www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmw.de

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BMW Group Russia

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Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
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The BMW Group production network comprises 30 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 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 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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The 18th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 6 – 8 July 2018. Time for the world’s biggest BMW Motorrad meeting at the foot of the Zugspitze.

BMW:

The 18th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 6 – 8 July 2018. Time for the world’s biggest BMW Motorrad meeting at the foot of the Zugspitze.

Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 18th BMW Motorrad
Days takes place from 6 to 8 July 2018 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at
the foot of the Zugspitze mountain. The event organisers are expecting
some 40,000 motorcyclists from all over the world to attend this year.
Lasting three days, the gathering at the Hausberg will once again be
dedicated entirely to the international BMW Motorrad fan community and
riding fun on two wheels. The entrance is free.

In addition to numerous new products, thrilling stunts,
celebrities and test ride campaigns, guests can particularly look
forward to the now legendary party atmosphere with live music. Whether
young or old, the three-day program of activities is so diverse that
everyone’s taste is catered for – leaving no room for boredom.

Party time, celebrities and high spirits at the Hausberg.

The BMW Motorrad Days has long been established as a must for
motorcycle fans from all over the world. Whether from the USA, Japan
or Australia, whether sports or touring riders, enduro enthusiasts or
customising fans – with such a diversified motorcycle-related
programme, beer gardens to enjoy during the day and lots of parties
with live music in the evening, everyone will find their own favourite
way to enjoy hours of fun. In attendance at the event again this year:
actor Hannes Jaenicke along with singer and RR fan
Wincent Weiss.

Spectacular stunts, customising and action pure.

The stunt performances go to the very limits of
riding physics – such as the BMW Drift Show with
Ritzmann Motorsport or the demonstrations by freestyle artists
Mattie Griffin and Dirk
Manderbach
. Meanwhile visitors can marvel at the decades-old
tradition of wall-of-death riding in the Original
Motodrom
– the oldest wall of death in the world. Here,
Donald and his team do their rounds over the wooden boards on
historical motorcycles in breathtaking style.

Friends of customising and converted motorcycles will find just
what they’re looking for at the Custom Village, where
individual machines can be inspected in detail at close quarters – to
the accompaniment of great live music in the evening.

Explore the superb mountain scenery on a motorcycle.

The BMW Motorrad Days also offers the chance to discover one of
Germany’s most magnificent landscapes on a motorcycle. There are
organised whole-day or half-day tours in the Zugspitze region around
Garmisch-Partenkirchen as well as panorama tours accompanied by guides
who are familiar with the area.

Once again this year there is also a wide selection of current
BMW motorcycle models available for test rides on site.

Off-road and enduro riding directly on the event grounds.

Both off-road newcomers and ambitious enduro riders can explore
fascinating terrain on the off-road track at the foot
of the Hausberg. Under the guidance of professional instructors,
visitors can find out just what the BMW GS models are
capable of away from asphalted roads.

Trade show and exhibition area as well as a play area for the
little ones.


The extensive trade show and exhibition
area
reflects the full diversity of BMW Motorrad. In addition
to numerous product presentations, visitors will also find some
fascinating surprises here – not least the
BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. Some 80
exhibitors
will be on site, offering advice as well as
presenting new ideas and accessories.

Young guests are excellently catered for as well: the play area
is packed with fun, hands-on games, while a specially created
Kid’s Track and Kid’s Try-Out Trial
Program
ensure that the motorcyclists of the future can enjoy
an exciting, action-packed weekend. Meanwhile the numerous football
fans can be sure not to miss the live broadcasts from Russia.

Intensive shop talk with the BMW Motorrad experts.

At the big BMW Motorrad Exhibition Pavilion, visitors have the
chance to engage in a detailed chat with BMW Motorrad developers,
engineers and test riders as well as getting a behind-the-scenes
glimpse of the BMW Motorrad development department. What is more,
“Meet the mechanic” at the
BMW Motorrad Classic Tent gives visitors the opportunity to relive the
more than 90-year history of BMW Motorrad. Meanwhile motorcycling
globetrotter and photographer Michael Martin provides
fascinating entertainment with his almost legendary talks at the BMW
Motorrad Cinema.

Live music, party time – and with a little luck maybe even a
new motorbike.


But in addition to the action, fun and entertainment, the
BMW Motorrad Days is always about enjoying the fun of a party in true
Bavarian style. As usual, admission is free and the entire set-up is
perfect. The highlights are the evenings in the big beer tent where
party heroes Gerry & Gary ensure a thumping
atmosphere on the Saturday – this is where even the quietest visitors
end up joining in the singing and dancing.

For anyone who wishes to stay overnight directly on site, the
campsite in the nearby field offers pitches for EUR 12. Last but not
least, the sale of event pins gives visitors the chance to win two
brand new BMW motorcycles – a BMW F 850 GS and a
BMW R nineT Racer with special features.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles as well as BMW
Motorrad rider equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories in the
BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries please contact:

Antonia Cecchetti, Communications BMW Motorrad
Telephone:
+49-89-382-60757, E-Mail: Antonia.Cecchetti@bmw.de

Markus Sagemann, Head of Product and Lifestyle Communications
MINI, BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49 89 382-68796, E-Mail: Markus.Sagemann@bmw.de

Internet: www.press.bmw.de
E-mail:
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 30
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 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 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
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/BMWGroup
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupview
Google+:
http://googleplus.bmwgroup.com

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Gros refuses to be blown off course at 30th BMW International Open.

BMW:Gros refuses to be blown off course at 30th BMW International Open.

Cologne. With high winds putting the whole of the 156-man
field to the test, Sébastien Gros emerged as a worthy leader after
the first round of the 30th BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut
Lärchenhof today. 

 

The 28-year-old Frenchman had a four-under-par round of 68 for a lead
of one stroke over four others – Scott Jamieson (SCO), Aaron Rai
(ENG), Henric Sturehed (SWE) and Jorge Campillo (ESP).

Gros made light of difficult conditions to reach the turn in 32, with
four birdies and five pars, and came home in 36, with his only dropped
shot coming at the par-three 16th. In total, only 22 players broke par
for the round. “That was a great round,” Gros said. “It was brutal
with the wind and tough to keep the ball on the fairway.  I’ll try to
take confidence from this and keep it going for the rest of the week.”

Further down the leaderboard, but certain to mount a strong challenge
as the week progresses, are three of four major champions in the field
– Ernie Els (RSA), Martin Kaymer (GER) and Sergio Garcia (ESP).

Els finished on one under par, after a hard-fought 71, and lies one
stroke ahead of Kaymer and two ahead of Garcia. With 54 holes still to
play, those ahead of the trio will be looking anxiously over their shoulders.

“It was always going to be a tough day,” Garcia said. “It’s very
windy, the course is playing a lot firmer than in the past, and the
rough is quite thick. It’s a lot more challenging because you have to
be so precise with your shots.

“It wasn’t an easy day, but I felt like I played better than one over
par. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get anything going.  Overall, there
were positives to take from the round and hopefully I’ll have a better
round tomorrow and can then look forward to a good weekend.”

Kaymer, who finished the day as the third-best placed German in the
field – behind Nicolai von Dellingshausen (70) and Max Kieffer (71) –
was relatively satisfied with a hard day’s work. “Anything around par
was acceptable today,” he said. “It was a bit of an up-and-down round,
with plenty of bogeys and lots of birdies. In the end, par is okay. It
is never easy when the wind gets up. There were a few holes where the
pins were in tricky positions on the side of the green from which the
wind was blowing.”

One player looking for an upturn in fortunes is Tommy Fleetwood, who
produced the performance of his career when finishing runner-up at the
U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday after a championship
record-equalling final round of 63.

Jetlag and fatigue finally seemed to catch up with the reigning
European No.1, but the Englishman is by no means out of the running
after a roller coaster round of 74 that was made up of four birdies,
one double bogey, four bogeys and nine pars. There is still plenty to
play for.

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Italian Baja 2018 – Round 6, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

BMW:Italian Baja 2018 – Round 6, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

Media Information

Italian Baja 2018

21 June 2018

Italian Baja 2018Round 6, FIA Cross
Country Rally World Cup

.

 

  • Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski aims for repeat success at Italian
    Baja following his first ever win for MINI at last year’s event.
  • Przygonski in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally arrives at
    Italian Baja 2018 as leader of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.
  • Amos Eugenio and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro to crew second
    MINI at Italian Baja 2018.

 

Munich. The 2018
FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup has arrived in Europe for
Italian Baja 2018. This year’s event is extra special to the
organising team as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of
this prestigious race, which combines the sixth round of the FIA
World Cup and the home country’s national rally Campionato Italiano.
Italian Baja 2018 will cover a total distance of 707.59km, of which
443.49km make up the timed special stages.

 

For Italian Baja 2018, Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and co-driver
Tom Colsoul (BEL) will again be at the controls of a MINI John Cooper
Works Rally. Not only will this MINI Family pairing be looking to gain
additional points in order to maintain their lead of the 2018 FIA
Cross Country Rally World Cup, they will also be hoping to replicate
their win of Italian Baja 2017 – the scene of Przygonski’s first ever
race win for MINI Motorsport and motorsport partner X-raid.

Also competing at Italian Baja 2018 will be the MINI Family crew of
Eugenio Amos (ITA) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR). Their first
outing together in a MINI ALL4 Racing was at Abu Dhabi Desert
Challenge 2018 (Round 3). At that round, their car was unfortunately
delayed at customs, meaning there was no time for Amos to get
accustomed to the car or take part in pre-race shakedown tests. To
finish 18th overall was indeed a welcome result.

Race action from Italian Baja 2018 will commence on Friday
22nd June with a Super Special Stage of 8.12km. There then
follows Stages 1-3 on the Saturday, with Stages 4-5 and the end of
race ceremony on Sunday 24th June.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski: “This will be an important
race for us because we are leading the FIA World Cup classification
and we need to gain more and more points. Last year’s Baja Italy was
good for us because we won… so yes, we enjoy competing in Italy. We
will try to push; of course. The fight this year is really nice
between the top leaders. Italian Baja is not an easy race because it
is like a super sprint race rather than a long distance desert race.
We need to be focused every second because a mistake can easily be
made to lose many seconds.”

For more information about Italian Baja 2018, please visit the host’s
event home page here.

FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup 2018 calendar

 

Event

Date

1

Baja Russia

16-18 February

2

Dubai International Baja

9-10 March

3

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

24-29 March

4

Qatar Cross-Country Rally

17-22 April

5

Rally Kazakhstan

27 May-2 June

6

Italian Baja

21-24 June

7

Baja Spain

20-22 July

8

Hungarian Baja

9-12 August

9

Baja Poland

30 August-2 Sept

10

Rallye Oilibya du Maroc

3-9 October

11

Baja Portalegre 500

25-27 October

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