BMW Motorsport News – Issue 18/2018.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 18/2018.

Whether in the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, or countless other
championships: Week after week BMW teams and drivers around the
world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the
track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the
world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows
us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and
informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed


Three questions for… Alessandro Zanardi.

On Friday and Saturday, BMW works driver and brand ambassador
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) visited the BMW teams in Budapest in
preparation for his guest start in the DTM races at Misano (ITA). He
was given an insight into the drivers’ workflows, attended technical
meetings, signed countless autographs and gave more than his fair
share of interviews.  The 51-year-old discussed his latest project
with BMW M Motorsport and his preparations for the two DTM races in
his native Italy.

Alex, has your trip to Budapest put you in the mood for your
guest appearance in the DTM?

Alessandro Zanardi: “Yes, it was really great fun – and I gained a
lot of experience. It was also great to see people’s reactions. I saw
a lot of smiling faces and I am really looking forward to the races in
August. However, it also showed me again just how incredibly high the
standard of competition is in the DTM. I have the greatest respect for
that. Despite that, I will obviously try to make the most of my start.”

How did you react the first time BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt discussed the guest appearance with you?

Zanardi: “Honestly? I thought it was a joke. But Jens was being
deadly serious. Then we go straight down to discussing details. I was
delighted to receive the invitation. It is a fantastic opportunity.
Asking me whether I would like to drive at Misano is like asking a cat
whether it likes mice. It is going to be a unique experience.”

The races at Misano are an important step on the way to
another major goal…

Zanardi: “Yes, the plan is to race at the 24 Hours of Daytona in
2019. That has always been one of my dreams. With that goal in mind,
the races at Misano will play a special role. We will make a lot of
findings there that will help us in Daytona, particularly from a
technical point of view. Plus, it is a while since I went racing. For
that reason too, Misano will certainly be an important milestone on
the road to Daytona.”

Australian GT Championship: BMW Team SRM on the podium at
Phillip Island – Victory for the BMW M4 GT4.

An impressive display from BMW Team SRM in the Australian GT
Championship: Steve Richards (NZL) and Michael Almond (AUS) finished
second overall in the #100 BMW M6 GT3 in the endurance race at the
“Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit”. The GT3 class featured 15 cars in
total. In the GT4 category, the BMW drivers made it one step higher on
the podium when RHC Jorgensen/Strom by MARC team’s Daren Jorgensen and
Brett Strom (both USA) took the chequered flag after 73 laps of racing.

Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup: Eleventh place for ROWE
Racing at Le Castellet.

The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup was at Le Castellet (FRA) this
weekend. Three BMW M6 GT3s raced in the 1000-kilometre race at the
“Circuit Paul Ricard”. After 172 laps of racing, Jens Klingmann (GER),
Chaz Mostert (AUS) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) finished eleventh in the
#99 ROWE Racing car. A 30-second time penalty shortly before the end
of the race cost them a top ten finish. The team’s #98 car failed to
finish following a crash. In the AM Cup, Ralf Oeverhaus (GER), Anders
Buchardt (NOR) and Immanuel Vinke (GER) finished fourth in the #36 BMW
M6 GT3.

IMSA: Seventh place for Turner Motorsport in Detroit.

Detroit (USA) hosted the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on
Saturday. Only cars in the Prototype and GTD class were in action on
the street circuit in the American metropolis. BMW of North America
Ambassador Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley (both USA) alternated at the
wheel of the #96 BMW M6 GT3 for Turner Motorsport. The duo finished
seventh after 64 laps.

International GT Open: Joel Eriksson in action for Šenkýř Motorsport.

Another BMW M6 GT3 will take its place in the starting field at round
three of the International GT Open at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) on
9th/10th June: Šenkýř Motorsport is returning to
the series with a strong pair of drivers. BMW works driver Joel
Eriksson (SWE), in action in the DTM this weekend, will share the
cockpit of the BMW M6 GT3 with Slovakia’s Richard Gonda. Gonda made
his Šenkýř Motorsport debut in the International GT Open at the 2017
season finale in Barcelona (ESP). “We want to be competing at the
front of the field,” said team principal Robert Šenkýř. “It is going
to be an exciting weekend at the best GP circuit in the world.”

Original Press Release

BMW one-two-three in eventful Sunday race at the Hungaroring.

BMW:BMW one-two-three in eventful Sunday race at the Hungaroring.

Budapest. Marco Wittmann (GER) claimed his first victory of
the season at the wheel of the BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM in
Sunday’s race at the Hungaroring (HUN). Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE
POST BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) followed
him home for a BMW one-two-three. However, the race result was of
minor importance at the end of a chaotic sixth race of the season.
Several people were injured in incidents in the pit lane and had to
be treated in hospital.


Seven laps in, the race stewards suspended the race after several
incidents occurred in the pit lane during a shower. A number of cars
coming in for their tyre change were unable to stop in time on the wet
and extremely slippery concrete in front of the garages. Several
people working in the pit lane were injured as the cars struggled to
stop. Spengler’s BMW Bank M4 DTM was one of the cars that skidded too
far, hitting a BMW Team RBM mechanic who, according to the team
doctor, suffered slight bruising on his foot. He was already back
working on Spengler’s car by the time the cars took their place on the
grid for the re-start.

Spengler eventually came home seventh. Like all the BMW drivers, he
benefitted from the fact that the six BMW M4 DTMs had already
completed their mandatory pit stops by the time the race was
suspended. When the previous leading group came in for their tyre
change after the re-start, Wittmann moved into the lead and controlled
the race from that point, going on to claim his tenth victory in the
DTM. Glock was second and returns to the top of the Drivers’
Championship with 90 points. BMW Team RMR leads the team competition
with 131 points.

Behind Eng, who achieved the second podium finish of his fledgling
DTM career, Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW M4 DTM) and Augusto Farfus (BRA,
Shell BMW M4 DTM) came home sixth and eighth.


Reactions from Sunday’s race in Budapest:

Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development

“The race action is of secondary importance today. The most important
thing is that the people involved in the incidents in the pit lane
were not too seriously injured and will hopefully be back fit and well
soon. Bruno Spengler’s stop was a close thing. I am very happy that
nothing serious happened to anyone at BMW Team RBM. From a sporting
point of view, the weekend was an emotional rollercoaster. We had a
poor race on Saturday, but turned the result on its head today –
thanks to our aggressive race strategy and the particular
circumstances. Congratulations to Marco on his win, and to Timo and
Philipp on their podiums. The way the race panned out obviously played
into our hands, but we also saw that our speed was much better today
than on Saturday.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“We would obviously like to dedicate today’s win to everyone who was
hurt during today’s race. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them.
On one hand, we are pleased that yesterday’s hard work paid off today,
and that we were able to claim a one-two with Marco and Timo. On the
other hand, you would rather win under different circumstances.
Despite that, it is obviously a very good result for us.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG – qualifying result: 14th place, race result:
1st place, points: 51):

“My team brought me in for my tyre change on the right lap when it
started to rain and the conditions were deteriorating. The pit lane
was very slippery. I too went slightly too far. I saw photos and
videos of the accidents afterwards. That obviously takes the shine off
the win. I hope the guys are doing ok, under the circumstances, and
that they have not suffered any serious injuries. That aside, my team
pulled off a masterstroke with the timing of the pit stop. In the end,
the race suspension and the re-start played into our hands. To score
25 points from 14th on the grid today, after yesterday’s
result, is mega.”

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG –
qualifying result: 12th place, race result:
8th place, points: 6):

“We stopped too early, which possibly cost us an even better result.
One positive we will definitely take with us is that we were quick in
the race. It is a great shame, but at least we picked up a few points.
I’d like to send my best wishes to everyone who was hurt in today’s incidents.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
qualifying result: 8th place, race result: 2nd
place, points: 90):

“We had good pace out on the track, and the racing gods were on our
side in the end too. It was all very chaotic from the start. It all
started with the spin on lap one. That dropped me to the back of the
field and is why I stopped so early. Then we had the rain, which we
were actually no longer expecting. Then there were the accidents in
the pit lane. I hope the marshal, who is here as a volunteer and a big
motorsport fan, recovers quickly. The same goes for everyone involved.
That kind of thing is particularly tragic, and nobody wants to see
bystanders get hurt.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“Fortunately, none of our mechanics were seriously hurt during
Bruno’s pit stop. I hope that all the other people who were hurt get
well soon. We knew that the pit lane here can be very slippery, but
when it rains as heavily as it did then, the drivers do not have a
chance on slicks. You can see how professional my team is: despite the
incident, they still performed a normal tyre change on Bruno’s car,
and we even went on to score points. Congratulations to Marco, Timo
and Philipp on the BMW one-two-three. We could not have seen that
result coming.”

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying
result: 15th place, race result: 3rd place,
points: 41):

“The most important thing is that, given the circumstances, everyone
involved is doing ok. I wish everyone involved a speedy recovery. The
race itself was a tactical masterstroke from us – particularly the
engineers. We stopped on exactly the right lap and fitted the right
tyres. After that I had good pace. In the end, it was good enough for
third place.”

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 18th place, race result: 7th place,
points: 29):

“First of all, I would like to apologise to my mechanic. Although I
was already driving much slower than usual, the wheels locked. As a
result, I could not avoid hitting him. I am very sorry. Fortunately,
nothing serious happened. We should probably have come in a lap
earlier and switched to wet-weather tyres. Maybe the pit lane would
have been drier then too. However, it is not easy in those chaotic
situations. After Saturday’s result, it was important for BMW to score
heavily today.”


Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 17th place, race result: 6th place,
points: 23):

“The circumstances of this race were obviously far from pleasing. We
ultimately benefitted from having already stopped when it started to
rain. As a result, we were able to score valuable points, although we
did not actually have the pace to finish sixth.”

Original Press Release

Rally Kazakhstan 2018 – Round 5, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

BMW:Rally Kazakhstan 2018 – Round 5, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

02 June 2018

Rally Kazakhstan 2018Round 5, FIA Cross
Country Rally World Cup



  • MINI John Cooper Works Rally crew of Yazeed Al Rajhi and
    co-driver Timo Gottschalk win Rally Kazakhstan 2018.
  • Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski extends his lead of the 2018 FIA
    Cross Country Rally World Cup with second place overall.
  • Luc Alphand / Andreas Schulz
    secure fifth place in a MINI John Copper Works Buggy.
  • Victor Khoroshavtsev / Dmitriy Pavlov take sixth in their
    first outing with a MINI John Cooper Works Rally.


Rally Kazakhstan 2018 proved to be a victorious race for MINI
and the four official MINI Family crews. The final result after six
legs and 2447.92km of race action delivered an impressive one-two
for MINI and all four official MINI racing crews completing the race
inside the top ten.


Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER) in a MINI
John Cooper Works Rally appeared to make light work of Kazakhstan’s
arid conditions on their way to take the win, but in reality the race
was filled with punctures, dealing with many areas of fesh-fesh and
tough desert grass. Despite all of this, Al Rajhi and Gottschalk in a
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy took four stage wins and led the race
from start to finish.


Two stage wins and top three stage finishes saw Jakub ‘Kuba’
Przygonski (POL), along with regular co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) in
the ORLEN Team complete the race in second place overall. Przygonski’s
determination to succeed was underlined with the difference in race
time of only +4m: 07sec between Przygonski and eventual winner Al
Rajhi. Today’s result also means the young Polish star retains his
position at the top of the FIA World Cup driver standings.


Luc Alphand (FRA) and co-driver Andreas Schulz (GER) continued their
development of the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy in a successful way by
completing the race in fifth place. However, Rally Kazakhstan was
definitely a case of what could have been for Alphand and MINI
Motorsport; Alphand and Schulz were unlucky to suffer numerous
punctures and during one stage become stranded in soft sand for nearly
an hour.


Victor Khoroshavtsev (RUS) and Dmitriy Pavlov (RUS), newcomers to the
MINI Family, produced an outstanding result of sixth overall even
though Rally Kazakhstan was their first taste of long distance rally
action at the controls of a MINI John Cooper Works Rally. Their
delight at the result was plain to see after completing the last
235.6km of the final leg (Leg 6).

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski: “Until the end of the rally
nobody knew how the results would be. So we had to push all the way to
the end. We really enjoyed this rally even though it was a long
distance. It was also good to race with Yazeed and make it close with
the eventual time. For sure we had no major problems with the MINI
John Cooper Works Rally and this really helps to make good racing! ”

Luc Alphand: “After a hard week we finally had two good days. The
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy is improving with every race – we were
competitive and on the pace with the quicker crews. Now we turn back
to work and be ready for the next race.”

Rally Kazakhstan 2018: MINI race end results







Yazeed Al Rajhi


MINI John Cooper Works Rally


X-raid Team


Jakub Przygonski


MINI John Cooper Works Rally


Orlen Team


Luc Alphand


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy


X-raid Team


Victor Khoroshavtsev


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy


X-raid Team


Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Central Asia 2018.

BMW:BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Central Asia 2018.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Here in Ulaanbaatar the teams
have all arrived, the bikes are waiting, the kit is unpacked and
everyone is ready for the start of the sixth BMW Motorrad
International GS Trophy in Mongolia. The last
24 hours have
been busy for the competitors, coming to terms with jet lag, sorting
their event registration, taking possession of their
BMW R 1200
GS Rallye motorcycles, taking a trip to see the 40m tall Genghis Khan
Equestrian Statue, then being treated to a display of traditional
Mongolian horsemanship as well as coming face to face with captive
eagles and vultures (Mongolia having a long tradition in falconry). 

This year there are 18 teams from 21 nations competing including two
new teams, plus a second International Female Team, all of whom are
extremely keen to join the GS Trophy brother and sister hood.
Australia and India are both first-time entrants and their finalists
are naturally very excited by what lies ahead.

In Australia their team finalists used the recent “BMW Safari”
adventure event as something of a boot camp for tuning up skills and
bonding as a team.

Shane Guttridge, Team Australia: “We’ve come together for team
training at the Australian BMW Safari and it’s been fantastic learning
together, it’s amazing how you can always learn something new.” 

Michael Haley, Team Australia: “It’s great to be in a team with Shane
and Simon, so we can share this experience, we’re looking forward to
pitting ourselves against other GS riders from around the world and
seeing how we stand. There’ll be the competition but also the
friendships and I’m sure there’s a whole atmosphere to the event. It’s
not just one thing, it´s all these things that will make it such an
unforgettable experience.”

Team India flew to South Africa to attend training at GS Trophy
marshal Jan du Toit’s Country Trax Off-Road Riding Academy in
Amersfoort near Johannesburg.

Winson Lee, Team India: “Country Trax left us awestruck. To have 600
acres of farm to ride on just put smiles on our faces. Jan was an
amazing host and a very knowledgeable trainer, his unique training
techniques made a great impression on us and we certainly plan on
visiting him again.

“We’re really looking forward to Mongolia. It’s good to be
competitive but we should realize that we are already at a place where
millions are craving to be. Just by being selected for the GS Trophy
makes us winners and we should enjoy every moment of it. We’re looking
forward to meeting fellow riders from across the world and sharing our
stories and making new friends.”


Meet the teams.

Below is a full list of the participants, with a little comment from
each about their lives as GS riders and the excitement of attending
the most prestigious GS event in the world:

Team Argentina

No. 101

Rider: Andres Junco

Age: 50

Hometown: Laprida, Bueonos Aires

Occupation: Trade person


“My motivation in applying for the GS Trophy was to find new friends
and explore new adventures, so yes, I’m looking forward to visiting
this exotic country and meeting new people, “Spirit of GS’ is pure adventure!”

No. 102

Rider: Julio Quiroga

Age: 50

Hometown: Mendosa

Occupation: Businessman


“My motivation was that both of my sons participated in previous
editions of the Int. GS Trophy: Julian in Canada 2014 and Gaston in
Thailand 2016. It is unprecedented to have father and sons
participating in three successive editions.”

No. 103

Rider: Silvestre Farrell

Age: 29

Hometown: Pilar Buenos Aires

Occupation: BMW Salesman


“I’m looking forward to the competition, it’s about adventure,
unforgettable memories, teamwork and healthy competition.”


Team Australia

No: 111

Rider: Shane Guttridge

Age: 48

Hometown: Victoria

Occupation: Builder


“My girlfriend entered me into all this, and she paid on my credit
card without me even knowing!”

No: 112

Rider: Simon Turvey

Age: 49

Hometown: South Australia

Occupation: Facilitator of Youth Learning


“I have ridden many bikes over the years but my R 1150 GS is the only
bike that when I push the button, it really asks me how far I want to
go. I love to get out and ride it as much as possible.”

No: 113

Rider: Michael Haley

Age: 49

Hometown: Victoria

Occupation: Concreter


“The Spirit of GS relates to friendship, the ability to ride with
mates and put everything else aside. It encapsulates everyone, it
doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from.”



Team Canada

No: 121

Rider: Bela Herman

Age: 41

Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario

Occupation: Service technician (trucks)


“I ride a F 800 GS, which now has more than 190,000 happy kilometres
on it.
My most exciting trip with it was a two-week adventure
together with my brother, where we travelled along the Trans Labrador
Highway and visited the North Eastern part of the United States.”

No: 122

Rider: Joel Goulet

Age: 45

Hometown: Blainville, Quebec

Occupation: Hydraulic excavator operator


“I am preparing myself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018 by a lot of
training – and taking English lessons!”

No: 123

Rider: Jamie Jones

Age: 58

Hometown: St George, Ontario

Occupation: Stuntman


“I ride an F 800 GS. I went on a ride with a friend and we got into
some amazing trails and woods. We made some trials sections and rode
down some hills. I was very surprised at what these bikes would go
through and go up! It was a very impressive experience.”



Team China

No: 131

Rider: Xianmeng Bao

Age: 42

Hometown: Zhejiang

Occupation: Company owner


“With the grassland accompanied, the great food accompanied, and good
friends from all over the world accompanied I will fulfil my ambition!”

No: 132

Rider: Shizhao He

Age: 40

Hometown: Zhejiang

Occupation: Owner of a transport company


“The GS spirit I understand is unity, helping each other and making
progress together. I also hope that by spreading the Spirit of GS, and
what we have experienced, we can get more friends who love motorcycles
and also love voluntarily to join public welfare undertakings.”

No: 133

Rider: Chaohui Ruan

Age: 37

Hometown: Zhejiang

Occupation: Automotive dealer


“Doing what you like with your favourite brotherhood is the most
appealing thing for me about the Int. BMW GS Trophy 2018.”


Team France

No: 141

Rider: Paul Basseville

Age: 30

Hometown: Lyon

Occupation: Surgical instrument dealer


“The motivation to enter the GS Trophy came first with the
destination: Mongolia. I’ve dreamed about it for years. Second,
because of the human experience and the opportunity to share my
passion for the bikes with teams from all over the world.”

No: 142

Rider: Jerome Durand

Age: 31

Hometown: Lyon

Occupation: Orthopaedist


“I missed the final last year and wanted to take my chance again.
Having qualified is a real and exciting surprise I was not prepared for!”

No: 143

Rider: Olivier Fayat

Age: 37

Hometown: Combovin

Occupation: Motorcycle policeman


“In order to be ready for the GS Trophy Qualifier France, I took new
off-road ways which were designed for small motorbikes. Result: I had
to use a rope so I could get out of some situations!”


Team Germany

No: 151

Rider: Martin Kern

Age: 44

Hometown: Berlin

Occupation: Managing Director


“For me, the International BMW GS Trophy is one of the last real
adventures and clearly a once in your lifetime experience that I
always wanted to be part of since I heard about it for the first time.”

No: 152

Rider: Valentin Muller

Age: 33

Hometown: Karlsfeld

Occupation: Car salesman / motorcycle tours organiser


“Together with Michael and Martin we will do a team building
activity, some off-road trainings and just hang out together to be
relaxed but focused during our once in a lifetime experience in Mongolia.”

No: 153

Rider: Michael Hansel

Age: 33

Hometown: Benshausen

Occupation: Service and sales engineer


“For me, the “Spirit of GS” means having fun riding a motorcycle. The
feeling of freedom to live and experience in the truest sense of the
word. GS Spirit means teamwork, fun and companionship – no matter
which country we come from, which language we speak or which skin
colour we have. We all have the same spirit!”

Team India

No: 161

Rider: Suprej Venkat

Age: 34

Hometown: Ciombatore

Occupation: Entrepreneur


“I ride a R 1200 GS Adventure and I recently rode across ten
countries in Southern Africa after shipping the bikes to South Africa
and rode all the way to Kenya. Every day was an experience and the
bike was simply flawless.”

No: 162

Rider: Winston Lee

Age: 41

Hometown: Mumbai

Occupation: Businessman


“I’ve been an avid adventurer since my younger days, I’ve always had
the hunger to explore the unknown and new destinations. The GS has in
many ways enabled me to explore new grounds. Places I’ve been to that
I never thought of riding to before, like Spiti, Leh, Nepal and Bhutan
to name a few. So it’s safe to say the Spirit of GS is the spirit of me!”

No: 163

Rider: Sanket Shanbhag

Age: 41

Hometown: Satara

Occupation: Hotelier


“I ride an R 1200 GS Rallye. The most surprizing thing that I
experienced was how easy it is to ride one. I’m looking forward to
meeting likeminded people, see a new country and have an epic ride.”



Team Japan

No: 171

Rider: Hiroaki Tazawa

Age: 42

Hometown: Yokohama

Occupation: working for an auto auction company


“My most exciting GS story is when I joined the GS Trophy Japan in
2013. It was my first time camping, participating in the skills
challenges and the GS Trophy qualifier. I was also able to communicate
with many other GS riders, and it has really changed my life.”

No: 172

Rider: Sho Tajima

Age: 29

Hometown: Okinawa Island

Occupation: Safety riding instructor


“To prepare for the GS Trophy firstly I study English to understand
the regulations of the GS Trophy games. Secondly, I build muscle to
fully enjoy my dream days. Finally, I help with the housework and
childcare every day to get approval from my wife!”

No: 173

Rider: Yuki Ogasawara

Age: 38

Hometown: Hiroshima

Occupation: Hair dresser


I have always been motivated by constantly trying new things that
give my life value – I believe the International GS Trophy does
exactly that. GS life is a constant cycle of challenges and small adventures.


Team Korea

No: 181

Rider: Sung Duck Kwon

Age: 36

Hometown: Osan

Occupation: Motorcycle Mechanic


“I finished fourth in our qualifier but was called up to the team
three weeks ago after the first place finisher was injured. I feel
very sorry for him, but delighted for myself, so I will do my best on
his behalf. It’s great to be coming to this country and to find new friends.”

No: 182

Rider: Choi Donghoon

Age: 38

Hometown: Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do

Occupation: Engineer


“I have once challenged myself by participating in the previous
qualifying event for the International GS Trophy 2016, but failed
regretfully ranking only 7th. However, I intensively prepared myself
for the International BMW GS Trophy 2018 for the last two years, and
got ranked 2nd in this qualifying event. I am very surprised and happy
that I can join the GS Trophy 2018 at last.”

No: 183

Rider: Kim Sunho

Age: 35

Hometown: Cheonan City

Occupation: Engineer


“Riding my bike at the GS event is comparable to participating in a
triathlon. As the following skills are equally required: riding
skills, physical strength and cooperative spirit. So it seems to be
full of masculine beauty.”

Team Latin America

No: 191

Rider: Daniel Hoyes

Age: 34

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer


“I have been riding GSs for 15 years and ridden the GS Trophy in
Colombia and Latin America, so I’m proud to be here for the
International GS Trophy. For me, being here is about meeting new
people, enjoying the landscapes and riding this beautiful machine.”

No: 192

Rider: Picho Barrientos

Age: 23

Hometown: Guatemala

Occupation: Helicopter Pilot


“I’ve been riding since I was four years old, that’s 19 years, eight
years of those on BMW. I have an F 800 GSA. I expect this to be a
difficult competition but I think we will enjoy it, and in the name of
God maybe we finish first.”

No: 193

Rider: Francisco Lopez

Age: 31

Hometown: Pereira, Columbia

Occupation: Self Employed


“I got a call just this Thursday to ride in this event after one of
the riders couldn’t make it. I had one hour to pack my bags and make
it to the airport. I’m so excited, I’ve ridden in two GS Trophies in
Latin America, and this is the time of my life. I feel so lucky!”



Team Mexico

No: 201

Rider: Jose Vivanco

Age: 45

Hometown: Mexico City

Occupation: Business Manager (Textiles)


“Before this my greatest adventure was a coast-to-coast ride across
Mexico, so this is an incredible life experience coming here.”

No: 202

Rider: Manuel Andreu

Age: 46

Hometown: Mexico City

Occupation: Business Manager (Motorsports)


“To have qualified as one of the three best Mexicans is an honour,
and this is going to be an incredible adventure, to be in this awesome
country is so special.”

No: 203

Rider: Luis Enrique Lopez Rovirosa

Age: 29

Hometown: Mexico City

Occupation: Courier


“My biggest motorcycle adventure was a ride from Mexico to Alaska, it
was 31 days alone on my BMW F 800 GS. Here, as a team we want to win!
We have a very good team, we have good communications and we have
practiced together, but as well to have fun and a great week.”


Team Russia

No: 211

Rider: Vasilly Zhilinskiy

Age: 38

Hometown: Moscow

Occupation: Entrepreneur


“Once we had a trip in the deep forest. We took a shortcut, but this
time the terrain was so swampy that we had to literally carry our
bikes on our hands for six hours. That was really tough! But that’s
the way we got really linked to our motorcycles: the real unity of
bike and rider.”

No: 212

Rider: Alexander Mishkinis

Age:  45

Hometown: Moscow

Occupation: Entrepreneur


Spirit of GS means freedom. Adventures. Pioneering. The very core of
GS is that it opens up a different world to you. When you start riding
GS, it will change your social circle, interests and lifestyle.”

No: 213

Rider: Konstantin Zolotarev

Age: 31

Hometown: Moscow

Occupation: Entrepreneur


“The competition itself is the most appealing thing to me. I have
been in Mongolia before and can surely say: there are no roads there –
that’s a perfectly chosen spot for GS taking place. We are sure that
we and our motorcycles will give our very best!” 



Team South Africa

No: 221

Rider: Mark Dickinson

Age: 33

Hometown: Magalieskruin, Pretoria

Occupation: Motorcycle technician


The most appealing aspect of the International BMW GS Trophy is that
it spreads the love for and from BMW Motorrad. The Spirit of GS means
unity to me.

No: 222

Rider: Eugene Fourie

Age: 39

Hometown: Centurion, Pretoria

Occupation: Systems engineer


“The most exciting ride for me has most definitely been my first
riding and camping adventure with my wife as a pillion through
Lesotho. It was a ‘mildly technical route’ which stretched our
abilities emotionally. It was a memorable bonding experience with some
very interesting campfire stories.”

No: 223

Rider: Chris Meyer

Age: 39

Hometown: George, Southern Cape

Occupation: Motorcycle technician


“To me, the Spirit of GS means camaraderie and freedom. Just one big
happy family riding bikes.”


Team Southeast Asia

No: 231

Rider: Jakit Thawongpeay

Age: 36

Hometown: Rayong, Thailand

Occupation: managing Director


“GS bikes are the most outstanding bikes in the adventure/ touring
segment. My GS takes me everywhere both tarmac and off-road, uphill or
down on the road. I hope that I will improve my riding skills by
participating in this event as well as to get to know other GS bikers
from around the world.”

No: 232

Rider: Mohd Apis Bin Sagimin

Age: 35

Hometown: Kota Tinggi Johor, Malaysia

Occupation: Diver


“The R 1200 GS Adventure is more than a touring bike and had I merely
kept it on the road then I would not be unlocking its full potential.
So I decided to explore the potential of the bike off-road. And with
the set-up of the GS Trophy in this region, I felt that it was an
opportunity not to be missed where I could explore the full potential
of the bike as well as improving my technical riding skills in a safe
environment surrounded by industry and riding experts.”

No: 233

Rider: Aris Cuevas

Age: 43

Hometown: Taguig City, Philippines

Occupation: Senior Project Manager in construction


“What I love about BMW bikes since I acquired one in 2008 is that my
wife loves to come with me on my adventure rides. The comfort,
reliability and the prowess it has, to go to places which other brands
cannot reach, is superlative.”


Team United Kingdom

No: 241

Rider: Peter Twigg

Age: 55

Hometown: Sheffield

Occupation: Engine technician


“I’m following my nephew Oz into this, he rode for Team UK in 2016
(they finished second!). I own an R 1200 Adventure as well as a F 800
GS and I am currently restoring an early R 80 GS. I have done many
brilliant European trips over the years. One of them that stands out
is the Stella Alpina Internazionale in the Italian Alps where hundreds
of big trailbike enthusiasts gather every July to ride up the Colle
del Sommeiller, the highest unpaved road in the alps at 3,000 metres.”

No. 242

Rider: Craig Keyworth

Age: 39

Hometown: Lincoln

Occupation: Engineer


“More than any of my other bikes, cars, vans and vehicles in general,
the Spirit of GS is embodied by its capability to be a two-up
commuter/scooter one day, and a continent crossing, serious off-roader
the next. Beyond the actual bike, the ethos of travel without
boundaries or barriers and discovery both on your own doorstep, or the
other side of the world pretty much sums it up.”

No: 201

Rider: Peter Urquhart

Age: 50

Hometown:  North Wales

Occupation: Owner of a construction company


“The spirit of GS means the challenge of adventure riding free of
limitations with new experiences around every corner.”

Team USA

No: 251

Rider: David Vaughan

Age: 29

Hometown: Florida

Occupation: Service advisor – automotive


“While riding two up with my fiancée in the Cohutta Wilderness in
north Georgia, we came across a wild mule and a donkey. They were just
as curious of us as we were of them. They would not let us get closer
than about 20 feet from them, but every time we inched forward on our
bike they followed us. We rode all day in the woods without seeing
another person, and it really felt like an adventure.”

No: 252

Rider: Tom Thompson

Age: 55

Hometown:  Colorado

Occupation: Plumbing and hydronic heat system contractor


“The ‘Spirit of the GS’ to me means freedom of choice. My riding
background is mostly all dirt (trials, enduro, hare scrambles) but I
also enjoy road riding and touring. The GS allows me do both dirt and
road riding. It’s a do it all bike!”

No: 253

Rider: Matt Kelley

Age: 49

Hometown:  Ohio

Occupation: Maintenance mechanic


“For me the appeal of the International BMW GS Trophy is the ability
to represent the country I love and do it on what my entire life has
revolved around, motorcycles. It is a chance of a lifetime experience
to show what a team of Americans can do in another country, on the
best motorcycle built!”

International Female Team Ausamerica

No: 261

Rider: Julia Maguire

Age: 33

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Occupation: Sales & Projects Administrator


“The GS Trophy is an opportunity to experience a new place and
culture with a team of like-minded moto-women. And to show everyone
how strong we are and hopefully inspire other women to chase their
dreams and challenge themselves.”

No: 262

Rider: Jocelin Snow

Age: 46

Hometown: California, USA

Occupation: Signs Contractor


“All my adventures have been great and I have had many, including a
recent 30-day 12,000 mile ride to Alaska. But my biggest adventure was
the trip to South Africa with the GS Trophy girls.”

No: 263

Rider: Bettina Nedel

Age: 51

Hometown:  Colorado, USA

Occupation: Communications Technician


“For the adventure of my life I would take the following things with
me… I will take my bike and my body to physically carry me. I will
take my head to keep me safe and I will bring my heart so I can love
every moment.”


International Female Team Eurafrica

No: 271

Rider: Sonia Barbot

Age: 33

Hometown: Montpellier, France

Occupation: Graphic designer


“I am interested in the International BMW GS Trophy because I
discovered off-road with my bike and I am loving that – it gives me a
lot of pleasure.”

No: 272

Rider: Ezelda van Jaarsveld

Age: 39

Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa

Occupation: Operations Manager


“My biggest adventure has been the International BMW GS Trophy Female
Team Qualifier! I’m looking forward to getting to know the motorcycle,
improve my riding skills and meet other riders.”

No: 273

Rider: Linda Steyn

Age: 48

Hometown: Kempton Park, South Africa

Occupation: Physiotherapist


“My biggest adventure has been riding the remote areas of South
Africa and surrounding countries with my hubby and awesome friends.”

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No points for BMW in Saturday’s DTM race at the Hungaroring.

BMW:No points for BMW in Saturday’s DTM race at the Hungaroring.

Budapest. Having kicked off the DTM season with two impressive
race weekends at Hockenheim (GER) and the Lausitzring (GER), the BMW
drivers failed to make it onto the podium for the first time in race
five of the year at the Hungaroring (HUN). Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW
Bank M4 DTM) was the best-placed BMW driver in twelfth place at the
end of a difficult race.


After a tough qualifying, in which Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4
DTM) drove the fastest BMW to eighth place, the majority of BMW
drivers opted for very early pit stops in the race itself. That
strategy did not pay dividends, however. Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE
POST BMW M4 DTM) came home 14th and is now second in the
Drivers’ Championship with 72 points, behind Gary Paffett (GBR,
Mercedes, 79). Farfus, Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW Driving Experience M4
DTM), Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG
BMW M4 DTM) were 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th.


Reactions from Saturday’s race in Budapest:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“That was obviously not the result we were looking for. Even as early
as qualifying, we had trouble finding the right balance for our cars
in today’s conditions. Unfortunately, that continued into the race. We
tried to implement an aggressive strategy and bring most of the cars
in early for their tyre change, but that did not help very much
either. We simply failed to get the tyres working as we needed to. We
will have to take a close look at that ahead of tomorrow’s race. In
principle, we had the pace to challenge at the front of the field. We
showed that in the free practice sessions.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“The race showed clearly just how evenly matched the DTM field is.
Our job now is to analyse what went wrong in qualifying and how we can
get the tyres working better. We also saw that it is very difficult to
overtake here. We had several possible strategies, but none of them
helped us climb through the field.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG – qualifying result: 13th place, race result:
16th place, points: 26):

“We had a different strategy to most of the other drivers. We stayed
out there and hoped for rain but it did not come. In the bunch, when
everyone has DRS, it is difficult to overtake. We had no chance today.”

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG –
qualifying result: 8th place, race result:
15th place, points: 2):

“That was a tough race for BMW. The pace in the race was not good,
and we did not get the strategy right either. I am now hoping for a
better race tomorrow.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
qualifying result: 16th place, race result:
14th place, points: 72):

“The car actually felt really good in the race but, unfortunately, we
did not have the top speed we needed. We must now take a close look
and determine why that was – and then do better tomorrow.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“After the difficult qualifying, we tried everything and opted for a
bold strategy in the race. Unfortunately, there was not a lot more we
could have done today. We will analyse this result and try our hardest
to do better tomorrow. Congratulations to Paul di Resta on his win.”

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying
result: 17th place, race result: 18th place,
points: 26):

“That hurt today. We must now put our heads together to understand
what happened out there. We have a new opportunity tomorrow.”

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 10th place, race result: 12th place,
points: 23):

“I fought like a lion. I wanted to pick up some points with an
aggressive strategy. It was worth trying an early stop. However, we
were not fast enough to finish in the top ten. Hopefully we will be
able to do better tomorrow.”


Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 15th place, race result: 17th place,
points: 15):

“The start was actually pretty good. After that, however, we were
often in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of making up
positions, I dropped back because somebody forced me off. That made it
increasingly difficult.”

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BMW partner of Art Basel. World premiere of sound artist Samson Young and BMW Art Journey Talk with international artists.

BMW:BMW partner of Art Basel. World premiere of sound artist Samson Young and BMW Art Journey Talk with international artists.

Basel. From June 14 to 17, 2018, the Swiss edition of
Art Basel will once again present a wide range of artistic oeuvres by
more than 4,000 artists represented by 290 of the leading galleries
worldwide to the international art world. As longstanding global
partner of the shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW will
once again offer its VIP shuttle service and invite visitors to the
BMW Reception as well as the BMW Art Journey Talk.

On the evening of June 12, the first
preview day of the show, BMW will host an exclusive
reception at UBS Forum together with Art Basel and UBS. Together with
the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Samson Young, winner of the first BMW Art
Journey, a joint initiative founded in 2015 by BMW and Art Basel, will
perform an arrangement of one of the movements from a recent
composition, titled “Such Sweet Thunder,” which incorporated
recordings of bells collected during his journey.

Celebrating the third anniversary of the BMW Art Journey, the
BMW Art Journey Talk
will take place on June 13. As part of
a panel, three former winners of the BMW Art Journey will talk about
their experiences, encounters and insights gained during their
respective journeys. The event will feature Hong Kong-born media
artist and composer Samson Young, British artist and graduate of
English Literature Abigail Reynolds and Los Angeles-based artist and
landscape architect Max Hooper Schneider.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Journey Into the Sonic History of
Conflicts” is the title of Samson Young’s BMW Art Journey 2015. During
his journey, the artist focused on bells that give form to the idea of
“conflict” in a variety of ways. Young documented the bells to create
works of visual art and music composition in response to them. For
further information, please visit

On her motorcycle trip, Abigail Reynolds visited several continents
the lost libraries of the Silk Road to connect the complex religious
and secular narratives of Europe and Asia. In her BMW Art Journey 2016
“The Ruins of Time: Lost Libraries of the Silk Road”, Reynolds
documented her journey photographically and created a cluster of
objects, structures and moving-image works, the latter being her first
attempt to work in this medium . For further information, please visit

Max Hooper Schneider’s BMW Art Journey 2017 “Planetary Vitrine: The
Reef as Event” is a maritime exploration of coral reefs around the
globe. Each reef system, from the Bikini Atoll and the reef affected
by the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, to Lake Baikal in Russia
has been compromised by its contact with humans. Hooper Schneider used
insights and the documentation from his journey to create vitrines
serving as aquariums, co-created by artist, reef, and other natural
and human participants in the process. For further information, please

The next winner of the BMW Art Journey will be announced during the
BMW Art Journey Talk. The nominees are: Ali Kazim,
represented by Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, Zac
, represented by Michael Lett, Auckland, and
Gala Porras-Kim, represented by Commonwealth and
Council, Los Angeles.

As long-term partner, BMW has supported the shows of Art Basel in
Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years. Launched in 2015, the
BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW, created
to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide. From 2018 onwards
this unique award is open to artists who are exhibiting in the
Discoveries sector during Art Basel in Hong Kong. A judging panel
comprised of internationally renowned experts meet first to select a
shortlist of three artists from the sector, who are then invited to
submit proposals for a journey aimed to further develop their ideas
and artistic work. The jury reconvenes to choose a winner from the
three proposals. For further information on the BMW Art Journey,
please visit:‑art‑

In addition to Art Basel in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW
supports renowned art fairs and art initiatives including TEFAF,
Gallery Weekend and Kochi Muziris Biennale. BMW further cooperates on
a long-term basis with cultural institutions and creative minds the
world over to promote formats such as BMW Tate Live or Preis der Nationalgalerie.

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