BMW Motorsport News – Issue 09/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 09/2019.

Whether in the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E
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.

W Series: Beitske Visser earns a seat in new race series.

Beitske Visser (NED) – part of the BMW Motorsport Junior
programme since 2017 and official test and reserve driver in the ABB
FIA Formula E Championship this season – has done it! The Dutch driver
has secured one of the 18 seats in the W Series, the first Formula
series exclusively for women. Visser impressed the jury again at the
crucial shootout at Almería (ESP). The W Series races feature on the
same bill as the DTM. As well as her outings in Formula E and the W
Series, Visser will also contest selected races at the wheel of the
BMW M6 GT3 in 2019.

Three questions for… Beitske Visser.



Beitske, you are one of the 18 drivers who have made it into
the W Series. How did you feel after the official announcement?


Beitske Visser: “I was absolutely delighted when the decision
was announced. On the morning of day four of the selection procedure,
we arrived at the track and were told that the first twelve drivers
who had made it would be announced that morning. The other candidates
would have another day at the circuit and would battle it out for the
six remaining places. I was one of the first twelve, which I was very
happy about. Although I would obviously have liked to have driven
again on the final day, it felt good to have made it straight through.”

What expectations do you have of yourself in the new series?

Visser: “I would obviously like to be in contention to win
races. That is certainly not going to be easy. The past few days in
Spain showed that it is going to be very close. We have a second test
at the Lausitzring in just under two weeks. I will work hard to
improve and ensure I am as well prepared as possible for the opening
race at Hockenheim but I really hope I can challenge for the win.”

Formula E, the W Series and GT racing: How do you manage to
switch between the different racing series?


Visser: “It is definitely going to be a busy year for me, with
Formula E, the W Series and my outings in GT races. My main job will
be to prepare very well for every race – no matter which – and to know
exactly what I need to do. If I can manage that, then it shouldn’t be
a problem switching between the individual cars. GT race cars are
obviously very different from single-seater cars, but that is actually
what makes it easier to switch between them.”

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DTM: Philipp Eng to drive the ZF BMW M4 DTM in 2019.

BMW M Motorsport heads into the coming DTM season with a new
Premium Partner. At the opening round at Hockenheim (GER) on 4th May,
Philipp Eng’s (AUG) BMW M4 DTM will line up on the grid in the ZF
livery. BMW M Motorsport has enjoyed a long partnership with ZF
Friedrichshafen AG. To date, the technology group has been involved in
the DTM as ‘Official Partner of BMW M Motorsport’, providing
custom-made racing clutches and shock absorbers for the touring car
series, Formula E and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (GER). Now
comes the next step. “We are pleased to take the long-term
collaboration with ZF to the next level this season,” said BMW
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “In doing so, we are not only
building on the success we have already enjoyed together, but also
underlining the mutual trust that exists between us. On this basis, we
are out to continue our success story together in 2019.” Eng, who made
his DTM debut last season and immediately achieved top results in his
rookie year, will drive the #25 car again in 2019. “I am delighted
that ZF is my Premium Partner in the DTM,” said Eng. “It is a huge
company with the most advanced products in nearly all areas of
mobility, and I am proud that I am able to represent the company with
BMW in the DTM. I obviously hope our car will be seen at the front of
the grid and top of the standings as often as possible. I am looking
forward to a successful season with ZF.”

Norbert Odendahl, Managing Director at ZF Race Engineering,
added: “The DTM is and will remain an important platform for us, on
which to repeatedly demonstrate the performance of our technology
under the toughest conditions. Philipp Eng showed in his first season
in the DTM that he is capable of racing at the very front of the
field. As such, we are all the more delighted to be able to expand our
involvement in the DTM together with BMW M Motorsport and Philipp.” As
is tradition, the 2019 DTM season kicks off with the opening races on
4th and 5th May at Hockenheim. The season comprises nine events and
ends in October, back at Hockenheim. Between the two events at the
Hockenheimring, the DTM will also visit Zolder (BEL), Misano (ITA),
the Norisring (GER), Assen (NED), Brands Hatch (GBR), the Lausitzring
and the Nürburgring (both GER) this year.
 
About
ZF:
ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as
well as active and passive safety technology. It has a global
workforce of around 146,000 with approximately 230 locations in some
40 countries. ZF and BMW enjoy a historic partnership at the highest
stage, because nowhere else can ZF demonstrate the capacity of its
components better than in motorsport. ZF collaborates with BMW in the
road car range, but also develops customised racing clutches and shock
absorbers for the DTM, Formula E, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship and the 24h race at the Nürburgring as Official Partner
BMW Motorsport. The experience gained in racing is readily used in
research and development work for the automotive industry, providing
many advantages for each and every BMW driver.

BMW Motorsport: Top results in the ‘MOTORSPORT AKTUELL’
readers’ choice awards.


BMW Motorsport models enjoyed success in several categories at
the annual specialist magazine ‘MOTORSPORT AKTUELL’ readers’ choice
awards. In the ‘(Upper) Middle Class’, the readers crowned the BMW M4
DTM/BMW 4 Series ‘Model of the Year’ with 21.6 percent of the vote. In
the ‘Compact Class’, the BMW M235i Racing/BMW 2 Series was top of the
class with 16.2 percent. The BMW M8 GTE/BMW 8 Series was second in the
‘Sports Car/Luxury Class’. In total, 71 different models of car were
up for selection in five individual categories. BMW works driver
Philipp Eng also had cause for celebration: he finished second in the
vote for ‘Sports Car Driver of the Year’.

12H MUGELLO: BMW teams celebrate six podium finishes.

The 12H MUGELLO, the first race of the 24H SERIES European
Championship, took place at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
(ITA) this weekend. BMW teams celebrated a total of six podium
finishes. In the GT4 class, the Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport team
claimed the class victory by some distance. Martin Kroll (SUI),
Michael Schrey (GER), Michael Fischer, Gustav Engljaehringer and
Thomas Jäger (all AUT) had shared driving duties at the wheel of the
#50 BMW M4 GT4. Franjo Kovac (CRO), Thomas Tekaat (GER) and Tomas
Pekar (CZE) reached third place in the MRS GT-Racing #426 car. In the
A3 class, Dave Cox, Jason Cox, George Hayes and Guy Povey (all GBR)
secured second place in their #639 BMW M3 from WEC Motorsport. The
Munckhof Racing team crossed the line in the same position in the SP3
category, with Eric van den Munckhof and Marco Poland (both NED) at
the wheel of the #310 BMW M4 GTR. JR Motorsport rounded off the
successful Mugello weekend as they celebrated second and third places
in the SP2 class. Ted van Vliet and Ruud Olij (both NED) in the #202
BMW M3 finished ahead of their team-mates Ward Sluys (BEL), Michael
Verhagen and Max Weering (both NED) in the #203 BMW M4 Silhouette.

GT4 SprintX West: BMW M4 GT4 dominant at Laguna Seca.

This weekend, the BMW M4 GT4 was the car to beat in both Pirelli
GT4 SprintX West races at Laguna Seca (USA), which took place as part
of the California 8 Hours. In the first race on Friday morning, Greg
Liefhooghe and Sean Quinlan (both USA) claimed victory in the Stephen
Cameron Racing car after a thrilling battle with the second-placed
Ginetta. The second race took place in the afternoon and saw BMW
Customer Racing teams record a one-two result. Jon Miller and Harry
Gottsacker (both USA) from ST Racing Team emerged from a close-fought
duel ahead of Liefhooghe and Quinlan.

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BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport finish in fifth and eighth places in Laguna Seca.

BMW:BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport finish in fifth and eighth places in Laguna Seca.

Laguna Seca. The two BMW M6 GT3s finished in fifth and eighth
positions in the “California 8 Hours”, the second of five races in
the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Augusto Farfus (BRA), Martin
Tomczyk (GER) and Chaz Mostert (AUS) from the BMW Team Schnitzer
crossed the finishing line in Laguna Seca (USA) in fifth place after
326 laps. They had recorded the same result at the season-opener in
Bathurst (AUS). The Walkenhorst Motorsport drivers Nick Catsburg
(NED), Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Christian Krognes (NOR) secured
eighth place in Laguna Seca

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The two BMW M6 GT3s started the 8-hour race from sixth and seventh
positions, in sunny but cool conditions. Jensen performed strongly in
the opening stint in the #34 car, moving into third place directly
from the start and then handing the BMW M6 GT3 over to Catsburg in
fourth position. Tomczyk got held up in the tightly-packed midfield,
which cost him some time.

The #42 BMW M6 GT3 continued to improve as the race progressed,
staying just ahead of the #34 car at the halfway point. A
drive-through penalty for Tomczyk after his collision with an Audi saw
the two cars swap places for a while, but the BMW Team Schnitzer
prevailed to finish in fifth place. Walkenhorst Motorsport also
received a drive-through penalty for being under the minimum pit-stop
time, which set the team back by several places. Victory was claimed
by Ferrari with the #27 car.

In the GT4 class, Daren Jorgensen, Brett Strom and Jonathan Miller
(all USA) secured second place in the BMW M4 GT4 from RHC
Jorgensen/Strom by Strom Motorsport.

There will now be a longer break until the third race of the
Intercontinental GT Challenge season. The 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) is scheduled to take place on
27th/28th July.

Reactions to the race in Laguna Seca:

Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer,
5th place):

“I think that fifth place was the very best that we could achieve. We
did not have the best car for this circuit, but we got the best out of
our package. This means that we are still in the running in the
championship. Of course, we would like to get wins and podiums, but
fundamentally it is about staying within striking distance of the
leaders. We managed that today.”

Martin Tomczyk (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer,
5th place):

“I am very sorry about the collision with Markus Winkelhock. I was
really close to him in the Corkscrew turn, then I lost some downthrust
on the front axle and hit him in the rear end. This caused him to spin
around. Things like that shouldn’t happen, but they unfortunately do
occur in motorsport. This incident was my fault and I have no
complaints about the drive-through penalty. In general, it is very
difficult to overtake on this circuit. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of
ground early on. Our speed was very good later on, but the gap to the
podium positions was already just too large in such a tight field.”

Chaz Mostert (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer,
5th place):

“That was my first time driving in Laguna Seca. Many thanks to BMW M
Motorsport and the BMW Team Schnitzer for this fantastic opportunity.
I think that fifth place is not such a bad result, all in all. I am
already looking forward to the next chance to drive for BMW. I feel
right at home in the BMW Team Schnitzer.”

Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
8th place):

“I am not displeased with that. If you take the extremely slippery
track and the heavy tyre wear into account, then eighth place is OK.
Circuits that demand a lot from the tyres do not suit the BMW M6 GT3,
so we knew that this would not be easy.”

Mikkel Jensen (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
8th place):

“The circuit here in Laguna Seca is legendary. It is every racing
driver’s dream to drive here one day and this dream has now come true
for me. Unfortunately, the track is very slippery and we were not able
to get the maximum level of grip. This does not suit our BMW M6 GT3,
as it performs at its best when it can take plenty of grip and speed
through the turns. That was not the case here.”

Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport,
8th place):

“We had the speed to compete with the leaders. However, the key thing
was to take care of the tyres on a circuit that was very slippery. We
tried to keep them alive for as long as possible.”

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Sustainable structures for the future: Realignment of BMW Group Design.

BMW:Sustainable structures for the future: Realignment of BMW Group Design.

Munich. The BMW Group is reorganising its Design
division and taking the next step towards sustainable, leaner
structures. Jozef Kaban, previously head of the BMW
core brand design, will take over Rolls-Royce brand design, effective
1 April 2019. Domagoj Dukec, previously head of BMW i
and BMW M design, will assume design responsibility for the entire BMW
brand, effective 1 April 2019. This systematic consolidation of design
responsibility will focus BMW brand design more consistently on modern
products with a distinctive character.

“The realignment of BMW Group Design is a signal of our future
orientation. The new structure will ensure more efficiency, speed and
agility in our design process. The new responsibilities will set the
design direction for the individual brands and align it to future
demands,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design, on
Friday in Munich.

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BMW Welt Jazz Award finalists 2019 announced.

BMW:BMW Welt Jazz Award finalists 2019 announced.

Munich. After six spectacular matinees, the BMW Welt
Jazz Award 2019 enters its final round on 4 May, with a play-off
between the Maciej Obara Quartet and Rudresh
Mahanthappa Quintet
. Taking to the stage in the auditorium
of the BMW Welt, they will perform their interpretation of this year’s
theme, Saxophone Worlds, before the renowned jury decides which of
them will take home the award. Created by BMW Design, the accolade
will be accompanied by prize money of €10,000 for the winner, with
€5,000 for the runner-up.

Jazz fans have been experiencing first-hand the musical skills
of this year’s performers in six free matinees between January and
March. The audience award, presented by Schloss Elmau, will be handed
over at the final, along with an invitation to play at the Schloss.


The finalists

Maciej Obara Quartet
On 27 January the Maciej
Obara Quartet launched the competition for the BMW Welt Jazz Award
2019 with their performance, wowing not only the audience but also the
highly respected jury with their interpretation of the theme of
Saxophone Worlds. Maciej Obara is a key figure in latest-generation
European jazz. With his sixth album, Unloved (2017), the Polish alto
and tenor saxophonist made his debut at ECM Records. His
multi-faceted, lyrical music is delivered with breath-taking technique
and accompanied by his compatriot Dominik Wania on the piano, and
Norway’s Ole Morten Vagan and Gard Nilssen on bass and percussion. The
resulting fusion that is the Maciej Obara Quartet left such an
impression that made it through to the final.


Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet
At the heart of the
international acclaim for the jazz artist Rudresh Mahanthappa are his
passion for Carnatic music and his Indian roots. The work of this
talented musician is already well-documented by a string of awards. On
24 March Mahanthappa captivated his audience with a fusion of rhythmic
structures and contemporary jazz. Accompanied by Rez Abbasi on guitar,
Bobby Avey on piano, François Moutin on bass and Rudy Royston on
percussion, the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet presented the successful
Bird Calls album. Mahanthappa’s very personal, highly virtuouso
interpretation of original compositions by saxophone legend Charlie
‘Bird’ Parker saw him reinterpret the arrangements, themes and solos
of the godfather of modern jazz in a new context to reflect the theme
of this year’s BMW Welt Jazz Awards. Their inexhaustible joy at
playing and their powerful output won the quintet a place in the final.


The jury

The respected jury, chaired by
Oliver Hochkeppel (music and culture journalist
with the Süddeutsche Zeitung), has proved its credentials in previous
years and comprises:

  • Roland Spiegel, music editor and jazz expert with
    the Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK
  • Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of JazzZeitung.de and
    nmz – neue musikzeitung
  • Heike Lies, musicologist in the Music and Musical
    Theatre Division of the City of Munich’s Department of Culture
  • Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
    international jazz festival Bingen swingt. 


The finale

Like the Sunday matinees, the finale will be
introduced by Beate Sampson, jazz editor with BR KLASSIK. The award,
created specially by BMW Design, will be handed over by Dr Nicolas
Peter, BMW AG Board Member. Representing the City of Munich will be
cultural adviser Dr Hans-Georg Küppers. 

The final concert and award presentation will be held on 4 May
2019 at 7 pm in the Auditorium of the BMW Welt. Tickets are available
from München Ticket and the BMW Welt.

This year’s BMW Welt Jazz Award is once again presented with the
support of BR KLASSIK, nmz, Schloss Elmau and the City of Munich’s
Department of Culture.

For further questions please contact:

Prof Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and
Governmental Affairs 
Head of Cultural Engagement 
Telephone: 

+49-89-382-24753



Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

Doris Fleischer
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: 

+49-89-382-27806
 
Doris.Fleischer@bmw.de

Cypselus von Frankenberg
BMW Group Corporate and
Governmental Affairs
BMW Brand, Marketing, Lifestyle
Telephone: 

+49-89-382-30641



Cypselus.von-Frankenberg@bmw.de

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About BMW Group Cultural Engagement

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, Moscow 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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#BMWGroupCulture

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 30 production and assembly facilities in 14
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 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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BMW Art Journey artist shortlist announced during Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019. Clarissa Tossin, Lu Yang and Shen Xin are nominated.

BMW:BMW Art Journey artist shortlist announced during Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019. Clarissa Tossin, Lu Yang and Shen Xin are nominated.

Hong Kong. Art Basel and BMW are delighted to present
the 2019 artist shortlist for the BMW Art Journey, a joint initiative
recognizing and supporting emerging artists worldwide. Like a mobile
studio, the BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the
world to develop new ideas and envision new creative projects.

Today, an international expert jury announced the following
shortlist of three artists showing in Discoveries, the sector for
emerging artists, at Art Basel in Hong Kong:

Clarissa Tossin
at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles


Clarissa Tossin (b. 1973) lives and works in
Los Angeles, United States. She received her Master of Fine Arts from
the California Institute of the Arts. In her artistic practice, Tossin
uses installation, video, performance, sculpture, and photography. For
this year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Tossin is pairing DIY
plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of
Amazonian aesthetic traditions, highlighting the contemporary
footprint left in the geological sedimentation of the earth. The
artist has had exhibitions at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
at Harvard University, Cambridge and Sicardi Gallery, Houston. Her
work was also included in group shows at Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Lu Yang at Société, Berlin


Lu Yang (b. 1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media
artist, who graduated from the New Media Art Department of the China
Academy of Art. Deeply immersed in the subcultures of anime, video
games, and Science-Fiction, the output of her artistic practice spans
3D-animated films, video game-like installations, holograms, neon, VR
and software manipulation, often with overt Japanese manga and anime
references. For Art Basel in Hong Kong, Lu Yang has created unique
fantasies highlighting the fragility of humankind. Departing from
Buddhist teachings that propagate a genderless society, she exploits
her own images as a vehicle to reproduce asexual visions of
herself. Her work was displayed in exhibitions at Centre Pompidou,
Paris; M Woods, Beijing; Shanghai Biennale; and Athens Biennale.

Shen Xin at Madeln Gallery, Shanghai


Shen Xin (b. 1990) lives and works in London, United
Kingdom, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She received her Master of Fine
Arts in Media at The Slade School of Fine Arts of the University
College London. Through films and video installations, as well as
performative events, Shen Xin’s practice examines and fabricates
techniques and effects of how emotion, judgment and ethic circulate
through individual and collective subjects. At this year’s edition
of Art Basel in Hong Kong, the artist presents “Commerce des Esprits”,
a four-channel video installation bringing the perspectives and
productivities of comparative philosophy into an event which narrates
an unconscious state. Recent solo exhibitions include K11 Art
Foundation, Shanghai, and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art,
Manchester. Her work has been on display at group exhibitions
including OCAT Shanghai; and Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf. 

These three shortlisted artists are now invited to develop a
proposal for their ideal journey, with the winner to be announced in
the early summer of 2019.

The members of the expert jury in Hong Kong are:
Claire Hsu, Director Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Matthias Mühling, Director Städtische Galerie im
Lenbachhaus, Munich
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Philip Tinari, Director Ullens Center for
Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing
Samson Young, artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey

“We had a very diverse group of artists who encompass a variety
of media,” noted the jury in making its unanimous decision. “All of
them engage important issues and are operating in contexts or in
stages of their careers that will allow them to benefit from this
incredible opportunity. We believe that the three selected artists
have great potential to conceive a journey that will positively impact
their research, their work, and their professional growth.
Shen Xin
has distinguished herself with expansive, curious,
poetic works that generally take the form of complex, multi-channel
video narratives. She explores contemporary subjectivities by delving
into histories, philosophies, and psychologies as embedded in
different cultures, genders, and other identities. Her
research-intensive, project-based way of working struck the jury as
particularly suited to the nature of the Art Journey. Lu
Yang
is a Shanghai based artists who creates frenetic
multimedia installations. Her works combine images with references
from religion, manga, anime or pop culture. Her fast moving colorful
images show both entertaining and deeply intellectual visions of our
contemporary culture. At a time when we are facing the extinction of
animals and plants on a daily basis, Clarissa Tossin
asks us to reflect on the future of our planet and humanity by drawing
on traditional weaving processes from the Amazon region and mass
produced materials. Both true alluring and beautiful, her works also
conjures a future unknown – both apocalyptic and utopian – and asks us
to imagine what imprint our current mass consumption will have on
future generations”, states the jury.

In collaboration with the winning artist, the journey will be
documented and shared with the public through publications, online and
social media.

Past winners of the BMW Art Journey include sound and
performance artist Samson Young (presented by a.m.
Space, Hong Kong at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2015); German video
artists Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr (presented by
Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show in
2015); British artist Abigail Reynolds (presented by
Rokeby, London at Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong in 2016) as well as
Max Hooper Schneider (presented by High Art, Paris
at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show in 2016), Astha
Butail
(represented by GALLERYSKE, New Dehli, Bangalore at
Art Basel´s Hong Kong show in 2017), Jamal Cyrus
(represented by Inman Gallery, Houston at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show
in 2017) and Zac Langdon-Pole (represented by Michael
Lett, Auckland at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2018).

Launched in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between
Art Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging artists
worldwide. 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: bmw-art-journey.com.

During this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong the latest
awardee Zac Langdon-Pole (represented by Michael
Lett, Auckland) will be on the ground in Hong Kong for the
documentation of his BMW Art Journey project “Sutures of the
Sky
”. His journey took him across a world that humans and
birds have been navigating through millennia. He followed the flight
paths of birds like the white stork or the arctic tern, traveling
along the earth’s axis where the Northern and Southern Hemispheres’
summers intersect. Migrating birds cover some of the longest distances
traveled by any living being. Their routes have guided the Polynesian
pathfinders across the seas. Inspired by this ancient celestial
tracing, Langdon-Pole’s journey questions the position of humans as
the center of the world. Weaving through Central Europe, Southern
Africa, and the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Hawaii, his BMW Art
Journey seeks to understand how culture intersects with the science of
celestial mapping – and from there flows into larger existential
inquiries about who we are and how we are situated in the world.

Furthermore, the world’s first BMW Art Car (BMW
3.0 CSL, 1975), created by legendary artist Alexander
Calder
, will be presented in the BMW Lounge at the Hong Kong
Convention and Exhibition Centre.

BMW has supported Art Basel’s shows in Basel, Miami Beach and
Hong Kong as a long-term partner for many years.

For further questions please contact:

Prof. Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and
Governmental Affairs
Head of Cultural
Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382 24753
www.press.bmwgroup.com

E-Mail: presse@bmw.de

Dorothee Dines
Art Basel Global
Head of Media
Relations
Telephone: + 41 58 206 27 06
Email: dorothee.dines@artbasel.com

About Art Basel


Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel
today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary
art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host
city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its
participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of
parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions
for each edition. Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs
through a number of new initiatives such as Art Basel Cities, working
with partner cities on bespoke cultural programs. For further
information, please visit artbasel.com.

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
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, Moscow 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
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BMW-Group-Culture
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroupculture/
@BMWGroupCulture
#BMWGroupCulture

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 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles
and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 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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https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw

Original Press Release

The new BMW Group High Performance D3 platform. Data-Driven Development for Autonomous Driving.

BMW:The new BMW Group High Performance D3 platform. Data-Driven Development for Autonomous Driving.

Autonomous Driving at the BMW Group.

It was back in 2000 when the BMW Group first started to conduct
research into its vision of a car that people could drive themselves –
but didn’t have to. Six years later, in 2006, a BMW was following the
racing line around the Hockenheim circuit without human assistance for
the first time. Since 2011, highly automated test vehicles from the
BMW Group have been driving on the A9 motorway between Munich and
Nuremberg. And as part of the CES in 2014, the BMW Group gave a
demonstration of highly automated driving at the limits of performance
on the Las Vegas Speedway.

These are just a few of the milestones notched up by the BMW Group as
it progresses towards highly and then fully automated – i.e.
autonomous – driving.

The BMW Group is convinced that autonomous driving will have a
decisive impact on personal and sustainable mobility in the future.
Today’s driver assistance systems, such as Driving Assistant
Professional in the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, form an important building
block on the road to highly automated driving. As well as the safety
aspects, efforts are also focused on bringing about a significant gain
in comfort and a further improvement in efficiency.

The next objective has already been clearly set out: in 2021 the
production version of the BMW Vision iNEXT, which was first unveiled
to the public in summer 2018 during the BMW Vision iNEXT World Flight,
will become the first model from the BMW Group to offer a Level 3
system as an option. This system will enable drivers to delegate the
task of driving to the car for longer periods of time when driving on
the motorway at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph).

At the same time, a fleet of test vehicles will begin work in late
2021 with the aim of testing out Level 4 functionality – i.e. zero
driver intervention – in large-scale trials conducted in defined urban environments.

The new BMW Group High Performance D3 platform.

The launch of the new BMW Group High Performance D3
platform represents a key milestone on the BMW Group’s roadmap to
highly and fully automated driving.

The “D3” in the new IT platform’s name stands for
Data-Driven Development, which forms the basis for the development and
validation of highly and fully automated driving functions.
Data-Driven Development is an indispensable tool in securing the
safety and reliability of the Level 3 system to be offered in the BMW
iNEXT in late 2021.

The BMW Group has been applying the Data-Driven Development approach
for a couple of years now. The basic principle is rooted in the
assumption that the only way of mapping – and thereby ultimately
handling – the complexity and variety of traffic situations
encountered on every continent is to gather vast quantities of data.
This means the algorithms and overall operation of autonomous driving
have to be validated using a broad data pool.

The first step in the process is to collect approx. 5 million
kilometres (3.1 – 3.7 million miles) of real-life driving data from
the test fleet vehicles. From this data, two million kilometres
(1.25 million miles) of the most relevant driving scenarios and
environmental factors are then extracted.

The relevance of the data collected is continuously improving thanks
to the way in which qualitative data is selected using data
qualification/filtering. These two million kilometres of driving data
subsequently undergoes regular reprocessing as development progresses.
This happens whenever a new control unit integration level (I-level)
becomes available, in order to evaluate the new I‑level’s increase in performance.

This qualified two million kilometres of data is constantly expanded
by a further 240 million kilometres (150 million miles) of
simulation-generated data, which is primarily based on the relevant
driving scenarios and ensures that the immense diversity of real-life
driving is taken into account properly during development.

The reprocessing of the two million real-life kilometres and 240
million virtual kilometres requires a high performance data platform
of over 230 petabytes storage capacity and the computing power of more
than 100,000 cores and more than 200 GPUs (Graphics Processing
Units).
There is a 96 x 100Gbps connection between the BMW Group
High Performance D3 platform and the Hardware-in-the-Loop
(HiL) stations located at the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus. The
net useable data rate is approx. 3.75 Terabit/s.

The fleet currently numbers around 80 BMW 7 Series cars, which are in
operation on the west coast of the USA, in Germany, Israel and China.
The number of vehicles is set to increase to approx. 140 by the end of 2019.

Below are some figures to illustrate the capabilities of the BMW
Group High Performance D3 platform:

  • Daily collection of more than 1.500 TB raw data
  • D3 Platform storage capacity of more than 230 PB
  • Compute: > 100.000 Cores and > 200 GPU´s
  • 50 PB to HiLs every two weeks

To give an idea of the quantities of data that have to be
transferred: 1.500 TB new data is equivalent of 23.000 iPhone X, 230
PB equal the volume of 45 apartments (approx. 80m², ceiling height 3m)
filled entirely with CDs.

A bandwidth of 3.75 Tbit/s is roughly enough to broadcast one million
HD television programmes simultaneously – or allow one million homes
to watch one HD TV programme at the same time.

The BMW Group High Performance D3 platform was completed
in the space of a few months, in function, on time and on budget. It
is sited just a few kilometres away from the BMW Group Autonomous
Driving Campus in Unterschleißheim near Munich. The close proximity
was an essential part of the plan to transfer the enormous quantities
of data from the Campus to the platform via cable.

Strong Partners.

When production development for autonomous driving got underway at
the BMW Group, one thing was certain: the tremendous challenges
involved in the development of a secure platform for highly and fully
automated driving could only be overcome by teaming up with the
leading technology partners in the various disciplines.

In the case of the BMW Group High Performance D3 platform,
this partner is DXC Technology. The core component of DXC’s work is to
setup and run the data centre and to develop applications with the
objective to support the autonomous driving development process. The
aim is to reduce costs and the time needed until the system is ready
to market.

The digital solutions from DXC put the BMW Group’s development teams
in a position to collect, store and manage the data from vehicle
sensors – and make it available for the requisite AI training – in a
matter of seconds rather than days or even weeks.

The DXC solution was developed in an open source environment and is
available on-premise and in a hybrid environment, allowing workloads
to be shifted easily. This paves the way for agile cooperation between
engineers, regardless of their location.

Using a single platform for data storage, processing and AI training
lowers the hardware and software requirements, thereby reducing costs
and complexity. Data can be gathered globally but monitored centrally.
This has the effect of maximising efficiency and cutting costs.

The BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus.

The BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus is a state-of-the-art centre
of excellence that covers every base when it comes to offering greater
capacity for innovation and increased development efficiency – and
ultimately securing the company’s future sustainability.

In autumn 2017 the first group of engineers moved into the new
building, which celebrated its official opening in April 2018.

“We want to play a leading role in the development of safe autonomous
driving,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of
BMW AG, responsible for Development, at the time. “We are pursuing
this goal with great diligence and systematically establishing the
necessary framework along the way. One of the milestones is our
Autonomous Driving Campus.”

It was 15 months before the official opening that the BMW Group took
the decision to pool together its development expertise in the fields
of driver assistance systems and highly / fully automated driving at a
single location. The Campus, which offers 23,000 square metres of
office space with room for 1,800 employees, was completed in record time. 

When searching for an appropriate location, the site’s excellent
infrastructure, its proximity to the BMW Group Research and Innovation
Centre, nearby links to the motorway network and finally the speed
with which work could begin tipped the balance in its favour.

New working environments. 

The Autonomous Driving Campus offers the development experts who work
here new and modern working environments – i.e. an open-plan layout,
intelligent and flexible use of office space, and a multifaceted and
creative workplace. The benefits for the development experts employed
here are clear: flexibility, efficiency, a high level of autonomy and
short distances. This means, for example, that a software developer
working at the new Campus can immediately test out freshly written
code in a vehicle that is just a short walk away.

New working environments go hand in hand with a new and agile
employee and management culture, and managers work in the same
open-plan office spaces as their staff. This enhances interaction and
facilitates communications, resulting in effective teamwork in the
development of highly complex products.

Campus leads the way in agile working methods.

The open campus structure offers excellent conditions for agile
working models. These represent an important building block in the
creation of future-focused and efficient development processes. The
BMW Group is the first company in the automotive industry to apply
agile working models systematically and universally for an entire
specialist area. From the research phase all the way through to series
production development, the whole development process for driver
assistance systems and autonomous driving unfolds within these new structures. 

Small interdisciplinary feature teams work on individual
sub-processes independently and with an end-to-end approach. The high
degree of flexibility allows the teams to react quickly and
effectively to new requirements.

Indeed, this speeds up the entire software development process and
allows it to handle extremely high levels of complexity. 

This is a time of disruptive change in the automotive industry, with
the arrival of new players making the competitive environment ever
more challenging. The pace of innovation is accelerating rapidly and
professionals cite future viability, a modern working environment and
flexible, agile workflows as key to an employer’s attractiveness. A
cutting-edge development facility such as the new BMW Group Autonomous
Driving Campus therefore represents a crucial asset for the company’s
long-term sustainability and innovative capability.

Original Press Release

BMW International Open 2019. Ryder Cup heroes García and Olesen, three-time PGA TOUR winner Jhonattan Vegas and Germany‘s Cejka, Jäger and Kieffer battle for the title.

BMW:BMW International Open 2019. Ryder Cup heroes García and Olesen, three-time PGA TOUR winner Jhonattan Vegas and Germany‘s Cejka, Jäger and Kieffer battle for the title.

  • The most successful Ryder Cup player of all time, Sergio
    García (ESP), and his European team-mate Thorbjørn Olesen (DEN)
    will tee off at Golfclub München Eichenried between
    19th and 23rd June 2019.
  • Jhonattan Vegas from Venezuela will make his debut at the
    BMW International Open.
  • Alex Cejka and Munich native Stephan Jäger will take a break
    from the PGA TOUR to be in Munich.
  • Martin Kaymer, Max Kieffer, Marcel Siem, Bernd Ritthammer
    and Florian Fritsch will also be representing the German colours.
  • “Bavarian Bonus” on the bank holiday Corpus Christi
    (Thursday 20th June): Visitors wearing either a Dirndl or
    Lederhosen will receive free entry.

Munich. Together with Team Europe they didn’t give Team USA a
chance in the Ryder Cup in September last year, now they will tee
off at the BMW International Open in Munich: Sergio García and
Thorbjørn Olesen. Martin Kaymer and reigning champion Matt Wallace
(ENG) had already announced their involvement. In addition, the
German viewers can look forward to PGA TOUR pro Jhonattan Vegas and
a strong local player pool.

During the convincing Ryder Cup Team Europe victory in Paris last
September, García made sure his name went down in golfing history. In
for matches, the man from Spain got three wins, thereby pushing his
overall score up to 25.5 in nine appearances. No other player has
picked up more points in the long history of the legendary team
competition, the previous record holder was Sir Nick Faldo (ENG) with
25 points from eleven appearances.

“I can’t wait to return to one of my favourite cities in the world,”
said the 2017 Masters champion. “I’m looking forward to the fans in
Munich and to the tournament.”

Two years ago, when the BMW International Open was last held in
Munich, García finished only one shot behind winner Andrés Romero
(ARG). Thorbjørn Olesen missed out on the title just as narrowly in
Cologne in 2018. The Dane played the lowest round ever in the
tournament’s 30-year history, with 61 shots, but – level with Kaymer –
was defeated by Matt Wallace. As a rookie, the “Thunderbear”
contributed a clear 5&4 win in the singles against Jordan Spieth
(USA) to the European team’s Ryder Cup victory.

Three-time PGA TOUR winner Jhonattan Vegas, who was beaten only by
winner Rory McIlroy (NIR) and Jim Furyk (USA) at the PLAYERS
Championship two weeks ago, will make his BMW International Open
debut. The 34-year-old is the first Venezuelan golfer to win on the
PGA TOUR and qualify for the Presidents Cup.

The hunt for the second German BMW International Open victory after
Kaymer’s 2008 win will be taken up by numerous other pros in addition
to the two-time majors winner. Veteran Alex Cejka and Munich native
Stephan Jäger – who learned his sport at GC München Eichenried – don’t
want to miss out on the iconic tournament and will travel from the
USA. Max Kieffer, who with good results on the European Tour
demonstrated a clear upward trend in form, will tee off in Munich, as
will Florian Fritsch, Bernd Ritthammer und Marcel Siem.

On Tuesday (practice rounds) and Wednesday (Pro-Am) entry is free,
for children and young people up to the age of 17, entry is free every
day. Anyone who turns up wearing traditional dress (Lederhosen or
Dirndl) on Thursday (20th June, Corpus Christi), will also
receive free entry.

Day tickets cost 15 euros (Thursday or Friday), at the weekend
tickets are 30 euros per day. A tournament ticket for every day of the
tournament is available for 75 euros. VIP tickets for the Fairway Club
are available for 275 euros (Thursday or Friday), 375 euros (Saturday
or Sunday) and 1,040 euros (tournament ticket Thursday to Sunday). All
ticket categories are available to order online:
www.bmw-golfsport.com/tickets

The entry price includes a free shuttle service between Ismaning
train station and Golfclub München Eichenried (Thursday to Sunday) and
– weather permitting – free parking at the tournament site.

Original Press Release

The new BMW 1 Series: final test phase in Miramas.

BMW:The new BMW 1 Series: final test phase in Miramas.

Munich. Camouflaged pre-series vehicles of the
third-generation BMW 1 Series are currently still undergoing extensive
test drives at the BMW proving ground in Miramas, Southern France. The
facility’s diverse handling tracks offer the optimal conditions for
refining agility and dynamics of the new BMW 1 Series. This was
preceded by five years of intensive development work and the change to
the modern BMW front-wheel drive architecture.  

A genuine BMW with an individual character.
The
new BMW 1 Series will set new standards in the premium compact class
in terms of driving dynamics, whilst also offering significantly more
space inside. With a cutting edge suspension set-up, innovative
technologies and the integration of all driving dynamics-related
components and control systems, the BMW 1 Series achieves greater
agility both with the new front-wheel drive and BMW xDrive intelligent
four-wheel drive. “Our customers will directly feel the fast and
precise responsiveness that provides for an optimised driving
experience. The BMW 1 Series will be a genuine BMW with an individual
character,” says Peter Langen, head of Driving Dynamics at the BMW Group.

Transfer of technology from the BMW i3.
On the
new BMW 1 Series, BMW has utilized all of the experience gained over
recent years with BMW Group front-wheel drive models. A crucial
element for the car’s exceptionally high agility is ARB technology
(actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation) known from the BMW i3s,
which is now celebrating its debut in a vehicle with a combustion
engine. This transfer of technology from the BMW i brand to the core
brand BMW improves traction decisively, while facilitating
significantly more sensitive and faster control.

ARB technology, which is standard on the BMW 1 Series, features a
slip control system positioned directly in the engine control unit
instead of in the control unit for the DSC function (Dynamic Stability
Control). Without long signal paths, information is passed on three
times faster, with the regulation speed perceived by the driver
actually being up to ten times faster. In close coordination with the
DSC function, actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation significantly
reduces the power understeer usually experienced with front-wheel
drive vehicles, but without control intervention to stabilise lateral
dynamics. BMW Performance Control (yaw moment distribution) also comes
as standard and additionally increases agility of the BMW 1 Series
through dynamic brake intervention. Moreover, torsional stiffness of
the body structure is enhanced by the targeted use of additional
struts such as a standard rear-end “boomerang strut”. “Through this
extensive integration of all driving dynamics-related aspects as well
as the new, innovative traction control feature, we are creating a
completely novel driving experience,” says Holger Stauch, BMW 1 Series
project manager.

The most powerful BMW Group 4-cylinder engine for the new
top-of-the-range model.
A newly developed 4-cylinder
engine stands out prominently within the drive portfolio of the new
BMW 1 Series. The BMW M135i xDrive (combined fuel consumption: 7,1-6,8
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 162-155 g/km)* features the most
powerful 4-cylinder engine from the BMW Group with a 2-litre capacity
and BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The power unit delivers 225 kW
(306 hp), ensuring extremely dynamic handling properties through
individual technical solutions such as a reinforced crank drive, new
pistons and cod rods, a larger exhaust turbocharger as well as
optimised fuel injection valves.

More interior space.
The BMW 1 Series has taken
a major leap forward in terms of interior spaciousness. Thanks to the
new front-wheel drive architecture with transverse engines and a low
centre tunnel, noticeably more space is now available than in the
predecessor model, especially on the back seats. For example, legroom
for rear-seat passengers has increased by 33 millimetres and headroom
at the back by 19 millimetres. Access to the rear compartment is now
easier and luggage compartment capacity has increased by 20 litres to
380 litres. Thus, the new BMW 1 Series combines outstanding handling
characteristics with significantly improved spaciousness.

Original Press Release

BMW Golf Cup International: Team China wins in Los Cabos.

BMW:BMW Golf Cup International: Team China wins in Los Cabos.

  • The highlight of the biggest international tournament series
    for amateur golfers ends with the Chinese team winning the
    National Team Category.
  • A golf tournament at pro level and a fascinating supporting
    programme underline the motto of the tournament series: “Once in A Lifetime”.
  • Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie presents the trophies as
    the guest of honour.

 

Los Cabos. The World Final of the BMW Golf Cup International
was held in Mexico again for the first time in 17 years. Around
100,000 enthusiastic amateur golfers around the world took part in
the tournament series, for 100 of them, their dream of a unique
golfing experience came true last week. In Los Cabos at the southern
tip of the Baja California peninsula, Team China prevailed in the
National Team Category. At the closing gala dinner, eight-time
winner of the European Tour Order of Merit, Colin Montgomerie of
Scotland, presented the winners trophies in the individual rankings
to players from Germany, China and South Korea.

“The first World Final at Los Cabos since 2002 has been a wonderful
event. You can feel just how enthusiastic amateur golfers around the
world are about our tournament series. Thank you to all the
participants,” said Alexander Wehr, CEO BMW Group Latin America.
“Their sporting performance and the way they all got on together
created a special atmosphere on what are truly beautiful, but also
very demanding, golf courses. This World Final will live long in all
our memories.”

The World Final was played on the spectacular Cabo del Sol site. On
the Ocean Course (design: Jack Nicklaus) and the Desert Course
(design: Tom Weiskopf), the Chinese team dethroned Team Thailand after
three rounds with 303 points (Stableford, net); Team Thailand won
twice in a row, in George (RSA) last year and in Dubai (VAE) in 2017.
The Thai team (288) tied for third place with Team United Kingdom this
year, second place went to Team South Korea (290). Overall, amateur
golfers from 34 nations took part.

For the ladies, Jisook Kim (South Korea, 112) was a clear winner
ahead of second-placed Pornsawan Chansuke (Thailand, 106). In third
place was Samatha Hill (United Kingdom, 104). In contrast, there was a
heart-stopping finale in the Men I category: Three players were tied
with 106 points after 54 holes. In a “countback”, Xiaowei Wu (China)
was the eventual winner, ahead of his fellow countryman Qingquan Yang
and James Smith (USA).

Christian Batz of Germany celebrated the clearest victory of the
week. He only qualified for Mexico in the Germany final on Sylt on the
final match play hole; in Los Cabos he was in a class of his own in
the Men II category. With 109 points he was well ahead of Soon Tiew Oh
of Malaysia and Colin Pickett (United Kingdom, both 99).

“I can only repeat what I have said many times before: this is a
fantastic series of tournaments, and I am delighted to have been
invited to the World Final. BMW is an important partner to the sport
of golf, both at a professional level and at an amateur level,” said
Colin Montgomerie. “The World Final is a wonderful event for golf
enthusiasts and a fabulous display of what makes this sport so unique.
It was an honour for me to be in Los Cabos to join in this festival of golf.”

“Monty”, member of the “World Golf Hall of Fame” since 2013, provided
two highlights of the World Final himself, when he wowed guests at a
Golf Clinic and presented the trophies at the gala dinner. As a
dazzling end to the World Final, Montgomerie brought the trophy that
he won six times as a player and once as captain: the legendary Ryder Cup.

The World Final is not only a golf tournament at major level, the
event is also unrivalled away from the golf courses. The world
finalists and approximately 220 guests stayed at the exclusive resort
“Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar”. Exclusive evening events
and a supporting programme, which focussed on the spectacular scenery
of Baja California, Mexican culture and the fascinating wildlife of
the Gulf of California made the journey to Mexico a
“Once-In-A-Lifetime” experience.

Original Press Release

BMW Golf Cup International: Team China wins in Los Cabos. Colin Montgomerie is guest of honour at the first World Final in Mexico since 2002.

BMW:BMW Golf Cup International: Team China wins in Los Cabos. Colin Montgomerie is guest of honour at the first World Final in Mexico since 2002.

  • The highlight of the biggest international tournament series
    for amateur golfers ends with the Chinese team winning the
    National Team Category.
  • A golf tournament at pro level and a fascinating supporting
    programme underline the motto of the tournament series: “Once in A Lifetime”.
  • Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie presents the trophies as
    the guest of honour.

 

Los Cabos. The World Final of the BMW Golf Cup International
was held in Mexico again for the first time in 17 years. Around
100,000 enthusiastic amateur golfers around the world took part in
the tournament series, for 100 of them, their dream of a unique
golfing experience came true last week. In Los Cabos at the southern
tip of the Baja California peninsula, Team China prevailed in the
National Team Category. At the closing gala dinner, eight-time
winner of the European Tour Order of Merit, Colin Montgomerie of
Scotland, presented the winners trophies in the individual rankings
to players from Germany, China and South Korea.

“The first World Final at Los Cabos since 2002 has been a wonderful
event. You can feel just how enthusiastic amateur golfers around the
world are about our tournament series. Thank you to all the
participants,” said Alexander Wehr, CEO BMW Group Latin America.
“Their sporting performance and the way they all got on together
created a special atmosphere on what are truly beautiful, but also
very demanding, golf courses. This World Final will live long in all
our memories.”

The World Final was played on the spectacular Cabo del Sol site. On
the Ocean Course (design: Jack Nicklaus) and the Desert Course
(design: Tom Weiskopf), the Chinese team dethroned Team Thailand after
three rounds with 303 points (Stableford, net); Team Thailand won
twice in a row, in George (RSA) last year and in Dubai (VAE) in 2017.
The Thai team (288) tied for third place with Team United Kingdom this
year, second place went to Team South Korea (290). Overall, amateur
golfers from 34 nations took part.

For the ladies, Jisook Kim (South Korea, 112) was a clear winner
ahead of second-placed Pornsawan Chansuke (Thailand, 106). In third
place was Samatha Hill (United Kingdom, 104). In contrast, there was a
heart-stopping finale in the Men I category: Three players were tied
with 106 points after 54 holes. In a “countback”, Xiaowei Wu (China)
was the eventual winner, ahead of his fellow countryman Qingquan Yang
and James Smith (USA).

Christian Batz of Germany celebrated the clearest victory of the
week. He only qualified for Mexico in the Germany final on Sylt on the
final match play hole; in Los Cabos he was in a class of his own in
the Men II category. With 109 points he was well ahead of Soon Tiew Oh
of Malaysia and Colin Pickett (United Kingdom, both 99).

“I can only repeat what I have said many times before: this is a
fantastic series of tournaments, and I am delighted to have been
invited to the World Final. BMW is an important partner to the sport
of golf, both at a professional level and at an amateur level,” said
Colin Montgomerie. “The World Final is a wonderful event for golf
enthusiasts and a fabulous display of what makes this sport so unique.
It was an honour for me to be in Los Cabos to join in this festival of golf.”

“Monty”, member of the “World Golf Hall of Fame” since 2013, provided
two highlights of the World Final himself, when he wowed guests at a
Golf Clinic and presented the trophies at the gala dinner. As a
dazzling end to the World Final, Montgomerie brought the trophy that
he won six times as a player and once as captain: the legendary Ryder Cup.

The World Final is not only a golf tournament at major level, the
event is also unrivalled away from the golf courses. The world
finalists and approximately 220 guests stayed at the exclusive resort
“Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar”. Exclusive evening events
and a supporting programme, which focussed on the spectacular scenery
of Baja California, Mexican culture and the fascinating wildlife of
the Gulf of California made the journey to Mexico a
“Once-In-A-Lifetime” experience.

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