New season, new BMW M Motorsport Premium Partner: Timo Glock competing in the JiVS BMW M4 DTM for 2019.

BMW:New season, new BMW M Motorsport Premium Partner: Timo Glock competing in the JiVS BMW M4 DTM for 2019.

Munich. The BMW M4 DTM designs for the 2019 season are ready
to go. Timo Glock (GER) will start the new season at Hockenheim
(GER) this coming weekend at the wheel of the JiVS BMW M4 DTM. Swiss
company Data Migration Services AG, based in Kreuzlingen (SUI), is a
new BMW M Motorsport Premium Partner in the DTM. Glock’s car is
named after the company’s own information management platform JiVS.
The dominant colours on the JiVS BMW M4 DTM are black, red and
white. 

 

“I am proud to welcome Data Migration Services AG as a new BMW M
Motorsport Premium Partner for the 2019 DTM season,” said BMW
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Collecting and processing data is
playing an ever greater role in modern motor racing. An immense
quantity of data is gathered. I am looking forward to a collaboration
that will be successful for both parties. The new JiVS BMW M4 DTM is
also a real eye-catcher.”

Glock says: “Firstly, I would like to thank Deutsche Post for their
great collaboration over the years. At the same time, I am really
looking forward to competing in the new colours of the JiVS BMW M4 DTM
next weekend. I am sure that the collaboration with Data Migration
Services AG will be great. I have lived in Kreuzlingen, in
Switzerland, for some time. It’s great that my new Premium Partner
comes from really nearby. It’s a pleasant bonus for me that it is such
a short distance to the Data Migration Services AG headquarters –
quite apart from the superb design of the car. It looks great.”

“Digitalisation of companies is similar to a DTM race. In both cases,
the ‘weight problem’ is one of the decisive aspects. Most companies
drag along legacy data that threatens to slow them down,” says Thomas
Failer, founder of Data Migration Services AG. “However, our JiVS
platform for information management allows companies to start from
pole position without these inherited liabilities and ballast and get
to the finishing line faster – just like Timo Glock in the new JiVS
BMW M4 DTM!”

The Swiss company Data Migration Services AG, based in Kreuzlingen,
has been focusing on data migration and management since 1996. The
JiVS information management platform is the core of the products
offered. It helps companies manage the entire corporate information
lifecycle, regardless of systems and application. The range of
services for the JiVS platform include migration, archiving and
provision of data and information. Many well-known customers achieve
cost benefits thanks to archiving and the subsequent decommissioning
of legacy systems, combined with increased flexibility and agility.

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The Super Season continues: BMW Team MTEK returns to the WEC 6 Hours of Spa.

BMW:The Super Season continues: BMW Team MTEK returns to the WEC 6 Hours of Spa.

Munich. BMW Team MTEK heads to the 6 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), the penultimate round of the 2018/2019
World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season, next weekend
(2nd to 4th May). The squad, headed by Team
Principal Ernest Knoors, will be pushing for a strong result before
the team returns to Le Mans (FRA) in June for the season finale.

 

BMW drivers Martin Tomcyzk (GER) and Nick Catsburg (NED) will be
looking to repeat their Sebring (USA) success where the pair put the
#81 BMW M8 GTE on the second step of the podium in the 1000km WEC
race. The #82 BMW M8 GTE, which took a podium in the 6 Hours of Fuji
(JPN), will once again compete, with drivers António Félix da Costa
(POR) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) taking the helm.

Comments ahead of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): “It’s
nice to come back to Spa, where we started our BWW M8 GTE campaign a
year ago. We’re aiming to continue the strong performance from the
recent events and stand on the podium for a third time. The team is
enjoying racing the BMW M8 GTE in the well-balanced GTE Pro field and
we look forward to more close racing. As always at Spa, the big
unknown is the weather, which looks particularly ‘challenging’ in
terms of precipitation and temperature this weekend.”

Martin Tomczyk (#81 BMW M8 GTE): “It’s the last race
before the 24 Hours of Le Mans but, after a very good result in
Sebring, I’m really looking forward to the 6 Hours of Spa. It’s the
second time that we have raced there, so we have lots of data. We saw
at Sebring that the competition is really close but we also saw that
we are in range to fight for the podium, so this is definitely our
goal. Nicky and I got a good boost at Sebring and we are hoping to
ride this wave into Spa!”

Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE): “I’m really looking
forward to returning to the Six Hours of Spa. Last year it was the
first WEC event for the BMW M8 GTE but this year we’re in a much
better position. We’re coming from a podium finish in Sebring and I
think we can do really well at Spa. It’s one of my favourite tracks
and we’re aiming to get another strong result.”

António Félix da Costa (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Spa – it’s where the WEC
adventure started for BMW and myself 12 months ago. It will be good to
go back there and re-evaluate how much we’ve improved in that time.
Let’s hope for a good result, score some points and get the team ready
for Le Mans.”

Augusto Farfus (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“It’s good that we get to go to Spa twice in the Super Season. Last
year when we were here it was our first race as a WEC team and we
struggled a little, so we will return this year with the aim of
putting that right. The team is much stronger and I think António and
I can fight for a podium.”

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: BMW racers celebrate victories at the Slovakia Ring.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: BMW racers celebrate victories at the Slovakia Ring.

FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup: Victory for Arnaud Friedrich
in the first race of the new series.

The Slovakia Ring near Bratislava (SVK) hosted the inaugural weekend
of the new FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup (EU STK). This is the
successor to the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship and is held
on the same programme as the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle
Championship (AA). BMW riders made a successful start to the new
championship. On Saturday, Arnaud Friedrich (GER / Team LRP Poland)
won the very first race of the FIM European Stock 1000 Cup on his BMW
S 1000 RR. Dominik Juda (CZE / TME Racing) finished third to join him
on the podium. Team-mate Michal Šembera (CZE) came home ninth.
Friedrich was back on the podium on Sunday, finishing runner-up in
race two. Juda was fourth, Šembera ninth.

Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship: One-two for
Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad at season-opener.

The Alpe International Motorcycle Championship (AA) also started the
2019 season at the Slovakia Ring (SVK). BMW racers have traditionally
been very successful in this series, and showed exactly why with a
one-two in the opening race on Saturday. Karel Hanika (CZE / Fany
Gastro BMW Motorrad) dominated the race and took an emphatic victory
on his BMW S 1000 RR. Team-mate Ondřej Ježek (CZE) followed him home
in second place to complete the one-two. Christopher Kemmer (AUT /
Bertl K. Racing) finished ninth. Ježek demonstrated his consistency
with another second-place finish on his RR in race two. Kemmer crossed
the finish line in seventh place. Race one winner, Hanika, failed to finish.

Italian Superbike Championship: Season resumes at Mugello.

The 2019 season in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) resumed
at the weekend with round two at Mugello (ITA). In the first of the
two races, Roberto Tamburini (ITA) from the Cherry Box 24 Guandalini
Racing team was the highest-placed BMW rider, crossing the line in
fourth. Matteo Baiocco (ITA / DMR Racing) finished seventh, followed
by team-mate Luca Vitali (ITA) in eighth position. Top-ten finishes
were also claimed by Christian Gamarino (ITA / Tutapista Corse) in
ninth and Fabio Menghi (ITA / VFT Racing) in tenth. In the second
race, Baiocco was the best placed RR rider in sixth. Vitali and
Gamarino took the chequered flag in seventh and eighth respectively.

Italian National Trophy 1000: Podium finish for Luca Salvadori
at Mugello.

The Italian National Trophy 1000 (IT 1000) also held its second round
of the season at Mugello (ITA). The weekend saw another podium finish
for the BMW racing family. In an exciting race, Luca Salvadori (ITA /
Berclaz Racing Italia) rode to second place on the rostrum, only 0.216
seconds behind the winner. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) claimed fourth
position on his RR. Francesco Cocco (ITA) followed in fifth. Remo
Castellarin (ITA) in seventh and Alessio Velini (ITA) in tenth also
secured finishes within the top-ten.

Asia Road Race Championship: Round two of the season in Australia.

The Asia Road Race Championship (ARRC), new to the BMW Motorrad Race
Trophy this year, was at The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia at the
weekend, the venue for the second event of the season. The best-placed
BMW rider was Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS / Onexox TKKR SAG Team), who
finished the two races in fourth and fifth place. Team-mate Farid
Hisham (MAS) was tenth on both races.

Australian Superbike Championship: BMW racers in action at The
Bend Motorsports Park.

The Bend Motorsport Park (AUS) hosted round three of this season’s
Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). The event consisted of three
races, however the weekend was over as early as Saturday for
three-time ASBK champion Glenn Allerton (AUS / NextGen Motorsports /
Maxima BMW Racing). In race one, he was unable to avoid colliding with
a crashed rider and broke his right wrist in the accident. Team-mate
Ted Collins (AUS) ended the race in 13th place however met
a similar fate to Allerton in race two. Whilst he was uninjured,
Collins was unable to line up for race three. Paul van der Heiden (RSA
/ Moto Adelaide) finished 20th twice and 19th in
the other race.

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Raising the curtain on the new turbo era: BMW Motorsport kicks off the 2019 DTM season at Hockenheim.

BMW:Raising the curtain on the new turbo era: BMW Motorsport kicks off the 2019 DTM season at Hockenheim.

Munich. The wait is finally over: the new BMW M4 DTM with BMW
Turbo Power – developed in accordance with Class 1 regulations –
will make its race debut this weekend. From 3rd to
5th May, the Hockenheimring (GER) will host the opening
round of the 2019 DTM season. The six BMW M4 DTMs will once again be
run by BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG.

 

The 2019 DTM driver line-up at BMW includes five familiar faces and
one newcomer. Timo Glock (GER), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Marco
Wittmann (GER) represent BMW Team RMG. Philipp Eng (AUT), Joel
Eriksson (SWE) and rookie Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) start for BMW
Team RBM.

 

The BMW M4 DTM is powered by a new two-litre R4 turbo engine, which
has been developed from scratch and generates over 600 hp – the P48.
The move to turbo engines is one of many innovations in the DTM. The
aerodynamics have also been modified and the weight of the car
reduced. Furthermore, a push-to-pass system, which allows drivers to
briefly call on more power for overtaking manoeuvres, has been introduced.

Quotes ahead of the DTM opener at Hockenheim.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“The start of the season is always a highlight, but we are
particularly excited this year. We are entering a new era with the
DTM. With the new turbo engine in the BMW M4 DTM, we are taking up the
success story of 50 years of BMW Turbo Power in motorsport. We have
already enjoyed exciting and thrilling races in the past. With the
innovations for the 2019 season, however, the DTM is shifting up a
gear in terms of excitement. At the same time, we are also pleased to
have a fantastic new manufacturer and competitor in Aston Martin. It
will be very interesting to see how the balance of power develops at
Hockenheim. The regulations have really shaken things up for 2019 and
all will be revealed at the opening race weekend. However, one thing
is certain: fans can look forward to spectacular races with lots of
action – and we want to have a big say in the battle for the top step
of the podium.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG):

“After the six-month winter break with a very tiring test season and
a lot of innovations, such as the turbo engine, we will be as well
prepared as possible when we get to Hockenheim. It is always exciting,
after all the time spent developing, to arrive at the first race
weekend with a new car like the BMW M4 DTM. We have very few changes
in the team and line up with a well-oiled crew. New on the driver side
is Bruno Spengler, and we are very much looking forward to working
with him. As a team, we want to prepare our new cars as well as
possible for the first races of the season. We will work hard to be
well positioned when we finally go racing again.”

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG):

“The anticipation and excitement are huge, as we are entering a new
era in the DTM. I don’t believe anybody really knows what to expect.
There is still a bit of a question mark hanging over us, and we will
get the answer at Hockenheim. As such, there is already a lot of
tension. It goes without saying that I am already looking forward to
the fans and the atmosphere at the season-opener at Hockenheim. Racing
there is simply awesome. I can hardly wait and am very determined to
do well.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG):

“After the long winter break, I am looking forward to getting started
and finally seeing the fans at the racetrack again. Hockenheim will
undoubtedly be as brilliant as ever. I think we can look forward to an
exciting start to the season, particularly as we enter this new era
with the new engines and a new third manufacturer in Aston Martin. We
will also see what the actual balance of power is there. Not everyone
showed all their cards at the test at the Lausitzring. When it comes
down to it, the first time everything is revealed will be in
qualifying at Hockenheim. Then we will see where we really are.”

Timo Glock (#16 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR):

“I am looking forward to getting going again. The first race is
always a highlight, particularly at Hockenheim. The weekend there will
finally shed a little light on where we stand compared to the others.
Up to now, that has been impossible to deduce. I am very intrigued to
see how the opening weekend pans out for us.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“First of all, it has been a tremendous challenge – the new car and
the new engine. The winter has been full of hard development work,
which is always tough around a state-of-the-art race car like we have.
I think that we go to Hockenheim with high expectations. We want to be
competitive with all three drivers. We want to be on the zero-mistake
level; I think it’s very important because reliability will come into
play as well. We want to finish both races with all three drivers,
have safe races and see where we are as a package – as a team, as a
car, as a manufacturer and in combination with the drivers. We will do
our absolute best to get the maximum out of it but it is very
difficult to make a prediction. So, let’s roll the dice and let’s see.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR):

“The anticipation ahead of finally racing in the DTM again is huge.
Nothing else gives me the feeling that goes through my body when I am
on the DTM grid, just before the lights go out. It is really very
exciting. The wait is finally over. After all the preparation, I just
want to go racing again now.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM):

“Hockenheim is going to be cool. It’s going to be a big weekend for
me. Obviously it’s my debut in the DTM, so a lot of things are going
on, apart from the driving. It’s going to be interesting to manage all
these factors. Out on the track, however, I obviously can’t wait to be
on the starting grid at Hockenheim. We have quite high expectations as
usual but let’s see where we end up. We should also be reasonable.
It’s my first season in the DTM, so I have to learn a lot, also from
my team-mates, but so far it has been going very well.” 

 

Joel Eriksson (#47 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM):

“I am super excited. I think everyone is, but especially as a driver
it’s special to sit behind the wheel when you have a completely new
engine under the hood. They will be very interesting and entertaining
races. We also have the push-to-pass system now, that adds even more
excitement. Last year, the first race weekend was pretty cool and
insane, and I think it will be the same this year. I can’t wait to
come to Hockenheim. I’m sure it will be really great racing.”

 

Media Schedule (all times CEST).

Friday, 3rd May

11.30-12.00, ITR press conference with Sheldon van der Linde,
Baden-Württemberg Center, 4th floor

Saturday, 4th May

15.50-16.00, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Baden-Württemberg
Center, 4th floor

Sunday, 5th May

09.30-10.00, Media round table with BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt, BMW Hospitality

15.50-16.00, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Baden-Württemberg
Center, 4th floor

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 13/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 13/2019.

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.

DTM: BMW M Motorsport presents Official Partners and
Suppliers.
BMW M Motorsport can count on the support
of a large number of partners in the 2019 DTM season. In addition to
Premium Technology Partner Shell and five Premium Partners, a total of
seven Official Partners and two Official Suppliers are on board.
Akrapovič, the BMW Driving Experience, BMW M GmbH, BMW M Performance
Parts and the H&R Spezialfedern GmbH & Co. KG are all
continuing their involvement as Official Partners. Oakley and PUMA
will continue to equip the BMW teams and drivers in their capacity as
Official Suppliers. Becker Carbon, specialist for fibre-reinforced
composite components, returns to the ranks of the BMW M Motorsport
Official Partners as part of a technical partnership. The company was
previously a Partner in the DTM from 2013 to 2015. Official Partner
RoboMarkets is a new member of the BMW M Motorsport family. Founded in
2012, the multi-asset-broker has recorded strong growth in recent
years and now provides professional services for institutional and
private customers across Europe. The “RoboMarkets” logo is prominently
featured on the roof and bonnet of the CATL BMW M4 DTM. BMW Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt: “We are proud to be able to count on such
large number of strong partners in the upcoming DTM season. They all
ensure that we can operate works racing at the highest level. I would
like to extend my thanks on behalf of everyone at BMW Motorsport. It
is of particular importance to me to note that our partnerships
normally extend far beyond simply displaying partner logos. We are
interested in structuring the partnerships so that they deliver added
value for everyone involved. Together we are strong.”

VLN: Top five result for BMW Team Schnitzer on the Nürburgring
Nordschleife.
Numerous class wins and a top five
result in the overall standings at the third race of the VLN Endurance
Championship Nürburgring (GER) mean that BMW teams and drivers can
look back at a successful race weekend in the Eifel mountains. After
the length of the first VLN race was reduced due to fog and the second
race had been stopped due to snow, the third VLN race took place over
the full distance, allowing fans and spectators to enjoy typical Eifel
conditions. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) and Nick Yelloly (GBR), in the
BMW Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3, kept their nerve despite some
severe downpours and finished in fifth place after 24 laps. The ROWE
Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3 finished immediately behind them in sixth
position with Marco Wittmann (GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and John Edwards
(USA) sharing driving duties at the wheel. It was an early retirement
for the second ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3, however, the #98 car having
been driven by Philipp Eng (AUT), Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Tom
Blomqvist (GBR). A total of seven BMW M6 GT3s had started the race.
BMW also had reason to celebrate in the individual classes. In the V4
class, victory was claimed by Stefan Beyer, Emin Akata (both GER) and
Thorsten Kratz (AUT) in the Sorg Rennsport team BMW 325i. The team
from Wuppertal (GER) was also able to celebrate in the hard-fought
SP10 class. In the #181 BMW M4 GT4, BMW Motorsport Junior Erik
Johansson (SWE) and Heiko Eichenberg (GER) finished in second place.
Florian Wolf, Arne Hoffmeister (both GER) and Manuel Amweg (SUI)
rounded off the podium behind them. Further class wins were recorded
by Christopher Dreyspring and Christer Jöns (both GER) in the Schubert
Motorsport team BMW M2 Competition in the SP8T class, and by Marcel
Manheller and Carsten Knechtges (both GER) from the Manheller Racing
team in the BMW 328i, in the VT2 class. In total, more than 60 BMW
entries were competing at the third VLN race weekend. The fourth race
in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring takes place on 13th July
with the 50th Adenauer Trophy. However, many BMW teams and drivers
will be back in the Eifel region in just a few weeks for the six-hour
qualifying race, the final endurance test before the legendary 24-hour
race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife which takes place on 18th and
19th May.

BMW M240i Racing Cup: next success for
Griessner/Fübrich.
Reigning champions David Griessner
(AUT) and Yannick Fübrich (GER) remain right on course to defend their
title in the BMW M240i Racing Cup. The duo from Pixum Team Adrenalin
proved unbeatable in the third race of the season in the CUP5 class,
which takes place as part of the VLN Endurance Championship
Nürburgring. The two drivers took a dominant win in the #650 BMW M240i
Racing to extend their lead in the overall standings. Behind them,
Nico Otto and Lars Peucker (both GER) finished second in the legendary
#666 “Eifelblitz” from the Scheid-Honert Motorsport team. Marc Ehret,
Christian Konnerth (both GER) and Juha Hannonen (FIN) in the FK
Performance Motorsport #679 BMW M240i Racing completed the podium. A
total of 21 BMW M240i Racings were competing. The fourth race in the
BMW M240i Racing Cup takes place on 13th July.

ADAC GT Masters: BMW M6 GT3 in sixth place after strong
recovery performance.
BMW Motorsport works driver
Jens Klingmann (GER) and Nicolai Sylvest (AUT) put on an impressive
recovery performance in the season-opener of the ADAC GT Masters at
Oschersleben (GER), securing a good sixth place finish. The duo
started Sunday’s race from 14th place in the MRS GT Racing
team #14 BMW M6 GT3 and worked their way up by eight positions. This
also equated to third place in the Junior standings for Sylvest. The
pair had crossed the finishing line in 17th place in
Saturday’s race. The second race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters takes
place from 7th to 9th June at the Red Bull Ring (AUT).

ADAC GT4 Germany: perfect debut for BMW M4 GT4 in
Oschersleben.
Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Marius Zug
(GER) celebrated a perfect start in the newly-created ADAC GT4 Germany
in the RN Vision STS team #7 BMW M4 GT4. The duo finished second in
qualifying before claiming victory in Saturday’s race at the
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (GER). The new race series delivered
excitement right up to the final metres of Sunday’s race as well, but
BMW just missed out on another podium finish. Michael Schrey (GER) and
Thomas Jäger (AUT) ended the race in fourth place in the #3 BMW M4
GT4, followed by Claudia Hürtgen (GER) and Michael Fischer (AUT) in
fifth position in the #2 BMW M4 GT4. Both cars are competing in the
ADAC GT4 Germany for Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport. The duo
of Piana/Zug finished tenth in Sunday’s race. A total of five BMW M4
GT4s were competing. The next race in the ADAC GT4 Germany takes place
from 7th to 9th June at the Red Bull Ring (AUT).

Blancpain GT World Challenge America: successful weekend for
BMW M customer racing cars.
A large line-up of cars
from the BMW M Motorsport customer racing range enjoyed numerous
successes at the Virginia International Raceway (USA). The BMW M6 GT3,
the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M240i Racing and BMW M235i Racing were
competing at the legendary circuit in the Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

A strong recovery performance in Saturday’s race saw Justin
Rapheal (USA) and Stevan McAleer (GBR) claim victory in the SprintX
overall standings for the first time in the Team Classic BMW #29 BMW
M4 GT4. This also equated to victory in the SprintX East championship.
Greg Liefooghe and Sean Quinlan (both USA) rounded off a strong result
with third place in the #19 BMW M4 GT4 from Stephen Cameron Racing.
Randy Mueller and James Clay (both USA) crossed the finishing line
immediately behind them in the Epic Motorsport #3 BMW M4 GT4 to claim
the win in the SprintX East AM standings. The second race and the
sprint race had not yet finished at the time of publication. In
Saturday’s race, Precision Driving Tech’s Marko Radisic (USA) had
driven the best-placed BMW M4 GT4 to fourth place, narrowly missing
out on a podium finish in the AM standings.

BMW also had reason to celebrate in the TC class, with six BMW
cars out in front after the first race. In the Rooster Hall Racing #80
BMW M235i Racing, Johan Schwartz (DEN) claimed victory ahead of Toby
Grahovec (USA) in the Classic BMW #26 BMW M240i Racing and the #81 BMW
M235i Racing of Steve Streimer (USA), also competing for Rooster Hall
Racing. The second race had not finished at the time of going to press.

The BMW M6 GT3 was also competing at the Virginia Raceway. In
Saturday’s race, Henry Schmitt (USA) and Greg Liefooghe crossed the
line in 14th place in the #87 BMW M6 GT3 from the Stephen
Cameron Racing team. Once again, Sunday’s race had not yet finished at
the time of publication.

BTCC: Double win for Turkington in
Donington.
Reigning champion Colin Turkington (GBR) made
an impressive return at the second round of the British Touring Car
Championship (BTCC) at Donington (GBR). The British driver claimed
victory in the first two races in the West Surrey Racing #1 BMW 330i M
Sport. He had laid the foundations for the wins with first place in
qualifying. He secured ninth place in the third and final race. West
Surrey Racing team-mate Tom Oliphant (GBR), competing in the #15 BMW
330i M Sport, finished the first race in third place and was in a
promising position for much of the second race before dropping out of
the points after a spin. He finished in 13th position in
the third race. The third car competing for West Surrey Racing, the
#77 BMW 330i M Sport, was driven by Andrew Jordan (GBR) who retired
from the first race and was unable to appear in either of the
subsequent races. Stephen Jelley (GBR), competing for the Parker
Racing team in the #12 BMW 125i M Sport, finished in 17th place in the
first race and secured 20th position in the third race. He had to
retire from the second race. The next BTCC race weekend will take
place at Thruxton (GBR) on 18th and 19th May.

DTM: Flying lessons for Marco Wittmann with aerobatics world
champion Matthias Dolderer.
Two-time DTM champion
Marco Wittmann (GER) was flying high last week as part of a film shoot
for the SAT.1 TV station. Wittmann and his two fellow DTM drivers Nico
Müller (SUI, Audi) and Ferdinand von Habsburg (AUT, Aston Martin) paid
a visit to aerobatics world champion Matthias Dolderer (GER) in
Tannheim (GER) to experience a particularly fast-paced flying lesson.
Dolderer took the racing drivers on a round trip to show them some
spectacular aerobatic manoeuvres. Wittmann was first up and was even
able to take the controls himself for some manoeuvres. “This was my
second time in the cockpit with Matthias after 2016, but it was just
as exciting and spectacular as the first time,” said Wittmann. “Many
thanks to Matthias for the invitation to this fantastic event! I hope
he will now be able to accept our invitation to the DTM, so that we
can return the favour.” SAT.1 will show the complete film of this day
of aerobatics for Wittmann and his fellow DTM drivers as part of the
live broadcast of the season-opener from Hockenheim (GER) this coming weekend.

Original Press Release

Félix da Costa scores important points for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in a turbulent Paris E-Prix.

BMW:Félix da Costa scores important points for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in a turbulent Paris E-Prix.

Paris. António Félix da Costa (POR) and BMW i Andretti
Motorsport have completed a difficult race weekend in the ABB FIA
Formula E Championship in Paris (FRA) with seventh place and six
hard-earned points. Starting from 14th position, Félix da
Costa put on a faultless display in changeable conditions to work
his way up to seventh place. Alexander Sims (GBR) retired from the
Paris E-Prix after his involvement in an accident through no fault
of his own.

 

The eighth race of the Formula E season endured some turbulent phases
after starting behind the BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car on a partially wet
circuit. Periodic rainfall continued to affect proceedings, and an
unexpected hailstorm caused plenty of collisions and position changes.
Félix da Costa managed to stay out of trouble and some calm driving
saw him work his way up to seventh place. He is now in third place in
the drivers’ standings with 70 points, eleven points behind leader
Robin Frijns (NED, Virgin Racing), who won the Paris E-Prix. BMW i
Andretti Motorsport remains fifth in the team championship, with 88 points.

Sims’ race day ended around 22 minutes before the end. On a wet
surface, he was rear-ended by Oliver Rowland (GBR, Nissan) entering a
corner and turned sharply into the crash barriers. The BMW iFE.18 was
too badly damaged to continue the race.

Reactions to the Paris E-Prix:

Roger Griffiths (BMW i Andretti Motorsport team principal):

“The race was like the April weather here in Paris. The 32 laps had
pretty much all the turmoil you could imagine. Unfortunately,
Alexander Sims got caught up in an accident that wasn’t his fault. He
is having a tough time right now and just isn’t getting the luck he
needs to experience a trouble-free race weekend. António put on a very
mature performance. It was a shame that the difficult conditions in
qualifying meant that we were unable to get the best speed out of the
car. However, he worked his way through the field during the race and
made the most of every chance he got when his competitors slipped up.
The points he scored here could be very valuable at the end of the season.”

António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, qualifying result:
16th place, race result: 7th place, FANBOOST
voting: 2nd place, points: 70):

“I think we managed to drive a smart race again, keep out of all the
trouble and score some important points to stay in the running for the
title. We didn’t have the best speed in the rain but we didn’t make
any mistakes and managed to work our way forwards during the race.”

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, qualifying result:
18th place, race result: DNF, FANBOOST voting:
17th place, points: 18):

“Unfortunately, that was another disappointing race result for me. I
had planned on driving a clean race through to the end and then
leaving Paris with a good result in the bag. Sadly, that didn’t work
out. There was nothing I could when I got hit from behind. That was a
most unfortunate situation for me.”

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 5. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the BMW i8
Coupé Safety Car, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As well as the BMW
i8 Coupé, the BMW i fleet also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and
the BMW 530e iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100
km; combined energy consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in its role as “Medical Car”.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model.
The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and fromDeutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

Original Press Release

The turbo pioneers return to their roots: The new BMW DTM engine, as compared to its 1969 forefather.

BMW:The turbo pioneers return to their roots: The new BMW DTM engine, as compared to its 1969 forefather.

Munich. BMW Turbo Power is a success story in motorsport – and
has been for 50 years. In 1969, BMW won the European Touring Car
Championship with Dieter Quester (AUT) and the BMW 2002 TI, doing
pioneering work and writing history in the process. The first BMW
Turbo in motor racing – the M121 – provided the necessary drive.
After many more BMW Turbo engines in the 50 years since then, the
newly-developed Class 1 regulation-compliant BMW P48 engine will
make its debut in the BMW M4 DTM when this season’s DTM kicks off at
Hockenheim (GER) at the start of May. Times may have changed, but
the outstanding properties of the engine have remained the same.

Despite the 50 years that lie between them, the two
high-performance engines have a number of similarities: both are
straight, four-cylinder engines with a two-litre capacity and a turbo
charger. In both the BMW M121 and the P48, the sensitive engine
components must be protected by a heat shield from the heat emitted by
the turbo charger. A mechanical injection pump supplies the engine
with fuel in both cases.

More than twice as much power with far less consumption and a
much longer service life.
The pressure with which the combustion
air is supplied to the engine, can hardly be compared any more. With
0.98 bar of pressure, the first generation of turbo race engine
achieved approx. 280 hp at 6,500 rpm. The exhaust fan was
theoretically capable of developing a boost pressure of 1.76 bar.
However, the pressure in the cylinder would have been so great, that
the cylinder head would have lifted off. Nowadays, boost pressures of
up to 2.5 bar are possible with more than 600 hp. The crankcase and
cylinder head were manufactured in a special sand-casting procedure in
the BMW Landshut foundry.

In the meantime, components like the ignition distributor, fan,
wet sump and boost valve have since disappeared from the engine. There
is no longer a direct charge air pipe, which supplies the engine with
compressed air without any cooling. Instead, the P48 has a
sophisticated dry sump system. The oil required for lubrication
purposes within the engine is extracted immediately without any oil
being lost through splashes. Another part of this system is the oil
tank, which is directly attached to the engine. Efficient charge air
cooling also allows for increased performance and efficiency.

Auxiliary units, like the starter and generator, are no longer
on the engine, but are mounted on the transaxle gearbox behind the
engine. Carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic has replaced the old aluminium
weld-and-cast construction on the plenum chamber. Furthermore, the
butterfly is now moved electrically and no longer by a mechanical
throttle rod. Instead of an open ignition harness, the electrical
wires in the P48 are housed in a protective, carbon cable tray.

One of the most efficient BMW race engines of all time.
One
of the key aspects of the P48 is its exceptionally good consumption.
As the regulations limit the permitted fuel flow, every fuel saving
means better performance and was followed in detail. Compared to its
predecessor, which itself was very efficient, the current engine has
been made almost 10 percent more efficient. It is actually more than
50 percent more efficient than the M121 from 1969. This was achieved
with the help of the high-pressure direct fuel injection, as found in
BMW production engines, as well as a mixture preparation and
combustion – tried and tested in many simulations and tests – which
allows the engine to operate in so-called ‘lean burn mode’.

A consistent minimisation of friction losses, such as through
the aforementioned oil system and the use of high
temperature-resistant components that do not require cooling by the
fuel, make the P48 one of the most efficient BMW race engines of this
day and age.

BMW Turbo engines guarantee maximum sportiness.
Despite all
this, the original 1969 turbo need by no means hide when it comes to
performance. As the developers of the BMW 2002 TI were not permitted
to increase the displacement, the performance had to be increased
elsewhere. The engine no longer aspirated its mixture itself. Instead,
it was blown into the engine via the turbo charger. This transformed
the BMW 2002 TI into a real sports car, with a top speed of 240 km/h.
This was followed in 1973 by the first German car manufactured in
production with a turbo charger: the BMW 2002 turbo.

The next chapter in the story of BMW Turbo in motorsport is now
set to be written in the DTM. Above all, the Class 1 regulations
herald a new technical era. The previous V8 engines have been replaced
by more powerful, four-cylinder turbo engines. The sound of the new
turbos is awesome, the performance nothing short of impressive.
However, their most brilliant property is their efficiency. At 85
kilograms, the short engine in the new turbo power unit weighs little
more than half of its predecessor. The lightweight model boasts
impressive figures compared to the DTM engines used up to this point:
half the displacement, more power, less consumption.

Facts and figures on the new BMW P48 engine.

Type: P48, R4 turbo engine with direct fuel
injection
Capacity: 1,999 cc
Weight: 85 kg (basic weight,
according to regulations)
Bore: between 86 and 90 mm
Engine
speed: max. 9,500 rpm
Power output: over 600 hp
Service
life: over 6,000 km (per season)
Fuel mass flow restrictor:
mandatory 95 kg/h,
100 kg/h with push-to-pass activated

– Cylinder block and cylinder head made from cast aluminium in
the BMW foundry in Landshut
– Steel crankshaft
– Four valves
per cylinder, operated via rocker arm
– Steel camshafts, operated
via gears
– High-pressure, direct injection, as with BMW
production engines with 350 bar
– Dry sump

Despite the significant increase in power of about 100 hp, the
unit is designed for reliability and durability, and lasts roughly
6,000 kilometres. 1.5 engines may be used per car over the course of
the season. The Push-to-Pass system, new in 2019, provides an extra 5
kg/h of fuel for a duration of five seconds, resulting in an increase
in power of roughly 30 hp.

The turbo charger in the P48 supplies the engine with 400 litres
of air per second – 3,500 times as much as a human breathes. The
pistons accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than a thousandth of
a second – 1,200 times faster than a lunar rocket. The water pump
shifts roughly 18,000 litres per hour. This is fast enough to fill a
bath tub in roughly 20 seconds. 1,005 drawings were made for the final
assembly of the engine, which consists of roughly 2,000 individual
parts. Laid next to each other, they would cover the floor of a 250
sqm apartment.

A new era in touring car racing is dawning with the BMW P48 and
the Class 1 regulations – just as it did with the engine’s forefather
from 1969. The turbo is ready for ignition – today, as it was 50 years ago.

Original Press Release

Track facts and key factors: the BMW i Andretti Motorsport preview for the Paris E-Prix.

BMW:Track facts and key factors: the BMW i Andretti Motorsport preview for the Paris E-Prix.

Munich. Two weeks after the first of this season’s European
races in Rome (ITA), the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is in the
French capital, Paris, this weekend. In our preview, we present the
most important track facts and the key factors to a successful race.

 

TRACK FACTS PARIS.

Circuit length

1.92 km, very short. Clockwise.

Corners

6 left
and 8 right handers. Slowest corner: T9 (approx. 45 km/h).
Fastest corner: T12 (approx. 110 km/h).

Track surface

Very uneven, like Rome. Many changes in tarmac.

Grip level

Very
low. Track dirty with leaves and pollen. Expected to be
disadvantage for qualifying group 1.

Circuit layout

Very narrow, so no room for error. Shortest
straight of the season, making overtaking very risky.

Tyre wear

Low,
but challenging to get heat into the tyres.

Attack Zone

For
the first time this season, ATTACK MODE is activated on a
straight. This means there will be hardly any time loss.

Pit lane

Narrow
with a very unusual layout.

Risk of crashes

Very high.

Key factors

Grip, car balance, qualifying performance /
grid positions, pushing the limit, without making mistakes.

 

Quotes ahead of the Paris E-Prix:

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti
Motorsport):
“Paris is already a permanent fixture on
the Formula E race calendar. We are here for the fourth time, so we
know the circuit pretty well. The track is narrow and winding, with
just one straight. As a rule, that makes it particularly difficult to
overtake with a good grid position even more important. Our focus is
on finding the ideal grip level on the slippery track, and thus to
achieve our goal of finishing in the points with both cars.”

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18):
“The circuit in
Paris has some unique corners, plus the track is relatively short and
very bumpy. I have gained some initial experience in the simulator and
am intrigued to see how it feels on the real track. We have analysed
the race in Rome carefully and hopefully drawn the right conclusions.”

António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18):
“After
being frustrated with the result in Rome, I arrive in Paris determined
to do well again. I feel very good in the BMW iFE.18 and have fond
memories of the circuit. Last year, I made it through to Super Pole
here. I hope it works out as well this year.”

The FANBOOST vote.
FANBOOST gives Formula E fans
the opportunity to vote for their favourite driver and award them an
extra boost of power during the race. The five drivers with the most
FANBOOST votes are awarded a significant burst of power, which they
can deploy in a five-second window during the second half of the race.
Fans can vote for their favourite driver in the six days prior to, and
leading up to 15 minutes into, each race. Each fan can vote once per
day. There are three ways to vote: Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/,
via the official Formula E App or on Twitter using the hashtag
#FANBOOST plus the drivers first and last name as a one-word hashtag.

Hashtags of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers:
#AlexanderSims
#AntonioFelixdaCosta


The BMW i Fleet
BMW i is “Official Vehicle
Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5.
Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car, modified
with BMW M components (combined fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km;
combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
42 g/km)*. As well as the BMW i8 Coupe, the BMW i fleet also includes
the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy
consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race
Director Car” and the BMW 530e iPerformance (combined fuel
consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 13.6-13.3
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in its role as
“Medical Car”.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model.
The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and fromDeutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

Original Press Release

BMW is main partner of the Gallery Weekend 2019. Art weekend in Berlin from April 26 to 28.

BMW:BMW is main partner of the Gallery Weekend 2019. Art weekend in Berlin from April 26 to 28.

Berlin. As one of the important highlights within the
international art calendar, Gallery Weekend Berlin in its
15th edition presents productions by emerging artists
alongside more established positions at the 45 participating
galleries. From the start, BMW has supported the weekend as main
partner and will again provide the VIP shuttle service for the
galleries. Furthermore, BMW i and Soho House invite to the Berlin Art
Talks on Saturday, April 27: “The Future of the Museum” and “Virtual
Reality in Contemporary Art”, both curated and moderated by The New
York Times and powered by IDAGIO, the leading streaming service for
classical music.

All exhibitions of the participating galleries of the Gallery
Weekend will open their doors on Friday, April 26 from 6.00 PM to 9.00
PM. On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 all citizens of Berlin
and its national and international guests are invited to visit the
galleries from 11.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

Initiated by Berlin gallerists in 2005, the Gallery Weekend
takes place in the end of April/ the beginning of May every year and
brings together different gallery exhibitions that are spread across
the whole city. Here, one witnesses the vital work of galleries as
they champion and foster support for their artists, working alongside
them to facilitate and conceive innovative and thought-provoking
exhibitions. The weekend provides opportunities to discover new names
or deepen existing passions, while also enabling new experiences with
the city itself. Berlin’s art scene remains in motion and in
continuous development, with a particular boost of activity in
Charlottenburg this year. The 15th Gallery Weekend thus
offers various paths through a unique mix of current art and
contemporary discourses, singular events and encounters.

Saturday, April 27, 10.30
AM

BMW i and Soho House invite to “Berlin Art Talks” curated and
moderated by The New York Times, powered by IDAGIO:
On
The Future of the Museum”, Chris Dercon (Président
/ CEO de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais) and Amid Sood
(Director, Google Arts and Culture) will talk to Farah Nayeri (Culture
Writer, The New York Times). Following, Daniel Birnbaum (Director,
Acute Art), Anita Zabludowicz OBE (Founder, Zabludowicz Collection)
and Christian Lemmerz (Artist) will discuss with Matt Anderson
(European Culture Editor, The New York Times) “Virtual Reality
in Contemporary Art
”.

RSVP to: bmw-arts-design.com/art_talk_soho_house

Media Preview
This year there will again be the
possibility for journalists to visit the galleries one day prior
already (Thursday, April 25). The respective contact persons are
available at the galleries and are looking forward to your visit from
11.00 AM to 3.00 PM. Furthermore, you will find the temporary Gallery
Weekend press office at Potsdamerstraße 93. There you can find
additional information and the director Maike Cruse will be available
for interviews. For further information as well as image material
about the participating galleries and the artists, please refer to the
homepage www.gallery-weekend.de
(password: kunst) as well as the BMW Group PressClub www.press.bmwgroup.com.

Besides the Gallery Weekend, the list of long-term commitments
to the arts in Germany’s capital city includes the Preis der
Nationalgalerie and the Berlin Biennale. Beyond the extensive
commitment to the arts, BMW cooperates with the opera house Staatsoper
Unter den Linden and invites this year again to the long-standing
open-air format “State Opera for All” on June 15 and 16, 2019.

On an international scale, the BMW Group continues to support
joint formats with numerous cultural institutions as well as art
fairs. In cooperation with Tate Modern in London, BMW introduced the
format “BMW Tate Live” – a long-term partnership, which focuses on
performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space. Since
2015, BMW and Art Basel annually send emerging artists on the “BMW Art
Journey” – a journey of their own choice to develop new ideas and
create new projects. Alongside the Art Basel and its two offshoots in
Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW also cooperates with the TEFAF in
Maastricht, the Paris Photo, and the Frieze art fairs in London, New
York and Los Angeles as well as the Frieze Masters. In autumn 2017,
BMW and Frieze launched their new initiative “BMW Open Work”. Drawing
inspiration from BMW design, engineering and technology, the
commissioned artists consider current and future technologies as tools
for innovation and artistic experimentation. Furthermore, in the
context of BMW’s cooperation with Soho House, an Art & Design talk
takes place during the majority of these fairs. In 2018 the latest
edition of the “BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors” was launched.
This joint publication of the BMW Group and Independent Collectors
provides an overview on the most significant private collections on a
global scale.

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

Email: presse@bmw.de

Press Contact Gallery Weekend 2019
Bureau N Hans
Krestel
Telephone: +49 30 62736102
Internet: www.bureau-n.de
Email: hans.krestel@bureau-n.de  

About Soho House & Co
Established in 1995 by
Founder and CEO Nick Jones, Soho House originated as a members’ club
for those in the film, media, and creative industries. The group has
gradually expanded to include 23 Houses globally, as well
as restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and bedrooms.
Each
House is designed for the city and neighbourhood it’s in, but all
share the same ethos; to create a comfortable home from home for a
community of like-minded creative people, wherever they are.

About IDAGIO
IDAGIO is the leading streaming
service for classical music. Crafted in Berlin by a world-class team
of over 80 passionate experts in music, technology, business and
design, IDAGIO offers a search tailor-made for classical music, a
catalogue of over 2 million licensed tracks, and exclusive recordings
and playlists – all available in CD-quality sound (FLAC). Each artist,
orchestra and ensemble has a clear profile displaying albums and
recorded works including filters like composer, conductor, soloists
and more. IDAGIO has subscribers in over 180 countries and the app has
been downloaded more than one million times worldwide. https://www.idagio.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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Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport News – Issue 12/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 12/2019.

DTM: Shell part of the action as Premium Technology Partner
once again in 2019 – Sheldon van der Linde at the wheel of the Shell
BMW M4 DTM.

Shell is on board as a Premium Technology Partner of BMW Motorsport
once again in 2019. The Shell Helix Ultra logo will feature
prominently on all six BMW racing cars again this season. And a car
with the striking red and white Shell design will return to the
starting grid again. At its wheel will be a talented newcomer to BMW’s
DTM driver line-up: Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) is set to contest his
first DTM season in the Shell BMW M4 DTM. Since 2015, Shell has been
the only engine oil manufacturer recommended for original BMW engine
oils around the world in the after-sales business. And the successful
partnership is not just restricted to the touring car series. The BMW
teams are also equipped with Shell Helix Ultra and Pennzoil Platinum
engine oils when they battle for wins in the FIA World Endurance
Championship (WEC) and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as
well as at the legendary 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER).

“BMW Motorsport and Shell are strong partners and have celebrated
great successes at the track in recent years,” said BMW Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt. “Which is why I’m happy that our partnership
is entering the next phase. I’m sure that our DTM rookie Sheldon van
der Linde will be good for a surprise or two at the wheel of the Shell
BMW M4 DTM.” At the season-opener on 4thMay, van der Linde
will be 19. His grandfather won numerous titles as a successful
touring car driver in South Africa, and his father celebrated
successes in BMW touring cars at home and in Europe. “It’s great to
have the honour of representing the Shell colours in my rookie year,”
said van der Linde. “Shell is a fantastic partner for BMW M Motorsport
– and I really like the look of my DTM car. I can’t wait until I
finally get to contest my first DTM race for BMW in May.”

 

About Royal Dutch Shell plc:

Royal Dutch Shell plc is based in England and Wales, with its
headquarters in Den Haag, and is listed on the stock exchanges in
London, Amsterdam and New York. Shell companies are active in more
than 70 countries and territories, in the development and promotion of
oil and gas, the manufacture and marketing of LNG (liquified natural
gas) and GTL (gas-to-liquids), the manufacture, marketing and delivery
of oil products and chemicals, as well as in projects in the field of
renewable energy.

 

12h Spa-Francorchamps: JR Motorsport celebrates class win.

The 12-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), part of the European
Championship within the 24h Series, saw the BMW teams celebrate a
class win. Ted van Vliet (NED), Michael Verhagen (NED) and Ward Sluys
(BEL) of the JR Motorsport team triumphed in the SPX category. The
next race of the 24h Series European Championship will be the 12 Hours
of Brno (CZE) on the 24thand 25thof May.

 

GT4 France: BMW M4 GT4 narrowly missed out on a podium
finish.
Five BMW M4 GT4s lined up on the grid at the
season opener of the GT4 France at the Circuit Paul Armagnac de Nogaro
(FRA). In the first race on Easter Sunday, Christopher Campbell (FRA)
and Ricardo Van Der Ende (NED) narrowly missed out on a podium finish.
After 35 laps, the duo came home fourth overall in the #17 BMW M4 GT4
of the L’Espace Bienvenue team. Laurent Hurgon and Julien Piguet (both
FRA) of BMW Team France finished in seventh place. In the second race
on Monday, Campbell and Van Der Ende were also best-placed BMW drivers
in Nogaro. They had to be content with the overall
13thposition. The next race weekend of the GT4 France will
take place from 17thto 19thMay at the
“Circuit de Pau-Ville” (FRA).

 

British GT: Fourth place for the BMW M6 GTE in the Pro-Am class.

Brilliant GT action provided the 2019 season opener of the British GT
Championship at Oulton Park (GBR) on the long Easter weekend. The
Century Motorsport team launched two BMW M6 GT3s and two BMW M4 GT4s.
In the first race on one of the most prestigious circuits in Great
Britain, Dominic Paul and Ben Green (both GBR) finished fourth in the
#3 BMW M6 GT3 in the Pro-Am category. Right behind them were teammates
Adrian Willmott and Jack Mitchell (both GBR) in fifth place in the #9
BMW M6 GT3. In the GT4 Silver Cup, Mark Kimber (GBR) and Jacob
Mathiassen (DEN) finished seventh in the #42 BMW M4 GT4 in the first
race on Monday. Angus Fender and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke (both GBR)
were eighth. The second race proved difficult for the BMW teams. Paul
and Green were the beast-placed BMW drivers in fifth place in the
Pro-Am class ahead of Willmott and Mitchell in seventh position.
Fender/Gordon-Colebrooke finished 13th in the GT4 Silver Cup.
Kimber/Mathiassen had to end the race prematurely. The second race
weekend in the British GT Championship will take place on 18th and
19th May in Snetterton (GBR).

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