BMW teams eager to end the 2019 DTM season with a highlight at the Hockenheim finale.

BMW:BMW teams eager to end the 2019 DTM season with a highlight at the Hockenheim finale.

Munich. The 2019 DTM season comes to an end with races
17 and 18 at Hockenheim (GER) this weekend. For BMW M
Motorsport and the BMW DTM teams, the objective for the season
finale is to head into the winter break on a high. At the season
opener in May, BMW M Motorsport started the new turbo era with
success at the same track: On Saturday, Marco Wittmann (GER) took
the first pole position and the first win for the then new BMW M4
DTM with turbo drive; on Sunday, Philipp Eng (AUT) drove to pole
position, while Wittmann completed the front row of the grid.

 

Wittmann is in third place overall heading into the finale, and is
still in contention for second place in the driver’s standings. A top
three finish is also still within reach for Eng, who is currently in
fifth place.

One of the highlights of the final weekend is the Japanese SUPER GT
joining the action. Before the two series hold their first joint
‘dream race’ at Fuji (JPN) in November, three cars from the SUPER GT
will compete as guest starters at Hockenheim. Former Formula 1 world
champion Jenson Button (GBR) is just one of the drivers who will make
an appearance.

BMW M GmbH is using the finale of the DTM season at Hockenheim as a
stage for the world premiere of the new BMW X5 M (CO2
emissions (combined): 296 – 291 g/km, Fuel consumption (combined):
13.0 – 12.8 l/100km) and BMW X6 M (CO2 emissions
(combined): 289 – 284 g/km, Fuel consumption (combined): 12.7 – 12.5
l/100km)*. The cars will be unveiled on Saturday.

Quotes ahead of the DTM finale at Hockenheim.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“We’re looking forward to the grand finale of the 2019 DTM season at
the Hockenheimring. The fans were treated to a fantastic opening round
in May. The final race weekend of the year is set to be another
highlight. We are very excited about the guest appearance of our
colleagues from the SUPER GT in Japan. This is a great taste of things
to come at the Fuji ‘Dream Race’ in November, which will undoubtedly
form a genuine highlight at the end of the motorsport year. When we
were at Hockenheim for the season-opener back in May, Marco Wittmann
claimed the first win of the new turbo era. Although the season has
not always been easy for us, we are all determined to end the season
with an equally successful weekend at the same venue. Our teams and
drivers are ready to give it their all one more time.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG):

“It seems that time is flying. It feels like just yesterday that we
kicked the 2019 DTM season off with the pole position and win at
Hockenheim. Our objective is to end the season with similar success.
We have a mixed record. We have brought home a total of five wins with
Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler, and Marco is still in with a chance
of finishing second in the overall standings. But there have also been
setbacks, and Timo Glock in particular has been very unlucky. But our
team refused to give up and kept on fighting. And the same will be
true at the final round, since we want to really go for it again with
success in the last two races.”

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Drivers’
standings: 9th, 100 points):

“Hockenheim is a great track. A lot always happens during the races
there, and it is really good for overtaking. The Hockenheim finale is
definitely always a highlight of the season. Huge numbers of fans
always come to the track, which is another reason why I am really
looking forward to it. The atmosphere is very special. We will analyse
all the data in great detail and see where we can optimise our BMW M4
DTM to be competitive at Hockenheim. We’re going in the right
directions; we improved at the Nürburgring. The team and BMW will work
really hard as usual to give us a good car for the final. The goal is
to have two strong final races.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG,
Drivers’ standings: 3rd, 182 points):

“We started the season with a win at Hockenheim, and I hope that we
can get a good end there to what has been a difficult season in part.
The championship has been decided, but we will try to make the finale
a great one for us personally at Hockenheim, with good results in both races.”

Timo Glock (#16 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’ standings:
13th, 37 points):

“I’m looking forward to the finale. Hockenheim is always a highlight,
and I have always had good races there. This season has been far from
easy for me. Now I’m just hoping that luck returns to my side at the
finale and that we can end the DTM year with results that make up for
the difficult season.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“Going into the finale at Hockenheim, we look back on a season in
which all of our drivers have consistently shown strong performances.
Without a doubt, the highlight was our home event at Zolder, with the
one-two result of Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson on the Saturday and
the pole position of our rookie Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp’s
podium finish on the Sunday. Philipp led the driver’ standings after
that, but unfortunately the second half of the season was difficult
for us. But the team always gave it their all and showed fantastic
dedication, and I’m proud of that. The goal for the finale is fight
for the front positions, like at the start of the season. We want to
get more strong results in the final two races.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’
standings: 5th, 144 points):

“At the season opener at Hockenheim we had a really good weekend with
pole position and a fourth place in the race. I hope that we can build
on this performance again at the finale. We had a good package there,
and we will work hard to end the season on a high. The finale at
Hockenheim is always a highlight, with lots of fans and a great
atmosphere. I’m looking forward to it already.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Drivers’ standings: 12th, 42 points):

“For sure my aim is to finish my DTM rookie season on a high. We know
that Hockenheim was pretty good for us at the start of the year,
although the conditions have been very different. I think we have a
strong car at the moment and hopefully we can just bring everything
together. I have experience of the track and I am really looking
forward to it.”

 

Joel Eriksson (#47 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Drivers’
standings: 11th, 51 points):

“I think we all have the same goal for the final round. The entire
team wants to further improve in qualifying. Already at the
Nürburgring, the pace was better but there are still a few things we
need to sort out. I am always aiming to end the season on a high.
Hockenheim is a great track and the final round there is a highlight
of the season so I am looking forward to having a good time over there.”

 

Media Schedule (all times CEST).

Friday, 4th October

14:30-15:00, ITR press conference with Marco Wittmann,
Baden-Württemberg Center

Saturday, 5th October

15:30-15:40, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Baden-Württemberg Center

Sunday, 6th October

09:00-09:30, Media Round Table with BMW Group Motorsport Director
Jens Marquardt, BMW M Motorsport Hospitality

15:45-15:55, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Baden-Württemberg Center

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consumptions shown were determined according to the European
Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type
approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in
Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the
different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.
The values of the vehicles are already based on the new WLTP
regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in
order to ensure the comparison between the 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.] The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined
according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its
current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel
consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC
cycle for the classification. For more information on the WLTP and
NEDC test procedures, see https://www.bmw.com/en/innovation/wltp.html

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific
CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following
guideline: ‘Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen
und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide to the fuel
economy, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger
cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships, from
Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2.

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Karel Hanika is Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Champion.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Karel Hanika is Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Champion.

Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship: Karel Hanika
crowned champion.

The 2019 champion in the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle
Championship (AA) also rides a BMW S 1000 RR: Karel Hanika (CZE / Fany
Gastro BMW Motorrad) clinched the title in the Superbike class at the
final round at Most. Hanika brought the curtain down on his
championship-winning season in style, with victories in both races. He
also set the fastest race lap both times. The Czech rider had already
wrapped up the title after victory in the first of the two races on
Saturday. Nico Thöni (AUT / Racing4fun) joined Hanika on the podium in
both races. He was third in race one, before coming home second in
race two to complete a one-two for the BMW S 1000 RR. Marek Červený
(CZE) also lined up at Most on his Wepol Racing RR, finishing seventh
and sixth. Miloš Cihak (CZE / BMW Czech) finished sixth and tenth to
claim two top-ten finishes. Ireneusz Sikora (POL / BMW Sikora
Motorsport) also finished in the top ten in both races, in tenth and
ninth places.

International German Motorcycle Championship: Successful end
to season for champion Ilya Mikhalchik.

The International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) already knew
its 2019 champion before the finale: Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) wrapped up
the title at the penultimate round of the season at Assen (NED).
Champion Mikhalchik brought the season to a successful close at
Hockenheim (GER). The Ukrainian added to his list of victories in race
one on his BMW S 1000 RR, run by the alpha Racing-van-Zon-BMW team. He
was then runner-up to guest starter Marvin Fritz (GER / Yamaha) in
race two. He was joined on the Hockenheim podium by Bastien Mackels
(BEL), who was third in the first of the two races. At the end of the
season, three BMW racers occupied the top three spots in the
championship standings: Mikhalchik is champion, his team-make Julian
Puffe (GER) finished runner-up, while third place went to Pepijn
Bijsterbosch (NED / Team Dutch Comfort Houses).

FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup: Brace of wins for Michal
Filla at Most.

The FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup (EU STK) was also at Most (CZE)
for the final round of its season. There was simply no beating one
rider: Michal Filla (CZE). He won both races on his BMW S 1000 RR, run
by BMW Sikora Motorsport, and set the fastest lap on both occasions.
Michal Prášek (CZE / Rohac-Fejta Moto Racing) finished fourth and
eighth at the season finale.

South African Superbike Championship: Podium for Lance Isaacs.

The South African Superbike Championship (RSA SBK) travelled to
Killarney (RSA) for the seventh and penultimate event of its season.
BMW rider Lance Isaacs (RSA) from the LIR / Supabets Gaming Group
crashed out in the first of the two races. However, Isaacs pushed hard
again in race two and was rewarded with another podium finish, coming
home third on his BMW S 1000 RR.

BMW Motorrad BoxerCup: Chris Höfer is champion.

The title race in the relaunched BMW Motorrad BoxerCup promoted by
Wilbers was decided at the final round of the season at the
Hockenheimring (GER). The 2019 champion is Chris Höfer (GER). The
Wunderlich Motorsport rider enjoyed a perfect weekend at Hockenheim,
winning both races. His team-mate Nate Kern (USA) was runner-up both
times. Kern also finished second in the Riders’ Championship. Marvin
Jürgens (GER / Team Motorsport Burgdorf) was third in race one and
came home fourth, behind guest starter Jürgen Fuchs (GER), in race
two. Jürgens ended the season third in the championship. This series
sees riders go head to head on identical BoxerCup bikes.

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Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 35/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 35/2019.

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.

 

Sim racing: Two German drivers win the “BMW Driving Experience
120 at Road Atlanta”.

Two weeks before the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship at Road Atlanta (USA), the famous circuit took centre
stage virtually. Some of the best sim racers in the world competed at
the “BMW Driving Experience 120 at Road Atlanta”. In total, 36 teams
of two took to the track in the BMW M8 GTE for the two-hour race. They
included BMW works drivers Nick Catsburg (NED) and Jesse Krohn (FIN),
who gave a strong display as BMW Team KROCAT and were running tenth
until shortly before the end of the race. However, Krohn was then
relegated to 27th place following a penalty awarded for his
part in a collision. “The standard of the sim racers is really
extremely high,” said Krohn afterwards. “We really wanted to finish in
the top ten. Although it did not quite work out for us in the end, I
had a lot of fun.” Catsburg, who has already gained experience of sim
racing events, said: “As always it was a fantastic event. Thank you
very much to the BMW Driving Experience and iRacing for their
commitment and, of course, congratulations to the race winners.”

Victory went to the #4 BMW M8 GTE, driven by Maximilian Benecke and
Maximilian Wenig (both GER) of Pure Racing Team Red. Benecke and Wenig
were rewarded for their victory with a place on a racetrack training
course run by the BMW Driving Experience. The BMW M4 GT4 Race Track
Training Level 1 will give them the chance to experience the BMW M4
GT4 on the track. “Victory is obviously very special for us. We are
both very much looking forward to the BMW M4 GT4,” said Benecke.

 

ADAC GT4 Germany: Junior title for Marius Zug, Team title for
Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport.

16-year-old Marius Zug (GER) has won the Junior title in ADAC GT4
Germany in a BMW M4 GT4 run by the RN Vision STS Racing team. Seventh
place in Saturday’s race at the final weekend of the season was
sufficient for Zug to clinch the title at the Sachsenring (GER).
Racing alongside team-mate Gabriele Piana (ITA), Zug also went into
Sunday at the season finale with a chance of winning the Drivers’
Championship. However, a retirement meant the duo eventually had to
settle for second place overall. The Hofor Racing powered by Bonk
Motorsport team also had cause to celebrate. Michael Schrey (GER) and
Thomas Jäger (AUT) finished third on Sunday in the #2 BMW M4 GT4 to
wrap up the title in the Team competition.

 

Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia: Sunako Jukuchou crowned GT4 champion.

Sunako Jukuchou (JPN) was crowned champion in the GT4 class at the
final race weekend of this season’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia.
The BMW Team Studie driver came through against his team-mate Takayuki
Kinoshita (JPN) at the Shanghai International Circuit (CHN). Kinoshita
(JPN) ended the year in second place overall. Jukuchou, in the #82 BMW
M4 GT4, finished runner-up in the GT4 class in race one. One day
later, he claimed the decisive victory in race two. Kinoshita was
third and fourth in the #81 BMW M4 GT4.

 

VLN: Podium for the BMW M6 GT3 in race seven of the season.

Podium in the “Green Hell”: Nick Catsburg (NED), David Pittard (GBR)
and Jody Fannin (GBR), at the wheel of the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport
BMW M6 GT3, finished third to earn a spot on the podium at the
59th Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen, which forms round seven
of this season’s VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring (GER).
In unsettled conditions and typical Eifel weather, Peter Dumbreck
(GBR) and Stef Dusseldorp (NED) followed them over the finish line in
fourth place in the #3 BMW M6 GT3, which was run by Falken
Motorsports. Rudi Adams (GER), Hunter Abbott (GBR) and Jordan Tresson
(FRA) came home eighth in the second Walkenhorst Motorsport car, the
#35 BMW M6 GT3. This was good enough to earn them third place in the
SP9 Pro-Am class. There was also plenty of cause for celebration in
the other classes at the end of the four-hour race on the iconic
Nürburgring-Nordschleife. In total, six BMW cars came out on top in
their various categories. In the SP10 class, Heiko Eichenberg (GER)
and BMW Motorsport Junior Erik Johansson (SWE), in the #181 BMW M4 GT4
run by the AVIA Sorg Rennsport team, claimed a narrow victory in a
thrilling finish. In the CUP5 class, Yannick Fübrich (GER) and David
Griessner (AUT) took victory in the #650 BMW M240i Racing Cup of Pixum
Adrenalin Motorsport. That team was also victorious in the V4 class,
with reigning VLN champions Danny Brink, Christopher Rink and Philipp
Leisen (GER) taking victory in the #1 BMW 325i. In the VT2 class, the
top step of the podium was occupied by Marcel Manheller and Carsten
Knechtges (both GER), who triumphed in the #510 Manheller Racing BMW
F30. Another victory went to the #549 BMW 318iS in the V2 class.

 

BMW M240i Racing Cup: Fübrich/Griessner celebrate fifth win of
the season.

Reigning champions Yannick Fübrich (GER) and David Griessner (AUT)
claimed their fifth win of the season at race number seven of this
year’s BMW M240i Racing Cup at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The duo
in the #650 BMW M240i Racing, run by Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport,
came home ahead of Nico Otto, Lars Peucker and Florian Naumann (all
GER) in the #666 BMW M240i Racing of the Scheid-Honert Motorsport
team. Sindre Setsaas, Inge Hansesaetre (both NOR) and Moritz Oberheim
(GER) came home third in the #695 BMW M240i Racing for the Sorg
Rennsport team. 18 cars started the race in this class. Victory sees
Fübrich/Griessner extend their lead in the overall standings. They now
hold a 30-point advantage with two races remaining.

 

BTCC: Turkington on the podium at Silverstone.

Colin Turkington (GBR) claimed another podium at the penultimate
round of this season’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at
Silverstone (GBR). He finished runner-up in race two of three in his
BMW 330i M Sport. Turkington came home 14th in race one and seventh in
the third and final race to defend his lead in the Drivers’
Championship. Andrew Jordan (GBR) finished tenth, eighth and eighth in
Silverstone. Tom Oliphant (GBR) was fifth, seventh and fourth. 

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Difficult Sunday for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Magny-Cours.

BMW:Difficult Sunday for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Magny-Cours.

Magny-Cours. Following the podium finish for Tom Sykes (GBR)
on Saturday, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team endured a difficult
Sunday at Magny-Cours (FRA). Sykes finished eighth on his BMW S 1000
RR in both the Superpole Race and the second main race. Team-mate
Markus Reiterberger (GER) came home 17th and
15th. Magny-Cours was the venue for round eleven of this
season’s FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

 

Sykes started the morning’s Superpole race from sixth place. As in
the opening race on Saturday, he soon worked his way into fourth
place. This time, however, he was unable to mix it with the
front-runners and eventually had to settle for eighth place.
Consequently, Sykes started the second main race on Saturday afternoon
from eighth place. He initially climbed to sixth place, but then
dropped back through the field over the course of the race, eventually
crossing the finish line eighth after 21 laps of racing. Reiterberger
started the Superpole race and race two from 19th place. He
was 17th in the morning, before finishing 15th
to score one point in the afternoon race.

The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team now travels to San Juan in Argentina,
where the penultimate round of the season will take place in two
weeks’ time (11th to 13th October). The finale
will be held in Qatar at the end of October.

Quotes after race two at Magny-Cours.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
 “Sunday was disappointing for us. The set-up changes we
tried out in the warm-up did not have the desired effect for Tom. We
were unable to back up the performance we showed on Saturday. The
track temperatures were significantly higher, even in the earlier
Superpole race. After a strong start, we fell back through the field.
We also started strongly in race two, but then lost roughly a second
per lap to our rivals, which meant we had no chance of challenging for
a spot on the podium. We are lacking mechanical grip when accelerating
in the lean position. This becomes all the more important as soon as
the track temperature starts to rise. We must now see whether we can
react in time for the next races, in order to learn as much as
possible and to end the season strongly.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“The Superpole race was quite difficult for all of us.
Tom struggled a bit on the faster parts of the circuit. He settled
into a position we had to be happy with although it was a bit
disappointing after yesterday. Markus really struggled and overall it
has been a difficult event for him. In the main race, Tom got a really
good start and was with the front guys but sadly he could not find the
confidence and performance he had yesterday. He was a second per lap
slower and finished way off the top-3 or top-4. The whole team needs
to have a look at the data and the information and try to understand
why this happened. After such a great Saturday it was disappointing to
take a step backwards and we need to try to rectify this for Argentina.”

Tom Sykes: “I am obviously a bit disappointed with
today but we were struggling in certain areas with the bike and I
really tried to ride around some of the issues. But we certainly made
some progress in terms of a couple of things and feel quite confident
in some areas and just need to work again now on another part of the
chassis to enable us to be stronger over the distance. So it was a
slightly disappointing day given the result on paper but also a day
where we got a lot of information so hopefully we can build on this
and move forward. There are a couple of difficult rounds coming up for
us but we keep our head down, keep trying to progress and just keep
the information coming before we go into the winter break.”

Markus Reiterberger: “The weekend was really tough. I
think that our results do not show our potential and are for sure not
where we want to be – neither me nor the team. We need to find a
solution to improve my feeling for the bike so I can ride faster. I
want to reach the top ten – that is my goal for the final two rounds
of the season. I want to thank the entire team for their hard work and
sorry for the bad results.”

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Podium for Tom Sykes and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Magny-Cours.

BMW:Podium for Tom Sykes and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Magny-Cours.

Magny-Cours. Tom Sykes (GBR) claimed another WorldSBK podium
for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the new BMW S 1000 RR. Sykes
ended an exciting Saturday race at Magny-Cours (FRA) in third place,
having actually led the race in the early stages. His team-mate
Markus Reiterberger (GER) endured a difficult Saturday, finishing in
16th place. Magny-Cours is the venue for round eleven of
the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

The morning’s Superpole was delayed by half an hour
due to a dirty track. Earlier rainfall meant conditions were still wet
and the special qualifying tyres could not be used. Sykes was sixth
fastest on his RR, earning him a spot on the second row of the grid.
Reiterberger qualified 19th.

By the start of the race at 14:00, the majority of the track was
dry. Starting from sixth place, Sykes soon worked his way through the
field and took the lead on his RR on lap two. He fended off all the
attacks from behind and held onto first place in a
fiercely-competitive leading group until lap six. The battles for
position continued at the front of the field, and initially saw Sykes
drop back to fifth place. When Michael van der Mark (NED / Yamaha)
crashed out of the lead, Sykes adopted fourth place. However, the Brit
was not happy with that position and pulled off a courageous manoeuvre
on the penultimate lap to overtake Frenchman Loris Baz (Yamaha) and
went on to claim another podium in third place. Reiterberger came home
16th, narrowly missing out on the points by just 0.3 seconds.

Quotes after race one at Magny-Cours.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Tom’s third place is a strong result after chaotic weather conditions
on Friday and Saturday morning. The practices on Friday, which took
place in unsettled weather, were positive for Tom, although that was
not reflected directly in the results. We were not able to take full
advantage of our qualifying performance on wet tyres, as we did not
select the ideal tyre type in the unsettled conditions. We had
targeted the front row of the grid, but Tom at least managed to limit
the damage with sixth place. Tom’s first lap was simply fantastic. By
lap two we were running P1. From then on, the race was very eventful
and full of changes. In all the commotion, we dropped back to fifth
place. However, Tom delivered a really strong performance in the
closing stages too, which allowed us to claim our next podium finish –
with a little help from our rivals. That is very pleasing and confirms
that our updates are performance-enhancing. Markus has been struggling
with his confidence in the set-up of his RR all weekend.
Unfortunately, he was also plagued by a problem with the electronics
in the race which made his performances look worse.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“Tom was disappointed with superpole. We were happy
with the result; Tom was focused on the front row but unfortunately we
made the wrong choice in the tyre, nevertheless we were pleased with
P6. Markus really struggled with the bike and felt as though he was
riding on ice which reflected in his time. Unfortunately this
continued into the race and he was too far back to really make an
impact. Overall, race one was probably the best race of the season.
Tom took the lead and battled really well, he conserved his tyre well
and set a solid pace and maintained that pace to the very end. As
expected, he got closer to the front guys towards the end of the race
and picked off Loris Baz in the final few laps so we are extremely
happy to add another podium to the season. We have gained a lot of
information ahead of tomorrow and taken a great step forward in the
development of the BMW S 1000 RR which is a credit to the whole of the
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.”

Tom Sykes: “It was an eventful race and an absolute
pleasure. I really enjoyed riding that one. A credit to the whole
team; we’ve made some changes to the bike in between Portimão and here
and it’s just nice as I am able to do things a little bit better on
the track. I really enjoyed that race, especially in the beginning,
battling with a few guys and just feeling in a better position and
being able to fight. The chassis and the tyre really stayed consistent
throughout the race. Certainly we need to find a little bit in some
areas but overall a podium with just the two Kawasakis in front is
really promising here given that we are only ten months into the
programme. I am really, really happy with our efforts and hopefully we
can keep this pace for tomorrow.”

Markus Reiterberger: “Unfortunately, I had issues
with the electronics in practice this morning. As a result, I was only
able to complete four or five laps when the track conditions were a
bit drier. However, that was still good enough for 13th place. It then
poured down again in the Superpole. As I spent more time than anyone
on the track in these conditions yesterday, I did hope that this might
play into my hands, however, I did not feel at all comfortable on the
bike. The rear wheel was like riding on soap and I was unable to get
any purchase. It was very difficult to ride. 19th place on the grid is
not where I want to be starting from. Unfortunately, I did not get off
to a good start in the race. It was generally very difficult to ride,
partly because I had electronics problems again. I really hope that we
identify the issue quickly and are soon able to find something that
helps me.”

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BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection 2020.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection 2020.

BMW Motorrad is expanding its involvement in the Heritage segment and
launching its own Ride & Style collection on the market for the
first time. The BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection 2020
features a wide range of new items, from leather jackets to denim
outfits, as well as motorcycle gloves and signature boots.

Inspired by timeless classics and iconic BMW Motorrad details,
the new Heritage Collection combines traditional style with the best
of what contemporary and authentic motorcycle lifestyle clothing has
to offer. All the materials and textiles used are robust and
long-lasting and they fulfil the highest standards of safety and functionality.

The famous colour identity of the early classic motorcycles –
bold black metal parts adorned with the fine white decorative lines,
the so-called TwinStripes – is reflected throughout the entire
collection. The original branding and the BMW metal emblem are also
incorporated in the design. The copper-coloured details and visual
accents displayed in these garments hark back to the materials used in
classic BMW motorcycles. The new collection celebrates the history of
BMW Motorrad and its longlasting passion for motorcycling.

The history of BMW Motorrad dates back to 1923. The first BMW
motorcycle to go into production was the R32 – naturally equipped with
an air-cooled, two-cylinder flat-twin boxer engine. In 1978, BMW
Motorrad became a pioneer in a completely new field, as one of the
first serial-production manufacturers in the world to introduce its
own rider equipment range.

The Heritage segment was established with the market launch of
the BMW R nineT in 2014 and has since become one of the most important
segments of the BMW Motorrad brand. In the coming year, the segment is
set to expand into fully new dimensions. BMW Motorrad has announced
the launch of a serial-production motorcycle for the second half of
2020, which will mark its entry into the Cruiser segment.

The BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection will be available from
January 2020. In addition to this collection, all other new BMW
Motorrad Rider Equipment products will be presented, as always at the
EICMA 2019 motorshow in Milan.

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The new BMW 3 Series blazes a trail for design and connectivity.

BMW:The new BMW 3 Series blazes a trail for design and connectivity.

Munich. The new BMW 3 Series range has once again
raised the bar for sports performance in the premium mid-size segment
with its superior powertrain and chassis technology. The
latest-generation BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring models
are also built to excite with their new and extremely precise – yet
still recognisably BMW – styling and their cutting-edge innovations in
the areas of control/operation, driver assistance systems and
connectivity. Indeed, their attractive design and advanced
connectivity technology helped the sporty Sedan and dynamic, elegant
Touring to secure a brace of wins in readers’ surveys recently
conducted by the motoring magazines auto, motor und sport and Moove.
The BMW 3 Series was judged to be the best new car design of the year,
earning it the Autonis 2019 award. It also led the way in the Car
Connectivity Award’s blue-riband discipline, claiming the title of
best-connected car in the Connected Cars category.

BMW picked up three more accolades in this year’s edition of the Car
Connectivity Award. In a poll of the magazines’ readers, the BMW Live
Cockpit Professional, the Driving Assistant Professional package and
the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System each took top
spot in their respective categories. The winning systems already
enhance driving pleasure, safety and comfort in several of the brand’s
model ranges. The prizes were presented yesterday at an awards
ceremony in Stuttgart.

Captivating design, progressive connectivity: a double success
for the new BMW 3 Series.

The design of the new BMW 3 Series is a modern take on the sporting
elegance for which BMW is renowned, and winning the Autonis 2019
delivers striking evidence of how much it appeals to popular taste;
with 32.3 per cent of the votes, the new BMW 3 Series was the clear
winner in its class. This was the 14th time a readers’ vote had
decided the Autonis winners. More than 13,700 readers of auto, motor
und sport took part in the latest poll and were asked to choose their
favourites from 100 new models spanning ten vehicle classes.

The Car Connectivity Award is also put to a public vote, with over
12,000 readers of auto, motor und sport and Moove participating in its
sixth edition. Standout systems and technologies from BMW in the areas
of connectivity, navigation, driver assistance and audio attracted the
most votes in four of the eleven categories. The new BMW 3 Series was
victorious in the Connected Cars category, taking 35.7 per cent of the
votes. The new BMW 3 Series Sedan was the brand’s first new model to
be offered with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as an option.
And the new BMW 3 Series range also offers an exceptional array of
online-based functions for increasing comfort and convenience, safety
and driving pleasure – from Real Time Traffic Information, On-Street
Parking Information, hazard warning, BMW Online services, Remote
Services and the BMW Digital Key to the seamless interaction between
the car and the driver’s digital devices via BMW Connected. 

BMW also collects awards in the Navigation, Safety and Sound
categories.

The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is part of the BMW Live
Cockpit Professional system, which was judged to be the best new
product in the “Navigation systems” category with 33.5 per cent of the
votes. As well as connected navigation and the BMW Intelligent
Personal Assistant, this equipment feature also includes the new BMW
Operating System 7.0 – which comprises a fully digital screen grouping
made up of the instrument cluster and Control Display, plus
customisable graphics. It also enables multimodal operation via the
touchscreen display, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons or
voice and gesture control.

In the “Safety assistance systems” category, the Driving Assistant
Professional package was crowned the readers’ favourite with 29.6 per
cent of the votes. Its range of functions includes Active Cruise
Control with Stop & Go function, the Steering and lane control
assistant, the Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision
protection, the Evasion Assistant, Cross Traffic Alert, road priority
warning, wrong-way warning and the reversing assistant. The latest
version of the Driving Assistant Professional now also features
real-time 3D visualisation of the surrounding area using graphics in
the instrument cluster, plus – depending on the model – the Lane
Change Assistant. It therefore represents the state of the art in
driving assistance systems and helps the BMW Group to pave the way for
automated driving.

In the “Sound systems” category, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond
Surround Sound System – available for the BMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series,
BMW 7 Series, BMW 8 Series, BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X7 – accounted for
every second vote cast. Boasting a fully active ten-channel amplifier,
dynamic equalizing, as many as 20 partly illuminated speakers and up
to 1,508 watts of music power (depending on the model specified), the
system delivers a beautifully precise and multifaceted acoustic
experience whose pristine quality can be enjoyed from all seats in
equal measure.

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The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe – Additional pictures and videos.

BMW:The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe – Additional pictures and videos.

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Please find attached on location pictures and footage of the International Media Launch of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe in Faro, Portugal.

Please find attached on location pictures and footage of the
International Media Launch of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe in Faro, Portugal.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW 840i Gran Coupe

Combined fuel consumption 7.5 – 7.4 l/100 km [37.7 – 38.2 mpg imp];
combined CO2 emissions: 170 – 168 g/km *

* Fuel consumption figures are based on the EU test cycle and may
vary depending on the tyre format specified.

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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CV of Ilka Horstmeier, as of 1 November 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources, Labour Relations Director

BMW:CV of Ilka Horstmeier, as of 1 November 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources, Labour Relations Director

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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