‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ part one: Kamui Kobayashi best-placed BMW driver at Fuji.

BMW:‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ part one: Kamui Kobayashi best-placed BMW driver at Fuji.

Fuji International Speedway
. The first joint race of cars from the DTM and the SUPER GT
Championship has taken place. On Saturday, BMW Team RBM contested
the first of two ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’ events in front of the
impressive backdrop of Mount Fuji (JPN). Local hero Kamui Kobayashi
(JPN) in 14th place at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM was
the best-placed BMW driver. Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4
DTM) finished 18th, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) in the ZF
BMW M4 DTM retired with a technical issue. Victory went to Nick
Cassidy (NZL, Lexus).

 

Kobayashi made up numerous positions on the first lap and fought his
way up into 12th. In his first race appearance at the wheel
of the BMW M4 DTM, he was in 14th place when he ultimately
saw the chequered flag. Wittmann pitted after the first lap to give
him an advantage in the event of a safety car period. Shortly before
the end of the race, the safety car did then come onto the track, but
it was not possible for Wittmann to unlap himself after his second
stop. He was thus unable to benefit from his fresh set of tyres.

Reactions after race one of the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ at Fuji.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“After qualifying it was clear that it wasn’t going to be an easy
race for us. We opted for an aggressive strategy with Marco Wittmann,
which didn’t work out in the end. Kamui Kobayashi had a really strong
first race at the wheel of a DTM car. We were unlucky with Alex
Zanardi; an electrical issue forced him to retire from the race. The
safety car brought the field closer together again slightly at the
end, however, it was obvious that the Super GT cars were simply faster
in the dry than we were. When the regulations for next year are
finally merged, no doubt the racing will be even more exciting but we
are really looking forward to the second race. It was fantastic to see
the many fans here at the track. We are taking away some good insights
for tomorrow and will really go for it.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“We pitted early with Marco Wittmann, which would have paid off if he
had been able to unlap himself and then do battle with fresh tyres in
the pack. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. We need to analyse
the problem with Alex Zanardi’s car in detail but his race pace was
impressive. Kamui Kobayashi’s race was characterised by tyre
degradation. His opening lap was fantastic, and he moved up into
12th but then there was a great deal of tyre wear, which
meant we had to bring him in early. Things were similar in the second
stint. We learned a lot, and hopefully we will be able to build on
this tomorrow.”

Kamui Kobayashi
(#00 Puma BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 18th,
Race: 14th):

“The race was fun. It was my first race with BMW, running on Hankook
tyres. I enjoyed it a lot and in the beginning I thought it could be
quite a good race but the tyre drop was pretty massive, so we
unfortunately lost some positions. That is what we need to improve for
tomorrow. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
19th, Race: 18th):

“So far this weekend, we haven’t quite had the pace in either the dry
or the wet unfortunately. From 19th on the grid we had to
take a bit of a gamble. Unfortunately, our strategy with the early
stop didn’t pay off because the safety car came too late for that. The
strategy would have worked if the safety car had come in during the
early laps. The overall event has been a great experience so far; the
Japanese fans are amazing. Now we are working hard to have more
success on the sporting side tomorrow.”

Alessandro Zanardi: (#4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
22nd, Race: DNF):

“It was bad luck. Something didn’t work properly anymore and the
engine changed noise, I lost some power, I reported that to the pit
and we decided that it was safer to park the car for today. But I am
very encouraged by the fact that my pace was not bad at all and for
sure that makes me optimistic for tomorrow. Overall, I’m reallying
enjoy the Japan experience; it’s a wonderful country and the fans are
just fantastic. It’s incredible how great they are to me and I really
hope I can make them proud tomorrow with a good performance because
that is really the best thank you I can express from the bottom of my heart.”

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 40/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 40/2019.

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
 
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 family around the world are also creating headlines. The “
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 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. 

Formula E: Alexander Sims claims his maiden victory.

Alexander Sims (GBR) was on top form at the opening round of this
season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Diriyah (KSA). The BMW i
Andretti Motorsport driver twice secured pole position and claimed his
first victory in Formula E on Sunday, amassing a total of 35 points
over the course of the Diriyah E-Prix weekend. This puts him top of
the Drivers’ Championship. Including last season, he has now taken the
last three pole positions in a row. Sims is the only driver to have
achieved this feat in Formula E. His team-mate Maximilian Günther
(GER) also showed impressive pace at the wheel of the BMW iFE.20,
despite which he finished outside the points in both races. 

Speaking in an interview, Sims discussed the importance of his win
and the emotional rollercoaster in Diriyah.

Three questions for … Alexander Sims.

Alexander, how much does this first win in Formula E mean to you?

Alexander Sims: “Two pole positions and a win on one weekend – it
doesn’t get much better than that. It is a fantastic feeling. But I’m
not only pleased for myself, but also for the whole team. The entire
crew at BMW i Andretti Motorsport is made up of great people. I can’t
describe how hard everyone has worked to achieve this success, and how
everyone stood by me through the tough times in Season 5. It is simply
fantastic when that work is rewarded with a race weekend like this.”

 

What kind of emotional rollercoaster did you go through this weekend?

Sims: “It was definitely a weekend of emotional highs and lows. It
started well with pole position on Friday, but the final stage of the
race was then pretty poor, to be honest. As a driver, I made mistakes
that dropped me a long way back down the field. After the pole on
Saturday, I did better. I really wanted to turn the pole position into
a good result. We analysed the first race and worked together on basic
things. The fact that we ended up victorious was a great reward.”

 

What was ultimately the key to your win on Saturday?

Sims: “First and foremost, the enormous speed the BMW iFE.20 has
thanks to the team’s tuning work from Friday to Saturday. The car was
fantastic, particularly in the corners. That kind of basic speed
obviously made my life a lot easier from the start of the race
compared to Friday when the speed was not quite as good, which was
certainly due to the sand making the track slipperier. On Saturday,
even at the re-starts after the safety cars it was clear to me that I
could make up enough ground in the corners to defend my lead on the
straights without – as on Friday – having to use too much energy.
Knowing that is incredibly reassuring for a driver in a race series
where energy management has become even more important.”

Sim racing: Philipp Eng is second in the Pro-Am race at the
FIA GTC World Finals in Monaco.

This weekend, the 2019 FIA GTC World Finals were held in Monte Carlo
(MON). BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng (AUT) was a guest starter in
Saturday’s Pro-Am race, in which he went up against the world’s top
Gran Turismo drivers. Together with team-mate Giorgio Mangano (ITA),
winner of the 2018 Nations Cup, he produced a thrilling comeback to
finish runner-up. In the Manufacturer Series, sim racers Coque López
(ESP), Nicólas Rubila (CHI) and Randall Haywood (USA) were challenging
for the title in the BMW M6 GT3. Eng was on hand to support the trio
and pass on his knowledge as a professional racing driver. “Sim racing
is part of my everyday life – and it makes me a better racing driver,”
said Eng. “As such, it was fantastic to be here at the FIA GTC World
Finals and to support the three guys.” In the end, after three races,
the team finished eighth overall in the Manufacturer Series.

Asian Le Mans Series: Podium for the BMW M6 GT3 in Shanghai.

The Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS) kicked off its new season this
weekend at “Shanghai International Circuit“ (CHN). Among those in
action were two BMW M6 GT3s run by Astro Veloce Motorsports and FIST –
Team AAI. While the #90 AAI car, with BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson
(SWE) among those at the wheel, failed to finish the race, the Astro
Veloce team claimed a spot on the podium. After 104 laps, the #17 BMW
M6 GT3 – driven by BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (GER), Max Wieser
(ITA) and Peiwen Qi (CHN) – came home third in the GT class. The next
ALMS race is scheduled for 12thJanuary 2020 at Tailem Bend (AUS).

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Birthday podium in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

BMW:Birthday podium in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

Fuji International Speedway. Countless battles, three safety
car periods and a beaming birthday boy, Marco Wittmann (GER), was on
the podium. Part two of the ‘

SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, the first joint event held by the
DTM and SUPER GT Championship on Japanese soil, delighted Fuji (JPN)
fans on Sunday. Wittmann, celebrating his 30th birthday,
battled his way to second place in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Kamui
Kobayashi (JPN) also gave an action-packed display, as did
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), who found himself as high as second place
at times in the ZF BMW M4 DTM. Kobayashi came home fifth, while
Zanardi finished in 13th place.

 

The safety car made three appearances over the course of the race.
Fuji fans were not only treated to countless battles out on the track,
but also the odd contact between cars and a few crashes. The action
came thick and fast in the closing stages. Wittmann crossed the finish
line in third place, but was then promoted to second place after Loïc
Duval (FRA, Audi) received a one-second penalty for a previous
incident. Victory went to Narain Karthikeyan (IND, Honda).

 

Wittmann, whose family and many friends had travelled to Fuji, can
now celebrate his 30th birthday in style in Tokyo (JPN).
Before the race, BMW Group Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, fellow
drivers Zanardi and Kobayashi, and the entire BMW Team RBM sang to him
and presented him with a big birthday cake during the morning’s pit walk.

Quotes after race one of the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ at Fuji.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“That is exactly the kind of race we wanted for our fans here in
Japan – and, of course, for those watching in Europe. That was really
great motorsport, although it was rather chaotic at times, but that is
what the fans want to see. Our trip to Fuji was definitely worth the
effort. Thank you to Bart Mampaey and everyone at BMW Team RBM. They
all did a fantastic job, ensuring our three cars were running at the
very highest level and performing great pit stops. Congratulations to
Marco Wittmann – on his birthday, and second place here. That was
another superb performance from him. Kamui Kobayashi also fought hard
and put on a sensational display on his first weekend in a DTM car.
Alex Zanardi was also in the thick of the action and once again
produced some very special moments. All in all, it was a great advert
for touring car racing. We saw that a joint event with SUPER GT and
the DTM can work brilliantly and produce superb racing. The Dream Race
was a total success – let’s do it again. On the whole, it has been a
very successful weekend for us with Alexander Sims’ victory in Formula
E and second place for the BMW M6 GT3 in the IGTC in Kyalami.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“The races had a bit of everything: uncertainty with regard to the
weather, safety cars, crashes, and a lot of battles. We adapted to the
conditions and the circuit over the course of the weekend. We had a
better package today. Marco Wittmann did an outstanding job, as did
Kamui Kobayashi and Alex Zanardi. The strategy worked well with all
three cars today. I think we can congratulate everyone who was
involved in getting this event up and running and making it such a
success. Motorsport is the big winner today. For the entire trip to
Japan, preparing for the race, and then this result I have to say a
big thank you to my team. As in the past, we showed again today that
we feel at home on an international stage.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
7th, Race: 2nd):

“I am delighted. When you consider how we started the weekend, we can
be extremely happy with second place on Sunday. It was a crazy race,
with many safety cars. However, somehow, we always seemed to have the
right instinct and came away with a great result. This event was
awesome. The Japanese fans are really enthusiastic and friendly. It
was great fun. Now it is time to celebrate my birthday.”

Kamui Kobayashi
(#00 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 13th, Race: 5th):

“It was a tough race. It was really wild out there at times. Compared
to yesterday, we improved dramatically. The race was great fun and we
battled hard. It was a great experience to work with BMW Team RBM. We
met for the first time in Fuji this week, and soon gelled. We will
take a lot of great memories away with us. Thank you very much, guys.”

Alessandro Zanardi: (#4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
22nd, Race: 13th):

“I am sure that being in second place, on the front row, at the
re-start means I will be in some nice photos….But seriously, I really
enjoyed that race. I would like to thank BMW Team RBM for the
fantastic job they did. It is not easy to transport three cars to
Japan and get them ready to race. The car was very good over the full
race distance today. I received a few nudges from the opposition, with
the last one in particular causing some serious damage to my car. It
was an eventful race. However, I was able to stay clear of all the
problems and took my chances. The pace was good. I could hardly be happier.”

Original Press Release

Podium after great recovery performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Kyalami IGTC finale.

BMW:Podium after great recovery performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Kyalami IGTC finale.

Kyalami. Thanks to a great recovery performance, the
Walkenhorst Motorsport team celebrated its first podium finish of
the season at the Intercontinental GT Challenge finale. Having
started the race from 16th position, Mikkel Jensen (DEN), Christian
Krognes (NOR) and Nick Catsburg (NED), in the #34 BMW M6 GT3,
concluded the 9 Hours of Kyalami (RSA) in second place. Martin
Tomczyk (GER), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)
had led the race until just before the finish, crossing the line in
seventh place in the BMW Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3. In the
sister Walkenhorst Motorsport car, the #36 BMW M6 GT3, Michael Von
Rooyen, Gennaro Bonafede (both RSA) and team principal Henry
Walkenhorst (GER) secured victory in the AM category.


 
The #34 squad had just missed out on the pole shootout
the previous day and began the race from 16th place, but starting
driver Jensen and then Catsburg set about a brilliant chase that took
the #34 BMW M6 GT3 to second place before the third driver, Krognes,
moved into the lead at the halfway point of the race. The #42 BMW M6
GT3, in which Tomczyk had started the race from eighth position, was
also displaying some great pace at that point and was in a promising
second place.
 
The two BMW M6 GT3s were able to maintain
their positions in the leading group. As had been the case on previous
days, heavy rainfall set in two hours before the finish and led to an
extended safety car period which saw Tomczyk take the lead in the #42
BMW M6 GT3 as other cars headed for the pits. Once the race restarted
around 30 minutes from the end, however, the BMW Team Schnitzer car
also had to make a pit stop, consequently falling back to tenth place.
A strong performance in the final phase saw Farfus climb back up to
seventh position. In the #34 BMW M6 GT3, Catsburg completed his final
pit stop during the safety car period and moved up from fifth to
second place during the final laps, allowing him to cross the line and
claim the first podium finish of the season.
 
There was
also cause to celebrate for the sister Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6
GT3. Von Rooyen, Bonafede and team principal Walkenhorst claimed
victory in the #36 BMW M6 GT3 in the AM category.
 
Before
the race itself, BMW brought a piece of motorsport history back to
life on the Kyalami circuit. Van der Linde drove some demonstration
laps at the wheel of the legendary BMW 530 LME, thrilling spectators
all around the circuit. The first race car based on the 5 series BMW
dominated the Modified Production Series in the 1970s, celebrating
three championship titles in a row. The BMW 530 LME was in race action
in South Africa until 1985 and became the most successful racing car
ever developed on the basis of a 5 series BMW. A version of the
legendary homologation car restored by BMW South Africa was on show
for a few demonstration laps at Kyalami. The limited special edition
was produced exclusively at the BMW Plant in Rosslyn in the 1970s.
 
Reactions to the 9 Hours of Kyalami: 

 
Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development):

“Throughout the season, we came close to a podium on a regular
basis with the BMW M6 GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The
fact that we did it at the season finale at Kyalami makes it all the
more rewarding. Congratulations to Nick Catsburg, Mikkel Jensen,
Christian Krognes and the entire Walkenhorst team on the second place
and the victory in the AM category. The race was a thriller, right to
the very end, and it is great for us to be able to round off our
return to South Africa with a podium finish. Congratulations are also
in order for BMW Team Schnitzer, who put on a very good racing
performance. Unfortunately, the strategy didn’t work out for that car
in the end. Many thanks as well to the numerous BMW fans at the
circuit for their great support. They showed us once again just how
important BMW is here in South Africa. Congratulations to Dennis Olsen
for securing the drivers’ title, and to Porsche for winning the
constructors’ championship.”
 
Henry Walkenhorst (Walkenhorst Motorsport Team Principal):

“That was a bit tricky. In fact, we had everything you could
wish for. It was relatively warm, then it turned cold, it rained, the
safety car came out. However, we are pleased with it overall. We
didn’t make any mistakes. We could also have competed in the Pro-Am
category with our second BMW M6 GT3 and we would have won that too. We
are very pleased with the result for both cars and with the
performance of the whole team on this race weekend. That was a lovely
way to round off a season that brought us plenty of bad luck.”
 
Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That is pretty unbelievable after the result in qualifying. We
didn’t expect to get second place; it is just superb. Both of my
team-mates did a fantastic job. Our pace was really good and we
managed to drive at the front. That was a totally crazy finish. The
car did really well in the rain and we were able to overtake a few
cars. Second place is superb and I am delighted to have finished the
season like that.”
 
Mikkel Jensen (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport, 2nd place):


“After 16th place yesterday, there was no way we could have even
dreamed of a result like this. I had a really good first stint and was
able to move up from 16th to seventh place. Then Nicky took over and
made it to second place. We got the strategy spot on and that put us
right in the race. That was two hours before the finish. Then we
managed to stay in front and just had to see it home. We ended up in
second place but we could have finished first or fourth. All in all,
we are very, very happy with this result.”
 
Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That was a real rollercoaster ride. One hour before the end of
the race, I thought we’d finish tenth. We finished second thanks to
some special circumstances. Nicky did a fantastic job at the end. We
did not expect to be going so fast in the rain. Second place is just unbelievable.”
 
Herbert Schnitzer jr. (BMW Team Schnitzer Team Principal):

“Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Walkenhorst
Motorsport team as they did a brilliant job. The whole team, the
drivers, their strategy, how they behaved during the race, they just
got it all perfectly right. It was difficult for us. The opening phase
of the race was not ideal. We lost a few places in battles with other
cars that were behind us. However, we were able to work our way up
again towards the halfway point of the race. The rain really didn’t
help us very much though. Many thanks to the whole team for their
great performance over the whole weekend.”
 
Sheldon van der Linde (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“There were plenty of ups and downs in changeable conditions. To
be honest, that is not what you normally expect in South Africa. We
had a good start and battled our way up through the field, but our
strategy didn’t quite pay off in the end. I would really like to thank
BMW Team Schnitzer for making my home race so special. I hope to be
back next year, as this was certainly one of my favourite races of the year.”
 
Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“Ultimately, that was a funny old race and it was more of a
lottery. For a while, it looked like we were in with a chance of
winning it. But then I lost some places and had to battle my way back.
Twenty minutes before the finish, we were at the back of the field. I
was able to move up to seventh place but that was the best I could do.
I think that we deserved more but we just couldn’t finish it off. At
least the team’s other car reached the podium. Overall, it’s been a
great season with BMW and I would like to thank every single member of
the team for that. We fought hard for it. Unfortunately, we didn’t
achieve what we were aiming for.”
 
Martin Tomczyk: (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team
Schnitzer, 7th place):


“That was a pretty tough weekend. It didn’t start too badly with
the pole shootout, which got us sixth place on the grid. The
challenging weather conditions that we had during the race did not
make it easy at all. Nonetheless, things were going very well for us
for a long time. We were at the front for a long time and we were
challenging for a podium finish. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much
luck with our strategic decision and only managed to cross the line in
seventh place.”

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BMW i Andretti Motorsport triumph in Diriyah – Alexander Sims celebrates his first win.

BMW:BMW i Andretti Motorsport triumph in Diriyah – Alexander Sims celebrates his first win.

Munich. Two pole positions and one win was the fantastic
result which BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims (GBR)
secured at the season opener of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship
in Diriyah (KSA). In the second race, on Saturday, Sims celebrated a
commanding victory from first place on the grid – the first in his
Formula E career. With 35 points, Sims also took the lead in the
driver’s standings. Maximilian Günther (GER) drove a magnificent
recovery race from ninth on the grid and finished the race in second
place, but a retrospective time penalty saw him drop down into
11th place.

 

Günther overtook two of his rivals too early at the end of a safety
car period, an action which saw him awarded a 24-second time penalty
after the end of the race and podium ceremony, leaving him without
points. In the team standings, BMW i Andretti Motorsport are in third
place with 35 points.

 

Reactions to race 2 of the Diriyah E-Prix:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“What a race for BMW i Andretti Motorsport; what a win for Alexander
Sims. After the pole position on Saturday, we knew that our BMW iFE.20
and our drivers were definitely competitive at the start of Season 6
but we had no idea that another pole position and our second win in
Formula E would follow. Congratulations to Alexander and everyone at
BMW i Andretti Motorsport and BMW i, in the drivetrain department, and
at BMW Motorsport in Munich – a great team effort. Congratulations to
Maximilian as well, who can be proud of his performance, despite the
penalty. He drove a perfect race, but then overtook slightly too
early. After our experience from last season, we know that it’s now
all about confirming our performance in the coming races. But today I
was simply proud as I followed the performance of our team at a
distance in Fuji. Formula E is a TechLab for the BMW Group. This
double success shows how well we are doing here – both on and off the track.”

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport,
team standings: 3rd place):

“This is a fantastic success for all of us demonstrating an amazing
team spirit – particularly after the disappointment that we
experienced after yesterday’s race. Evidently, Alexander slept well
and woke up a winner. He adapted superbly to the changed conditions
with more grip on the track. He drove a very clever race, and the team
did everything right in terms of tactics. Despite the retrospective
penalty, kudos to Maximilian as well, who drove a fantastic defensive
race. It’s great how he kept Lucas di Grassi in attack mode behind
him. He is still very young and no doubt his time as a race winner in
Formula E will come.”

 

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20, qualifying result:
1st place, race result: 1st place, points: 35,
driver standings: 1st place):

“The feeling I had as I crossed the finish line was indescribable. It
was a fantastic day. We had a smooth race today, and the BMW iFE.20
felt really great. We learned our lessons from the problems that we
experienced yesterday. Many thanks to the team, who were with me
through the difficult times last season. After the tests we knew that
we had a strong car, but we never expected things to go as well here
in Diriyah as they have. You can’t plan for something like this in
such a hotly contested race series.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.20, qualifying result:
9th place, race result: 11th place, points: 0,
driver standings: 18th place):

“Naturally, it is tough to be awarded a penalty like that
retrospectively. The situation at the restart after the safety car
period was unclear and it was frantic. Stoffel Vandoorne obviously
made a quick decision to drive into the attack zone, which saw me come
into contact with him slightly and damage the front of my car. Also, I
was already alongside him at that point, and from my perspective there
was no turning back. The action was unfortunate and I had hoped that
it would be okay. The race officials saw things differently. I have to
accept this decision. What remains is the fact that I drove a strong
race and have the speed to finish on the podium. I will build on this
as the season progresses. Congratulations to Alexander on his win.
It’s a huge success for the team. Many thanks to everyone who made
this strong performance possible – both here at the track and at BMW
in Munich.”

The BMW i Safety Cars.

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 6. Spearheading the fleet are two Safety Cars:
The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100
km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been specially modified
for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car (combined
fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. 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 (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
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‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ part one: Kamui Kobayashi best-placed BMW driver at Fuji.

BMW:‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ part one: Kamui Kobayashi best-placed BMW driver at Fuji.

Fuji International Speedway
. The first joint race of cars from the DTM and the SUPER GT
Championship has taken place. On Saturday, BMW Team RBM contested
the first of two ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’ events in front of the
impressive backdrop of Mount Fuji (JPN). Local hero Kamui Kobayashi
(JPN) in 14th place at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM was
the best-placed BMW driver. Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4
DTM) finished 18th, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) in the ZF
BMW M4 DTM retired with a technical issue. Victory went to Nick
Cassidy (NZL, Lexus).

 

Kobayashi made up numerous positions on the first lap and fought his
way up into 12th. In his first race appearance at the wheel
of the BMW M4 DTM, he was in 14th place when he ultimately
saw the chequered flag. Wittmann pitted after the first lap to give
him an advantage in the event of a safety car period. Shortly before
the end of the race, the safety car did then come onto the track, but
it was not possible for Wittmann to unlap himself after his second
stop. He was thus unable to benefit from his fresh set of tyres.

Reactions after race one of the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ at Fuji.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“After qualifying it was clear that it wasn’t going to be an easy
race for us. We opted for an aggressive strategy with Marco Wittmann,
which didn’t work out in the end. Kamui Kobayashi had a really strong
first race at the wheel of a DTM car. We were unlucky with Alex
Zanardi; an electrical issue forced him to retire from the race. The
safety car brought the field closer together again slightly at the
end, however, it was obvious that the Super GT cars were simply faster
in the dry than we were. When the regulations for next year are
finally merged, no doubt the racing will be even more exciting but we
are really looking forward to the second race. It was fantastic to see
the many fans here at the track. We are taking away some good insights
for tomorrow and will really go for it.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“We pitted early with Marco Wittmann, which would have paid off if he
had been able to unlap himself and then do battle with fresh tyres in
the pack. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. We need to analyse
the problem with Alex Zanardi’s car in detail but his race pace was
impressive. Kamui Kobayashi’s race was characterised by tyre
degradation. His opening lap was fantastic, and he moved up into
12th but then there was a great deal of tyre wear, which
meant we had to bring him in early. Things were similar in the second
stint. We learned a lot, and hopefully we will be able to build on
this tomorrow.”

Kamui Kobayashi
(#00 Puma BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 18th,
Race: 14th):

“The race was fun. It was my first race with BMW, running on Hankook
tyres. I enjoyed it a lot and in the beginning I thought it could be
quite a good race but the tyre drop was pretty massive, so we
unfortunately lost some positions. That is what we need to improve for
tomorrow. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
19th, Race: 18th):

“So far this weekend, we haven’t quite had the pace in either the dry
or the wet unfortunately. From 19th on the grid we had to
take a bit of a gamble. Unfortunately, our strategy with the early
stop didn’t pay off because the safety car came too late for that. The
strategy would have worked if the safety car had come in during the
early laps. The overall event has been a great experience so far; the
Japanese fans are amazing. Now we are working hard to have more
success on the sporting side tomorrow.”

Alessandro Zanardi: (#4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
22nd, Race: DNF):

“It was bad luck. Something didn’t work properly anymore and the
engine changed noise, I lost some power, I reported that to the pit
and we decided that it was safer to park the car for today. But I am
very encouraged by the fact that my pace was not bad at all and for
sure that makes me optimistic for tomorrow. Overall, I’m reallying
enjoy the Japan experience; it’s a wonderful country and the fans are
just fantastic. It’s incredible how great they are to me and I really
hope I can make them proud tomorrow with a good performance because
that is really the best thank you I can express from the bottom of my heart.”

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Mission Tokyo 2020: Alessandro Zanardi takes to the Fuji track with his handcycle.

BMW:Mission Tokyo 2020: Alessandro Zanardi takes to the Fuji track with his handcycle.

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The ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ event has begun with the first test sessions being held at the ‘Fuji International Speedway’ (JPN). Before taking to the track in his #4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) had already completed some laps around the circuit with his handcycle. ‘Fuji International Speedway’ will be the venue for the para-cycling competitions of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games (JPN). Zanardi has a good chance of qualifying for the games.

Fuji International Speedway. The ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’
event has begun with the first test sessions being held at the ‘Fuji
International Speedway’ (JPN). Before taking to the track in his #4
ZF BMW M4 DTM, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) had already completed some
laps around the circuit with his handcycle. ‘Fuji International
Speedway’ will be the venue for the para-cycling competitions of the
2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games (JPN). Zanardi has a good chance of
qualifying for the games.


 
At the 2012 games in London (GBR) and 2016 in Rio de
Janeiro (BRA), Zanardi won a total of four Paralympic gold medals and
he is 12-time para-cycling world champion. Participation in the Tokyo
games is his big target for 2020. Before the Dream Race event started,
Zanardi had the opportunity to experience the circuit with his
handcycle and gather first information of what to expect at a possible
start at the ‘Fuji International Speedway’.
 
“Now I have a
very good idea of what I have to prepare for,” said Zanardi. “I’ll
bring home important information that will help me to prepare both
technically speaking, because I am planning to develop a new bicycle,
and also physically speaking. Each track has its own requirements and
you can adapt your training procedure to the different courses you are
going to race on. It is going to be a very interesting event. The
track is beautiful but really hard. You never have a flat section, you
are always either climbing or descending and I think it will also take
some skill as far as approaching the turns because there are many
areas where you have to brake hard and to steer in in the right moment
with the right line. So I hope that my driving skill will help me a
bit in those sections but there is a lot of work to do because this
scenario is quite different to the ones on which we have competed up
to this point. It is exciting and I am very grateful to BMW for
offering me this opportunity, for sure mainly for the wonderful BMW M4
DTM I am going to be driving over the weekend, but also for this
reason.”
 
Now, Zanardi is fully focused on his appearance
in the ZF BMW M4 DTM. On Friday, the free practice sessions for the
Dream Race will be held, while for each Saturday and Sunday, one
qualifying and one race are scheduled. Zanardi forms the BMW M
Motorsport ‘Dream Team’ with Marco Wittmann (GER) and Kamui Kobayashi (JPN).

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 40/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 40/2019.

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 “
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Formula E: Alexander Sims claims his maiden victory.

Alexander Sims (GBR) was on top form at the opening round of this
season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Diriyah (KSA). The BMW i
Andretti Motorsport driver twice secured pole position and claimed his
first victory in Formula E on Sunday, amassing a total of 35 points
over the course of the Diriyah E-Prix weekend. This puts him top of
the Drivers’ Championship. Including last season, he has now taken the
last three pole positions in a row. Sims is the only driver to have
achieved this feat in Formula E. His team-mate Maximilian Günther
(GER) also showed impressive pace at the wheel of the BMW iFE.20,
despite which he finished outside the points in both races. 

Speaking in an interview, Sims discussed the importance of his win
and the emotional rollercoaster in Diriyah.

Three questions for … Alexander Sims.

Alexander, how much does this first win in Formula E mean to you?

Alexander Sims: “Two pole positions and a win on one weekend – it
doesn’t get much better than that. It is a fantastic feeling. But I’m
not only pleased for myself, but also for the whole team. The entire
crew at BMW i Andretti Motorsport is made up of great people. I can’t
describe how hard everyone has worked to achieve this success, and how
everyone stood by me through the tough times in Season 5. It is simply
fantastic when that work is rewarded with a race weekend like this.”

 

What kind of emotional rollercoaster did you go through this weekend?

Sims: “It was definitely a weekend of emotional highs and lows. It
started well with pole position on Friday, but the final stage of the
race was then pretty poor, to be honest. As a driver, I made mistakes
that dropped me a long way back down the field. After the pole on
Saturday, I did better. I really wanted to turn the pole position into
a good result. We analysed the first race and worked together on basic
things. The fact that we ended up victorious was a great reward.”

 

What was ultimately the key to your win on Saturday?

Sims: “First and foremost, the enormous speed the BMW iFE.20 has
thanks to the team’s tuning work from Friday to Saturday. The car was
fantastic, particularly in the corners. That kind of basic speed
obviously made my life a lot easier from the start of the race
compared to Friday when the speed was not quite as good, which was
certainly due to the sand making the track slipperier. On Saturday,
even at the re-starts after the safety cars it was clear to me that I
could make up enough ground in the corners to defend my lead on the
straights without – as on Friday – having to use too much energy.
Knowing that is incredibly reassuring for a driver in a race series
where energy management has become even more important.”

Sim racing: Philipp Eng is second in the Pro-Am race at the
FIA GTC World Finals in Monaco.

This weekend, the 2019 FIA GTC World Finals were held in Monte Carlo
(MON). BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng (AUT) was a guest starter in
Saturday’s Pro-Am race, in which he went up against the world’s top
Gran Turismo drivers. Together with team-mate Giorgio Mangano (ITA),
winner of the 2018 Nations Cup, he produced a thrilling comeback to
finish runner-up. In the Manufacturer Series, sim racers Coque López
(ESP), Nicólas Rubila (CHI) and Randall Haywood (USA) were challenging
for the title in the BMW M6 GT3. Eng was on hand to support the trio
and pass on his knowledge as a professional racing driver. “Sim racing
is part of my everyday life – and it makes me a better racing driver,”
said Eng. “As such, it was fantastic to be here at the FIA GTC World
Finals and to support the three guys.” In the end, after three races,
the team finished eighth overall in the Manufacturer Series.

Asian Le Mans Series: Podium for the BMW M6 GT3 in Shanghai.

The Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS) kicked off its new season this
weekend at “Shanghai International Circuit“ (CHN). Among those in
action were two BMW M6 GT3s run by Astro Veloce Motorsports and FIST –
Team AAI. While the #90 AAI car, with BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson
(SWE) among those at the wheel, failed to finish the race, the Astro
Veloce team claimed a spot on the podium. After 104 laps, the #17 BMW
M6 GT3 – driven by BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (GER), Max Wieser
(ITA) and Peiwen Qi (CHN) – came home third in the GT class. The next
ALMS race is scheduled for 12thJanuary 2020 at Tailem Bend (AUS).

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Birthday podium in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

BMW:Birthday podium in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

Fuji International Speedway. Countless battles, three safety
car periods and a beaming birthday boy, Marco Wittmann (GER), was on
the podium. Part two of the ‘

SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, the first joint event held by the
DTM and SUPER GT Championship on Japanese soil, delighted Fuji (JPN)
fans on Sunday. Wittmann, celebrating his 30th birthday,
battled his way to second place in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Kamui
Kobayashi (JPN) also gave an action-packed display, as did
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), who found himself as high as second place
at times in the ZF BMW M4 DTM. Kobayashi came home fifth, while
Zanardi finished in 13th place.

 

The safety car made three appearances over the course of the race.
Fuji fans were not only treated to countless battles out on the track,
but also the odd contact between cars and a few crashes. The action
came thick and fast in the closing stages. Wittmann crossed the finish
line in third place, but was then promoted to second place after Loïc
Duval (FRA, Audi) received a one-second penalty for a previous
incident. Victory went to Narain Karthikeyan (IND, Honda).

 

Wittmann, whose family and many friends had travelled to Fuji, can
now celebrate his 30th birthday in style in Tokyo (JPN).
Before the race, BMW Group Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, fellow
drivers Zanardi and Kobayashi, and the entire BMW Team RBM sang to him
and presented him with a big birthday cake during the morning’s pit walk.

Quotes after race one of the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ at Fuji.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“That is exactly the kind of race we wanted for our fans here in
Japan – and, of course, for those watching in Europe. That was really
great motorsport, although it was rather chaotic at times, but that is
what the fans want to see. Our trip to Fuji was definitely worth the
effort. Thank you to Bart Mampaey and everyone at BMW Team RBM. They
all did a fantastic job, ensuring our three cars were running at the
very highest level and performing great pit stops. Congratulations to
Marco Wittmann – on his birthday, and second place here. That was
another superb performance from him. Kamui Kobayashi also fought hard
and put on a sensational display on his first weekend in a DTM car.
Alex Zanardi was also in the thick of the action and once again
produced some very special moments. All in all, it was a great advert
for touring car racing. We saw that a joint event with SUPER GT and
the DTM can work brilliantly and produce superb racing. The Dream Race
was a total success – let’s do it again. On the whole, it has been a
very successful weekend for us with Alexander Sims’ victory in Formula
E and second place for the BMW M6 GT3 in the IGTC in Kyalami.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“The races had a bit of everything: uncertainty with regard to the
weather, safety cars, crashes, and a lot of battles. We adapted to the
conditions and the circuit over the course of the weekend. We had a
better package today. Marco Wittmann did an outstanding job, as did
Kamui Kobayashi and Alex Zanardi. The strategy worked well with all
three cars today. I think we can congratulate everyone who was
involved in getting this event up and running and making it such a
success. Motorsport is the big winner today. For the entire trip to
Japan, preparing for the race, and then this result I have to say a
big thank you to my team. As in the past, we showed again today that
we feel at home on an international stage.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
7th, Race: 2nd):

“I am delighted. When you consider how we started the weekend, we can
be extremely happy with second place on Sunday. It was a crazy race,
with many safety cars. However, somehow, we always seemed to have the
right instinct and came away with a great result. This event was
awesome. The Japanese fans are really enthusiastic and friendly. It
was great fun. Now it is time to celebrate my birthday.”

Kamui Kobayashi
(#00 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 13th, Race: 5th):

“It was a tough race. It was really wild out there at times. Compared
to yesterday, we improved dramatically. The race was great fun and we
battled hard. It was a great experience to work with BMW Team RBM. We
met for the first time in Fuji this week, and soon gelled. We will
take a lot of great memories away with us. Thank you very much, guys.”

Alessandro Zanardi: (#4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
22nd, Race: 13th):

“I am sure that being in second place, on the front row, at the
re-start means I will be in some nice photos….But seriously, I really
enjoyed that race. I would like to thank BMW Team RBM for the
fantastic job they did. It is not easy to transport three cars to
Japan and get them ready to race. The car was very good over the full
race distance today. I received a few nudges from the opposition, with
the last one in particular causing some serious damage to my car. It
was an eventful race. However, I was able to stay clear of all the
problems and took my chances. The pace was good. I could hardly be happier.”

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Podium after great recovery performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Kyalami IGTC finale.

BMW:Podium after great recovery performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Kyalami IGTC finale.

Kyalami. Thanks to a great recovery performance, the
Walkenhorst Motorsport team celebrated its first podium finish of
the season at the Intercontinental GT Challenge finale. Having
started the race from 16th position, Mikkel Jensen (DEN), Christian
Krognes (NOR) and Nick Catsburg (NED), in the #34 BMW M6 GT3,
concluded the 9 Hours of Kyalami (RSA) in second place. Martin
Tomczyk (GER), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)
had led the race until just before the finish, crossing the line in
seventh place in the BMW Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3. In the
sister Walkenhorst Motorsport car, the #36 BMW M6 GT3, Michael Von
Rooyen, Gennaro Bonafede (both RSA) and team principal Henry
Walkenhorst (GER) secured victory in the AM category.


 
The #34 squad had just missed out on the pole shootout
the previous day and began the race from 16th place, but starting
driver Jensen and then Catsburg set about a brilliant chase that took
the #34 BMW M6 GT3 to second place before the third driver, Krognes,
moved into the lead at the halfway point of the race. The #42 BMW M6
GT3, in which Tomczyk had started the race from eighth position, was
also displaying some great pace at that point and was in a promising
second place.
 
The two BMW M6 GT3s were able to maintain
their positions in the leading group. As had been the case on previous
days, heavy rainfall set in two hours before the finish and led to an
extended safety car period which saw Tomczyk take the lead in the #42
BMW M6 GT3 as other cars headed for the pits. Once the race restarted
around 30 minutes from the end, however, the BMW Team Schnitzer car
also had to make a pit stop, consequently falling back to tenth place.
A strong performance in the final phase saw Farfus climb back up to
seventh position. In the #34 BMW M6 GT3, Catsburg completed his final
pit stop during the safety car period and moved up from fifth to
second place during the final laps, allowing him to cross the line and
claim the first podium finish of the season.
 
There was
also cause to celebrate for the sister Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6
GT3. Von Rooyen, Bonafede and team principal Walkenhorst claimed
victory in the #36 BMW M6 GT3 in the AM category.
 
Before
the race itself, BMW brought a piece of motorsport history back to
life on the Kyalami circuit. Van der Linde drove some demonstration
laps at the wheel of the legendary BMW 530 LME, thrilling spectators
all around the circuit. The first race car based on the 5 series BMW
dominated the Modified Production Series in the 1970s, celebrating
three championship titles in a row. The BMW 530 LME was in race action
in South Africa until 1985 and became the most successful racing car
ever developed on the basis of a 5 series BMW. A version of the
legendary homologation car restored by BMW South Africa was on show
for a few demonstration laps at Kyalami. The limited special edition
was produced exclusively at the BMW Plant in Rosslyn in the 1970s.
 
Reactions to the 9 Hours of Kyalami: 

 
Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development):

“Throughout the season, we came close to a podium on a regular
basis with the BMW M6 GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The
fact that we did it at the season finale at Kyalami makes it all the
more rewarding. Congratulations to Nick Catsburg, Mikkel Jensen,
Christian Krognes and the entire Walkenhorst team on the second place
and the victory in the AM category. The race was a thriller, right to
the very end, and it is great for us to be able to round off our
return to South Africa with a podium finish. Congratulations are also
in order for BMW Team Schnitzer, who put on a very good racing
performance. Unfortunately, the strategy didn’t work out for that car
in the end. Many thanks as well to the numerous BMW fans at the
circuit for their great support. They showed us once again just how
important BMW is here in South Africa. Congratulations to Dennis Olsen
for securing the drivers’ title, and to Porsche for winning the
constructors’ championship.”
 
Henry Walkenhorst (Walkenhorst Motorsport Team Principal):

“That was a bit tricky. In fact, we had everything you could
wish for. It was relatively warm, then it turned cold, it rained, the
safety car came out. However, we are pleased with it overall. We
didn’t make any mistakes. We could also have competed in the Pro-Am
category with our second BMW M6 GT3 and we would have won that too. We
are very pleased with the result for both cars and with the
performance of the whole team on this race weekend. That was a lovely
way to round off a season that brought us plenty of bad luck.”
 
Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That is pretty unbelievable after the result in qualifying. We
didn’t expect to get second place; it is just superb. Both of my
team-mates did a fantastic job. Our pace was really good and we
managed to drive at the front. That was a totally crazy finish. The
car did really well in the rain and we were able to overtake a few
cars. Second place is superb and I am delighted to have finished the
season like that.”
 
Mikkel Jensen (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport, 2nd place):


“After 16th place yesterday, there was no way we could have even
dreamed of a result like this. I had a really good first stint and was
able to move up from 16th to seventh place. Then Nicky took over and
made it to second place. We got the strategy spot on and that put us
right in the race. That was two hours before the finish. Then we
managed to stay in front and just had to see it home. We ended up in
second place but we could have finished first or fourth. All in all,
we are very, very happy with this result.”
 
Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That was a real rollercoaster ride. One hour before the end of
the race, I thought we’d finish tenth. We finished second thanks to
some special circumstances. Nicky did a fantastic job at the end. We
did not expect to be going so fast in the rain. Second place is just unbelievable.”
 
Herbert Schnitzer jr. (BMW Team Schnitzer Team Principal):

“Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Walkenhorst
Motorsport team as they did a brilliant job. The whole team, the
drivers, their strategy, how they behaved during the race, they just
got it all perfectly right. It was difficult for us. The opening phase
of the race was not ideal. We lost a few places in battles with other
cars that were behind us. However, we were able to work our way up
again towards the halfway point of the race. The rain really didn’t
help us very much though. Many thanks to the whole team for their
great performance over the whole weekend.”
 
Sheldon van der Linde (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“There were plenty of ups and downs in changeable conditions. To
be honest, that is not what you normally expect in South Africa. We
had a good start and battled our way up through the field, but our
strategy didn’t quite pay off in the end. I would really like to thank
BMW Team Schnitzer for making my home race so special. I hope to be
back next year, as this was certainly one of my favourite races of the year.”
 
Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“Ultimately, that was a funny old race and it was more of a
lottery. For a while, it looked like we were in with a chance of
winning it. But then I lost some places and had to battle my way back.
Twenty minutes before the finish, we were at the back of the field. I
was able to move up to seventh place but that was the best I could do.
I think that we deserved more but we just couldn’t finish it off. At
least the team’s other car reached the podium. Overall, it’s been a
great season with BMW and I would like to thank every single member of
the team for that. We fought hard for it. Unfortunately, we didn’t
achieve what we were aiming for.”
 
Martin Tomczyk: (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team
Schnitzer, 7th place):


“That was a pretty tough weekend. It didn’t start too badly with
the pole shootout, which got us sixth place on the grid. The
challenging weather conditions that we had during the race did not
make it easy at all. Nonetheless, things were going very well for us
for a long time. We were at the front for a long time and we were
challenging for a podium finish. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much
luck with our strategic decision and only managed to cross the line in
seventh place.”

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