BMW Group Plant Regensburg will produce drive components for electrified vehicles from 2021

BMW:BMW Group Plant Regensburg will produce drive components for electrified vehicles from 2021

Regensburg. The BMW Group is further expanding its
Germany-based production capacities for electric drives.  From 2021,
battery cells for high-voltage batteries will be coated at BMW Group
Plant Regensburg and complete high-voltage batteries will be produced
from 2022. The company is investing over 150 million euros in the site
in order to supply the growing number of electrified BMW Group
vehicles with high-voltage batteries.

The new e-drive production location was announced today by Michael
Nikolaides, Head of Planning and Production Engines and E-Drives, and
Frank Bachmann, Director of BMW Group Plant Regensburg, at an event
with the Lord Mayor of Regensburg, Gertrud Maltz-Schwarzfischer.

“Electric mobility is substantially driving growth for the BMW Group
and this development is also reflected in our e-drive production,”
explained Michael Nikolaides: “In 2020, we went full throttle on
e-drive production.” In July, the company opened the Competence Center
for E-drive Production in Dingolfing and doubled the production
capacity of high-voltage batteries at BMW Brilliance Automotive by
opening another battery center in China. As recently as September, the
BMW Group announced it would be producing battery modules at BMW Group
Plant Leipzig from 2021. “Now Regensburg will see battery component
production added in 2021, followed just a year later by high-voltage
battery production. All of this demonstrates that we are consistently
ramping up the production of e-drives,” stressed Nikolaides. In total,
the BMW Group is investing around 750 million euros across its
Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg sites in expanding its production
capacity for electrified vehicle drive components by 2022.

“From 2021, BMW Group Plant Regensburg will not just produce
electrified vehicles, but also e-drive components,” said Frank
Bachmann: “We are investing over 150 million euros by 2022 in
high-voltage battery production as well as the necessary components. A
total of at least 300 future-proof jobs will be created in this new
area of production until 2024.” This strategic decisions highlights
“just how seriously we take this issue and that the BMW Group
continues to place a strong emphasis on Germany as a production
location,” underscored Nikolaides. Therefore, the BMW Group is
securing employment across its German sites and is demonstrating
foresight by restructuring expertise as needed over the course of the
transition to electromobility.

High-voltage batteries are a cornerstone of this transition

BMW Group Plant Regensburg started production of two electrified
models this year with the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW X1 and
the BMW X2. At the same time, with extensive investments and
conversions, the plant is preparing itself so that moving forward it
can respond flexibly to changing demand for different drive types.
“Battery cell coating and high-voltage battery production will play a
key role in this transition,” said Plant Director Frank Bachmann. The
coating of battery cells will start at the beginning of 2021. Coating
the cells gives them greater mechanical robustness and better thermal
conductivity. This allows for improved insulation and cooling of the
even more powerful battery cells for the fifth generation of the
e-drive. From 2022, the Regensburg plant will also produce complete
high-voltage batteries from battery modules.

From battery cell to high-voltage battery

The production process for high-voltage batteries consists of two
main steps and the battery modules are produced in a highly automated
process. First, the lithium-ion cells undergo a plasma cleaning
process. Specially developed equipment coats the cells to ensure
optimal insulation. The battery cells are then assembled into larger
units, known as battery modules. The BMW Group procures the battery
cells from partners who produce them according to the company’s
precise specifications. The BMW Group uses different battery cells,
depending on which one provides the best characteristics for the
relevant vehicle concept.

The battery modules are then mounted into an aluminum casing along
with the vehicle connectors, control units and cooling units. The size
and shape of the aluminum casing as well as the number of battery
modules used vary depending on the vehicle variant. The result is a
high-voltage battery ideally adapted to the vehicle.

This combination of standardized battery modules and casings flexibly
adapted to the vehicle has several advantages: Firstly, it ensures
uniform properties and quality standards in the production of the
high-voltage batteries. Secondly, the modular design of the
high-voltage battery serves as the basis for a wide range of e-drive
variants. Last but not least, this modular approach is a crucial
prerequisite for being able to respond quickly to customer demand and
take advantage of cost savings.

Global production network for e-drives with a focus on Germany

To date, the high-voltage batteries for all electrified vehicles of
the BMW and MINI brands have been produced at the three in-house
battery production facilities in Dingolfing, Spartanburg/USA and
Shenyang/China. In Thailand too, the BMW Group has localized the
production of high-voltage batteries for the Rayong plant in a
cooperation project with the Dräxlmaier Group. The new battery
component and high-voltage battery production at BMW Group Plants
Regensburg and Leipzig will join this network from 2021 onward. 
Munich is home to both the pilot plant for e-drives and the Battery
Cell Competence Center. Here the BMW Group comprehensively analyzes
battery cell value-added processes and keeps its production processes
at the cutting edge.

The company produces electric engines at the Competence Center for
E-drive Production in Dingolfing and BMW Group Plant Landshut.
Accordingly, the BMW Group will in future produce e-drive components
in large-scale series production at seven locations worldwide, four of
them in Germany.

Ramping up e-drive component production capacity is key to meeting
the BMW Group’s ambitious electric mobility targets. As early as 2021,
one in four BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe is expected to be fitted
with an electric drive. By 2025, it’ll be one in three, and one in two
by 2030. By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified models on the
road, half of which will have an all-electric drive.

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The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé – Additional pictures.

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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.

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BMW Motorrad presents five world premieres.

BMW:BMW Motorrad presents five world premieres.

Munich. On Thursday, 22 October 2020, BMW Motorrad
will reveal five new models from its Heritage world. These world
premieres will take place during an online-presentation at 6.00 pm
(CEST). This will of course be streamed worldwide via the official BMW
Motorrad Facebook page, the BMW Motorrad and BMW Group Youtube
channels as well as the BMW Group LinkedIn page.

https://www.facebook.com/BMWMotorrad

https://www.youtube.com/BMWMotorrad

https://www.youtube.com/BMWGroup

https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw-group

Besides the five world premieres, the viewers can also look
forward to seeing exciting guests. Immediately after the unveiling,
initial information about the vehicles including photos, videos and
the configurator will be activated on the BMW Motorrad website

(https://www.bmw-motorrad.com).

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries, please contact:


Dominik Schaidnagel, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49 151 601 50181, Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49 151 601 57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 151 601 35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.de

Internet: www.press.bmw.de

E-mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Three BMW M6 GT3s in action at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW:Three BMW M6 GT3s in action at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Munich. Roughly four weeks after the highly-acclaimed victory
at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER), the BMW M6 GT3 is now set for the
second major endurance highlight of the season this weekend: the 24
Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). Walkenhorst Motorsport travels to
Belgium with bags of confidence, following the one-two at the 8
Hours of Indianapolis (USA). After winning the Spa classic in 2018,
the team now has its sights set firmly on another podium finish. A
host of top-class GT drivers will be at the wheel of the two cars.
In the Pro-Am class, the Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3, sporting a
design by artist Peter Halley, promises to be a real eye-catcher.

 

Regular drivers and Indianapolis winners Nick Catsburg (NED) and
Augusto Farfus (BRA) will compete in the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport
BMW M6 GT3. They will be joined by BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT),
who already has two victories at Spa to his name – in 2016 with ROWE
Racing and 2018 with Walkenhorst Motorsport. Alternating at the wheel
of the #35 car will be regular drivers David Pittard (GBR) and Martin
Tomczyk (GER), as well as Nürburgring 24 Hours winner Nick Yelloly (GBR).

“It is one GT highlight after another at the moment, and it is
fantastic to see that we are challenging for podiums and race wins
wherever we race with the BMW M6 GT3,” said BMW Group Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt, for whom the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
will be the last major endurance race in his current role. “We
recently celebrated the long-awaited win at the Nürburgring 24 Hours,
but have also shown at Indianapolis, in the GTD class of the IMSA
series, in the ADAC GT Masters, and in the Italian GT Championship
that the BMW M6 GT3 is capable of winning virtually every race. We
obviously want to carry that momentum to Spa-Francorchamps, where we
have had three overall victories since 2015. Personally, I would
obviously be delighted to be able to celebrate one last time with the
team at my last big race as BMW Group Motorsport Director.”

For Walkenhorst Motorsport, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is not
only a prestigious individual event, but also forms the third of four
races in this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge. Catsburg and
Farfus are currently second in the Drivers’ Championship, just one
point off the lead. Pittard, Tomczyk and Yelloly are third. BMW leads
the GT3 manufacturer competition.

In the Pro-Am class, Boutsen Ginion will field a third BMW M6 GT3 –
and a very special one at that. The car’s colourful livery was
designed by American artist Peter Halley, who took his inspiration
from the tradition of the famous BMW Art Cars. As a result, the #10
BMW M6 GT3 will be a real eye-catcher out on the track. Karim Ojjeh
(KSA), Gilles Vannelet (FRA), Benjamin Lessennes (BEL) and BMW works
driver Jens Klingmann (GER) will share the driving duties.

The race begins this Saturday at 15:30 and, with the clocks going
forward an hour overnight, ends 24 hours later at 14:30 on Sunday.

Quotes ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps:

Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport):
“The next highlight of my season is just around
the corner and I cannot wait to get going. I hope I can continue my
run at Spa, having tasted victory at the Nürburgring and Indianapolis.
I think we have a very good chance. We have almost always performed
well at Spa in recent years, while Walkenhorst Motorsport has often
shown that the team is capable of winning the really big events. With
Augusto and Philipp, I have two fantastic drivers at my side. Both
have had a lot of big wins in GT racing, so it is a privilege for me
to share a BMW M6 GT3 with them.”

Nick Yelloly (#35 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport):
“This will be my first start at the 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps, and I am really looking forward to working with
Martin and David again. Our goal is to improve on the second place we
achieved with Walkenhorst Motorsport at Indianapolis. The weather
could obviously play a major role at Spa at the end of October.
Similar to our victory at the Nürburgring, it will be crucial to avoid
making any mistakes and get the maximum out of the BMW M6 GT3.”

Jens Klingmann (#10 BMW M6 GT3, Boutsen Ginion):
“Last weekend’s victory in the ADAC GT Masters really did me some good
and has made me even more determined to get a good result at
Spa-Francorchamps with my team-mates at Boutsen Ginion. Personally, I
have very fond memories of this race, having finished runner-up in
2018. This is the absolute highlight of the season for the team. As
such, it is very appropriate that we line up with a very special
livery, and will also add some colour with our race overalls. I think
I am allowed to reveal that much. Our goal is to challenge for the
podium in the Pro-Am class. Hopefully, I can help my amateur
colleagues achieve that.”           

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Ad-hoc announcement: Preliminary free cash flow for the Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter of 2020 above market expectations

BMW:Ad-hoc announcement: Preliminary free cash flow for the Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter of 2020 above market expectations

Munich. The preliminary free cash flow for the
Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter 2020 amounts to
€3,065 million (previous year: €714 million) and thus exceeds current
market expectations.

This was due in particular to a faster recovery in several markets,
which led to higher sales growth. In addition, a focused management
has led to an optimisation of working capital and a further reduction
of fixed costs and capital expenditure.

The impact of this development on the free cash flow for the
Automotive segment for the full year will be communicated with the
release of the Quarterly Statement to 30 September 2020.

The previous earnings forecasts for the individual segments and the
Group remain unchanged.

Economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues to
significantly impair forecasting and leads therefore to considerable
uncertainty in providing an accurate outlook.

BMW AG will publish further details on the results of the third
quarter 2020 on 4 November 2020.

The definition of free cash flow is provided on page 244 in the BMW
Group Annual Report 2019. Working capital comprises inventories as
well as trade receivables and trade payables.

In case of queries please contact:

Corporate Communications

Dr. Britta Ullrich, Corporate Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-18364, britta.ullrich@bmwgroup.com

Eckhard Wannieck, Head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, eckhard.wannieck@bmw.de

Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com

E-mail: presse@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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High performance, maximum exclusivity: the First Edition variants of the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition.

BMW:High performance, maximum exclusivity: the First Edition variants of the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition.

Munich. Supreme power, an imposing thirst for forward
progress and extravagant styling allow the new BMW X5 M Competition
(fuel consumption combined: 13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg
imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 296 – 291 g/km) and new
BMW X6 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 13.1 l/100 km [21.6
mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 301 g/km) to carve out a
unique place for themselves on the world’s roads. Their performance
attributes set new standards and now they are also raising the bar
once again in terms of exclusivity. First Edition specification
accentuates the effervescent and distinctive character of the BMW M
models in the luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity
Coupé (SAC) segments to particularly stylish effect.

Precisely coordinated design cues for the exterior and interior lend
the special-edition takes on the new BMW X5 M Competition and new
BMW X6 M Competition the status of intoxicating rarities at the
high-performance reaches of their respective segments. Their air of
exclusivity creates the ideal environment in which to enjoy the
unmistakable driving experience laid on by a high-revving V8 engine
with two turbochargers and 460 kW/625 hp, M-specific suspension and
M xDrive all-wheel drive. The two special-edition newcomers will be
produced at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US in a limited run of
250 examples each and can be ordered with immediate effect.

The BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver special paint finish available
exclusively for the special-edition models showcases the exterior
design of the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition to
extremely impressive effect. This matt paint finish ensures the
muscular proportions, clear forms and signature M details of the body
design come authentically to the fore, regardless of how the light
hits the car. The two special-edition cars can also be specified with
the BMW Individual Frozen Marina Bay Blue special paint finish. This
exterior shade is one of the BMW special finishes now available
ex-factory for the BMW X5 M Competition, BMW X6 M Competition, BMW X5,
BMW X6 and BMW X7. These special paint shades are increasing in number
all the time.

The high-quality paint finishes team up with M light-alloy wheels in
star-spoke design with a Jet Black, high-gloss finish available
exclusively for the special-edition models. The wheels (front:
21-inch, rear: 22-inch) are fitted with mixed-size tyres. The exterior
styling also includes selected body elements made from
carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Like the M Carbon exterior
mirror caps for the two special-edition models, the M Carbon rear
spoiler for the new BMW X6 M Competition has an understated feeling of
the race track. An M Carbon engine compartment cover is likewise part
of First Edition specification.

BMW Individual Merino full leather trim in exclusive bi-colour
Silverstone/Midnight Blue ensures the interior and BMW Individual
paint finishes fit together neatly. Black Alcantara inserts in the
seat bolsters and contrast stitching in Sakhir Orange emphasise the
sporting contours of the M multifunction seats. The eye-catching
contrast stitching also bring distinctive flourishes to the door panel
trim and instrument panel. Taking its cue from the leather-covered
instrument panel, the BMW Individual headliner in Alcantara is
likewise in Midnight Blue.

The high-tech and extremely lightweight material CFRP also features
in the interior of the special-edition models. Adornments include
Carbon Fibre interior trim strips available in a special,
market-specific design. The silver-coloured “First Edition 1/250”
lettering – which is applied to the carbon-fibre strip before the
clear coat seal – highlights the exclusive character of the
special-edition models. If these interior trim strips are specified,
the model badge on the cover for the cup holders has the same design.

BMW X5 M Competition fuel consumption combined:
13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 296 – 291 g/km).

BMW X6 M Competition fuel consumption combined: 13.1
l/100 km [21.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 301 g/km.

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 19/2020.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 19/2020.

Whether in the DTM, 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.

IMSA series: BMW Team RLL finishes ‘Petit Le Mans’ on the podium.

John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA)
co-drove the #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE to a third-place finish in the
10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ‘Petit Le Mans’ at
Road Atlanta (USA) to score the team’s sixth consecutive podium
finish. The trio led the GTLM class multiple times and completed 431
laps to finish 4.412 seconds behind the winning Porsche. Farfus took
the lead for the final time on lap 401, after the class had cycled
through their final stops. Two laps later he was pushed off by a
prototype car and had to run through the grass. As a result, he had to
pit again to clean the grille, dropping some 26 seconds to the
leaders. Charging back, he took advantage of a collision by a
competitor to secure the podium finish as the race ended under caution.

The #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, driven by Bruno Spengler (CAN), Connor De
Phillippi and Colton Herta (both USA) finished sixth in GTLM class
following a mechanical issue after only 20 laps, which required a
lengthy repair in the garage. The #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3
finished ninth in the GTD class.

John Edwards (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“It was an amazing performance by the entire team
today, but it ended in a bit of heartbreak after Augusto, with an
18-second lead, was pushed off by a prototype car. We did recover to
finish on the podium and maximise points.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“The BMW M8 GTE was great. We led most of the race
and had the car to win. Everyone worked very hard and one little thing
took it all away. We’ll bounce back.”

Augusto Farfus (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“That was a very frustrating result. The win was in
our pocket and I got run wide in the marbles and off the track. I so
wanted to bring the victory to the team that worked so hard today.”

Michelin Pilot Challenge: Turner Motorsport wins at Road
Atlanta.
Robby Foley and Vincent Barletta (both USA) won
the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Road Atlanta (USA) in the
#95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4. The duo took the chequered flag at
the ‘Fox Factory 120’ ahead of James Clay and Gregory Liefooghe (both
USA), who finished runner-up in the #82 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4
to complete a one-two for the BMW M Customer Racing teams. While this
was Barletta’s first win of the season, it was Foley’s second
appearance on the top step of the podium, having previously triumphed
at ‘VIRginia International Raceway’.

ADAC GT Masters: Victories for the BMW M6 GT3 at the Red Bull
Ring.
Schubert Motorsport and MRS GT-Racing each won one
of the two ADAC GT Masters races at the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg
(AUT). On Saturday, BMW works driver Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Henric
Skoog (SWE) claimed the first win of the season for both the BMW M6
GT3 and Schubert Motorsport. BMW works drivers Jens Klingmann (GER)
and Erik Johansson (SWE) finished third to join them on the podium on
Saturday. However, their big moment was to come on the Sunday;
starting from second place, they soon took the lead and went on to
take the first win of the season for MRS GT-Racing in the
200th race in ADAC GT Masters history. Yelloly and Skoog
followed them home in second place, but were ultimately classified in
fifth place following a time penalty. For Skoog and Johansson, the
race wins on Saturday and Sunday also meant victory in the Junior
class. Joel Eriksson (SWE) and Aidan Read (AUS), in the second
Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, finished eleventh on Saturday and
failed to finish on Sunday.

Italian GT: BMW Team Italia takes victory in the BMW M6 GT3
and the BMW M4 GT4.
BMW Team Italia was victorious
with both the BMW M6 GT3 and the BMW M4 GT4 at the race weekend in the
Italian GT Sprint Championship at Monza (ITA). In Saturday’s race,
pole-sitters Marius Zug (GER) and Stefano Comandini (ITA) took victory
in the BMW M6 GT3. After 28 laps of racing, Comandini crossed the
finish line with a 0.7-second lead. The same pairing started Sunday’s
race from third place but was stopped in its tracks by technical
issues. However, the team still had cause for celebration on Sunday,
with Francesco Guerra and Simone Riccitelli (both ITA) winning the GT4
class. They emerged triumphant from a close battle to take victory by
just one second. On Saturday, the duo at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4
had finished fourth in their class.

DTM Trophy: Podium for Ben Green at Zolder.
Ben
Green (GBR) and FK Performance Motorsport enjoyed an impressive
weekend in the DTM trophy at Zolder (BEL). Green finished third in the
BMW M4 GT4 in Sunday’s race. He also came home fourth in the Saturday
race to score valuable points in the Drivers’ Championship. Ahead of
the finale weekend at Hockenheim (GER), the British driver currently
lies third in the overall standings and holds a commanding lead in the
Junior competition. Ben Tuck (GBR), fourth in the Drivers’
Championship, finished in the points in seventh place on Sunday,
having failed to finish on Saturday. Tuck’s Walkenhorst Motorsport
team-mate Max Koebolt (NED) was eighth and tenth, while Luke
Wankmüller (GER), Green’s team-mate at FK Performance Motorsport, was
ninth and eleventh.

ADAC GT4 Germany: BMW M4 GT4 on the
podium.
Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Michael Schrey (GER)
claimed another podium in the BMW M4 GT4 of Hofor Racing by Bonk
Motorsport at the ADAC GT4 Germany race weekend at the Red Bull Ring
(AUT). They finished third in Sunday’s race, having failed to finish
on Saturday. Piana and Schrey now lie third in the Drivers’
Championship. A further three BMW M4 GT4s were in action at Spielberg.
The Lillestoff team came home tenth in Saturday’s race.

GT4 France: Class win for the BMW M4 GT4 at the Grand Prix
d’Albi.
The L’Espace Bienvenue team won the Silver
category in race two of the penultimate race weekend in GT4 France at
‘Circuit d’Albi’ (FRA). Ricardo van der Ende (NED) and Benjamin
Lessennes (BEL) finished in fourth place overall, just ahead of their
rivals in the Silver class. In the opening race of the weekend, van
der Ende and Lessennes finished runner-up in their class and third
overall, earning them a spot on the podium.

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Robert Kubica reaches the podium in the BMW M4 DTM for the first time – Timo Glock in fourth.

BMW:Robert Kubica reaches the podium in the BMW M4 DTM for the first time – Timo Glock in fourth.

Zolder.
At the 16th race of the season at Zolder (BEL),
Robert Kubica (POL) reached the podium for the first time in his DTM
career. Competing for the privateer BMW customer team ART Grand
Prix, he claimed third place in his BMW M4 DTM after a crazy race
with numerous retirements. Timo Glock (GER) was right behind him,
finishing fourth in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA,
Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM)
were also in the points, finishing seventh and eighth.

 

Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4
DTM) and Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) all retired from the
turbulent race after collisions. Glock is the best-placed BMW
representative in the drivers’ standings, in fifth place with 116 points.

 

Reactions to the 16th DTM race of the 2020 season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to Robert Kubica and ART Grand Prix on their first
DTM podium with the BMW M4 DTM. I am delighted that the hard work of
our privateer customer team has been rewarded with this third place as
we approach the end of the season. Like Robert Kubica, Timo Glock
drove a faultless race and finished fourth to score some important
points in the drivers’ championship. Apart from that, it was a
disappointing race for us, even though Sheldon van der Linde and Marco
Wittmann did score points by finishing seventh and eighth. We will
have to take another careful look at the accidents involving Jonathan
Aberdein, Philipp Eng and Lucas Auer. The crucial aspect is that
Philipp Eng made it out of his car without injury. Many thanks to the
Zolder track marshals who reacted extremely well to the fire on his
car. We will do everything in our power to round off the season at
Hockenheim with a highlight.”

Robert Kubica (#8 BMW M4 DTM, privateer BMW customer team ART
Grand Prix, 3rd place):

“This is a great moment for the entire ART Grand Prix Team after a
difficult season. We had a lot to learn and needed to improve in many
areas. Everything worked really well today. We managed to steer clear
of all the problems and took our chances. We had really good pace in
the decisive stages of the race. The tyres were an important factor
today, so I didn’t push too hard after my pit stop and tried to keep
them alive. I was able to build up a lead over the cars behind me and
get home in third place.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
15th, Race: 8th, Drivers’ standings:
7th, 95 points):

“It was a tough weekend for me. Unfortunately, our pace was not
competitive. I wasn’t able to get going in qualifying or in the race.
I hope that things will look better for the finale at Hockenheim.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
14th, Race: 4th, Driver’s standings:
5th, 116 points):

“That was a crazy race. Almost half of the starting field was out by
the time we had completed about eight laps. I just concentrated on
steering clear of all the incidents and managing the tyres. That
worked well and I am pleased with fourth place, although I would have
preferred to have reached the podium, of course. At the same time, I
am delighted for Robert. He has earned this podium as he drove a great
race. He has made progress race by race and his hard work has now been rewarded.”

 

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
13th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 11th, 51 points):

“A disappointing race. There was a big crash in the opening stages
and then there was contact between me and Philipp Eng after the Indy
restart. My race was over after that. We just have to write it off. We
want to go back on the attack at Hockenheim.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
8th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 12th, 45 points):

“It was an unfortunate collision with Lucas Auer, there was nothing
else I could have done. I took a hit from outside on the left. Hats
off to the track marshals for getting the fire on my car under control
so quickly.”

 

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
6th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 13th, 45 points):

“My race was over early. There was contact between me and Fabio
Scherer on the entry to turn eight. It might have been a misjudgement
on my part, but I will have to take a closer look at it again to
understand what actually happened. It was a disappointing end to what
had otherwise been a good weekend.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 11th, Race: 7th, Drivers’ standings:
6th, 105 points):

“I had a good start and moved up two places on the first lap. After
that, it was just chaotic, with two safety cars. I was able to hold my
position but our strategy was blown. We tried to react to the two
safety cars but the others were just smarter today. Scoring points in
seventh place is OK but we want to be on the podium and winning.
Unfortunately, that was not the case this weekend. We will push on and
aim to conclude the season with a good result at Hockenheim.”

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BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ends the WorldSBK season 2020 with top ten finish at Estoril.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ends the WorldSBK season 2020 with top ten finish at Estoril.

Estoril. An unusual and truncated 2020 season in the FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) has come to end after just
eight rounds. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team completed the final
weekend at Estoril (POR) with a top ten finish when Tom Sykes (GBR)
claimed tenth place in race two on Sunday afternoon. In his final
race for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Eugene Laverty (IRL)
crossed the line in twelfth place. In the Superpole race on Sunday
morning, Sykes and Laverty finished in eleventh and 16th positions.

 

The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team has already started preparations for
the upcoming season. The team will complete a day of testing at the
‘Circuito do Estoril’ on Monday.

Quotes after race two at Estoril.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Our
results at the Estoril finale were not satisfactory. However, I am
glad that we once had a weekend without technical issues and without
any crashes. In terms of performance, we are not where we want to be.
We are not far off the top five or top six, but we have to work on
claiming these results consistently. I would like express my heartfelt
thanks to Eugene. It was also a difficult season for him but we have
still been able to benefit from his work and made progress with him
for example in the electronics area. Now we have to focus on next
season. That will start in just a few hours with preparations for
tomorrow’s testing. We hope to find those few tenths of a second there
that will help us to improve.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“First of all, thanks to Eugene. It’s been a tough year
for him and with the season cut short, it made his job even more
difficult. We thank him for all his efforts and contributions to the
team and wish him good luck for next year wherever he goes. On Tom’s
side, this weekend has been a struggle. The grip levels have been
difficult for us and it has taken us too long to overcome that and
find an optimum setting that works. Finishing 20 seconds off the
winner certainly isn’t where we want to be but we got a lot of data to
move forward. Our new season starts now and we’ve got to put 2020
behind us for many reasons, Covid, difficult conditions at all rounds,
we haven’t scored a podium once this year but, however, we remain
confident that we can set the wheels turning very soon with the BMW M
1000 RR and overall, we will push hard to be further up the grid. I
think it’s fair to say that it was a challenge for most teams.
Congratulations to Kawasaki and Jonathan Rea and let’s hope that next
year we can be close to those guys and be on the podium more regularly.”

Tom Sykes: “It was a pretty frustrating final
weekend. Clearly we have some limitations with the package and saw
already at the Barcelona test and here again that we come to a new
circuit, arrive at a lap time and try a lot with big changes, we’ve
had three different set-ups here this weekend, and we still arrive at
that lap time and still have the same issues. The team have work to do
and I am definitely looking forward to getting some new components.
Now it’s time for closure on this year and hopefully the whole BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team can make some good steps forward as soon as
possible in the winter break.”

Eugene Laverty: “This weekend as a whole has been
very difficult here at Estoril. From the first practice, it was clear
that with so many slow corners it was not suited to our bike, but we
never gave up and worked hard. The good thing was that we did make
progress in today’s race as our pace was stronger than yesterday’s so
we can be satisfied we moved forward. Throughout our season, we made
progress, especially in the latter part of the year. Most notable was
Magny-Cours with our pole position, but unfortunately the season has
been short with only eight rounds as I would have liked to be longer
on the bike. The season for us is now over and it’s time for me to
start thinking about 2021.”

Original Press Release

Estoril Finale: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team fighting with blunt weapons on Saturday.

BMW:Estoril Finale: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team fighting with blunt weapons on Saturday.

Estoril. The 2020 season in the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) is approaching its conclusion and the first
race of the final weekend at Estoril (POR) is over. The two BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders, Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty
(IRL), finished race one on Saturday in tenth and twelfth positions.

 

The ‘Circuito do Estoril’ is hosting WorldSBK for the first time
since 1993. Friday was all about getting to know the idiosyncrasies of
the circuit, while Saturday featured another practice session,
Superpole qualification and race one.

In Superpole, Sykes and Laverty qualified in tenth and
14th with their BMW S 1000 RRs. Both riders lost places at
the start of the race. As the race progressed, they both defended
their positions but found it impossible to mount any attacks. Sykes
and Laverty both move up after riders ahead of them retired from the
race and after 21 laps, Sykes took the chequered flag line in tenth,
with Laverty in twelfth.

Quotes after race one at Estoril.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Firstly, congratulations to Johnny Rea. He has seemed untouchable on
the way to his sixth consecutive world championship title – very well
done! Up to now, our performance has not been satisfactory. Since the
first practice session, we have been struggling to adjust to the new
circuit. We seem to be unable to leverage our experience from the
current season, with most of the familiar circuits providing little
grip. We are simply not adjusting to new conditions and new circuits
quickly enough at the moment. We will have to work on that for the
future, but we have already developed the necessary methodology ahead
of this finale. A positive aspect for us is that our lap times were
stable throughout the race, however they were too slow to allow us to
get involved in the battle for the top places. Not least because of
that, we are looking forward to seeing what we can learn from testing
on Monday. As part of the preparations for 2021, we will already be
using some components for the BMW M 1000 RR to get an idea of the
potential. But now we are focusing on Sunday: we are analysing the
data from today to put on a better performance in the Superpole race
and in race two.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“Today’s Superpole was a bit disappointing. Tom was a
few tenths away from a second row start but he could not get the full
use out of the qualifying tyre. Eugene struggled getting grip from the
rear tyre and ultimately could not post a strong lap time. The race
was quite exciting at one point; we got into a good rhythm with Tom
and he was bunched up in a group from 5th to around
12th, which was covered by a few seconds, which we felt we
could have bagged a top six from that. Generally, we are not happy
with a tenth position, but I felt his overall pace was promising and
we took some good information away from that. Eugene continued his
free practice and qualifying pace and circulated the race relative to
those times, which was P12.”

Tom Sykes: “We got a good start to today’s race one
but I just got caught on the outside at T1. We then settled into a
good rhythm and it was a shame as P5 was only a few seconds away, but
I was at the wrong end of a big group. It’s clear to see that our bike
is working really well in some areas, but I was just lacking a little
bit today with mechanical grip and engine performance. But it is what
is, the game is over for this year and now for me the aim is to get
the best results possible and gather the information, blend that
together going into the winter test and get to where we need to be
next year.”

Eugene Laverty: “This track is tough for us in
general. These slow first gear corners are just not suited to our
bike, but I did what I could today. We were slow but at least we were
consistent and kept within three tenths of my lap time from the start.
Regardless of that we gained some good information, I played around
with my body position to try give the guys some direction to work in
so again we will try something else for tomorrow’s final two races.
Our problem is that we are struggling to get the bike stopped and have
that punch out of the corners. But we have some ideas, it’s not going
to be a miracle overnight but we must make progress.”

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