Strong showing from BMW M6 GT3 teams at the Bathurst 12 Hour goes unrewarded – New BMW M4 GT4 wins on its Australian debut.

Bathurst. The BMW M6 GT3 teams produced an impressive
performance in the 12-hour race at the iconic “Mount Panorama
Circuit” in Bathurst (AUS), but their efforts went unrewarded. BMW
Team SRM, with BMW DTM drivers Timo Glock (GER) and Philipp Eng
(AUT) sharing the cockpit of the number 100 BMW M6 GT3 with team
principal Steve Richards (NZL), eventually finished ninth. The
number 43 BMW M6 GT3, run by BMW Team Schnitzer and driven by BMW
DTM drivers Marco Wittmann (GER) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), together
with Chaz Mostert (AUS), was forced to retire following a collision
whilst challenging for a spot on the podium. The race was brought to
a close 12 minutes ahead of schedule, due to a big crash.

 

The 12-hour classic got off to a brilliant start: Mostert started
from pole position in the number 43 BMW M6 GT3 and began to open up a
lead at the front of the field. A host of safety car periods then
meant that he and his team-mates were unable to take advantage of the
morning’s good conditions for the BMW M6 GT3. As the race progressed,
the trio dropped back through the field, however, they did manage to
regain some positions in the closing stages, and set their sights on
the podium again. Then, after nine and a half hours, came the
retirement for Mostert, Wittmann and Farfus. Running fourth at the
time, Mostert, embroiled in a battle for position with several other
cars, was involved in a collision. While he was able to return to the
pits, the car was too seriously damaged to continue. 

The trio in the BMW Team SRM car produced an impressive fightback in
the race. A disqualification meant that the number 100 BMW M6 GT3 had
to start from 49th and last place on Saturday. Despite
that, Glock, Richards and Eng soon worked their way into the leading
group. A brake issue then cost the trio time in the closing stages,
and they eventually came home ninth.

The new BMW M4 GT4 won the GT4 class on its Australian debut. The
Boat Works Racing team claimed victory in the class from pole
position. The number 30 BMW M4 GT4 was driven by Tony Longhurst, Matt
Brabham and Aaron Seton (all AUS). The number 13 BMW M4 GT4, run by
the RHC Lawrence/Strom team and driven by Daren Jorgensen, Cameron
Lawrence, Brett Strom (all USA) and Kuno Wittmer (CAN), was fourth.
They were followed over the line in fifth place by the number 44 BMW
M4 GT4 of BMW Team SRM, in which the three Australians, Dean Grant,
Xavier West and Cameron Hill, alternated at the wheel.

Quotes from the Bathurst 12 Hour:

 

Timo Glock (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“It was once again a real highlight and a crazy race, with an awful
lot of safety car periods. It was a dream for me to be able to start
the race, as I did last year. That is very special here, and getting
the car through all the traffic from the back of the field without
suffering any damage was a big challenge for us. I achieved that, and
we were already in the top-ten by the end of the first stint. Steve,
Philipp and the whole team did a flawless job. The strategy was
excellent, and we got the car through to the finish without a single
scratch. Unfortunately, we had some issues with the brakes towards the
end of the race, and dropped back. All in all, Bathurst was great fun again.”

Philipp Eng (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“It was a unique experience. The circuit is awesome and you can feel
your adrenaline pumping every single lap. I really enjoyed it. The
race started with an incredible first stint from Timo. Steve and I
then continued to climb through the field, and we actually led briefly
– having started from 49th place. Unfortunately, technical
issues thwarted us towards the end. On the whole, however, the BMW M6
GT3 was very good in terms of balance and driveability. I learned a
lot this weekend and it was great fun. I would definitely love to
return to Australia, and to Bathurst.”

Steve Richards (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“I am really, really proud of our team this weekend. The strategy
today was spot-on and if not for an unexpected brake issue then who
knows – it might have been a podium. At the end of the day, it’s great
to get the car home without a scratch on it. Very happy with the
result, everyone worked really well together.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“We had a great car, especially in qualifying and in the first two
stints in the morning. Chaz was doing an awesome job, pulling away and
we showed a strong performance with the BMW M6 GT3. But when the sun
came out and temperatures rose, we were missing a bit on top speed. It
was then difficult for us to overtake. In addition, we got a
drive-through penalty that dropped us back. But we actually fought
back and were running in a promising position. Chaz tried it – and
sometimes it works out and sometimes not. But at least he tried it.
For sure it is a shame because we were still in the hunt for a podium
or maybe even the win. There were more than two hours to go. But
that’s racing and things like this can happen.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“Chaz did an amazing opening stint but we couldn’t get clear in the
first part of the race. That put us on the back foot, also with the
drive-through penalty. Then we had to take some risks and attack to
fight our way back towards the front. It is a shame because we had a
fast and competitive package and we go home with nothing. But it is
part of the game. Overall it was a pleasure and an honour to be here,
to learn from Chaz here in Australia, to work with BMW Team Schnitzer
again and with Marco. And I am sure better days will come.”

Chaz Mostert (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“I’m 100 per cent gutted to have crashed the car when we were in such
a good position. It’s one of those things that’s hard to take. We had
a fast car all weekend, but in the race we found ourselves on the back
foot a little bit, and I was trying my hardest to make some ground
back. I thought if I could clear a couple of cars I’d be on my way,
but it didn’t work. I took a risky option; I tried to take advantage
of some lapped cars, and there just wasn’t enough room for three cars.
I’m gutted for BMW Team Schnitzer, for BMW Motorsport, and for my
amazing team-mates Augusto and Marco. It’s been an amazing weekend, we
showed how well the BMW M6 GT3 works at Bathurst. I think we deserved
a strong result this year, but it just wasn’t our day.”

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First race outing for the new BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car – Félix da Costa in the points for MS&AD Andretti Formula E.

Santiago. Two days after its unveiling in Santiago de Chile
(CHI), the new BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car enjoyed its first
race outing. The safety car was soon out on track following a number
of crashes on the opening lap of the spectacular fourth race of the
season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which was the series’
first appearance in the Chilean capital. MS&AD Andretti Formula
E driver António Félix da Costa (POR) recovered from a difficult
qualifying to fight back strongly in the race. He eventually came
home ninth and was rewarded for his efforts with two points. His
team-mate Tom Blomqvist (GBR) also drove well and finished eleventh,
just outside the points.

 

The qualifying

Félix da Costa was the first driver in qualifying group one to embark
on his flying lap. That was not ideal, as the grip improved throughout
the qualifying session. His fastest lap time of 1:20.132 minutes was
only good enough for 16th place on the grid. Blomqvist
started the second qualifying session of his Formula E career in group
four. He touched the wall in the final sector of his flying lap, and
had to settle for a time of 1:20.422 minutes and 18th
place. Pole position went to Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA).

 

The race

A number of cars were involved in collisions on the opening lap,
resulting in a yellow flag period. That meant the new BMW i8 Coupé
Qualcomm Safety Car made its first appearance on track during a race.
Blomqvist made good progress on lap one, while Félix da Costa had to
take evasive action to avoid a crash and dropped back behind his
team-mate. However, the Portuguese driver regained his place ahead of
Blomqvist at the pit stop, which was held without a minimum time for
the first time, and so the race developed into a genuine battle for
every tenth of a second. In the second half of the race, Félix da
Costa benefitted from being able to stay out a lap longer than the
opposition before coming in to switch cars. With more energy at his
disposal he was quick in the second car and climbed into ninth place
to finish in the points. Blomqvist ended his second Formula E race in
eleventh, just outside the points. Victory in the spectacular race
went to Vergne.

 

The reactions
 

António Félix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E:
“Unfortunately, I had a poor start position in qualifying, as I was
the first driver out and the track was still slippery. There was not a
lot more I could have done. Our speed was much better in the race and
I was able to stay out for a lap longer than most of the others in my
first stint. However, I could then have pushed even harder with the
energy in the second car. We are learning every day about energy
management, and today was no different. All in all, this result gives
me optimism for the races ahead.”

Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E: “I
touched the wall in the final sector of my qualifying lap. Starting
from so far back obviously does not make the race any easier. I kept
out of all the turmoil. Eleventh place is ok given that we still have
a lot to learn. However, to be honest, I had the feeling that we could
still have got more out of that race.”

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula
E Championship in Season 4. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the new
BMW i8 Coupé, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As well as the BMW i8 Coupé,
the BMW i fleet for the ABB Formula E Championship also includes the
new BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy
consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical
Car” and “Race Control Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel
consumption: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 15.4 to
15.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as
“Rescue Car”.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were
determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the
version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to
a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
considers the different size of the selected wheels and
tires.
 
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined
according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for
classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC
cycle.
 
Further information on official fuel consumption
figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is
included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über
Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer
Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and
electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be
obtained free of charge from all dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

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Pole position for the BMW M6 GT3 and BMW Team Schnitzer at the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Bathurst. The BMW M6 GT3 will start the Bathurst 12 Hour at
the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst (AUS) from pole
position. In the top-10 shootout on Saturday, Chaz Mostert (AUS)
topped the timesheets at the wheel of the no. 43 BMW M6 GT3 of BMW
Team Schnitzer. His fastest lap was clocked at 2:01.934 minutes. On
Sunday, Mostert will share driving duties with the two BMW DTM
drivers Marco Wittmann (GER) and Augusto Farfus (BRA).

 

The no. 100 BMW M6 GT3, run by BMW Team SRM, had also battled it out
on the front end of the field in all sessions. The BMW DTM drivers
Timo Glock (GER) and Philipp Eng (AUT), along with Steve Richards
(NZL), finished third in qualifying. However, due to a
disqualification they missed the shootout and will start from the back
of the grid.

The new BMW M4 GT4 has celebrated a successful Australian debut so
far. In the GT4 category, BMW teams locked out the top-3 positions on
the grid. The no. 30 Boat Works Racing BMW M4 GT4 with Tony Longhurst,
Matt Brabham and Aaron Seton (all AUS) at the wheel will start from
pole. The no. 44 BMW M4 GT4 of BMW Team SRM, driven by the Australian
trio of Dean Grant, Xavier West and Cameron Hill, came second. The
third-fastest lap time was set by the no. 13 BMW M4 GT4, fielded by
Team RHC Lawrence/Strom. It will be driven by Daren Jorgensen, Cameron
Lawrence, Brett Strom (all USA) and Kuno Wittmer (CAN) in Sunday’s
12-hour race that will go green at 5:45hrs local time.

 

Reactions on qualifying for the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Chaz Mostert (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“It is fantastic and still a bit unreal for me. It is a great reward
for the team who flew in from Germany and put a pretty quick car on
the track. I am just driving the magnificent car they gave me.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“It’s great. Chaz did a fantastic lap, unbelievable. The whole
weekend we’ve been competitive, we’ve been in the top three all the
way through practice. We had a quick car, and then Chaz put together a
perfect lap with no mistakes.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“What a lap by Chaz. We had the best guy behind the wheel for the
shootout, he did an awesome job. We’ve been working together really
well all weekend, and I’m looking forward to pushing hard tomorrow.”

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The new BMW M5 stars in Need for Speed No Limits. Update to popular mobile racing game from Electronic Arts brings new BMW M5 to life for millions of gamers worldwide.

Munich. Millions of gamers worldwide can look forward
to an exciting new addition to “Need
for SpeedTM No Limits”:
Starting this weekend, the
new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions
combined: 241 g/km) will be available for the highly successful
smartphone racing game. The high-performance sedan is an exclusive
feature of the latest “Xtreme Racing Championship”; between 2 – 9
February, players will be able register for the championship. After
registration, they have seven days to drive the BMW M5 in a series of
competitive races to test their skills. Winners will be able to
permanently unlock the model.

“Need for SpeedTM No Limits” is the first adaptation of
the extremely popular racing game series “Need for SpeedTM
for mobile devices. In the two-and-a-half years since its market
launch, it has become one of the most popular smartphone racing games
in the world, with several million downloads and a very active
community. The game offers a wide range of unlockable vehicles that
can be customised to individual preferences and then tested against
other players around the world in different racing modes. More than 11
billion races have already been completed.

BMW is already part of the game, with the BMW M3 Coupé (1999), the
BMW M4 Coupé (2014) and the BMW M2 Coupé (2015). The new BMW M5 Sedan
will now join this trio. It will be integrated into the game’s app
icon and also features in the game trailer. With the BMW M5, BMW has
the fastest model in the Sports category. By this, gaming enthusiast
around the globe can experience the new Sports Sedan even before its
market launch in March 2018.

Electronic Arts and the BMW M5 already share a history. The sedan
celebrated its world
premiere
last year – not, as is customary, at a motor show, but at
Europe’s biggest trade show for interactive games and entertainment,
GamesCom in Cologne. Why? Even before the BMW M5 was available in
showrooms, gamers were already able to experience it in the action
racing game “Need for SpeedTM Payback” that had just been
released at GamesCom 2017. In the meantime, gamers worldwide had
already clocked up around 480,000 hours – equivalent to about 55 years
– in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan on the virtual racetracks of “Need for
SpeedTM Payback”.

The BMW M5 continues the long history of BMW models in the successful
“Need for SpeedTM” racing game series. The first BMW
featured in “Need for SpeedTM” back in 1997; the first BMW
M5 in 1999. These were followed by the BMW M3 in “Need for
SpeedTM Most Wanted” in 2005, the BMW M3 GTR in “Need for
SpeedTM Shift” in 2009 and many other appearances,
including the BMW M4, M6 and Z4 M. Just three years ago, in 2015, the
new BMW M2 made its big debut in the newest instalment of “Need for
SpeedTM” at that time.

Download
Need for SpeedTM No Limits

AppStore

GooglePlay

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Julian Hetzenecker
Communications BMW Group Sales Germany and
BMW Group Marketing
BMW Group Business and Finance
Communications
Telephone: +49 89 382 39229
Email: julian.hetzenecker@bmw.de

Micaela Sandstede
Press spokesperson BMW Group Sales Germany and
BMW Group Marketing
BMW Group Business and Finance
Communications
Telephone: +49 89 382 61611
Email: micaela.sandstede@bmw.de

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com
Email:
presse@bmw.de

 

 

 

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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 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 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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Verbrauch kombiniert: 10,5 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 241 g/km

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CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen“
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New developments at the head of the field in Formula E: Debut for the next-generation Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé in Chile.

Santiago. The new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé celebrated
its debut on Thursday in the Chilean capital Santiago (CHI). The car
will feature from the fourth race in the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship, which will take place on Saturday. BMW i has been
“Official Vehicle Partner” since the first Formula E season and is
now on track with the next generation of the Qualcomm Safety Car BMW
i8 Coupé, boasting a range of technical advances.

BMW works drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist
(GBR), Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of ABB FIA Formula E
Championship, MS&AD Andretti Formula E Team Principals Roger
Griffiths and JF Thormann and Bruno Correira (POR), official Safety
Car driver, all attended the presentation. “I am delighted to be here
in Santiago to attend the reveal of the latest BMW i8, the Qualcomm
Safety Car for the electric street racing series,“ said Agag. “On
Saturday, we will celebrate the first edition of the Antofagasta
Minerals Santiago E-Prix. When we first started Formula E, many people
said that this series would not have a future. BMW was amongst the
first who opened its doors and believed in our championship. Ever
since the very first race in 2014, the Qualcomm Safety Car has sat
proudly at the front of the grid.”

Correira said: “Thank you to BMW i for bringing such a great livery
on my new Safety Car. The new seats and the roll bar make the new car
a little bit lighter than the old one. The performance and the size of
the battery have been increased. All in all driving the car is great fun.”

The new flagship of the BMW i car fleet for the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship makes use of the “Qualcomm Halo Prototype Technology”
inductive charging system. The system uses no cable connections and
charges this special BMW i8 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 1.9
l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 42 g/km)* up to 80 per cent in just one hour, with a
performance of 7.2 kilowatts. To do so, the Safety Car drives over a
special bottom plate, which immediately initialises the wireless
charging procedure. This saves time and effort, which can be vitally
important during races on a Formula E weekend.

It is not just the inductive charging system that makes the Qualcomm
Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé different to the production car. Other areas
include a roll bar, rear wing and rear hatch made of carbon fibre, a
front splitter, sports seats from the BMW M4 GTS (combined
consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km)*, 4-point
belt, a roof-mounted signal light system, BMW M carbon ceramic brakes
and a sports chassis.

Alongside the BMW i8 Coupé, the new BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical Car” and “Race
Director Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption:
3.4 to 3.3 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 15.4 to 15.3 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* as “Rescue Car” are part of
the BMW i car fleet in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were
determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the
version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to
a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires.

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to
Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification)
on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 starts off.

Munich. This year, the BMW Welt Jazz Award is
celebrating its 10th anniversary. Under a yearly changing theme, six
free Sunday matinees will take place at BMW Welt’s double-coned
structure between February and April 2018. Afterwards, the expert jury
will nominate two ensembles to perform at the finale concert on June
9, 2018. The audience will also have a chance to vote for their very
own favourite. For the kick-off, two ensembles will compete in
February: The German ensemble LBT on February 18, and the Finish Jukka
Eskola Soul Trio on February 25. This year’s theme will be “Jazz moves”.

Together with bassist Maximilian Hirning and drummer Sebastian
Wolfgruber, pianist Leo Betzl regularly performs as the rhythmic group
known as LBT. They started their trio three years
ago, while studying at the University of Music and Theatre Munich.
Since then LBT has produced music that surprises its audiences with
drama and excitement alike. The trio likes to experiment and as such
has won various awards including Steinway’s young talent award, Kurt
Maas Jazz Award and Hansjörg Henzler Jazz Award. With their new
programme featuring a combination of techno and jazz, the trio is
asking for a dance at the BMW Welt on February 18.

Over the past ten years, trumpeter Jukka Eskola demonstrated his
versatility by joining renowned ensembles playing various kinds of
music including dancefloor with Five Corners Quintet, expressionist
jazz with the big band of Mikko Innanen and entertaining parodies of
jazz with Jimi Tenor. Together with organist Mikko Helevä and drummer
Teppo Mäkynen, the Jukka Eskola Soul Trio returns to
the essence of jazz. Following its own rules and using a humorous
approach, the trio will perform moving soul jazz as heard by Blue Note
and Prestige in the 1960s and 70s, on February 25 at
BMW Welt’s double-coned structure.


Programme of BMW Welt Jazz
Award 2018

 

Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of
BMW Welt:

February 18, 2018       LBT

Febuary 25, 2018        Jukka Eskola Soul Trio

March 18, 2018           PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods. Arroyo/Schläppi/Engler

March 25, 2018           Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO

April 8, 2018                Beady Belle

April 22, 2018              BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna

Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are
subject to availability. Doors open at 10.30 am.

 

Grand finale at the auditorium of BMW Welt
at 7 pm:

June 9, 2018             Final concert featuring the two nominated finalists

Tickets for the grand finale on June 9, 2018, will be available as of
February 18, 2018, at BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the programme will be hosted by Beate Sampson,
jazz expert and editor at the German broadcasting station BR-KLASSIK.


Jury

The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by
Oliver Hochkeppel (journalist for music and
cultural affairs at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will
include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, editor at the music desk and jazz
expert at the German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR‑KLASSIK;

Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of the magazines
JazzZeitung and neue musikzeitung;

Heike Lies, musicologist, Music and Music Theatre
Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich;

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
international jazz festival Bingen swingt.

For further questions please contact:

Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-247 53

Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382

Micaela Sandstede

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Spokesperson BMW Welt

Telephone: +49-89-382-61611

www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmw.de

 

About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment


For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated
and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company
places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and
modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and
design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the
artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s
Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff
Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have
co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from
China and American John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for
the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate
Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin,
Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and
art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The
BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural
activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview

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BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city

The BMW Welt welcomes over 3 million visitors per year. With its
pioneering architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all the brands in
the BMW Group – BMW, the sub-brands BMW M and BMW i, MINI, Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their
own worlds of experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the
collection of new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all
over the world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied
events covering culture, art and entertainment as well as a popular
event location for over 400 external events per year. The various
restaurants of the BMW Welt offer a variety of culinary delights up to
star gastronomy. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and
youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes
of mobility and sustainability.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 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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Classic Down Under: BMW M6 GT3 returns to Bathurst.

BMW Motorsport is sending four DTM drivers down under to support the
teams. Marco Wittmann (GER) is returning to Bathurst for the second
time, and will drive for BMW Team Schnitzer this year. He shares the
cockpit with his fellow BMW DTM driver Augusto Farfus (BRA), who will
fly to Australia straight from the 24-hour race in Daytona (USA) to
make his debut in Bathurst. Local favourite Chaz Mostert (AUS)
completes the trio in the #43 BMW M6 GT3.

Timo Glock (GER) is also set for his second appearance in
Bathurst, having raced there last year. He joins Team Principal Steve
Richards (NZL) in the #100 BMW M6 GT3 run by BMW Team SRM. The third
driver in this car is BMW DTM newcomer Philipp Eng (AUT) who, like
Farfus, is travelling straight from Daytona. This will be Eng’s first
time racing in Bathurst.

The new BMW M4 GT4 is also set for its Bathurst debut this year.
The newly-developed customer racing car for the GT4 category
successfully completed its first race outing in customer hands at the
Dubai 24 Hours (UAE) in mid-January and now takes its place on the
grid at this classic Australian endurance race. BMW customer teams
will run a total of four BMW M4 GT4s in Bathurst.

As well as the BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team SRM will also field the #44
BMW M4 GT4, with drivers Dean Grant, Xavier West and Cameron Hill (all
AUS) sharing driving duties. The cockpit of the #30 BMW M4 GT4, run by
the Boat Works Racing team, will be home to some well-known names:
Australian racing legend Tony Longhurst is team principal and driver.
He lines up alongside Matt Brabham (AUS), grandson of three-time
Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham (AUS), and Aaaron Seton (AUS).
Daren Jorgensen, Cameron Lawrence, Brett Strom (all USA) and Kuno
Wittmer (CAN) will alternate at the wheel of the Marc GT #13 BMW M4
GT4. The #15 BMW M4 GT4 will be run by Baigent Motorsport and driven
by the New Zealand quartet of Kent Baigent, Neil Allport, Matt Spratt
and Ash Blewett.

The Mount Panorama Circuit is located about 200 kilometres west
of Sydney and is 6.213 kilometres long. The drivers must cope with 16
percent climbs in places. BMW currently has two overall victories to
its name – in 2007 and 2010. The 2018 race will get underway at 05:45
local time on Sunday 4th February.

Quotes ahead of the Bathurst 12 Hour:

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“I am really looking forward to race again at the Bathurst 12 Hour in
Australia. For me it will be my first race of 2018. Last year, it
definitely was one of the highlights of my season, a really cool
experience. I think that last year we have been pretty competitive and
the performance of the BMW M6 GT3 was very strong. We hope to be
strong again this year, to maybe have a little bit more luck and to
fight for a top result. I’m in a very optimistic mood and looking
forward to a great start to the new year.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“It is an honour for me to drive in Bathurst. It will be my first
participation in the Bathurst 12 Hour, and my second time in
Australia. As I heard from many drivers, Bathurst is one of the
coolest circuits in the world. So it will be a nice and big challenge
for me. With Marco and Chaz in the car we have a really strong line-up
and so I am really looking forward to it. I think that the track might
suit our car as last year the BMW M6 GT3 had a strong pace there.
Overall, I can’t wait to get there.”

Chaz Mostert (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“I’m pumped to be heading back to the Bathurst 12 Hour and to be back
in a BMW M6 GT3. To be doing it with such an iconic team and with a
driver line-up that strong is incredible. It’s a real honour, because
I know that there are top level GT drivers all over the world doing
their best to get on the Bathurst grid. These endurance events aren’t
about being the quickest car out of the gate, it’s about us doing a
solid job as a team, having the car prepped as well as possible, and
settling on a set-up that will look after the tyres and brakes. We’re
looking forward to having an exciting race.”

Timo Glock (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“I am really looking forward to being back in Bathurst. I have been
there for the first time last year and I really enjoyed it. It was a
big experience. I just love the track and the race itself as an event
grew massively over the past years. It has a very good reputation so I
am really looking forward to it. It is also good to be back behind the
steering wheel and to shorten the break until DTM in Europe starts
again. I can’t wait to do the first laps again around the Mount
Panorama Circuit.”

Philipp Eng (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“It will not only be my debut at the Bathurst 12 Hour but in general
my first time ever in Australia. It has always been my wish to go
there and in addition I think that every race driver has to drive in
Bathurst at least once. I am more than happy that I will do so now
with BMW and with this line-up. I already did a billion laps on this
circuit in the simulator, just because it is so much fun. It is great
that I now can put a real tyre on the asphalt there. I think that with
the car, the team and my strong team-mates we have all the required
ingredients to be successful.”

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Round 4 in South America: Chile beckons for MS&AD Andretti Formula E.

Munich. Season 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship
continues on the streets of Santiago (CHI) this weekend, with the
Santiago E-Prix on 3rd February. The fourth round of the season will
be the first Formula E event to be held in Chile. BMW works drivers
António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) will race at
the South American venue for MS&AD Andretti Formula E. The
highlight ahead of the racing action will be the unveiling of the
new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8.

The Situation

MS&AD Andretti Formula E will be looking to once again reach
the points in Chile, having already done so in Hong Kong (CHN) and
Marrakech (MAR) this season. After Félix da Costa scored in Asia, it
was the turn of series debutant Blomqvist to earn points in Africa, at
his first ever Formula E event.

BMW i will unveil the new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 on Thursday
at a special event ahead of the race weekend, with several new
features on show. The car spearheads the BMW i car fleet, which will
be on view in season 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as part
of the “Official Vehicle Partner” cooperation programme.

The Team

The MS&AD Andretti Formula E team is in its fourth season of
Formula E in 2017/18. So far, Michael Andretti’s (USA) squad has
contested 36 races, claimed three pole positions, and scored 214
points. Félix da Costa is again in action at the wheel of the number
28 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-003 in Season 4. Joining the Portuguese
driver is Blomqvist, racing car number 27.

The Expectations

Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E: “I’m
really excited to head to Santiago as I feel a lot more prepared and
ready after having scored some points at my debut race in Marrakech.
It will be my very first visit in South America and I’m looking
forward to it. The track is going to be challenging, but the good
thing is that it’s going to be new for everyone. That means I won’t
have a disadvantage.“

António Félix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E:
“It will be my first time in Chile and it’s always cool to have a new
track in Formula E. I like the challenge as a driver. We are learning
so much as a team day by day. I am really encouraged by that. My goal
for Santiago is to compensate for the mistake I made in Marrakech and
score some good points for the team.”

The Circuit

Since it is a brand new circuit, Chile’s E-Prix will be a
challenge for all the competitors. With limited track time available,
drivers and teams must work quickly to reach optimum performance. As
was the case for New York’s (USA) track, the layout in Santiago will
see the start and finish in different parts of the track. The start
line is located on the longer back straight, between turns 2 and 3.
Cars will cross the river Mapocho twice, with the track running
parallel with each bank of the waterway along the front and back
straights. The 2.46-kilometre circuit is a tight, technical layout
that will provide a severe test of drivers’ concentration and accuracy.

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the FIA
Formula E Championship in Season 4. The BMW i8 (combined fuel
consumption: 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km)* continues
to take to the track as a powerful and efficient Safety Car. The same
goes for the new BMW i3s (combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical Car” and “Race Control
Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as
“Rescue Car” and “Extrication Car”.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were
determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the
version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to
a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires.

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to
Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification)
on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and
specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the
following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die
CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen”
(Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power
consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of
charge from all dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

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DriveNow becomes wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW Group

Munich. With the acquisition of Sixt SE’s stake in
DriveNow, the BMW Group continues its systematic development as a
customer-centric mobility company. Today’s signing is subject to
approval by antitrust authorities. With this move, the world’s leading
provider of premium mobility is offering customers efficient,
sustainable mobility solutions from a single source. The rapidly
growing field of mobility services is one of the cornerstones of the
BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, as evidenced by
the BMW Group expanding its offering in the areas of on-demand
mobility (DriveNow and ReachNow), parking (ParkNow) and charging
(ChargeNow) in a sustainable way. The acquisition of the Sixt shares
is therefore the next logical step in this strategy, following the
acquisition of Parkmobile LLC in early January of this year, a move
which made the BMW Group the world’s leading provider of digital
parking solutions.

“We have achieved extraordinary success with DriveNow over the past
seven years – thanks to the efforts of the DriveNow employees and the
excellent cooperation with our joint venture partner, Sixt. Sixt will
remain a strong partner for us in the future,” said Peter
Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement
and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group. “Our aim is to win 100
million customers for our premium mobility services by 2025. With
DriveNow as a wholly-owned subsidiary, we have all options for
continued strategic development of our services in our hands. Our
experience with mobility services supports our development of future
autonomous, electrified and connected fleets,” Schwarzenbauer continued.

Independently of the acquisition of the Sixt stake in DriveNow, the
BMW Group and Sixt will continue their successful long-standing
partnership through delivery of BMW and MINI vehicles for the Sixt fleet.

“The joint development of DriveNow impressively demonstrates the
innovative strength of Sixt and the BMW Group. We would like to thank
the DriveNow employees and the BMW Group for this success and look
forward to continuing our strategic partnership with the BMW Group
through our contracts for delivery of BMW and MINI brand
vehicles”, said Alexander Sixt, member of the Managing Board of
Sixt SE, responsible for Group Strategy.

DriveNow was founded in 2011 as a premium car-sharing joint venture
between the BMW Group and Sixt SE. The service is already used by more
than one million customers in 13 European cities. The fleet comprises
more than 6,000 BMW and MINI brand premium vehicles across Europe. The
electric BMW i3 is also available to users at all DriveNow locations.

“In 2017 our customers drove over eight million kilometres with the
DriveNow electric fleet – that is equivalent to driving round the
globe more than 200 times on electric power. DriveNow not only reduces
traffic and improves the parking situation in urban areas, but it is
also supporting the breakthrough of electromobility,” said DriveNow
Managing Director Sebastian Hofelich. “We look forward to working with
our franchise and city partners to continue actively shaping urban
mobility in a sustainable manner,” he added.

The BMW Group seeks to improve quality of life in urban areas through
its mobility offering. The company works with various partners and
decision-makers in cities to help shape the sustainable mobility of
the future.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Christina Hepe, Business and Finance Communications, christina.hepe@bmwgroup.com

Telephone: +49 89 382-38770

Glenn Schmidt, Head of Business and Finance Communications, glenn.schmidt@bmwgroup.com

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: 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 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

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

www.bmwgroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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BMW M8 GTE masters debut race in Daytona.

Daytona. The racing career of the new BMW M8 GTE officially
kicked off at the season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship in Daytona (USA) this weekend. At the Daytona
International Speedway, Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards (USA), Nick
Catsburg (NED) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) finished seventh in GTLM
class after 773 laps, sharing driving duties at the wheel of the
number 24 car. Their team-mates, Alexander Sims (GBR), Connor De
Phillippi (USA), Bill Auberlen (USA) and Philipp Eng (AUT) came
ninth with the second car entered by BMW Team RLL. The number 67
Ford GT claimed victory in the 24-hour race.

 

Both cars showed great reliability and managed to complete the tough
endurance classic without major technical issues in the maiden race
appearance for BMW Motorsport’s new GT flagship car. No other new BMW
GT race car has ever been more reliable on its debut. This was the
good news for all involved at BMW Motorsport and in BMW Team RLL.
Considering the given Balance of Performance (BoP), it was obvious,
even before the start of the race, that the two BMW M8 GTE cars would
be out of contention for top positions. More important was the fact
that the new car was able to master the challenge of a 24-hour race
from the word go.

 “Our BMW M8 GTE successfully completed its baptism
of fire here at Daytona,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“To finish such a tough debut race with both cars after 24 hours
without major technical problems is something we can be more than
proud of. Everything has been said with regards to the reasons for the
gap in performance compared to the competition. The car couldn’t show
its true potential yet. That’s why BMW and IMSA will continue their
productive and open talks and have agreed to find an appropriate BoP
assessment for the upcoming events starting with Sebring, allowing the
BMW M8 GTE to show its true performance for the benefit of the series,
BMW and all of our fans.”

Marquardt added: “As a matter of fact we sent a great GT car into
action that holds huge potential for the future. Everyone at BMW Team
RLL and at BMW Motorsport gave their all to get the most out of this
race under these difficult conditions. In the coming race appearances
we are set to be stronger, and we want to fight for top positions. The
BMW M8 GTE has got all it takes to do so in any case. Many team
members in Munich and at BMW Team RLL in North America have worked
very hard in preparation for this race over the past months. My
compliments go to everyone involved. This was an impressive team
effort displaying a lot of passion. I’m particularly happy about the
strong debut race of the BMW M4 GT4 in the Continental Tire SportsCar
Challenge. The fact that our teams managed to finish second and fourth
in the first race of the season shows that we are absolutely on the
right track with this car.”

BMW and IMSA have been working together for years in a very positive
and constructive manner. The BoP system is an integral part of global
sports car racing including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship. BMW and IMSA will continue productive, open talks and
have agreed to find an appropriate BoP assessment for the upcoming
events starting with Sebring (USA), allowing the BMW M8 GTE to show
its performance for the benefit of the series, BMW and the fans.

The spectators were treated to a kind of unusual season opener. The
anticipated rain didn’t come on Sunday. Only a heavy shower at the
start of the sixth hour brought extra action in the pit lane. In
addition, many teams suffered punctures over the course of the 24
hours of racing. Apart from that, relatively few incidents occurred,
with only four full-course cautions. Never before were more laps
completed at Daytona than in this year’s edition of the race.

In the sixth hour, the four drivers of car number 25 suffered a blow,
when the BMW M8 GTE’s right front tyre burst after Auberlen hit debris
on the track. Following 30 minutes of repair works, the BMW NA Brand
Ambassador was able to rejoin, 17 laps behind the leaders. A strong
result was impossible after that early setback. More repair pit stops
followed as a result of that incident. Ultimately the number 25 BMW M8
GTE took the chequered flag in ninth after 731 laps.

The drivers of car number 24 delivered a consistent and flawless
performance, trying to get the maximum out of the race under the given
circumstances. Final-stint driver Edwards crossed the line in seventh.

Difficult race for Turner – Strong US debut for the BMW M4 GT4.

BMW was also represented in the GTD class. The number 96 BMW M6 GT3,
driven by Martin Tomczyk (GER), Jens Klingmann (GER), Mark Kvamme
(USA), Don Yount (USA) and Cameron Lawrence (USA), completed a total
of 733 laps. After several unscheduled pit stops, the Turner
Motorsport had to make do with 14th position in class.

The BMW drivers in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
(CTSC) also kicked off their 2018 season in Daytona – and they did so
in style. The new BMW M4 GT4 enjoyed an outstanding race debut. The
number 82 car finished runner-up in the BMW Endurance Challenge. James
Clay and Tyler Cook (both USA) fought back brilliantly for BimmerWorld
Racing from 19th place on the grid to climb into second
place over the final few laps. The second BMW M4 GT4 in the race also
made good progress through the field. Toby Grahovec, Jason Hart and
Mike Vess (all USA) from Classic BMW team started the race from
34th place, but then produced a fantastic performance to
finish fourth, only narrowly missing out on another podium for BMW. In
the Street Tuner class, BimmerWorld Racing’s Devin Jones and Nick
Galante (both USA) converted pole position to a dominant class victory
in their BMW 328i.

 

Further reactions to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

 

Bobby Rahal (BMW Team RLL, Team Principal): “It’s
been a tough weekend for everybody at BMW Team RLL running a new car
for the first time. I’m very proud of the job the whole team has done
during the past months – working flat out to prepare the two BMW M8
GTEs for this race. You always have concerns regarding reliability in
such a situation but I have to say, that both cars have run very well
from that standpoint. To make it to the end in a 24-hour race with a
new car is pretty good, I think.”

John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “At the
Roar and during the race weekend we didn’t have the necessary pace for
the known reasons. Having said that it’s good that we managed to score
some points for the championship. Our car made it to the finish
without major problems. That’s at least a small win this weekend.”

 

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “For me
personally it has been a great weekend. My first race weekend with BMW
Team RLL went very well, although there weren’t many opportunities for
me to test the car. The hours I had in the car during this race were
important for me in terms of getting familiar with it. So all in all
the Daytona 24 Hours have been a big step for me getting perfectly
prepared for the whole season.”

 

Nick Catsburg (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “It
was great to be part of the race debut of the BMW M8 GTE. For sure it
was unfortunate that we were not able to fight for better positions.
Nevertheless we gave everything. The car was pretty reliable. We had
some tyre damage but we saw that very often in this race. I am
impressed how stable the BMW M8 GTE was here. Our time will come.”

Augusto Farfus (#24 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place): “I
think it is a great achievement to have completed the first tough
24-hour race for the new BMW M8 GTE without any significant technical
problems. Due to the car’s BoP we were not where we wanted to be, but
we showed great team spirit and fought to the very end. A big thank
you to the entire team. Now I am looking forward to the next stop of
my tour around the world at Bathurst.”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place):
“The BMW M8 GTE has very good balance and is a really good
car to drive. I think that it is much faster than we were able to show
here at Daytona but overall we can be proud of our work. We were able
to gather a lot of valuable data for the remaining season.”

Alexander Sims (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place): “It was
good to see that the BMW M8 GTE has a lot of potential. We now need to
extract that as we’re obviously not happy with this result. But it’s
been a really good car to drive through the race. I think the team did
a very good job and we have learned a lot.”

Philipp Eng (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place): “This was
my second start at Daytona – and I enjoy this race a lot. It’s a
different way of racing compared to Europe. The atmosphere is a bit
more relaxed. I really like it. We had a great car in terms of balance
and driveability. I enjoyed every single lap despite the fact that we
weren’t there in terms of performance for known reasons.”

Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW M8 GTE, ninth place): “I had
my big moment on Saturday evening when my right front tyre exploded at
170 mph. I was very lucky that the car stayed off the wall and I could
avoid a crash. Although we couldn’t fight for top positions here at
Daytona my general impression is that the BMW M8 GTE is the best GT
car I’ve ever driven. I hope we’ll be able to show that great
potential soon.”

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