BMW Sports Trophy award: Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport win the driver and team standings again.

BMW:BMW Sports Trophy award: Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport win the driver and team standings again.

Munich. New event format, the same winners: At the first-ever
virtual award ceremony for the BMW Sports Trophy, last year’s
winners Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Team Hofor Racing by Bonk
Motorsport were once again crowned the overall winners of the driver
and team standings. Since the current pandemic situation this year
mean it was impossible to host an in-person ceremony, the
traditional season review of the 59th edition of the
renowned customer racing competition was broadcast on BMW
Motorsport’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


 
Like last year, Piana was once again the measure of all
things in the driver rankings in the 2019/20 classification period.
The 34-year-old racked up a total of 945 points and received a cash
prize of 30,000 euros for his second BMW Sports Trophy success. Hofor
Racing by Bonk Motorsport was also a ‘repeat offender’ this year. 874
points saw team principal Michael Bonk’s crew secure their second
overall win in a row in the team standings. A total prize fund of
350,000 euros was paid out to the 25 most successful drivers and the
top ten teams. In the 2019/20 season, 379 drivers and 71 teams
registered for the BMW Sports Trophy competitions.
 
“In
light of the specific circumstances, it was a more than challenging
season for us all,” said Jonas Krauss, Head of Sales Customer Racing,
who led the virtual award ceremony. “But the privateer BMW teams and
drivers around the world proved once again that they are at the
forefront in international motorsport. They were not only more than
worthy representatives of the BMW colours, they also provided
countless unforgettable highlights. Congratulations to this year’s
prize winners, particularly to the winners of the driver and team
standings, Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport. Winning
the BMW Sports Trophy once is a tremendous achievement. To do it twice
in a row demonstrates an unprecedented will to win, outstanding
dedication and real team spirit. For that they have my great respect
and thanks.”
 
The 2019/20 classification period was
characterised by the coronavirus pandemic in particular, which
temporarily brought all wheels to a standstill. But after the restart
and a strong season, the privateer BMW teams recorded an impressive
118 class wins in 32 series and race events, as well as twelve driver
and team titles. Particular highlights included the
20th BMW overall win in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring
(GER) and the one-two victory with the BMW M6 GT3 in the 8-hour race
in Indianapolis (USA). The BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M240i Racing also
won various titles, and the BMW M2 CS Racing made its successful race debut.
 
Successful defending champions: Gabriele Piana and Hofor Racing.

Piana, who represented Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport and the
RN Vision STS Racing team this season, continued his winning streak of
2019 in the ADAC GT4 Germany, the GT4 European Series and the
Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). In addition to the title in the
driver standings in the ADAC GT4 Germany, he celebrated a total of
five class wins in the BMW M4 GT4. That saw him relegate his
team-mates Michael Schrey (GER) and America’s Robby Foley into second
and third place.
 
“It feels a little unreal, particularly
after this difficult year,” said Piana. “We gave it everything we had
and pushed ourselves to the limit throughout the whole season. We had
a few difficulties, including in the GT4 European Series. But on the
other hand, we won the ADAC GT4 Germany title. I definitely didn’t
expect that at the beginning of the year but it feels well deserved
because we worked extremely hard. There are a lot of people behind
these achievements. Without all of them and without such a reliable
car, there’s no way it would have been possible so I’m very grateful
for this and would like to thank everyone involved from the bottom of
my heart. This award is also for you. I’m over the moon and proud to
have won the title for the second time and hope that I can keep this
streak going next year.”
 
In the BMW Sports Trophy team
standings there was no beating the Swiss team Hofor Racing by Bonk
Motorsport once again. A total of 13 podiums in the ADAC GT4 Germany,
the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring
and in the 24H SERIES brought home the second overall win. Second and
third place went to the teams Avia Sorg Rennsport and BimmerWorld
Racing. Michael Bonk (GER), team principal of Bonk Motorsport, said:
“In such difficult times as the ones we are currently experiencing, it
is extremely important to have a strong team behind you. I am
incredibly lucky to have a team like that around me. We face each
challenge together and master it perfectly. I’m delighted to be
receiving this award and would like to thank everyone involved from
the bottom of my heart.” The renewed triumph saw the team receive a
cash prize of 30,000 euros in addition to the winner’s trophy.

Schubert Motorsport provides BMW Customer Racing ‘Moment of
the Year’.


The year’s award for the BMW Customer Racing ‘Moment of the
Year’ went to Schubert Motorsport. As in the past, fans were able to
choose from five highlights and vote for their personal favourites on
BMW Motorsport’s social media channels. The team from Oschersleben’s
(GER) spectacular recovery at the Sachsenring (GER) in the ADAC GT
Masters race fended off Turner Motorsport (USA) by a wafer-thin margin.
 
Overview of the final results for the 2019/20 BMW Sports Trophy.

 
BMW Sports Trophy Driver Standings:

 

Position Driver Points
1 Gabriele Piana 945
2 Michael Schrey 785
3 Robby
Foley
557
4 Björn
Simon
470
5 James
Clay
444
6 Philipp Leisen 427
7 Christopher Rink 390
8 Danny
Brink
390
9 Benjamin Lessennes 316
10 Ben
Tuck
300
11 Tobias Grahovec 296
12 Sean
Quinlan
283
13 Ricardo Van Der Ende 276
14 David Griessner 257
15 Ben
Green
256
16 Chandler Hull 236
17 Stefano Comandini 234
17 Marius Zug 234
19 Johan Schwartz 220
20 Bas
Schouten
216
21 Philipp Stahlschmidt 214
22 Yannick Fübrich 209
23 José
Manuel De Los Milagros
202
24 Francesco Guerra 194
25 Simone Riccitelli 190

 
BMW Sports Trophy Team Standings:

 

Position Team Points
1 Hofor
Racing by Bonk Motorsport
874
2 Team
Avia Sorg Rennsport
788
3 BimmerWorld Racing 729
4 Walkenhorst Motorsport 693
5 Pixum
CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport
688
6 Turner Motorsport 591
7 Classic BMW / Fast Track Racing 485
8 BMW
Team Italia
428
9 FK
Performance
380
10 ST
Racing
320

Original Press Release