BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team completes first winter test in preparation for the FIM EWC 2022 – Jéremy Guarnoni joins the team.

BMW:BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team completes first winter test in preparation for the FIM EWC 2022 – Jéremy Guarnoni joins the team.

Almeria. After the successful 2021 season, victory in Most
(CZE) and second place overall in the FIM Endurance World
Championship (FIM EWC), the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is now
concentrating fully on preparations for 2022. Team manager Werner
Daemen has taken the team to Almeria in Spain for the first
three-day winter testing session. A new face is in action on the #37
BMW M 1000 RR alongside Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik
(UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA): Jéremy Guarnoni (FRA). He will be the
new team-mate for Reiterberger, Mikhalchik and Foray for the
upcoming 2022 season.


 
The 28-year-old Frenchman Guarnoni is a familiar face in
the Endurance World Championship. He appeared in his first FIM EWC
race at the age of 18, competing in the 2012 Bol d’Or in Magny-Cours
(FRA). He has been a fixture in the FIM EWC since 2018 and became
world champion in the 2018/19 season. He was also the 2010 Superstock
600 European champion before competing for many years in the FIM
Superstock 1000 Championship, where he claimed third place in the
championship on two occasions and also got to know his new team-mates
Reiterberger and Mikhalchik. Guarnoni spent a season racing in the FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in 2014.
 
The BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team is using the test in Almeria to continue
work on optimising the #37 BMW M 1000 RR. New components and set-up
solutions are being evaluated. Together with tyre partner Dunlop, the
team is testing a range of tyre options. Guarnoni also has the option
of using the testing to familiarise himself with the motorbike and the
team.
 
Three race dates have already been confirmed for the
2022 season in the FIM EWC. The season starts on 16th/17th April with
the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will
take place on 4th/5th June and the 8 Hours of Suzuka (JPN) will return
to the FIM EWC calendar on 7th August. Further race dates are yet to
be confirmed.
 
Quotes on the Almeria test.

 
Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team: 
“It has been a fantastic year for us, our first full
year in FIM EWC. I am very proud of the whole team and everyone at
BMW, as we finished second in the championship together. I think we
really deserved that, especially the victory in the final race. We are
now here testing for 2022 already. We have a lot to do over the next
few days, but I am very happy with the set-up we have now. Markus,
Ilya and Kenny are excellent guys and top riders. Jéremy Guarnoni is
new to the team. I have been a fan of his since day one. He is a real
endurance rider and a very good addition to the group. We have already
had a lot of fun, which I feel is very important.”
 
Jéremy Guarnoni: “I have a very good impression of
the bike. The performance is really unbelievable, and I immediately
felt good on it. I am also very happy with the team, which is very
professional. I have a really good feeling about the mechanics, the
crew chief and my team-mates. I already knew Ilya, Markus and Kenny as
opponents, and now they are my team-mates. That is really cool. I am
sure we can achieve great things next season, and I am looking forward
to it.”
 
Markus Reiterberger: “Firstly, after a good season in
2021, we know exactly what we need to work on. I am very pleased that
we still have a test this year. That is very important for us, as it
allows us to lay important foundations for the coming year. I am
pleased to be able to welcome Jéremy – another strong rider and a
former world champion – to the team. The first day of testing was
really tiring for everyone, as it was very cold and there was a lot to
test. We got through most of the programme, but there are still a few
important things to do. The initial impressions are definitely
promising. With the improvements we can still make, I believe we will
be able to make up that one position we missed out on this season. I
am very confident and pleased to be part of the team.”
 
Ilya Mikhalchik: “It feels really good to be able to
start preparations for 2022 this year. Firstly, I would like to
welcome our new team member, Jéremy. I hope we can achieve some good
results together. He is a very experienced endurance rider and I think
we will learn a lot from each other. I am very happy to be riding with
him in the team and on this bike. We have made a few improvements. I
think we have a good overall package, with which we can win. We showed
that in the last race. We are now testing a few things, to give
ourselves an even better chance. I believe we have the potential to
challenge at the top next year.”
 
Kenny Foray: “Our winter test is very early, but that
is very good for us. The new bike is even better than the old one. It
is really enjoyable to ride. I am hoping for a really good year for
the whole team. If I am able to contribute to us improving, then I am
definitely ready.”

Original Press Release

BMW M Sports Trophy: BMW M Motorsport honours the most successful private teams and drivers of the 2021 season.

BMW:BMW M Sports Trophy: BMW M Motorsport honours the most successful private teams and drivers of the 2021 season.

Munich. At the end of the season, BMW M Motorsport honours the
most successful drivers and teams for their performances in recent
months with the BMW M Sports Trophy awards. Victory in this year’s
Drivers Competition went to American Sean Quinlan. He enjoyed many
successes at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4 in GT4 America and GT
America. In the Team Competition, FK Performance Motorsport took
first place, courtesy of its title wins in the DTM Trophy and the
Nürburgring Endurance Series. Furthermore, selected drivers were
given the opportunity to join BMW M Motorsport in Almeria (ESP) this
week for a test.

 

“Even though the current pandemic situation is once again preventing
us from celebrating our traditional end-of-season event together with
the private BMW M Motorsport drivers and teams, we will obviously not
miss out on honouring the winners of this season’s BMW M Sports
Trophy,” said Jonas Krauss, Sales Head of Motorsport. “Through their
success in BMW M Motorsport cars, drivers and teams catch the eye all
over the world, making them outstanding ambassadors for the BMW brand.
Congratulations to Sean Quinlan and FK Performance Motorsport, who
have won the BMW M Sports Trophy Driver and Team Competitions for the
first time. A glance at the winners list for both competitions shows
emphatically just how international the BMW M Sports Trophy is.”

Quinlan scored points towards the Drivers Competition at the wheel of
the BMW M4 GT4 mostly in the GT4 class of GT America and the Pro-Am
class of GT4 America. In GT America, he took six class victories and
was second overall. In GT4 America, he claimed one race win in the
Pro-Am class and a further four podiums, finishing third in the
Drivers’ Championship. “It is a great honour for me to win the Driver
Competition,” said Quinlan. “The BMW M Sports Trophy was a big thing
for us this year, and we kept an eye on the points to see whether we
might achieve a top result. I had more joy than expected in GT
America, in particular. Thank you to BMW M Motorsport for the
fantastic support throughout the entire season. I am already really
looking forward to next season, in which we will start in the IMSA series.”

Second and third places went to the champions in ADAC GT4 Germany and
the DTM Trophy, Michael Schrey (GER) and Ben Green (GBR). Gabriele
Piana (ITA), winner of the BMW M Sports Trophy Drivers Competition for
the past two years and ADAC GT4 Germany champion alongside Schrey in a
BMW M4 GT4 in 2021, finished fourth this year.

In the Team Competition, there was no beating FK Performance
Motorsport. The team can look back on an outstanding season. In the
DTM Trophy, both the Team and the Driver title, courtesy of Ben Green,
went the way of FK Performance Motorsport. The team achieved the same
feat in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS, which was held within the
Nürburgring Endurance Series. The two team principals, Martin Kaemena
and Fabian Finck, are responsible for this success. “For everyone in
our team, being recognised as the best private BMW M Motorsport team
in the world is a fantastic reward for all the hard work,” said
Kaemena. Finck added: “Our team has done an outstanding job this
season. As well as everything we do to create a good atmosphere within
the team, the sporting success is obviously the biggest motivation. As
such, it is great that there is such a strong manufacturer involvement
as the BMW M Sports Trophy. The intensity, with which BMW M Motorsport
supports its private teams within the framework of this competition,
is unique at this moment in time.”

BMW M Motorsport attends test in Almeria with selected drivers.

Last week, selected drivers were given the opportunity to show what
they are capable of at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3, under the watchful
eyes of BMW M Motorsport engineers and BMW works driver Philipp Eng
(AUT). This opportunity was primarily offered to those drivers who had
caught the eye with impressive performances in various BMW M
Motorsport cars. The drivers in action in Almeria, Spain, were Robby
Foley (USA), Ben Green, Benjamin Lessennes (BEL), Thomas Neubauer
(FRA), David Pittard (GBR), Ben Tuck (GBR) and Marius Zug (GER).

The top 25 in the BMW M Sports Trophy Drivers Competition:

Pos.

Driver

Nat.

 

Pos.

Driver

Nat.

1

Sean Quinlan

USA

14

Theo
Oeverhaus

GER

2

Michael
Schrey

GER

15

Ranko Mijatovic

SUI

3

Ben Green

GBR

15

Christian
Konnerth

GER

4

Gabriele
Piana

ITA

17

Gregory Liefooghe

USA

5

Danny Brink

GER

18

Chandler
Hull

USA

6

Robby Foley

USA

19

Yann Zimmer

SUI

7

Christopher
Rink

GER

20

Gustavo Sandrucci

ITA

8

Philipp
Leisen

GER

21

Will Burns

GBR

9

Philipp
Stahlschmidt

GER

21

Gus Burton

GBR

10

Daniel Zils

GER

23

John
Capresto-Dubets

USA

11

Tom Capizzi

USA

24

Steven
Palette

FRA

12

Paolo Meloni

SMR

25

James Walker

GBR

12

Massimiliano
Tresoldi

ITA

The top 10 in the BMW M Sports Trophy Team Competition:

Pos.

Team

 

Pos.

Team

1

FK Performance
Motorsport

6

Auto Technic Racing

2

Walkenhorst
Motorsport

7

Turner Motorsport

3

Adrenalin
Motorsport

8

BimmerWorld Racing

4

Hofor
Racing

9

Team AVIA Sorg Rennsport

5

Stephen Cameron
Racing

10

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad Rider Equipment Collection 2022.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Rider Equipment Collection 2022.

For the 2022 motorbike season, the rider equipment from BMW Motorrad
provides highest-quality workmanship according to the latest trends.

With the Plugged to Life range BMW Motorrad
presents practical and stylish products that are best suited for daily
motorbike rides and remain absolutely suitable for everyday use even
when you get off your bike. A special highlight here is the Barcelona
GTX suit, the perfect suit for daily commuting.

Also new: In the Never Stop Challenging range,
all new products now have a consistent, exciting design language and a
high recognition factor, from the M Pro Race Comp leather one-piece
suit to the Sidepod AIR jacket.

The Soulfuel range has cool outfits for
motorbikes and their riders – with a look that is particularly
impressive with its retro racer style. The Schwabing jacket for men
and women and the new Moabit and Kreuzberg jeans are highlights.

The Ride and Share range consists of new
equipment, combined with a newly interpreted “Make Life a Ride” style.
The classic Atlantis suit has also evolved to the new Furka suit here.

For those who cannot wait for the next adventure on wheels, the
new additions to our Spirit of GS range bring some
real must-haves in the field of functional clothing. These include the
GS Rally GTX suit (for the first time also for women) and the GS Rally
AIR suit.

On the following pages you can find all the details of the new
products. Have fun discovering and looking around!

Original Press Release

The 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: a concorso of the most beautiful and fastest of their time.

BMW:The 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: a concorso of the most beautiful and fastest of their time.

Do you need help? Please contact our support team from 9 to 17 CET via support.pressclub@bmwgroup.com.

PressClub Global · Article.

Thu Dec 02 16:01:18 CET 2021 Press Release

Registration for the competition now open +++ From 20 to 22 May 2022, BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will be showcasing the world’s most exclusive and traditional concours d’elegance for historic cars +++ The first six ranking categories for classic cars have already been announced by the Selecting Committee +++

Registration for the competition now open +++ From 20 to 22 May
2022, BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will be
showcasing the world’s most exclusive and traditional concours
d’elegance for historic cars +++ The first six ranking categories for
classic cars have already been announced by the Selecting Committee
+++ The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is celebrating its 150th season and
looking back on especially gorgeous winners of the prestigious Coppa
d’Oro Villa d’Este and “Best of Show” trophy since 1929 in a separate
ranking category.

Munich/Cernobbio. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa
d’Este is always a spectacular event where rare historic cars are
presented against the backdrop of Lake Como in Cernobbio. The
October 2021 edition of the world’s most prestigious event for
historic vehicles was

particularly exclusive. After an unintentionally long break, this
was the first opportunity for all participants to finally experience
the revitalising energy and joy of being there together, something
that only happens when you can meet in person.

The prep time for the next edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza
Villa d’Este, which will take place from 20 to 22 May 2022, is
extraordinarily short since this year’s competition had been moved
to autumn. Owners of classic vehicles are now invited to register
for the upcoming competition.

The top-class Selecting Committee has started selecting
vehicles for participation and is looking forward to receiving
soon submissions. The first six vehicle categories for the 2022
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este have already been specified. In
addition, applications for the competition in the Concept Cars and
Prototypes category are also being accepted.

This traditional beauty contest is organised jointly by BMW
Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. In 2022, around
50 classic cars with their own special history will once again
compete for victory in their category as well as for the Coppa
d’Oro Villa d’Este and the coveted Trofeo BMW Group for “Best of Show”.

Exceptionally beautiful and elegant cars were first
presented as part of a competition on Grand Hotel Villa d’Este
premises in 1929. However, the venue’s tradition goes back
even further. The iconic Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on Lake Como
was built as a cardinal residence in the 16th century. This
stunning property was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873,
becoming a magical place celebrated all over the world.

In 2022, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will enter its
150th season. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will
celebrate this special anniversary with a separate vehicle category.

Under the motto “And the Winner Is…: A Celebration of
Villa d’Este’s 150th Season”, vehicles that have been the
winners of the prestigious and historical Coppa d’Oro Villa
d’Este or the coveted “Best of Show” since the first event
in 1929 will be on exhibit.

The “The Carriage Becomes a Car” category is devoted to
the exciting transformation that took place in the early
years of the motorcar around 120 years ago. After all, the
first motorised vehicles did not yet have any examples to
look to except for the usual means of contemporary
transport, like the horse-drawn carriage. In the first
three decades, engineers worked hard, and at an ever
increasing pace, to reach new milestones and achieve the
best performance. This made design more and more challenging.

By the end of the 1920s, the car featured a growing
number of functions and had become an impressively
designed object that was shaping its time. Looking back
on how this developed promises to be both remarkable and eye-opening.

With the technological foundation successfully laid
out, designers in the following decade were able to
specialise in their work and concentrate on new,
distinct areas. The “Speed Shapes Form” category
focuses on particularly sophisticated and
aerodynamically-optimised body designs from 1930 to 1940.

Their lines became more and more streamlined and
aimed at speed, a trend that was strongly influenced
by aviation, an emerging sector at the time. With
the futuristic style of these vehicles, the 2022
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is also looking
back on a decade of brilliant engineering.

The 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will
be celebrating another anniversary with a special
look at the Ferrari brand. This Italian car
manufacturer will be celebrating its 75th
anniversary. The extraordinary history of this
brand will come to life with its own

competition category: “The Cavallino at 75:
Eight Decades of Ferrari Represented in Eight
Icons”. Each vehicle will thus represent the
vision of its decade and the technological
excellence behind its creation. In addition,
special models from the recent past, each

bearing the legendary “Cavallino Rampante”
(prancing horse) symbol, will be exhibited for the
first time.

The third anniversary being celebrated at the
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is for a
company that is intimately linked to motorsport.
BMW Motorsport GmbH was in fact founded 50 years
ago. Today, this BMW Group subsidiary is known
as BMW M GmbH. Its first independently developed
vehicle, named the BMW M1 and introduced in
1978, was a milestone in its history. BMW M GmbH
continued its impressive history by then
designing engines for Formula 1 and developing
the most successful touring car in the history
of motorsport, the BMW M3. The 2022 Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will chronicle this
story with the competition category titled “Mean
Machinery: 50 Years of BMW M”.

Speed has always had a magical effect on
automotive aficionados. Since the invention of
the motorcar, higher top speeds have always
been regarded as a sign of technological
progress and a key to success.

After having exceeded top speeds of 150
km/h relatively early, it took considerable
engineering skill to reach and exceed 300
km/h.

These technological achievements
were awarded with their own category under
the title “Breaking the Speed Barrier! The
First Machines to Cross the 300 kph
Threshold” at the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza
Villa d’Este.

With registration now open, the time
for the nomination phase has come.
Owners of extraordinary historic cars
are called upon to register their
vehicles for participation in the
competition. This applies both to
classics, which can compete in one of
the six categories already created, as
well as to other outstanding rarities.

Interested owners can register online
at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este website:

Article Offline Attachments.

Article Media Material.

My.PressClub Login

BMW Group Streaming

LIVE STREAMING.

Open Streaming Page

Here you can see the on-demand streams of the latest BMW Group press events. 

CO2 emission information.

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

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

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

Original Press Release

Road Atlanta, Spartanburg, Sebring: BMW Junior Team concludes US tour with a 24-hour race in the BMW M4 GT3.

BMW:Road Atlanta, Spartanburg, Sebring: BMW Junior Team concludes US tour with a 24-hour race in the BMW M4 GT3.

Sebring. BMW M Motorsport and the BMW Junior Team ended two
eventful weeks in North America with the 24 Hours of Sebring (USA).
Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) started
with a visit to BMW Team RLL at Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta (USA).
This was followed by a tour of the BMW Group plant in Spartanburg
(USA), a trip to see Verhagen’s family at their home, and then the
test race with the new BMW M4 GT3 at Sebring International Raceway,
where Hesse and Verhagen competed alongside US drivers Bill
Auberlen, Robby Foley and James Clay. The race in the Creventic 24H
Series served as the final test for the new car at one of the
toughest circuits in the world. BMW M Motorsport also used the
weekend to hand over the new BMW M4 GT3 from the test crew at BMW
Team RMG to the North American teams.

 

BMW Junior Team on tour.

For Harper, Hesse and Verhagen, the USA trip began at the season
finale of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where they
accompanied the BMW works drivers and BMW Team RLL all weekend,
attended important meetings, and experienced the processes in a BMW M
Motorsports works programme at first hand. “We learned an awful lot in
the collaboration with BMW Team RLL and the BMW works drivers,” said
Hesse. “Plus, it was nice to be involved in the farewell race for the
BMW M8 GTE and sample the atmosphere at Road Atlanta.”

This was followed by a trip to the largest BMW Group plant in the
world, in Spartanburg, where the BMW Junior Team gained first-hand
insights into the production of BMW X models. “As we are representing
BMW as drivers, it was cool for us to see how production works in the
largest plant in the world in Spartanburg,” said Verhagen. “It is
huge, and we only saw a small part of it. Hopefully, we will return
sometime and check out some other areas. It was really fascinating.”

Harper, Hesse and Verhagen, together with their mentor Jochen
Neerpasch, who accompanied the BMW Junior Team throughout the entire
trip, then visited the BMW Car Club of America Foundation, which
possesses a fascinating exhibition of vintage BMW vehicles and other
BMW collectibles. A special wall drawing was dedicated to the
motorsport history of Jochen Neerpasch. The group saw out the evening
with a barbecue with Verhagen’s family, who live in Mooresville (USA)
near Spartanburg.

For Neerpasch and the Juniors, the trip to the USA marked the end of
two years together. “So far, the guys have exceeded the expectations
we had of them at the start, which were pretty high anyway,” said
Neerpasch. “All that they are missing is experience. They are already
setting lap times like those of the top drivers. They need more race
outings, and they are sure to get them next season.”

Harper was also positive in his appraisal of his time as a BMW Junior
so far: “We have come a long way since the first NLS race almost two
years ago. It is incredible how much we have learned in that time –
both as racing drivers and as people. Our training is hard, but it is
paying dividends. I think our results in the BMW M6 GT3 this season
have proved that.”

BMW M4 GT3 test outing under race conditions at Sebring.

Last weekend was all about the BMW M4 GT3 – not only for the BMW
Junior Team, but also for BMW M Motorsport. The 24 Hours of Sebring
was the final endurance test for the car, before it goes in search of
victories and titles from January 2022. When it does so, it will be in
the hands of private BMW M Motorsport teams, some of which are based
in North America.

For this reason, BMW M Motorsport took the opportunity at Sebring to
hand over the BMW M4 GT3 from the test crew, BMW Team RMG, to the US
teams, who will run the car in the coming season. Engineers and
mechanics from BMW Teams RMG and RLL worked together for the outing at
Sebring. The Turner Motorsport and BimmerWorld Racing teams were also
involved with drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and James Clay and
gained valuable experience with the new car.

The joint learning began with tests during the week and peaked with
the 24-hour race at one of the toughest circuits in the world, with
countless bumps that really put the car through its paces. After two
repairs, following collisions, and some minor issues during the race,
the BMW M4 GT3 crossed the finish line after 457 laps. Hesse and
Verhagen were the two Juniors who took part in the race. Harper was
only involved in the tests, as he is classed as a Gold driver, of
which only one may be registered per team. The Gold driver for this
race was Auberlen. “The circuit is different to the ones we are
familiar with in Europe,” said Hesse, summing up the test under race
conditions. “Unfortunately, there were two incidents in the race,
which resulted in long repairs. Apart from that, the BMW M4 GT3 did
very well. Racing here was a valuable experience.”

The American drivers drew a very positive conclusion. “The first
impression of the BMW M4 GT3 is that it looks fantastic,” said
Auberlen. “Then I drove it, and I can say that it is far better in
every area than the BMW M6 GT3. With a 24-hour race in Sebring, we put
the BMW M4 GT3 to the toughest test imaginable.”

Foley said: “A fantastic car. You can immediately feel the two years
of development that have been invested in the BMW M4 GT3. The systems
in the interior, with which the driver works, are a big step forward
compared to the BMW M6 GT3. The car is very user-friendly.”

This was backed up by Clay, who was driving a GT3 race car for the
first time in Sebring: “Given that the BMW M4 GT3 is far faster than
the GT4 cars I have driven previously, I found it very easy to adapt
to the car, as the car is very well thought out and easy to operate. I
was able to focus fully on the driving.”

The BMW M4 GT3 will contest its first race in the hands of BMW M
Motorsport teams in January 2022, at the 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE). This
will be followed by the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) at the end of the
month. The detailed race programme for the BMW Junior Team will be
announced at a later date.

 

Original Press Release

The MINI Cooper – the synonym for driving fun for over 60 years.

BMW:The MINI Cooper – the synonym for driving fun for over 60 years.

Munich. For automotive fans with manual skills, the
premises in the London suburb of Surbiton must have been a paradise.
Scrap metal everywhere, car parts, tyres and a dedicated father
screwing on cars and bikes in a garage. And in the middle of it, a
certain John Cooper, who created the basis for an extraordinary career
as an engineer of racing cars right there immediately after the end of
the Second World War. To this day, his name is not only associated
with great successes in Formula One, but also with the particularly
sporty models of the MINI brand. It was thanks to John Cooper’s
commitment that a more powerful model variant of the revolutionary
small car came onto the market just two years after the classic Mini
was introduced in 1959. The Mini Cooper immediately impressed with its
spirited power delivery and high agility. Even 60 years later, the
names of the tradition-steeped British car manufacturer and the
legendary sports car engineer are remarkably often mentioned in the
same context when it comes to maximum driving fun with minimal
external dimensions.

The basis for this connection is the truly authentic sporting spirit.
In Great Britain, the desire to race reawakened soon after the end of
the war. All over the country, tracks were marked out and competitions
held. John Cooper had the talent and ambition to make his mark on this
scene. He was just 23 years old when he and his father Charles founded
the Cooper Car Company in 1946, which soon developed and built
successful Formula 3 and Formula 2 racing cars. The son’s inventive
spirit culminated in the construction of a new type of Formula 1
racing car in which the engine did not work in front of the driver, as
was customary at the time, but behind him. Cooper celebrated his first
victories with it in 1958. In 1959 and 1960, Jack Brabham even became
world champion on Cooper. And the revolutionary mid-engine principle
established itself permanently in Grand Prix racing. Cooper’s team
remained active in Formula 1 until the end of the 1960s. Among the
most famous pilots, besides Jack Brabham, were Sir Stirling Moss,
Bruce McLaren and Jochen Rindt.

While his groundbreaking Formula 1 racing cars have long been
history, John Cooper’s influence on the sporting driving experience in
production vehicles lives on until today. In this field, too, it all
began with a revolutionary design. While John Cooper was busy making
his mark on formula racing, engineer Alec Issigonis had developed a
new small car for the British Motor Corporation. With an exterior
length of just over three metres, the classic Mini offered an
astonishing amount of space for four passengers and their luggage.
Issigonis had arranged the engine transversely at the front, with the
gearbox directly below. Wheels positioned far out and short overhangs
did the rest. With its transversely positioned four-cylinder engine
and front-wheel drive, the classic Mini provided the basis for a
design for small and compact cars that was completely new at the time
and is still in use today.

The classic Mini started with an engine output of 34 hp, but it was
light and exhibited strikingly agile cornering performance thanks to
front-wheel drive, a wide track and a torsionally rigid body. While
Issigonis primarily had a low-priced and economical vehicle for
everyone in mind, John Cooper immediately recognised the sporting
potential of the classic Mini. The two ingenious engineers had already
met during joint racing activities, later also cultivated business
relations and developed an intimate friendship over time.
Nevertheless, it took a lot of persuasion to raise the sporting
temperament of the classic Mini. With the blessing of the BMC
management, John Cooper therefore initially had a small series of
1,000 vehicles built, whose modified engine, expanded in displacement
to just under 1.0 litres, generated 55 hp, which was enough for a top
speed of 135 km/h. Cooper also provided a closer-ratio gearbox, a
better-guided gear lever, disc brakes on the front wheels and wider
tyres. In addition, the roof was colour-contrasted and the interior
was two-tone. Thus, the first Mini Cooper came onto the market in
September 1961.

The reactions were euphoric and left only one wish unfulfilled: even
more power. Cooper and Issigonis, who had become convinced of the
sporting talent of the classic Mini, increased the engine capacity to
1071 cubic centimetres. This increased the output to 70 hp. The
chassis technology provided another important boost for the classic
Mini’s sporting career: Issigonis had also broken new ground in the
areas of steering and wheel suspension, thus laying the foundation for
the go-kart feeling that is still famous today. Homokinetic universal
joints reduced the influence of the drive on the steering, a subframe
to which the rear wheels were also attached improved directional
stability, a rubber suspension and small telescopic shock absorbers
ensured fine response and progressive spring action.

The Mini Cooper was immediately successful on racetracks and rally
tracks. It became a legend with its appearances at the Monte Carlo
Rally. In 1963, the Finn Rauno Aaltonen achieved the first class
victory. In addition to trophies, the Mini Cooper gained more and more
popularity year after year during its appearances. Its success in
competition with numerous much larger and more powerful rivals made it
a favourite with the public. The acclaimed highlights were the overall
victories achieved with the Mini Cooper S at the Monte Carlo Rally in
1964, 1965 and 1967. Only then did the rally career of the classic
Mini draw to a close.

On the road, the Mini Cooper thrilled its fans from 1961 to 1971,
during which time its model designation became synonymous with
passionate driving fun. The name John Cooper remained consistently
present among fans of the classic Mini. The tuning kits developed by
Cooper for Mini production vehicles met with great demand in the 1970s
and 1980s. In 1990, the Mini Cooper returned to the model range. The
1.3-litre four-cylinder engine with initially 61 hp now worked under
the short bonnet. Thus, fans once again conquered the hairpin bends
and serpentines of this world with an agile and sporty Mini Cooper.
This version with 63 hp was built until autumn 2000. The successor was
already ready for take-off at that time.

The takeover of the Rover Group by BMW at the beginning of 1994
opened up completely new perspectives for the MINI brand. At the
International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in 1997, the study of a
MINI Cooper was presented, which offered the prospect of a new edition
of the unique British small car. As a modern interpretation of the
traditional vehicle concept, it combined the classic values of its
predecessor with the requirements of a modern automobile on the
threshold of the 21st century. Thus, in 2001, the new MINI saw the
streetlight of the world.

The new MINI was bigger, chicer, more colourful and, of course,
technically up to date. And it also transferred the typical go-kart
feeling of the classic Mini into the modern era. At the same time, the
MINI produced in Oxford, England, presented itself as the first
premium vehicle in the small car segment. Unlike the classic one, the
MINI Cooper was now immediately part of the starting line-up. With a
maximum output of 85 kW/115 hp, it lived up to its name. Engine and
chassis design immediately formed a harmonious alliance for maximum
driving pleasure. The four-cylinder engine, once again mounted
transversely at the front, now had a displacement of 1.6 litres. Its
power enabled the MINI Cooper to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in
9.2 seconds and to reach a top speed of 197 km/h. The high-quality
chassis technology of the MINI Cooper included McPherson struts on the
front axle, axle shafts of equal length and a multi-link rear axle
unique in the small car segment, disc brakes on all four wheels as
well as the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) driving stability system.

The desire for even more power was also fulfilled with the modern
MINI. The 120 kW/163 hp MINI Cooper S followed as early as autumn 2001.

In November 2006, the new edition of the modern MINI was launched
with an evolutionary design development and a fundamental technical
overhaul. “From the Original to the Original”, the MINI’s
visual appearance, which has received the highest marks of approval,
was refined in numerous details, which in particular emphasised the
sporting virtues of the compact curve artist even more clearly. The
MINI Cooper with 88 kW/120 hp and the MINI Cooper S with 128 kW/175
hp, which were available at the time of their market launch,
immediately impressed with their enhanced performance and
significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Two years later,
the sporty characteristics of a Mini Cooper could also be experienced
for the first time with a highly efficient diesel engine. In the MINI
Cooper D, 81 kW/110 hp, and in the Mini Cooper SD, which was
introduced shortly afterwards, 125 kW/170 hp provided a powerful drive.

When developing the modern MINI around the turn of the millennium,
Mike Cooper had already brought the know-how gathered in his family
into the project. John Cooper’s son was passionately committed to
particularly sporty versions of the MINI. In the following years, the
tradition-steeped connection became even closer. At the beginning of
2007, the BMW Group acquired the brand rights of John Cooper Garages.
As a result of this arrangement, the John Cooper Works brand has been
an official part of the MINI brand since 2008. Since then, the
extremely sporty John Cooper Works models have represented the maximum
power and performance that can be experienced in a MINI.

Even in the current model generation, the MINI Cooper is the epitome
of an extra portion of driving fun, which is now realised in a wide
variety of forms. With a three-cylinder petrol engine under the
bonnet, it now produces 100 kW/136 hp. In addition, the Cooper name is
anchored in the entire range of the current model programme. The
brand’s first all-electric model is called the MINI Cooper SE (power
consumption combined: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP; CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km). Powered by a 135 kW/184 hp electric
motor, it combines sustainable mobility with characteristic driving
pleasure, expressive design and premium quality. On the other side of
the spectrum is the new MINI John Cooper Works GP (fuel consumption
combined: 7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 167 g/km according to
WLTP). It is powered by a 225 kW/306 hp four-cylinder turbo engine,
making it the fastest MINI ever registered for the road. Whether
locally emission-free in everyday urban traffic or with the
irrepressible urge to take to the racetrack: every MINI with the
Cooper name in the model designation carries the unique British
sporting spirit of an association that has existed for 60 years.

 

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@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 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax
in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting
to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction,
from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase
of all products.

www.bmwgroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupView
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroup

Original Press Release

Farewell, MOTUL BMW M8 GTE: Final IMSA weekend at Road Atlanta ends with pole position and a podium.

BMW:Farewell, MOTUL BMW M8 GTE: Final IMSA weekend at Road Atlanta ends with pole position and a podium.

Road Atlanta. After two Rolex 24 victories in Daytona (USA)
and five IMSA series class wins, the farewell race of the MOTUL BMW
M8 GTE added the 26th podium finish and a pole position
to the history books. At Petit Le Mans, the final race of the season
in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta
(USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) put the #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE on pole
position in class and led the field into the last race of the GTLM
era. The race proved to be tougher than qualifying but shortly
before the end of the ten hours, Krohn and his BMW Team RLL
colleagues John Edwards (USA) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) took over P3
and could step on the GTLM podium one final time. The #25 sister car
and the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 had to retire due to race incidents.

 

On a special weekend for BMW M Motorsport, BMW of North America and
the IMSA series, the MOTUL BMW M8 GTE took its final bow from racing
as a pole-sitter and podium finisher. After a dominant performance by
Krohn in qualifying on Friday that was awarded with pole position in
GTLM class, both cars struggled to match their oppenents’ pace in the
last ever GTLM contest. BMW Team RLL kept fighting until the end and
was awarded with a late promotion to P3 in the race. Farfus had the
honour of finishing the last stint of the last race for the BMW M8 GTE.

The #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE made good progress from the P6 starting
position on the GTLM grid. Unfortunately, the car had to be retired
following an incident involving Connor De Phillippi (USA), leaving him
and his fellow drivers Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Philipp Eng (AUT)
disappointed. After the farewell of the BMW M8 GTE, BMW Team RLL now
sets sights towards its future in GTD Pro with the BMW M4 GT3 in 2022
and in the LMDh class with the BMW M LMDh in 2023.

Turner Motorsport had a disappointing final weekend of the IMSA
season with DNFs with the BMW M6 GT3 in GTD class as well as with both
BMW M4 GT4s in Friday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season finale.

Special guests of BMW of North America at Petit Le Mans were Jochen
Neerpasch, founder of BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1972, and the current BMW
Junior Team drivers Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil
Verhagen (USA).

 

Quotes after the MOTUL Petit Le Mans:

 

Mike Krack (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “What a day!
Bidding farewell to the GTLM class, the BMW M8 GTE, the BMW M6 GT3,
added by a showrun with the BMW M4 GT3. Before that we confirmed BMW
Team RLL as our partner for the coming years in North America and
published first pictures as well as a name for our future BMW M LMDh
project. Thanks to everybody who put a lot of effort in the BMW M8
GTE. Podium and pole position in the final race are a nice conclusion.
Now we open a new chapter and look forward to the BMW M4 GT3, that
will do a test race next week in Sebring.”

 

John Edwards (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place): 
“It was a bit of a surprising podium at the end but
it is really nice to sign off the BMW M8 GTE with a successful weekend
– qualifying on pole and finishing on the podium. We desparately
wanted to win that one after last year’s heart break when we were
leading in the last hour before being pushed off the track. But it is
a positive end to the era of the M8. Now we are looking forward to the
BMW M4 GT3 and hopefully we can celebrate of the same success with
that car.”

Jesse Krohn (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE,
3rd place): 
“Obviously, we wanted to finish the
season and the BMW M8 GTE programme with a win but today it just
wasn’t in the cards. We did all that we could but the Porsches were
just too fast and the Corvettes as well so this was basically the
maximum result that we could achieve. I am super happy for the team
that we got this. Obviously we wanted to win but that didn’t happen today.”

 

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place): 
“I was pleased to do the final stint in the M8 GTE. I
think we have to be proud of ourselves, we did what we could. It was
the maximum we could achieve. We brought to the end the result that
was possible today. We close a chapter but it is a long book. The BMW
M4 GT3 is just around the corner and we can’t wait to be back.”

 

Connor De Phillippi (BMW Team RLL, #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE,
DNF): 
“A tough race today. We were a bit out of strategy
trying to make up for some of the deficit we had in the pits. We were
pushing as hard as we could. Before the incident there were a few
prototypes behind me. I thought, one of them would be right behind me,
but he went into the pits. I left a bit too much space in the last
corner, got on the marbles and went off. I was just a passenger at
that point. Of course it’s very disappointing to end the M8 program
for our car on that note. I feel bad for the guys.”

Original Press Release

LMDh and IMSA GTD Pro: BMW Team RLL will continue to race for BMW M Motorsport in North America.

BMW:LMDh and IMSA GTD Pro: BMW Team RLL will continue to race for BMW M Motorsport in North America.

Road Atlanta. In the run-up to MOTUL Petit Le Mans, the season
finale of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road
Atlanta (USA), BMW M Motorsport is providing updates on the LMDh
project for the 2023 season and its plans for the coming year. BMW
Team RLL, who have been celebrating successes with BMW M Motorsport
since 2009, will compete in the two LMDh prototypes as of 2023.
Initial sketches give a foretaste of the car, which will be called
BMW M LMDh. Alongside the LMDh test programme, BMW Team RLL will
field two BMW M4 GT3s in the new GTD Pro category in the 2022 IMSA season.

 

“I’m delighted that our LMDh project has reached its next milestone
with the announcement of BMW Team RLL as the team to race in the two
prototypes,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “As with
chassis partner Dallara, in team principal Bobby Rahal and his crew we
have outstanding expertise and decades of experience at the highest
level on our side. The LMDh project continues to gain momentum and I
am confident that next year we will once again take all necessary
steps as planned to be as well prepared as possible for entering our
first IMSA season with the LMDh prototypes in 2023. We are taking on
this new challenge together at full speed.”

Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport, added: “BMW Team RLL is the
ideal partner for our LMDh project. BMW M Motorsport has been working
very successfully with Bobby Rahal and his crew since 2009. During
this time, we have all come to know the IMSA series very well and have
celebrated major success together. From our perspective, racing in the
top class and challenging for overall victories from 2023 is the
logical next step. When you compete with a new race car, it is a great
advantage to already know what awaits you in the race series, at the
circuits, and in terms of organisation. This is 100 percent the case
in the constellation we have opted for. That also goes for BMW of
North America. Thank you very much for your fantastic support. Plus,
BMW Team RLL is not only one of the best teams in North America on the
GT scene, but also in Formula racing so we have all the right
ingredients for success.”

BMW Team RLL has been contesting the GT category of the IMSA and its
predecessor series in BMW racing cars since 2009. This partnership’s
biggest successes have been the GTLM wins with the BMW M8 GTE at the
24 Hours of Daytona in 2019 and 2020, the GTLM title wins in the
driver, team and manufacturer standings of the 2020 Michelin Endurance
Cup, and a total of five GT titles with the BMW M3 GT in the 2010 and
2011 seasons of the American Le Mans Series. Bobby Rahal’s team also
enjoys success in the North American IndyCar Series. The team has won
the legendary Indy 500 twice – most recently in 2020. Alongside the
intensive testing with the BMW M LMDh, BMW Team RLL will contest the
2022 IMSA season starting with two BMW M4 GT3s in the newly
established GTD Pro category in the first races.

“For me personally and professionally this is a dream come true”,
said Rahal. “Now to first run a brand-new car like the BMW M4 GT3 and
after that make the next step with BMW Team RLL to race for overall
wins in the LMDh class is a direction we definitely wanted to go. I’m
so pleased, so proud, so thankful that we’ll be able to do it together
with BMW M Motorsport.”

The design sketches of the BMW M LMDh were produced in close
collaboration between BMW M Motorsport and BMW Group Designworks.
Michael Scully, BMW Group Designworks Global Automotive Director,
said: “Uniting the iconic elements of BMW M Motorsport design DNA with
the performant architecture of an ultra-modern prototype is what this
project is all about. The shape of the BMW M LMDh exemplifies the
visceral efficiency which is so synonymous with BMW M Motorsport, yet
the design process has been highly collaborative between BMW M
Motorsport, Dallara, and BMW Group Designworks. Iterating the exterior
surfaces with this team is particularly rewarding because each project
partner has distinguished expertise in their discipline, yet there’s a
mutual respect and drive to find a transcendent, cohesive result
together.  I’m confident this car will be something we can all be
proud of, and that the on-track results will reflect the development
team’s great dynamic. For me personally this project represents the
synthesis of my professional design experience and a life-long
immersion in prototype racing at lower echelons as a driver. It’s
indeed a dream realized.”

Note to editors:

A new episode of the video series “MBEDDED” will be released on the
BMW Motorsport YouTube channel, which will be all about the renewal of
the partnership with BMW Team RLL in the context of MOTUL Petit Le
Mans. In the episode, BMW M Motorsport gives exclusive insights behind
the scenes of the LMDh project. See here for a teaser of the third
episode: https://b.mw/MBEDDED_Ep3_Teaser.

Original Press Release

MOTUL Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta: The BMW M8 GTE makes it farewell appearance in North America.

BMW:MOTUL Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta: The BMW M8 GTE makes it farewell appearance in North America.

Munich. This Saturday marks the end of an era. After four
successful years, the BMW M8 GTE will contest its final race at the
MOTUL Petit Le Mans endurance classic at Road Atlanta (USA). BMW
Team RLL has competed with the BMW M8 GTE in the North American IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since 2018. During these four
years, the team has claimed five wins and a total of 25 podium
finishes with the car. The undisputed highlights were the two
back-to-back GTLM victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) in 2019
and 2020. They also won the Driver, Team and Manufacturer titles in
the GTLM class in last year’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.

 

And so it is time for the farewell performance. BMW Team RLL will
once again run two MOTUL BMW M8 GTEs in the ten-hour MOTUL Petit Le
Mans race on Saturday 13th November. The #24 car will be co-driven by
John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA). Their
team-mates Connor De Phillippi (USA), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Philipp
Eng (AUT) will alternate at the wheel of the #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE. The
MOTUL Petit Le Mans is the fourth and final endurance race of the 2021
IMSA season. The title defence in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup is
still possible in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer competitions. In
preparation for the race, BMW Team RLL attended two successful tests
at Road Atlanta.

Turner Motorsport runs the BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class again. The
team celebrated the Petit Le Mans GTD victory in 2019. This coming
weekend, the the #96 BMW M6 GT3 will be co-driven by racing legend,
BMW institution and IMSA record winner Bill Auberlen (USA), Robby
Foley (USA) and Aidan Read (AUS).

Turner Motorsport competes in the final race of this season’s IMSA
Michelin Pilot Challenge on Friday 12th November. Auberlen
and his team-mate Dillon Machavern (USA) lead the GS class in the #95
BMW M4 GT4 going into the season finale. Foley shares the cockpit of
the #96 BMW M4 GT4 with Vincent Barletta (USA). They currently lie
third in the GS class.

Farewell, and welcome to the future.

The farewell appearance of the BMW M8 GTE also marks the start of the
future. The new BMW M4 GT3, which will take to the track all over the
world as BMW M Motorsport’s new GT flagship from 2022, will be on
display in the Fan Zone at the racetrack during the weekend.

 

Quotes ahead of the MOTUL Petit Le Mans:

 

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “Our
racing programme with the BMW M8 GTE certainly was a great project for
us. Winning the 24 Hours of Daytona not once, but twice has to be the
highlight. And to be able to win it two years in a row is a tremendous
comment about the BMW M8 GTE. We’ve had a lot of really good races
with it. The M8 has been a fabulous car for us to race and it was
really well done in terms of the design of it to begin with which I
think is why it has been successful. All in all we have to look back
fondly at our program history with the BMW M8 GTE and would like to
end on a high note with victory at Petit Le Mans.”  

 

John Edwards (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8
GTE): 
“It’s been a long break for us since Watkins Glen, so
I’m itching to get back to racing! Last year’s Petit Le Mans proved
the BMW M8 GTE was quick at Road Atlanta, but we sadly watched the win
slip through our fingers in the last half hour after a prototype
shoved Augusto off. This year we have a little extra motivation to
take what was ours last year and end the final race for the BMW M8 GTE
with a win! The M8 has given us some great performances over the
years, but by far my most memorable race with the car will always be
the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona, specifically my triple stint Sunday
morning. The Porsches had proved to be quick in the night, but as the
track temp started rising with the sun shining on it, our M8 came
alive. I had a great battle with one of the Porsches, almost touching
at 180mph as we fought for the lead. It was the most mentally
exhausting stint I’ve driven in a race and the stakes were as high as
they could get! We pulled off the win that day to give the BMW M8 GTE
its second Daytona win in a row and proved that 2019 was no fluke. We
will miss the M8!”

Jesse Krohn (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8
GTE): 
“Road Atlanta has been a good place for us in the last
couple of years. We were really close to winning the race last year so
we know the car can do it as long as we execute a clean race. It will
be the last race for the BMW M8 GTE so I will try to enjoy every
moment of it, and it would be awesome to send the car to retirement
with one last win. It has been a privilege to have been a part of the
GTLM project with the BMW M8 GTE for the past four years with BMW Team
RLL and I have a lot of memories which I will cherish forever. The
most important being the win at the 2020 Daytona 24h and being the
driver bringing it home and passing the checkered flag after 24h of
close racing. The car is a beast, and I will for sure miss driving it.”

 

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8
GTE): 
“This will be a very emotional race for all of us as it
is the end of the BMW M8 GTE era. Of course, we would all like to
finish with the car as high on the podium as we can. Last year, we led
until the last few minutes, finishing third after getting pushed off
the circuit. Most importantly, I want to thank BMW for the opportunity
to race such a wonderful car in a great series.”

 

Bruno Spengler (BMW Team RLL, #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE):
“Road Atlanta has suited the BMW M8 GTE in past races so hopefully we
will be in a position to fight for a good finish for the car’s final
race. In fact, my best memory of the car is winning the six-hour race
at the track with Connor in 2020. GTE has been a special category. The
cars are great to drive with super tyres and no ABS. It reminded me a
bit of a DTM car – with less downforce.”

 

Connor De Phillippi (BMW Team RLL, #25 MOTUL BMW M8
GTE): 
“Petit will be the final send off for our BMW M8 GTE
and I know she is ready to go out in style. We had two great test days
and the team came very close to winning the race last year. Road
Atlanta suits the car well and I know if we run a mistake free race,
we should have a shot to fight for a win one last time. The M8 program
will forever have a special place in my heart since it was my first
factory effort with BMW. The most memorable win together was
definitely the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2019. It was a very emotional
win for not only BMW as a brand but also for myself with my family in
attendance to see such a pinnacle moment in my career. It has been
four fantastic years with highs and lows, but it has been some of the
most fun I’ve had in motorsport. I will miss the GTLM era greatly, but
I believe the future of our motorsport programmes is very bright.”

 

Philipp Eng (BMW Team RLL, #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE):
“Petit Le Mans is one of my season highlights; the track is one of the
best worldwide. We have been testing at Road Atlanta and were pushing
the car forward. I would really wish that we can have a double victory
at Petit Le Mans and focus on winning the Michelin Endurance Cup. BMW
Team RLL and everyone involved would really deserve this success.”

Original Press Release

BMW M Motorsport News, 25th October 2021.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport News, 25th October 2021.

The real-time documentary series MBEDDED offers an exclusive look
behind the scenes of the BMW M Motorsport LMDh project and shows you
real emotions of the protagonists on the way.

Link to all MBEDDED episodes: https://b.mw/MBEDDED_Playlist.

BMW M Motorsport teams test the BMW M4 GT3 at Valencia.

It’s only a matter of months until the BMW M4 GT3 will be doing
battle for wins and titles around the world as the new flagship in the
hands of BMW M Motorsport teams and drivers. The first confirmed
highlights will be the 24-hour races in Dubai (UAE) and Daytona (USA)
in January 2022. To give the teams and drivers the best possible
chance to prepare with the new GT car, BMW M Motorsport organised a
week of testing at Valencia (ESP) in October, which was attended by
many buyers and interested parties. BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus
(BRA) and Jens Klingmann (GER), who have both been heavily involved in
the development of the BMW M4 GT3 so are very familiar with the car,
taught the guests all about the strengths and special features of the
successor to the BMW M6 GT3. After plenty of test laps, the feedback
from the BMW M Motorsport teams and drivers was extremely positive.
Robert Ravaglia (ITA), DTM Champion and World Touring Car Champion in
the BMW M3 E30 and current team manager of the Italian team Ceccato
Racing, was impressed after his test drive, and said: “Congratulations
to BMW M Motorsport on the development of this car. It was a fantastic
experience being allowed to take it for a spin for a couple of laps.
After my first few laps in the BMW M3 E30 – the most successful
touring car of all time – back in the 1980s, I could tell it was going
to be a winning car. And I had the same feeling today. The BMW M4 GT3
is a winning car.”

ADAC GT Masters: Schubert Motorsport leave Hockenheim empty-handed.

The penultimate race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters at Hockenheim
(GER) was disappointing for Schubert Motorsport. Despite their good
pace, Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) came away empty-handed
in the BMW M6 GT3 after incidents in both races. After qualifying in
eleventh place, the duo initially moved their way up the field well on
Saturday, but a tyre puncture late on in the race saw them cross the
finish line in P22. Yelloly was outstanding in qualifying on Sunday
and finished second to secure a place on the front row of the grid.
Unfortunately, a collision early in the race forced him to retire.

ADAC GT4 Germany: Fight for the title coming to a head.

Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Michael Schrey (GER) of Team Hofor Racing by
Bonk Motorsport showed real fighting spirit at a difficult penultimate
race weekend in the ADAC GT4 Germany at the Hockenheimring (GER) and
defended their lead in the drivers’ standings. It was in qualifying
that their BMW M4 GT4 really struggled, not allowing for any better
than eleventh and 22nd on the grid for the two races. From
that position the duo made up two places on Saturday and eleven on
Sunday, which saw them pick up important points for finishing in P9
and P11. In the overall standings, Piana and Schrey have a 21-point
advantage over their closest rivals going into the season finale on
the first weekend in November at the Nürburgring (GER). The best race
result for a BMW M Motorsport team at the Hockenheim weekend was
claimed by Nicolaj Möller-Madsen (DEN) and Philipp Miemois (FIN) on
Saturday. They finished seventh in the BMW M4 GT4 of AVIA Sorg Rennsport.

BTCC: BMW wins sixth manufacturer’s title in a row.

BMW won the manufacturer’s title in the British Touring Car
Championship (BTCC) for the sixth time in a row last weekend, making
history in the process. No other brand has ever won as many successive
titles. With the BMW 330i M Sport in action in the iconic British race
series, BMW ended the season with 869 points to their name, and a lead
of 87 points over second place. In the driver’s standings, four-time
BTCC Champion Colin Turkington (GBR), who was representing Team BMW,
ended the season with 306 points and in second place overall. At the
final weekend at Brands Hatch (GBR), he finished the first two races
in P7 and P4. He retired from the final race. Team BMW finished fourth
in the team standings.

British GT Championship: Podium for the Century Motorsport
champions at the season finale.

The Century Motorsport team was under no pressure heading into the
season finale of the British GT Championship at Donington Park (GBR)
in mid-October. Gus Burton and Will Burns (both GBR) had already
secured victory in the drivers’ championship and Century Motorsport
had clinched the top spot in the team standings at the penultimate
event of the season, held at Oulton Park (GBR) in September. Burton
and Burns also secured the title in the Silver classification before
the end of the season.

At the finale at Donington Park, which was once again held in adverse
conditions after heavy rain, Burton, Burns and Century Motorsport
topped off their successful season with another podium finish. In
their #57 BMW M4 GT4, Burton and Burns finished in third place in the
race lasting just under two hours. Their team-mates Andrew
Gordon-Colebrooke and Chris Salkeld (both GBR) finished the final race
of the season in the #9 BMW M4 GT4 in twelfth place.

Intercontinental GT Challenge: One-two result for the BMW M4
GT4 at the ‘Indianapolis 8 Hour’.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge headed to the legendary ‘Brickyard’
– the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA), in mid-October. The
‘Indianapolis 8 Hour’ was the second of three races to be held in the
2021 season. There was no getting past the BMW M Motorsport teams in
the GT4 class as they celebrated a one-two result for the BMW M4 GT4.

After eight hours of racing, BimmerWorld Racing topped the podium.
Bill Auberlen, Chandler Hull and James Clay (all USA) secured the win
in the team’s #36 BMW M4 GT4. In a thrilling race, they crossed the
finish line 20 seconds ahead of the #119 BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron
Racing. In this car, Tom Dyer, Sean Quinlan and Guy Cosmo (all USA) in
second place clinched the BMW one-two result. The #82 BMW M4 GT4 of
BimmerWorld Racing, with Devin Jones, Nick Galante and James Walker
(all USA) at the wheel, only just missed out on the GT4 class podium,
finishing in fourth place.

GT4/GT/TC America: Titles and successes for the BMW M
Motorsport teams at Indianapolis.

The GT America, GT4 America and TC America were also at the renowned
Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA) in mid-October. These race series
held their season finales at the ‘Brickyard’ – with titles and other
successes for the BMW M Motorsport teams.

In the first of the two GT America races, Sean Quinlan (USA) in the
#119 BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron Racing secured another podium
finish in third place, however he was unable to take part in the
second race after experiencing a mechanical issue during the formation
lap. Quinlan ended the season in second place in the GT4 class of the
GT America driver’s standings. In GT4 America, Stevan McAleer (GBR)
and Toby Grahovec (USA) in the #11 BMW M4 GT4 of Classic BMW finished
on the podium, in third place.

In the TCX class of TC America, it was the BMW M2 CS Racing of the
BMW M Motorsport teams that was dominant once again at Indianapolis.
The man of the weekend was champion Jacob Ruud (USA) in the #81 BMW M2
CS Racing of Team Classic BMW, who had secured the title in the TCX
class at the penultimate event of the season at Sebring (USA). With
two further overall wins, number nine and ten of the year, he enjoyed
a superb finish to the season. “It’s a fantastic feeling. We had a
terrific season. The team provided me with an incredible car
throughout the whole season,” said Ruud. Classic BMW also won the team
standings and BMW won the manufacturer’s standings in the TCX class.

In the first of the two TC America races, Steve Streimer (USA) in the
#30 BMW M2 CS Racing of Hard Motorsport rounded off the BMW one-two
result. Olivia Askew (USA) in the #3 BMW M2 CS Racing of Classic BMW
finished in fourth place overall and in third place in the TCX class.
In the second race, the trio of Ruud, Streimer and Askew went on to
clinch a one-two-three result for the BMW M2 CS Racing and Austen
Smith (USA) in the BMW M240i Racing of Auto Technic Racing finished in
second place in the TC class.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux: Hat trick for Giovanni Scamardi
at Zandvoort.

The BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux headed to Zandvoort (NED) for the
fourth and penultimate event of the season in mid-October. Three races
were the order of the day once again, two 30-minute races and one
55-minute race with a mandatory pit stop. There was one man who
refused to be beaten at the dune circuit with Giovanni Scamardi (BEL)
winning all three races to clinch a hat trick.

In the first race, Stienes Longin (BEL) and Tom Van Rompuy (BEL)
joined him on the podium in second and third place. In race two, Van
Rompuy finished third ahead of Steven Brams (BEL). In the final,
longer third race with a pit stop, some of the teams fielded driver
pairings. Winner Scamardi contested the race alone. Second place went
to Longin and his team-mate Peter Guelinckx (BEL). The third spot on
the podium was secured by Brams and his team-mate Joeri Janssens
(BEL). The final of the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux will be held at
Assen (NED) on the final weekend in October.

Original Press Release