BMW Motorsport News

Posted on 18. Jun, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Whether in a DTM, a FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, or vast other
championships: Week after week BMW teams and drivers around the
universe do conflict for points, victories and titles. Away from the
lane too, members of a vast BMW Motorsport family around the
universe are also formulating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows
us to frequently summarize all a movement for we in a compress and
ominous manner. This way, we are always adult to speed



Three questions for… BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.

Good gait though no fitness in a race: BMW Team MTEK had to settle for
12th place in a GTE Pro category with a #81 BMW M8 GTE at
a 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA). The second automobile was forced to retire
following an accident. Prior to that, however, a dual BMW M8 GTEs had
tender with good opening and were in row for a top-three
finish for prolonged durations of a race. In an interview, BMW Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt looks behind during a race.


Mr. Marquardt, how would we sum adult a 24 Hours of Le Mans?

Jens Marquardt: “Although it is unfortunately not reflected in our
result, a outline of a BMW M8 GTE’s competition entrance during Le Mans is
indeed a certain one. Prior to a race, we did not unequivocally know
where we were in terms of performance. We have now seen that we have
a gait compulsory to contest during a front of a field. That is
accurately what we were aiming for. We wanted to denote a great
intensity of a car, and we achieved that. The fact that the
technical issues and a pile-up denied us a good outcome is obviously
unsatisfactory for a group and a drivers. However, we can definitely
lapse to Munich with a heads hold high. One prominence was
unequivocally a launch of a new BMW 8 Series Coupe during Le Mans. That
was clever justification of how critical motorsport is to BMW.”


Did a change of energy in a GTE Pro category during Le Mans
warn you?

Marquardt: “No. We always knew that a fans would be treated to an
sparkling competition with copiousness of movement in a GTE Pro class. That was
positively a case. Congratulations to Porsche on a win. However, we
would also like to enrich a ACO and a FIA. The GTE Pro class
was, but doubt, a category with a biggest strength in abyss this
weekend and was, from a sporting perspective, an comprehensive provide – for
fans and manufacturers alike. It was apparently unequivocally good to be so
heavily concerned in a conflict during a front of a margin with a BMW
M8 GTE.”


What are your goals for a rest of a WEC season?

Marquardt: “We apparently wish to behind adult a earnest opening at
Le Mans. Our subsequent eventuality to do that comes during Silverstone. We have
schooled a lot here and are certain to take a few some-more stairs in a right
direction. The BMW M8 GTE will get even stronger. we am assured that,
over a march of a season, we will be rewarded for a tough work,
in a form of good results.”



IMSA: Tom Blomqvist ancillary BMW Team RLL during Watkins Glen.

The seventh competition of a stream IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship deteriorate takes place on 1st Jul 2018. Three
drivers will be swapping positions behind a circle of both BMW M8
GTEs from a BMW Team RLL during a six-hour competition during Watkins Glen. The
dual unchanging drivers John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) will be
assimilated by Tom Blomqvist (GBR) in a #24 car. The BMW works motorist has
already competed in a BMW M8 GTE during a FIA World Endurance
Championship (WEC) season-opener during Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) and is
looking brazen to his initial coming in a IMSA series. “I am
unequivocally vehement about my initial competition in a USA,” pronounced Blomqvist. “I did
good in a BMW M8 GTE during Spa-Francorchamps. That creates me optimistic
that we can get adult to speed fast during Watkins Glen too. The circuit is
amazing.” Alexander Sims (GBR), Connor de Phillippi (USA) and BMW of
North America code envoy Bill Auberlen (USA) will be in the
cockpit of a #25 car.


24h Le Mans: BMW Motorsport Junior Mikkel Jensen takes victory
in “Road to Le Mans”.

The 6 drivers for a dual BMW M8 GTEs were assimilated by another BMW
motorist this weekend during Le Mans: BMW Motorsport Junior Mikkel Jensen
(DEN) took partial in a 2018 book of a “Road to Le Mans” – a
fantastic eventuality for GT and LMP3 cars forward of a tangible 24-hour
race. This was Jensen’s initial coming during Le Mans. He common driving
duties in a LMP3 automobile from EuroInternational with immature Dutch driver
Kay outpost Berlo. “It was essentially about me removing some experience
here,” pronounced Jensen. “You don’t mostly get a possibility to expostulate during Le
Mans. The competition was fun and we was means to get some profitable Le Mans
kilometres underneath my belt and to come divided with a win was simply
awesome.” This year, a Road to Le Mans consisted of dual 55-minute
races for a initial time. Jensen and outpost Berlo started from pole
position on Thursday and led from start to finish. On Saturday, the
twin finished sixth in an eventful race, in that Jensen was sent into
a spin during a start. The EuroInternational group has already enjoyed
tighten links with a BMW talent graduation and has won countless titles
around a universe in Formula BMW. Many of today’s motorsport stars –
including BMW works motorist Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Indy500 winner
Alexander Rossi (USA) and Felipe Nasr (BRA) – competed for
EuroInternational early in their careers. The group is currently
commanding a LMP3 drivers’ and group standings in a European Le Mans
Series (ELMS). 


Italian GT Championship: Podium for BMW Padova Team during Misano.

BMW Padova Team was in movement during a Misano World Circuit this
weekend, contesting rounds 5 and 6 of a Italian GT
Championship. At a circle of a #15 BMW M6 GT3, unchanging driver
Stefano Comandini (ITA) teamed adult with BMW DTM motorist Bruno Spengler
(CAN). The pairing worked good from a word go, finishing third in
Saturday’s competition after 35 laps. In competition dual on Sunday Comandini and
Spengler claimed a sixth-place finish. Spengler will lapse to DTM
movement subsequent weekend during a Norisring (GER).

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