Difficult plea for BMW M Motorsport in a rain-affected WEC turn during Shanghai.

Posted on 19. Nov, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Shanghai. BMW Team MTEK started a China turn of a FIA
World Endurance Championship (WEC) from a front quarrel of a grid,
yet mixed red-flags and soppy conditions done a ‘6 Hours of
Shanghai’ a challenge, and a group had to settle for sixth and
ninth in a LM GTE Pro class.

 

It was a initial time a BMW M8 GTE had run in unequivocally soppy conditions
and it was also a team’s entrance during a “Shanghai International
Circuit”, creation a plea tough.

 

The #81 BMW M8 GTE started from second place, yet a mid-race safety
automobile duration fell during a wrong time to advantage a team’s strategy,
withdrawal drivers Martin Tomcyzk (GER) and Nick Catsburg (NED) to cross
a line in sixth place. The #82 sister-car pushed tough and was
using in fifth place in a final hour, yet a stop-and-go penalty
forsaken Tom Blomqvist (GBR) and António Félix da Costa (POR) to ninth.

 

Comments on a ‘6 Hours of Shanghai’:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“While a colleagues were winning in a FIA GT World Cup at
Macau, we did not have so many happening in a ‘6 Hours of Shanghai’.
We had some tough conditions to conflict with and a lot of strategy
calls to make. Like other teams, we were detrimental when a reserve cars
fell, and tyre choices didn’t always work out. It was a initial time
we have run a BMW M8 GTE on a full soppy tyres, and we have some
improvements to make there, yet we showed in use and qualifying
that we are clever in a dry and damp.”

 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):

“In a finish we can’t be happy with a result. To do good in a
formidable eventuality like this we need to make ideal calls and have some
fitness – unfortunately, this was not a race. But we did see the
intensity of a automobile progressing on in a weekend –  in a dry and damp
we got adult to speed on a new lane and competent on a front row. We’d
not nonetheless driven a BMW M8 GTE in a wet, so we were unequivocally learning
‘on a job’ – it’s formidable to learn new conditions in a race.
That said, each competition is a training curve, yet we always come behind stronger.”

 

Martin Tomczyk (#81 BMW M8 GTE):

“It was not a Sunday that we expected. After a clever performance
in a damp in practice, we suspicion we would be discerning in a soppy but
we unequivocally struggled in a complicated rain, that we’ve never driven the
BMW M8 GTE in before. Now it’s a winter mangle so we need to make the
many of a time and come behind stronger.”

 

Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE):

“It was a unsatisfactory competition for us. We need to get a better
bargain of a soppy tyre since we simply had no gait today.
It’s a contrition since in subordinate a BMW M8 GTE felt great. We
schooled a lot currently and have a good opening before Sebring to work on our
soppy continue set-up.”

 

António Félix da Costa (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“The finish outcome is not great, yet we started with a well-executed
race. Even yet we did not have a gait today, we took some
gambles, some of that worked and some didn’t. We fought tough to run
in fifth place yet a late-race chastisement forsaken us back. It was
unsatisfactory yet there’s a large opening between now and Sebring, so we
have time to improve.”

 

Tom Blomqvist (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“It’s not a outcome we were anticipating for yet it was unequivocally difficult
with a red flags interrupting things. The final 3 hours went more
uniformly yet we didn’t have a gait in these soppy conditions. There’s
a lot that we need to demeanour during and know –  during some points in the
competition we had gait yet not during others, so we need to learn because we were
not consistent. We’ve schooled lots and there are copiousness of positives
to take away – it is simply partial of a training routine when you
contest with a new car.”

 

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