Disappointing Nürburgring 24 Hours for BMW in a SP9 category – 13th place for a Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3.

Posted on 13. May, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Nürburgring. Augusto Farfus (BRA), Markus Palttala (FIN),
Christian Krognes (NOR) and Fabian Schiller (GER) in a #102 Shell
Helix BMW M6 GT3 finished 13th altogether during a Nürburgring
24 Hours (GER), creation them a best-placed BMW representative. The
party mislaid time in a opening stages, following a minor
collision, though afterwards progressed though any vital issues for a rest
of a race. In unsettled continue conditions and after many
incidents, usually dual of a 4 BMW M6 GT3s that started in a SP9
category indeed finished a race. The competition was dangling with 3:30
hours remaining and was eventually restarted after a mangle of about
dual hours. Victory went to a #912 Porsche. Private BMW teams
claimed 3 victories in a remaining classes.


Having finished runner-up final year, fitness once again forlorn ROWE
Racing. The #99 BMW M6 GT3 – with drivers Connor De Phillippi (USA),
Alexander Sims (GBR), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Martin Tomczyk (GER) – was
forced to retire on Saturday evening, following a sequence of unfortunate
circumstances: As a effect of a shop-worn radiator following a
teenager collision, a engine was shop-worn to such a grade that a car
could not continue. The #98 car, with Nick Catsburg (NED), John
Edwards (USA), Richard Westbrook (GBR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) during the
wheel, led a competition several times early on, though was afterwards handed a time
chastisement that saw them dump behind by a field. They then
encountered issues with a electric expostulate by handle complement in the
night, that cost them any chances of a good position and led them to retire.


The #33 Falken Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 also mislaid time during repairs
in a initial third of a race, though did come home 15th at
a finish of a 24 hours. Jens Klingmann (GER), Alexandre Imperatori
(SUI), Stef Dusseldorp (NED) and Peter Dumbreck (GBR) common the
pushing duties.


Victory in a fiercely-competitive BMW M235i Racing Cup class, in
that 15 cars were involved, went to Heiko Eichenberg, Yannick Mettler
(both GER), Torsten Kratz (AUT) and Tristan Viidas (EST) of the
Securtal Sorg Rennsport team. They finished forward of a Hofor Racing
powered by Bonk Motorsport and Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport cars in
second and third place. BMW patron teams distinguished a serve two
victories in a V4 and SP4 classes.


After technical issues with a #60 BMW M4 GT4, that they shared
with Dirk Adorf (GER) and Tom Coronel (NED), BMW Motorsport Juniors
Beitske Visser (NED) and Nico Menzel (GER) came home sixth in a SP
8T category and gained profitable knowledge during a marathon in the
“Green Hell”.


Quotes after a Nürburgring 24 Hours:


Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Unfortunately, that was not a 24-hour competition we had hoped for. We
were right adult there with a heading organisation in terms of pace, and had
a fastest automobile in a margin during times. That creates it all a more
unsatisfactory that incidents and technical problems prevented us
from being concerned in a conflict for a tip positions in a overall
standings. That is sour for everybody who worked so tough during the
preparations and in a race. In a end, a #102 BMW M6 GT3 was the
best-placed BMW in 13th place. The BMW teams fought
well in a other classes and claimed 3 victories. That is the
certain side of what has, on a whole, been a unequivocally tough competition for
us. Congratulations to Porsche on their altogether victory. We will be
behind subsequent year.”


Augusto Farfus (#102 Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3):

“It is always a good knowledge to be means to expostulate in this race. I
would like to appreciate BMW Motorsport for giving me that opportunity
again this year. The new multiple of team, car, tyre and drivers
was a challenge. With that in mind, we did a good job. We are a best
BMW organisation and got a Shell Helix BMW M6 GT3 home in one piece.”


Jens Klingmann (#33 BMW M6 GT3, Falken Motorsports):

“BMW Motorsport came here with a idea of claiming its
20th altogether victory. We also wanted to grasp a maiden
win for Falken Motorsports. It was apparently unsatisfactory to be three
laps down only a few hours into a race, due to technical issues.
Despite this, we did a best, did not make any mistakes, and brought
a automobile home though any serve problems. Unfortunately, we were
lacking a small gait compared to a leaders, quite in the
wet. All in all, we had a good time with Falken Motorsports. The team
is unequivocally veteran and did a illusory job.”


John Edwards (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“A retirement during a 24-hour competition is always disappointing, though it is
quite unpleasant when we would have been in with a possibility of
winning – and we were in with a chance. The BMW M6 GT3 was unequivocally fast
in a initial few hours, in that we led a competition during times. we was very
assured forward of a rest of a race. Unfortunately, we afterwards had issues.”


Connor De Phillippi (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“I was a third automobile in a sequence during a start of a Code 60 zone. The
initial automobile braked unequivocally early, that resulted in collisions behind it. I
gathering into a back of a Audi in front of me and shop-worn the
radiator on my car. We did not have any H2O vigour and we was
incompetent to continue. we feel unequivocally contemptible for a organisation and my team-mates.”


Nico Menzel (#60 BMW M4 GT4, Sorg Rennsport):

“It is apparently unequivocally frustrating that we had technical issues, but
it was still good to cranky a finish line with a BMW M4 GT4. On the
whole, it was a illusory experience. we was means to expostulate during a start
of my home race. Seeing all a fans along a lane during the
warm-up path roughly brought a rip to my eye. we enjoyed a atmosphere.
The fact that a BMW M4 GT4 featured prominently in a TV coverage
was also good fun. we would like to contend a large appreciate we to a Sorg
Rennsport team, that put their all into a automobile and did an overwhelming job.”


Beitske Visser (#60 BMW M4 GT4, Sorg Rennsport):

“I am unequivocally beholden that BMW done this illusory knowledge possible.
It was my initial 24-hour competition and my prolonged army in a night, in
particular, was unequivocally crazy. It is unequivocally dim out there, though it is
still good fun. Generally speaking, we had a good organisation in a BMW M4
GT4. The atmosphere was glorious and we benefitted an awful lot from the
knowledge of Dirk Adorf and Tom Coronel.”

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