Highs and lows for BMW teams as a new BMW M6 GT3 creates a 24-hour entrance – ROWE Racing fifth with a series 23 car.

Posted on 29. May, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Nürburgring (DE), 29th May 2016. The series 23 BMW M6 GT3 was the
best-placed BMW during a Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE): Last-stint driver
Dirk Werner (DE) crossed a finish line in fifth place altogether after
133 laps. He had common a pushing duties with Alexander Sims (GB),
Philipp Eng (AT) and Maxime Martin (BE) during a race. The quartet
came home one path behind a winning Mercedes.

The dual Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3s both finished in a top
30: a series 999 car, with Victor Bouveng (SE), Tom Blomqvist (GB),
Christian Krognes (NO) and Michele di Martino (DE) during a wheel, lost
several laps while a automobile was being remade during a night, but
fought behind to finish 12th. The series 101 car, driven by Matias
Henkola (FI), Kazunori Yamauchi (JP), Max Sandritter (DE) and George
Richardson (GB), finished a foe in 22nd.

This was a BMW M6 GT3’s initial tour during this continuation classical –
and a Nürburgring-Nordschleife lived adult to a nickname of the
“Green Hell” on several occasions on a car’s debut. With torrential
sleet and accost during a start, a foe interruption, many incidents and
large twists in a ever-fascinating storyline, a foe during the
25.378-kilometre circuit once again valid to be a singular challenge.
Unfortunately, a BMW M6 GT3 teams were mostly left to charity the
unpredictability of this event.

For a prolonged time, a series 100 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 was on
march for a lectern finish, until Lucas Luhr (DE) was strike by a slower
automobile on a Grand Prix circuit shortly after 09:00. He strike a crash
barriers hard, yet opportunely emerged from a pile-up unhurt. At the
time of a incident, Luhr and his associate drivers John Edwards (US),
Jens Klingmann (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) were using third in the

For a second ROWE Racing car, a series 22 BMW M6 GT3, a race
came to a beforehand finish in a early hours of Sunday morning: Klaus
Graf (DE), who had alternated during a circle with Richard Westbrook
(GB), Nicky Catsburg (NL) and Markus Palttala (FI), was forced to
retire following a collision with a slower automobile in a Hatzenbach
territory of a circuit. The series 22 had led a foe for a while
early on.

The 44th entertainment of a Eifel marathon also took a unsatisfactory turn
for Augusto Farfus (BR), Jesse Krohn (FI), Jörg Müller (DE) and Marco
Wittmann (DE). An engine disaster caused Müller to park a leading
series 18 BMW M6 GT3 during a side of a lane on Saturday. The
Schubert organisation worked by a night to correct a car, definition the
party was during slightest means to re-join a foe on Sunday morning.

Victory in a Cup 5 category went to Michael Schrey (DE), Alexander
Mies (DE), Emin Akata (DE) and Dries Vanthoor (BE) in a series 305
BMW M235i Racing fielded by a Bonk Motorsport team. In doing so,
they extended their winning run in a 2016 BMW M235i Racing Cup,
that forms partial of a VLN Endurance Championship. In total, 13 cars
were in movement in this class. First place in a category was a strong
25th place overall.

Selected quotes from a 24-hour race:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Naturally we are rather unhappy with a foe outcome and had
hoped for some-more on a BMW M6 GT3’s entrance during this continuation classic.
But that’s how it is in continuation racing, generally here during the
Nordschleife: You can devise preparation, and a foe plan – yet not
how a foe will go. And once again a Nürburgring flattering much
offering all that has finished it legendary; sun, rain, hail,
impassioned continue conditions and stop of a race. And,
unfortunately, fitness wasn’t on a side. At times we were means to show
a intensity of a BMW M6 GT3, and were even in a lead. Then
technical issues and dual accidents meant that in a march of the
foe we usually had one automobile left in a heading group. Unfortunately,
that wasn’t adequate with a clever competition. Which was unequivocally strong,
most stronger than in a warm-up races. However, a performances in
a initial VLN races spoke for themselves: We showed what we were
means of achieving. we would like to contend a large good finished to our
teams. Even yet a outcome didn’t simulate this, Schubert
Motorsport, ROWE Racing and Walkenhorst Motorsport delivered a
fantastic, flawless performance, and a same is loyal of a driver
line-up. The teamwork was a lot of fun and we am already looking
brazen to subsequent year. I’m assured that afterwards we will get a result
that is a fairer thoughtfulness on a teams, a drivers and a BMW M6
GT3. Congratulations to Mercedes-Benz on a win.”

Alexander Sims (ROWE Racing, series 23 BMW M6 GT3, 5th place):

“I consider we did a best we could given a circumstances. It
wasn’t a well-spoken foe for anyone. The continue was only crazy. Then
there was a stop and a violent restart. We had a great
quip and battled a approach into fifth place. I’m unapproachable of a whole team.”

Dirk Werner (ROWE Racing, series 23 BMW M6 GT3, 5th place):

“We battled and gave it a all. In these formidable conditions,
a categorical thing was to make it by a race. We managed that. Our
organisation did a good job. It’s a contrition that we forsaken down into 50th
place on a restart. This meant that it wasn’t probable to finish
even serve adult a field. we late early in a dual prior years,
so it feels good that we finished in fifth place this time. The
Nordschleife did what it felt like once again.”

Philipp Eng (ROWE Racing, series 23 BMW M6 GT3, 5th place):

“Mercedes was unequivocally clever this time around. Which is because we can
be gratified that we were during a front of a margin of a other
manufacturers. Unfortunately, we mislaid accurately a same volume of time
during a start that we trailed by during a end. Otherwise, a BMW M6 GT3
was intensely arguable and delivered a illusory performance. A huge
well-done to a whole organisation once again. They unequivocally did a perfect
job, in sold with a problem during a start.”

Maxime Martin (ROWE Racing, series 23 BMW M6 GT3, 5th place):

“The outcome is really fine after a foe like this one. But,
of course, we would have elite it if we had finished a bit further
adult a field. Unfortunately, a technical problem during a restart cost
us time. If it hadn’t been for that, we would have been means to fight
for a mark on a podium. Now we will work tough to make certain that 2017
is even better. The BMW M6 GT3 really has a potential.”

Tom Blomqvist (Walkenhorst Motorsport, series 999 BMW M6 GT3,
12th place):
“I’ve never gifted a foe like this
one before. Everything here is unique. It was a illusory experience.
Unfortunately, a problem meant that we mislaid 4 laps in a pit. If
it hadn’t been for that, afterwards we would have been means to finish
serve adult a field. The BMW M6 GT3 was fast. I’m only happy that we
finished it to a finish after this implausible race.”

Augusto Farfus (Schubert Motorsport, series 18 BMW M6 GT3,
120th place):

“It apparently harm to be denied any possibility of a good result
comparatively early in a race. We were heading during a time of the
engine problem, and had unequivocally good speed. We still had that gait after
a overnight repairs. we would like to compensate a large enrich to the
Schubert Motorsport team. They worked tough all night to get a car
behind out onto a track. For me, they are a genuine heroes.”

Lucas Luhr (Schubert Motorsport, series 100 BMW M6 GT3, DNF):

“I am a certain person, so we will take a positives from this
race. The mint BMW M6 GT3 valid a intensity and showed that it
is rival on a Nordschleife. We can build on that, looking
ahead. The collision was apparently unnecessary. The other automobile came
from nowhere and ploughed into me. we had no chance, and it was a big
impact. It is a contrition that we were incompetent to modify a strong
opening we showed over a march of a foe into a good result.”

Results from a Nürburgring 24 Hours:

Number 23 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 5th place

Alexander Sims (GB), Philipp Eng (AT), Maxime Martin (BE), Dirk
Werner (DE)

Number 999 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by
Dunlop, 12th place

Victor Bouveng (SE), Tom Blomqvist (GB), Christian Krognes (NO),
Michele di Martino (DE)

Number 101 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by
Dunlop, 22nd place

Matias Henkola (FI), Kazunori Yamauchi (JP), Max Sandritter (DE),
George Richardson (GB)

Number 18 BMW M6 GT3, Schubert Motorsport, 120th place

Augusto Farfus (BR), Jesse Krohn (FI), Jörg Müller (DE), Marco
Wittmann (DE)

Number 22 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, DNF

Klaus Graf (DE), Richard Westbrook (GB), Nicky Catsburg (NL), Markus
Palttala (FI)

Number 100 BMW M6 GT3, Schubert Motorsport, DNF

John Edwards (US), Jens Klingmann (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE), Martin
Tomczyk (DE)

Number 99 BMW Z4 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by
Dunlop, DNF

Henry Walkenhorst (DE), Peter Posavac (DE), Daniela Schmid (DE), Jaap
outpost Lagen (NL)

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