The heavenly buds of May: BMW M1 Procar Race in a warm-up programme before Formula 1.

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich/Spielberg. 37 years after a premiere on the
foe track, a BMW M1 will once again beget a illusory atmosphere
among motor-sport fans in a warm-up for a Formula 1 World
Championship race. BMW Group Classic is entertainment a reconstruction with the
racing cars in a Procar Series usually before a foe for the
“Austrian Grand Prix” during a Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Races with
these cars were enthusiastically perceived in a ancillary programme
on Formula 1 weekends in Europe. When a initial Procar Race was held
during Zolder, Belgium, in May 1979, contemporary Formula 1 racing drivers
competed in matching racing versions of a BMW M1 opposite national
sports-car professionals, private drivers and gifted upcoming
drivers. Some of these drivers are now holding a event to get
behind into a cockpit of a BMW M1 during a Legends Parade in Spielberg
– including a three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda, who
won 3 Procar Races in 1979 and also succeeded in claiming the
altogether placing.

Lauda from Austria will be campaigning opposite a array of former
rivals during his ancestral home competition, pushing a BMW M1.
Hans-Joachim Stuck (DE), runner-up in a altogether placings in 1979 and
in third place in 1980, is returning to a cockpit of his successful
car. Jochen Mass (DE), Christian Danner (DE) and Marc Surer (CH) are
also behind a circle of precisely a models of a BMW M1 in which
they raced during a Procar Series. Austrians Dieter Quester and Sepp
Manhalter, and Markus Hotz from Switzerland will also be rekindling
their memories of sparkling battles for position in Procar races.
Gerhard Berger (AT), Jos Verstappen (NL) and Jan Lammers (NL) are
3 other former Formula 1 racing drivers who will be holding partial in
a Legends Parade. The margin of luminary drivers is finished by
Harald Grohs (DE), who won races in a German Touring Car
Championship (DTM) pushing a BMW 635CSi and a BMW M3, and BMW
code envoy Leopold Prinz von Bayern (DE). Both drivers once
lined adult on a grid in a BMW M1 for a 24 Hours of Le Mans, and they
are being assimilated by mixed Touring Car Champion Johnny Cecotto from Venezuela.

The sporting suggestion of yesteryear is being reawakened with the
quip of a Procar Racers in Spielberg. Today a focal indicate will
continue to be a BMW M1, as it was then. This was a initial vehicle
designed from blemish by BMW Motorsport GmbH to contest in racing. The
array chronicle generating 204 kW/277 hp was propelled to a tip speed
of roughly 265 km/h and delivered a fastest road-going German sports
automobile of a time. The Procar Series not usually supposing a ideal stage
for a initial super sports automobile from BMW, though during a same time created
an wholly new form of foe on a foe track. The hearing of
strength in a racing versions of a BMW M1 assembled in
consent with a Group 4 regulations and any generating 345 kW/470
hp incited into a large success with spectators. And currently a drivers,
too, continue to eulogize about a doing characteristics of the
mid-engined coupé, a sound of a mythological inline six-cylinder
engine and a sporty interest of a foe array that was all about the
skills and abilities of a drivers.

This is a third time that a Legends Parade staged in a context
of a Austrian Formula 1 foe has reflected really special chapters of
motor-sport history. Last year, a BMW Group took partial in a
event of ancestral Formula 1 racing cars. The Brazilian Nelson
Piquet gathering a Brabham BMW BT52, that he had formerly driven to
feat in a Formula 1 World Championship in 1983. This year, BMW is
providing a whole starter margin in jubilee of a centenary
anniversary of a company. The 14 former racing cars in a Procar
Series that were purebred for a Legends Parade are currently
roughly but difference in a tenure of private aficionados and
collectors who are as preoccupied by their quip on a foe track
as a drivers. Two of them will even suffer a payoff of being
means to foe in their possess vehicle. Gerhard Berger is a unapproachable owner
of a BMW M1 Procar, as is Sepp Manhalter, who owns precisely the
automobile that he gathering past a finishing line in seventh place during the
Zolder foe circuit in May 1979. He will be pushing this automobile on Sunday.

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