Walkenhorst on marvellous feat with a BMW M6 GT3: “This win means an awful lot to each one of us.”

Posted on 01. Aug, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Munich. The biggest success in a story of Walkenhorst
Motorsport so distant is a  sensational feat during a iconic
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 24 Hours. After 24 hours and 511 laps of
racing, a BMW patron racing  team from Melle nearby Osnabrück
(GER) came home forward of all a high-class teams from other
manufacturers. The #34 BMW M6 GT3, driven by BMW works drivers
Philipp Eng (AUT) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) together with their
team-mate Christian Krognes (NOR), crossed a finish line in first
place. The BMW success was dull off by a excellent second place for
a ROWE Racing #99 BMW M6 GT3 which, like Walkenhorst Motorsport,
is a patron group upheld by BMW Motorsport.


The owners of a Walkenhorst Motorsport group is Henry Walkenhorst
(GER). He is a racing motorist himself and was also in movement during Spa.
Walkenhorst and his team-mates Ralf Oeverhaus (GER), Anders Buchardt
(NOR) and Immanuel Vinke (GER) finished fifth in a AM-Cup and
38th overall. In an interview, Walkenhorst speaks about his
team’s victory, his emotions as success was secured, and a factors
behind a outcome of this magnitude.


Mr. Walkenhorst, a marvellous feat in a stirring race.
How did we feel in a shutting minutes?


Henry Walkenhorst: “It was apparently unequivocally exciting. We had actually
designed for me to do a final army in a second BMW M6 GT3.
However, we gave that a miss, as we was unequivocally unequivocally tense. When we are
on a fork of achieving such a vast success, we consider that everybody in
a group feels a same. Like me, any one of us was tremor with
excitement. we was very, unequivocally shaken and was pacing adult and down. I
could not lay still during a final stages.”


Has what your group achieved with a BMW M6 GT3 at
Spa-Francorchamps sunk in now?


Walkenhorst: “I have comprehended what we achieved, though it still
feels unequivocally sweet. It infrequently takes a small longer to penetrate in. It
is unequivocally a unequivocally good feeling. we am already looking ahead. As team
principal, it is my pursuit to already be meditative about a upcoming
races and maybe even a seasons ahead. You have to strike while the
iron is hot. This win means an awful lot to any one of us in a team.”


This was your initial coming in a PRO category as a private
team, and we kick a other manufacturers’ works teams during a first
attempt. How did we lift that off?


Walkenhorst: “I don’t consider we can sum that adult in one sentence. The
wilful thing is simply not to make any mistakes and to have a good
strategy. It is customary procession for everybody to line adult with a
well-prepared car. we consider a multiple we had this year was
crucial. BMW Motorsport gave us good support, we had glorious drivers,
all of whom were flawless. We had perfectly-prepared cars and a
opposite plan to what many would maybe have approaching from us.
We were on-going and regularly non-stop adult a opening of 10 to 15
seconds. However, we were also wakeful that that could be wiped out by a
comparatively vast series of reserve automobile periods. In a end, we came
divided with this illusory result.”


At what indicate in a competition did it emergence on we that a win was
a graphic possibility?


Walkenhorst: “You apparently start anticipating comparatively early in the
race, afterwards we spend a rest of it satirical your fingernails. We are
VLN specialists and, unfortunately, have also had formula over the
past three, 4 or 5 years, in that one or other of a cars has
had to retire on a final or penultimate lap, there has been a
technical issue, and so on. You unequivocally get your hopes adult in a last
dual hours, and afterwards it gets closer and closer. After a final pit
stop it was transparent to us that we had a unequivocally good possibility of winning,
supposing a record reason up. And it did.”


You mentioned a support we perceived from BMW. What form did
that support take, and how critical was it?


Walkenhorst: “You can't put it into percentages. We have enjoyed a
tighten attribute with BMW for years. Over a past 8 years, we
have consistently built adult a small team. We have had a bit of bad
fitness on a few occasions in a past. The support was taken to a new
turn when we entered a GT3 racing scene. That started with a BMW
Z4 GT3. We ran that automobile for 3 years. We are now in a third year
with a BMW M6 GT3. This is top-class competition and we apparently need a
good engineering back-up, that we accept from BMW. In this case, the
glorious motorist choice apparently also helped. The communication and trust
in any other are important. You don’t only get given someone like
Philipp Eng or Tom Blomqvist. we consider BMW knows that teams they are
going to allot certain drivers to. You have to have a unequivocally decent
and infallible partnership  to be given that kind of opportunity.”


Philipp Eng, Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes: How would
we report your 3 winning drivers?


Walkenhorst: “Christian has always tended to censor his light underneath a
bushel. That is simply since he is nonetheless to record a kind of results
during such special races as a one during Spa-Francorchamps or the
Nürburgring 24 Hours, that would attract a lot of media attention.
That aside, Christian Krognes is a record reason with a BMW M6 GT3
on a Nordschleife. He set a path record in 2016. He is one of the
unequivocally best drivers – unequivocally level-headed and unequivocally focussed, though also a
privateer, who is apparently not means to take his place in a automobile for
races and use sessions any week or fortnight. With that in
mind, his opening here contingency positively be rated only as rarely as
a comprehensive tip performances delivered by Tom Blomqvist and Philipp
Eng. For those 3 days, they spoke about zero else. They
exchanged ideas, brooded over information and were focussed. It is this
practical opinion and joining that make Tom and Philipp so
special. We already knew we could design that from Christian.”


You are group principal and racing driver. However, we are
also a BMW dealer. What does this feat meant to your bland job?


Walkenhorst: “My categorical pursuit is apparently a BMW dealer. With everything
going on, we can't forget that. Our idea, years ago, was to combine
veteran racing with a business, so that some-more people would buy
sporty BMW cars from us. Refined models with M Performance parts.
Forming this couple is critical to me, not only as a group principal but
also as a BMW dealer. And it is operative unequivocally well. The business say:
If Walkenhorst is actively concerned in motorsport, and is doing well,
afterwards he is substantially improved than others. That is, to a certain degree,
a approach. It has worked good in new years. We have been means to
remonstrate a business that we can be successful in motorsport. As a
result, we have seen an boost in sales of M cars, such as a M240,
M3, M4 and M5. This win will apparently concede us to play this label to
an even larger extent.”


What subsequent for your team?


Walkenhorst: “This weekend, we are true behind to business during the
hillclimb here in Borgloh – one of a biggest hillclimbs, that is
being staged for a 51st time this year. This is a home
race, right on a doorstep, only 3 kilometres from a team
headquarters. We will contest in a particular classes there with the
BMW M6 GT3, BMW M4 GT4 and a BMW M235i Racing. We are also providing
a Race Taxi. We have mutated a BMW Z4 GT3 and propitious a passenger
chair for that purpose. That is apparently entirely requisitioned and we are
raffling off places. Our guys returned home on Monday night,
reassembled a cars on Tuesday, afterwards we conduct to a hillclimb on
Thursday. The dual races are on Saturday and Sunday. After that, in
mid-August, we have a subsequent VLN race, during that we will margin a full
group and dual BMW M6 GT3s, a BMW Z4 GT3, a BMW M4 GT4 and dual BMW M235i Racings.”



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