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“BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend” – Part One: BMW Team MTEK claims lectern finish during Sebring.

Sebring. The initial partial of a “BMW M Motorsport Super
Weekend” – featuring FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races – is completed. In the
sixth spin of a WEC Super Season, BMW Team MTEK finished second
and seventh in a LM GTE Pro category respectively with a dual BMW M8
GTEs. It was a initial lectern finish for a group given WEC’s Fuji
(JPN) round.

 

After 226 laps and a thespian finish with complicated rain, a #81 car
crossed a line in second place. Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg
(NED) and Alexander Sims (GBR), who distinguished his 31st
birthday on Friday, had common pushing duties over a march of the
race. Their team-mates Augusto Farfus (BRA), António Félix da Costa
(POR) and Bruno Spengler (CAN) came seventh in a #82 sister car.
Victory during Sebring was cumulative by a #91 Porsche.

 

In an eventful initial proviso of a race, both BMW M8 GTE cars were
means to urge their positions quickly. Farfus was heading a field
during a finish of his stint, after starting fourth on a grid. Car #81
took a lead for a initial time with a good dual hours to go. Only
during a late array stop in a sleet did final-stint motorist Catsburg
dump to second place. Over a march of a race, a GTE category cars
had been using closely together, with visit position changes due
to fantastic moves or incompatible array stop strategies.

 

On Saturday, a “BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend” will continue when
spin dual of a IMSA array will be on a bulletin for BMW Team RLL.
Following a team’s win during Daytona (USA), a dual BMW M8 GTE cars
will start from sixth and seventh on a grid during Sebring.

 

Reactions on a WEC competition during Sebring.

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“What a thriller. This was an amazingly retaining race, with a
thespian finish in a sleet over a final 20 minutes. In this finale
we narrowly missed out on a victory, yet managed to take a
gratifying second place after a good fight. Obviously we wish to make
it onto a top-step of a lectern after such a thespian final phase,
and of march it was a empathize that a competition finished behind a safety
car. However, certain emotions browbeat currently due to a strong
opening we delivered. Congratulations to Martin Tomczyk, Nick
Catsburg and Alexander Sims – and to a whole team. Our second car
was using strongly as well, even yet it couldn’t quarrel for a
podium. The Sebring fans were treated to some good fights; a GTE
Pro category for certain delivered a best movement in a field. The
atmosphere here is great; it’s a singular event. Now we wish to build on
that and measure another tip outcome with BMW Team RLL on Saturday in the
IMSA series.”

 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):

“It’s been a pleasure entrance to Sebring. It’s an iconic lane and you
usually know how special it is when we have gifted it. It’s been
tough for a organisation yet they have been intensely good. The exam was
unequivocally prohibited for a boys and girls yet they schooled a lot and put it all
to use this week. We had clever gait yet we were struggling with tyre
degradation. To be in a position where we can quarrel in a final hour
was accurately what we indispensable to do and we did that today. It only didn’t
go a approach in a end. Compliments to Porsche for a win – it was a
good battle.”

 

Martin Tomczyk (#81 BMW M8 GTE, second place):

“Obviously, it was a super-clean competition from all 3 of us drivers so
we were unequivocally happy with possess performance. The automobile was in good shape,
generally when it got dark. The sleet helped us yet not enough. It was
tighten to us removing a initial WEC feat yet being on a lectern is
good for a group and for myself.”

 

Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE, second place):

“It feels good to finally be on a WEC podium. It was a crazy race
– we only wish we could have hold on to initial place. The group did a
flawless job. Let’s applaud now.”

 

Alexander Sims (#81 BMW M8 GTE, second place):

“It was a flattering fun race! The automobile had good gait via a race
and a group did a good pursuit – they executed all properly. The
sleet was sparkling and Nicky did a good pursuit to move it home in P2.”

 

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

“It’s my initial time during Sebring. It’s an extraordinary eventuality yet it’s a
super tough lane to learn in only a few days. As a team, we performed
a lot improved than ever before. We had a genuine shot during winning currently but
we double stinted a tyres and mislaid some time. I’m unequivocally happy for
a #81 automobile to get their initial lectern and a second lectern as a team.”

 

Augusto Farfus (#82 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place):

“It was a tough one, to be honest. we was gratified with my opening
army when a change of a automobile felt great. However, we mislaid pace
median by a race. We attempted to make a approach behind adult yet it was
only not possible. We got a lot of mileage and believe to take with
us to Spa and Le Mans. It was a tip pursuit by a other organisation and we’re
gay to see them on a podium.”

 

Bruno Spengler (#82 BMW M8 GTE, seventh place):

“It was a unequivocally good week and we was so happy to do my initial WEC
race. It was a new plea for me and it was good to be behind with
my DTM team. we enjoyed it a lot even yet it didn’t spin out a way
we would have favourite it. Congratulations to a group for a podium.”