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Three questions for… BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.

The heart of general GT racing was violence during Sebring (USA)
this weekend. The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and a IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship paid a revisit to a historic
circuit in Florida. In movement were 4 BMW M8 GTEs and cars from the
BMW Motorsport patron racing product range. The prominence was second
place for BMW Team MTEK on Friday. In this interview, BMW Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt talks about a ‘BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend’.


Mr. Marquardt, what conclusions did we pull from a full
competition report during Sebring?

Jens Marquardt: “We gifted a genuine ‘BMW M Motorsport Super
Weekend’ during Sebring. The atmosphere via a whole weekend was
glorious – and we were means to record some good formula to appreciate the
many BMW fans during a circuit for their good support. Second place in
a WEC and usually only blank out on a lectern in a IMSA Series
uncover that we are really rival with a BMW M8 GTE, as did our
delight during Daytona. We also cumulative a lectern finish for a BMW M4 GT4
in a IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. In sporting terms, we am more
than happy with this weekend.”


What done this competition weekend so special?

Marquardt: “It was transparent to see a stress that motorsport has
for BMW in North America. The code put on a good opening at
Sebring – with full eventuality activation from BMW North America and
endless support from Munich. Thanks to a ‘BMW Owners’ Lounge’, we
had an even some-more conspicuous participation in a paddock this year and we
had ‘full house’ over a whole weekend in a liberality area. The
turn of seductiveness in this double-header was enormous. It was fantastic
to be means to benefaction a dual GT racing programmes side-by-side, in
such a compress format. It was really a successful premiere for the
‘Super Sebring’ weekend.”


Are we gratified with a start to a 2019 season?

Marquardt: “Definitely. Recording wins during a FIA GT World Cup in
Macau and during a really initial Formula E competition in Ad Diriyah during a finish of
2018 had already given us additional motivation. We were means to lift this
movement into a new year and applaud an romantic IMSA feat at
Daytona. The lectern finish in a WEC competition shows that we can compete
for wins in both array with a BMW M8 GTE. The same is loyal for
Formula E and we will be competing in a Sanya E-Prix this coming
weekend. The DTM deteriorate and a continuation highlights during Le Mans and on
a Nordschleife are also sketch closer. We are certainly
well-positioned to face a tasks ahead.”



China GT Championship: Victory for a BMW M6 GT3 during Sepang.

FIST-Team AAI has started a 2019 China GT Championship deteriorate with
an considerable win during Sepang (MAS). New BMW works motorist Nick Yelloly
(GBR) and his team-mate Junsan Chen (CHN) began a opening competition on
Saturday from stick position with their BMW M6 GT3. Starting driver
Chen was in second place when he handed over to Yelloly and a
monumental conflict for a win afterwards took shape. Lap after lap,
Yelloly was sealed into a stirring wheel-to-wheel onslaught with local
favourite Jazeman Jafaar (MAS). Yelloly prevailed in a end, claiming his
entrance win in his initial competition as a BMW works driver. “I have already
come adult opposite Jazeman in races in Europe and we knew that it would be
tough, though fair,” pronounced Yelloly. “It is good that we were means to
secure stick position and afterwards feat for FIST-Team AAI, and Junsan
did a good job.” In Sunday’s race, Yelloly and Chen distinguished on the
lectern again after channel a line in third position. The twin leaves
Sepang heading a championship standings after a season-opener.


IMPC: Podium for a BMW M4 GT4 during Sebring.

Friday’s two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race, a opening act
of a Super Sebring weekend, saw a 3 BMW M4 GT4 competition cars
entered record second, seventh and tenth place finishes in a Grand
Sport class. James Clay and Devin Jones (both USA) took a runner-up
finish in a #82 BimmerWorld Racing automobile to measure a initial lectern and
best outcome for BMW this season. Greg Liefooghe and Henry Schmitt
(both USA) finished seventh in a #88 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4
GT4, while Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley (both USA), a best BMW
qualifier in a margin (fourth), finished tenth in a #96 Turner
Motorsport car.


BMW Motorsport Junior Programme: Erik Johansson in movement on
a Nordschleife.

Another competition array has been combined to new BMW Motorsport Junior Erik
Johansson’s (SWE) training programme. The 22-year-old motorist will be
in movement on a Nürburgring Nordschleife, pushing a BMW M4 GT4 for
a Sorg Rennsport group in a VLN Endurance Endurance Championship
Nürburgring. To ready for a season, Johansson and a team
finished contrast and set-up sessions for VLN this Saturday. As part
of his initial year of training, Johansson will also contest in the
whole Italian GT Championship season, pushing a BMW M6 GT3 for BMW
Team Italia. The initial exam will take place during Monza (ITA) on
Monday. “It is good for me to be pushing both in GT races in Italy,
and with a BMW M4 GT4 for Sorg Rennsport in VLN,” said
Johansson. “It’s going to be an sparkling deteriorate for me, with copiousness of
races. Last year, a BMW M4 GT4 already showed how quick it can go on
a Nordschleife. I am looking brazen to building on these successes
and perplexing to explain another pretension for BMW M Motorsport.” A former
patron racing driver, Johansson done a step adult to a BMW
Motorsport Junior programme after an complete preference procedure. 


Nürburgring Nordschleife: BMW works drivers during a VLN season-opener.

When a 2019 VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring deteriorate starts
subsequent weekend (23rd March), a new BMW Motorsport Junior
Erik Johansson (SWE) will be assimilated on a Nordschleife (GER) by
several BMW works drivers. Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Connor De Phillippi
(USA), Mikkel Jensen (DEN), Marco Wittmann (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED)
and John Edwards (USA) will all be among a competitors for a first
VLN competition of a year. They will be pity pushing duties in a two
ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3s. Jens Klingmann (GER) will also be in VLN
movement on a Nordschleife, in a cockpit of a Falken Motorsport


Media lunch: Marco Wittmann gets into a mood for the
Nürburgring deteriorate during PR event.

In only a few days, a lights will go immature during a Nürburgring and
a initial competition of a VLN Endurance Championship will be
underway: Last Wednesday, a media lunch gave press member and
government a possibility to get into a mood for a new season. Taking
partial was BMW works motorist Marco Wittmann (GER), who will be in action
during a mythological 24-hour competition in 2019, as good as appearing in
comparison VLN races and competing in a Eifel segment on a eighth DTM
competition weekend. “The winter mangle went on for prolonged adequate and we can’t
wait for a deteriorate to start,” pronounced Wittmann. “An eventuality like today’s
media lunch helps to boost a clarity of expectation as we look
brazen to a new season. I am competing in a DTM with BMW Team
RMG, that has a domicile nearby here and that creates a Eifel
area something like a second home for me, so of march we am looking
brazen to pushing in so many races here this year.” After the
discussions, Wittmann was means to take partial in some special activities
with a BMW M2. More of this will be suggested in due course. Wittmann
will be returning to a Eifel segment in a few days. The VLN season
starts on Saturday 23rd Mar with a 65th ADAC
Westfalenfahrt. Wittmann will be competing there for a ROWE Racing
group with Nick Catsburg (NED) and John Edwards (USA) in a BMW M6 GT3.