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24h Le Mans:
anniversary of legends.

This racing automobile still sets hearts racing among today’s motorsport
enthusiasts: a BMW V12 LMR. In 1999, a antecedent distinguished the
altogether win during a 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), competing for a BMW
Team Schnitzer and driven by Joachim Winkelhock (GER), Yannick Dalmas
(FRA) and Pierluigi Martini (ITA). Twenty years on from this triumph,
a BMW V12 LMR returned to Le Mans. It was on uncover during a circuit as
partial of a programme for this year’s 24-hour competition – as was a BMW
328 Touring Coupé, that available a category win 80 years ago to symbol the
start of a BMW story during Le Mans. The dual ancestral racing cars took
to a lane only before a start of a classical continuation competition on
Saturday afternoon, stirring fans with a proof trail on the
‘Circuit de la Sarthe’. Dalmas, one of a winners from 1999, was
behind a circle of a BMW V12 LMR. “That was a difficult, though very
special, competition behind then. It is unequivocally wily to report what we feel
when we cranky a line,” pronounced Dalmas as he removed a feat of 20
years ago. “The automobile was ideal for 24 hours, a group was very
fit and we did a good pursuit as drivers. Everything worked only as
it should. Winning Le Mans is about teamwork. Everything has to be
perfect. It was a good knowledge to expostulate during Le Mans with BMW Team
Schnitzer and BMW. The BMW V12 LMR was fit and strong.” For the
proof lap, a BMW 328 Touring Coupé was driven by BMW Group
France Event Manager and racing motorist Romain Brandela (FRA).


24h Le Mans: Philipp Eng commemorates compatriot Roland Ratzenberger.

When BMW works motorist Philipp Eng (AUT) is asked about his role
models in engine racing, one name always gets a mention: Roland
Ratzenberger (AUT). 25 years ago, a afterwards Formula 1 motorist suffered a
deadly collision during a San Marino Grand Prix during Imola (ITA). Before
creation a step adult to Formula 1, Ratzenberger had also competed for
BMW. In 1987, he raced for Schnitzer Motorsport in a BMW M3 in the
World Touring Car Championship. He also distinguished successes during a 24
Hours of Le Mans (FRA). Eng sees countless parallels between his own
engine racing career and that of Ratzenberger. To honour one of his
compatriots during his coming during Le Mans this weekend, Eng sported
a red and white helmet that was Ratzenberger’s hallmark during his
career. “The initial thing that Roland and we have in common is, of
course, that we are from a same country,” says Eng. “But a careers
have followed a identical trail as well. Neither of us had most income and
we had to work unequivocally tough to progress. we saw a documentary about
Roland that tender me so most that we contacted his family and
organised to accommodate them. After training so most about Roland, it was a
genuine honour for me to wear a helmet in his colours for this race.”


BMW Sim Racing: reunion during Le Mans.

This weekend, a 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) was a venue for another
assembly between a winners of a ‘BMW 120 during Le Mans’ eventuality on
iRacing and a BMW Team CATENG, that consists of BMW works drivers
Philipp Eng (AUT) and Nick Catsburg (NED). At a finish of May, sim
racers Alexander Voss and Laurin Heinrich (both GER) from a Williams
eSports group had won a competition with a BMW M8 GTE – with Eng and
Catsburg among a beaten drivers. Their esteem was dual tickets for BMW
M Motorsport VIP Hospitality during Le Mans. The 4 drivers met there
for a shoot-out during a controls of a Fanatec simulator. This time, it
was Eng who managed to finish only ahead. “We had a good weekend at
Le Mans,” pronounced Voss. “Philipp Eng and Nick Catsburg are unequivocally good –
and they both adore sim racing.” Heinrich added: “It was very
engaging to accommodate Philipp and Nick. They are mega quick in the
practical universe as well.”


BTCC: double win for BMW motorist Jordan during Croft.

Andrew Jordan has available another double win during a fourth race
weekend of a British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) during Croft (GBR).
The BMW Pirtek Racing motorist won a initial and second races with his
BMW 330i M Sport. Jordan claimed eighth place in competition three. Reigning
BTCC champion Colin Turkington (GBR) also reached a lectern with a
second-place finish in a second competition in his BMW 330i M Sport.
Turkington finished fourth and sixth in a other dual races. Tom
Oliphant (GBR) finished a 3 races in fifth, 18th and 23rd
positions. Stephen Jelley (GBR) crossed a line in 13th, twelfth and
28th positions.


GT4 Scandinavia: feat for a BMW M4 GT4 during Skelleftea.

The BMW M4 GT4 success story continued during a third competition weekend in
a GT4 Scandinavia. Oliver Söderström and Robert Serwanski (both SWE)
from a Förenade Bil/Lestrup Racing group claimed feat in the
second competition during Skelleftea, Sweden. The twin had also reached a podium
with a second-place finish in a initial race. In a initial race,
Alfred Nilsson and Joakim Walde (both SWE) cumulative fifth place in the
team’s second car. They late early from a second race. After
their fourth win of a season, Söderström and Serwanski now lead the
Pro-Am standings with 126 points.