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Podium after good liberation performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport during a Kyalami IGTC finale.

Kyalami. Thanks to a good liberation performance, the
Walkenhorst Motorsport organisation distinguished a initial lectern finish of
a deteriorate during a Intercontinental GT Challenge finale. Having
started a competition from 16th position, Mikkel Jensen (DEN), Christian
Krognes (NOR) and Nick Catsburg (NED), in a #34 BMW M6 GT3,
resolved a 9 Hours of Kyalami (RSA) in second place. Martin
Tomczyk (GER), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Sheldon outpost der Linde (RSA)
had led a competition until usually before a finish, channel a line in
seventh place in a BMW Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3. In the
sister Walkenhorst Motorsport car, a #36 BMW M6 GT3, Michael Von
Rooyen, Gennaro Bonafede (both RSA) and organisation principal Henry
Walkenhorst (GER) cumulative feat in a AM category.

The #34 patrol had usually missed out on a stick shootout
a prior day and began a competition from 16th place, yet starting
motorist Jensen and afterwards Catsburg set about a shining follow that took
a #34 BMW M6 GT3 to second place before a third driver, Krognes,
changed into a lead during a median indicate of a race. The #42 BMW M6
GT3, in that Tomczyk had started a competition from eighth position, was
also displaying some good gait during that indicate and was in a promising
second place.
The dual BMW M6 GT3s were means to maintain
their positions in a heading group. As had been a box on previous
days, complicated rainfall set in dual hours before a finish and led to an
extended reserve automobile duration that saw Tomczyk take a lead in a #42
BMW M6 GT3 as other cars headed for a pits. Once a competition restarted
around 30 mins from a end, however, a BMW Team Schnitzer car
also had to make a array stop, hence descending behind to tenth place.
A clever opening in a final proviso saw Farfus stand behind adult to
seventh position. In a #34 BMW M6 GT3, Catsburg finished his final
array stop during a reserve automobile duration and changed adult from fifth to
second place during a final laps, permitting him to cranky a line and
explain a initial lectern finish of a season.
There was
also means to applaud for a sister Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6
GT3. Von Rooyen, Bonafede and organisation principal Walkenhorst claimed
feat in a #36 BMW M6 GT3 in a AM category.
a competition itself, BMW brought a square of motorsport story behind to
life on a Kyalami circuit. Van der Linde gathering some demonstration
laps during a circle of a mythological BMW 530 LME, stirring spectators
all around a circuit. The initial competition automobile formed on a 5 array BMW
dominated a Modified Production Series in a 1970s, celebrating
3 championship titles in a row. The BMW 530 LME was in competition action
in South Africa until 1985 and became a many successful racing car
ever grown on a basement of a 5 array BMW. A chronicle of the
mythological homologation automobile easy by BMW South Africa was on show
for a few proof laps during Kyalami. The singular special edition
was constructed exclusively during a BMW Plant in Rosslyn in a 1970s.
Reactions to a 9 Hours of Kyalami: 

Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development):

“Throughout a season, we came tighten to a lectern on a regular
basement with a BMW M6 GT3 in a Intercontinental GT Challenge. The
fact that we did it during a deteriorate culmination during Kyalami creates it all the
some-more rewarding. Congratulations to Nick Catsburg, Mikkel Jensen,
Christian Krognes and a whole Walkenhorst organisation on a second place
and a feat in a AM category. The competition was a thriller, right to
a unequivocally end, and it is good for us to be means to turn off our
lapse to South Africa with a lectern finish. Congratulations are also
in sequence for BMW Team Schnitzer, who put on a unequivocally good racing
performance. Unfortunately, a plan didn’t work out for that car
in a end. Many interjection as good to a countless BMW fans during the
circuit for their good support. They showed us once again usually how
critical BMW is here in South Africa. Congratulations to Dennis Olsen
for securing a drivers’ title, and to Porsche for winning the
constructors’ championship.”
Henry Walkenhorst (Walkenhorst Motorsport Team Principal):

“That was a bit tricky. In fact, we had all we could
wish for. It was comparatively warm, afterwards it incited cold, it rained, the
reserve automobile came out. However, we are gratified with it overall. We
didn’t make any mistakes. We could also have competed in a Pro-Am
difficulty with a second BMW M6 GT3 and we would have won that too. We
are unequivocally gratified with a outcome for both cars and with the
opening of a whole organisation on this competition weekend. That was a lovely
approach to turn off a deteriorate that brought us copiousness of bad luck.”
Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That is flattering unimaginable after a outcome in qualifying. We
didn’t design to get second place; it is usually superb. Both of my
team-mates did a illusory job. Our gait was unequivocally good and we
managed to expostulate during a front. That was a totally crazy finish. The
automobile did unequivocally good in a sleet and we were means to pass a few
cars. Second place is glorious and we am gay to have finished the
deteriorate like that.”
Mikkel Jensen (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport, 2nd place):

“After 16th place yesterday, there was no approach we could have even
dreamed of a outcome like this. we had a unequivocally good initial army and was
means to pierce adult from 16th to seventh place. Then Nicky took over and
done it to second place. We got a plan mark on and that put us
right in a race. That was dual hours before a finish. Then we
managed to stay in front and usually had to see it home. We finished adult in
second place yet we could have finished initial or fourth. All in all,
we are very, unequivocally happy with this result.”
Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That was a genuine rollercoaster ride. One hour before a finish of
a race, we suspicion we’d finish tenth. We finished second interjection to
some special circumstances. Nicky did a illusory pursuit during a end. We
did not design to be going so quick in a rain. Second place is usually unbelievable.”
Herbert Schnitzer jr. (BMW Team Schnitzer Team Principal):

“Firstly, we would like to honour a Walkenhorst
Motorsport organisation as they did a shining job. The whole team, the
drivers, their strategy, how they behaved during a race, they just
got it all ideally right. It was formidable for us. The opening phase
of a competition was not ideal. We mislaid a few places in battles with other
cars that were behind us. However, we were means to work a approach up
again towards a median indicate of a race. The sleet unequivocally didn’t
assistance us unequivocally most though. Many interjection to a whole organisation for their
good opening over a whole weekend.”
Sheldon outpost der Linde (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“There were copiousness of ups and downs in fanciful conditions. To
be honest, that is not what we routinely design in South Africa. We
had a good start and battled a approach adult by a field, yet our
plan didn’t utterly compensate off in a end. we would unequivocally like to thank
BMW Team Schnitzer for creation my home competition so special. we wish to be
behind subsequent year, as this was positively one of my favourite races of a year.”
Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“Ultimately, that was a humorous aged competition and it was some-more of a
lottery. For a while, it looked like we were in with a possibility of
winning it. But afterwards we mislaid some places and had to conflict my approach back.
Twenty mins before a finish, we were during a behind of a field. I
was means to pierce adult to seventh place yet that was a best we could do.
we consider that we deserved some-more yet we usually couldn’t finish it off. At
slightest a team’s other automobile reached a podium. Overall, it’s been a
good deteriorate with BMW and we would like to appreciate each singular member of
a organisation for that. We fought tough for it. Unfortunately, we didn’t
grasp what we were aiming for.”
Martin Tomczyk: (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team
Schnitzer, 7th place):

“That was a flattering tough weekend. It didn’t start too badly with
a stick shootout, that got us sixth place on a grid. The
severe continue conditions that we had during a competition did not
make it easy during all. Nonetheless, things were going unequivocally good for us
for a prolonged time. We were during a front for a prolonged time and we were
severe for a lectern finish. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much
fitness with a vital preference and usually managed to cranky a line in
seventh place.”