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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 10/17.
Sun Mar 12 16:30:16 CET 2017 Press Release
BMW M4 GT4 completes extensive programme of testing in Miramas – BMW Motorsport joins Drivetribe.
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Whether in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW
teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories
and titles. Away from the track, members of the large BMW Motorsport
family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW
Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for
you in a compact and informative manner. That way, you are always up
Customer racing: Next tough test for the BMW M4 GT4.
Following a successful test run under race conditions at the 24 Hours
of Dubai (UAE), the engineers at BMW Motorsport put the BMW M4 GT4
through another tough test last week. At the wheel of the new GT4 race
cars were Jörg Müller, Dirk Adorf and BMW Motorsport Junior Nico
Menzel (all GER). The four-day test in Miramas (FRA) saw BMW
Motorsport continue its development of the new BMW M4 GT4. The Friday
of the test also featured the annual shootout between the potential
candidates for the fourth year of the BMW Motorsport Junior programme.
The participants for the 2017 season will be decided after an
extensive fitness test.
Social Media: BMW Motorsport joins Drivetribe.
As well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, BMW Motorsport has also
been present on the new social media platform Drivetribe since last
Monday. The men behind the network are Jeremy Clarkson, Richard
Hammond and James May (all GBR), who achieved world fame with the
television programme “Top Gear”. Users can register the website
Drivetribe.com via Facebook or by E-mail. Drivetribe is a platform, on
which car enthusiasts can network and follow different profiles, known
as tribes. These now include the BMW Motorsport tribe. In the first
three months since it was launched, the Drivetribe platform has
achieved more than 70 million views and more than four million unique
users. BMW Motorsport can be found on Drivetribe at: bit.ly/BMW_Drivetribe.
General: Tomczyk receives his new company car.
Martin Tomczyk GER), who is racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship (IWSC) this year, has received his new company car in
Munich: the BMW 750i xDrive with an extensive range of BMW M
Performance Parts. Among the highlights, which Tomczyk selected from
the wide range of additional features, are a rear spoiler, trim, front
grille, and carbon BMW M Performance Parts double-spoke wheels and
external mirror caps. The current range of BMW M Performance Parts was
developed using motorsport know-how and is perfectly tailored to the
respective BMW model.
24h Nürburgring: Through the “Green Hell” with Falken Motorsports.
The BMW contingent for the iconic 24-hour race at the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) from 27th to 28th
May continues to grow: as well as the six works-supported cars to be
fielded by ROWE Racing, Schubert Motorsport and BMW Team Schnitzer,
the Falken Motorsports will also run a BMW M6 GT3 in the “Green Hell”.
Peter Dumbreck (GBR), Alexandre Imperatori (CHE), Marco Seefried (GER)
and Stef Dusseldorp (NED) will alternate at the wheel of the car,
which will also feature in several VLN races. “We are very happy to be
able to welcome a new, and very well-known and renowned team, in the
form of Falken Motorsports, who will field a BMW M6 GT3,” said BMW
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “It is becoming very apparent that
the BMW M6 GT3 remains very attractive to our customers. The top model
in our customer racing range proved its huge potential on the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 2016. The Falken team itself was impressed
by one of the car’s outings in the VLN. We hope to celebrate plenty of
success together in the ‘Green Hell’.”
Blancpain GT Series: BMW works drivers test for ROWE Racing.
The start of the 2017 season of the Blancpain GT Series is just
around the corner: the ROWE Racing team will take to the track at the
official tests in Le Castellet (FRA) on 13th and
14th March. Three big-name drivers will alternate in the
cockpit of the two BMW M6 GT3s. As well as BMW works driver Philipp
Eng (AUT), who won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) with ROWE
Racing in 2016, António Félix da Costa (PRT) will also make his debut
for the team. Félix da Costa is already familiar with the BMW M6 GT3
from his guest appearances in the ADAC GT Masters. The third driver in
the trio is Markus Palttala (FIN). The team from St. Ingbert (GER)
will use the tests to fine-tune the two cars ahead of the
season-opener in Misano (ITA) on 2nd April.
Blancpain GT Series Asia: AAI Motorsports lines up with two BMW M6 GT3s.
Two AAI Motorsports BMW M6 GT3s will take their place on the grid at the opening event of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia. The team will enter the fray on 8th/9th April in Sepang (MAS). AAI Motorsports can look back on a history in motor racing that dates back more than 20 years. The team most recently competed in the GT class of the Asian Le Mans Series – also with two BMW M6 GT3s. The driver line-up for the Blancpain GT Series Asia will be announced at a later date.