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BMW M Motorsport News, 9th November 2021.
09.11.2021 Press Release
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ADAC GT4 Germany: Schrey/Piana win the title in the BMW M4 GT4.
Michael Schrey (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA) did it. The Team Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport duo won the drivers’ title in ADAC GT4 Germany. Schrey and Piana took a total of five season wins overall in their BMW M4 GT4, with four of those coming in the first four races, paving the way for the later title win. The two experienced drivers ended the season with a lead of eleven points, despite suffering setbacks at the final weekend, held at the Nürburgring (GER). After retiring on Saturday after a pit stop error, they finished in P20 on Sunday. On a drying track, the team followed the same tyre strategy as their rivals in the overall standings and opted for wet-weather tyres. This ultimately wrong decision saw both contenders for the title drop right down the field.
“The tyre choice was the best wrong decision I have ever made,” said Schrey. “I still can’t believe it. After it being so close last year, lots of people in the paddock are pleased for us that we won this title. Gabriele is a very fast racing driver and uses his head. We work together flawlessly as a team and trust each other 100 percent. And Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport delivered another incredible performance in 2021. It’s these factors that tipped the scales in favour of us winning the championship. Now we are over the moon.”
Piana added: “We knew that slicks would have been the right decision but we wanted to be in the same position as the Zakspeed Mercedes-AMG and play it safe. Now it is hard to put just how happy we are into words. To finally win the title in the ADAC GT4 Germany after finishing in second place two years in a row in 2019 and 2020 is fantastic.”
Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport finished in second place in the team standings.
ADAC GT Masters: Schubert Motorsport ends the season with two top-ten results.
Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) ended the ADAC GT Masters season with two top-ten results in the BMW M6 GT3 fielded by Schubert Motorsport. The duo moved up the field well in both races at the Nürburgring (GER). On Saturday, they started from twelfth on the grid and worked their way up into P9, and Yelloly and Krohn made up even more ground on Sunday, starting from 18th on the grid and crossing the finish line in P8. They finish the season in eighth place in the overall standings, after three podium finishes. The highlight being the second place at Schubert Motorsport’s home event in Oschersleben.
Italian GT Championship: Endurance final at Monza .
The racetrack in the royal park of Monza (ITA) hosted the finale of the 2021 Italian GT Championship on the last weekend in October. Another three-hour endurance race brought the season to a close. The #7 BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Italia was shared by Stefano Comandini (ITA), Marius Zug (GER) and Bruno Spengler (CAN) once again. The trio finished the final endurance race of the year in fifth place. Their team-mates Nicola Neri, Giuseppe Fascicolo (both ITA) and Alfred Nilsson (SWE) secured another class win with the #215 BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 category, and also won the season’s standings in this class.
Super GT Championship: BMW Team Studie in action at Motegi.
The penultimate race weekend of the Japanese Super GT Championship season was held at the Twin Ring Motegi (JPN). BMW Team Studie with Seiji Ara and Tomohide Yamaguchi (both JPN) at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 finished in P15 in the GT300 category. The season finale will be held at Fuji (JPN) on the last weekend in November, when BMW Team Studie will have the honour of contesting the BMW M6 GT3’s final race before it is replaced by the new BMW M4 GT3 next year.
BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux: Stienes Longin crowned champion.
The first BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux champion is Stienes Longin (NED). The PK Carsport driver clinched the title at the season finale at Assen (NED) at the end of October. Longin had already secured the crown on the final Saturday after winning the first of the weekend’s three races. His team-mate Peter Guelinckx (BEL) won the title in the AM class. The duo shared the car in the third, longer race and ended the season with another podium finish. The title in the Pro-Am classification went to Steven Brams (BEL).
2021 marked the inaugural season of the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux. Five race weekends were held in Belgium and the Netherlands between May and October. Each event consisted of three races: two 30-minute races and a 55-minute race with a mandatory pit stop.