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BMW M Motorsport News, 28th March 2022.
28.03.2022 Press Release
BMW M Motorsport teams are once again in action all over the world in 2022 and challenging for race wins and titles in their respective championships. They are competing in the new BMW M4 GT3 as well as with the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M2 CS Racing, and other BMW M Motorsport race cars. Our BMW M Motorsport News allows us to give you a regular overview of the race action around the world and any success enjoyed by the BMW M Motorsport teams.
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12h Mugello: ST Racing claims first win for the BMW M4 GT3.
The new BMW M4 GT3 has its maiden victory. ST Racing won the 12h Mugello (ITA), the second race in the Creventic 24H Series, to claim the first overall success in the team’s history. The crew, including co-owner and driver Samantha Tan (CAN) only stepped up to the top GT3 class this season, having won the GT4 title in 2021, and was contesting only its second race with the BMW M4 GT3 after the 24h Dubai (UAE) in January. After a dominant performance in the two-part event in Mugello – 5.5 hours of racing on Saturday, the remaining 6.5 on Sunday – Tan and her team-mates Nick Wittmer (CAN) and Bryson Morris (USA) finished two laps clear of the second-placed car. “This win means so much to our little Canadian family,” said Tan. “I would like to thank everyone: BMW M Motorsport, Motul and everyone in the team. Absolutely everyone! That was simply phenomenal!”
BMW M Motorsport teams have been running the BMW M4 GT3 in races since January 2022, and the new car now has its maiden victory after two months. The last time a BMW M Motorsport team took overall victory in the 24H Series was ten years ago – with the BMW Z4 GT3. As well as the overall win, a further two class victories also went to BMW M Motorsport teams. The ACP – Tangerine Associates team triumphed with the BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 class, while Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport took victory with the BMW M2 CS Racing in the Touring Car class.
NLS 1: First official outing for the BMW M4 GT3 on the Nordschleife.
The wheels are rolling again at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER). The 2022 Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) opened on Saturday with the 67th ADAC Westfalenfahrt. It also marked the first time that the new BMW M4 GT3 had officially started in the NLS.
The best-placed BMW M Motorsport team at the end of the four-hour race was Schubert Motorsport with the #20 BMW M4 GT3. BMW M Motorsport works drivers Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Alexander Sims (GBR) finished fifth overall, together with Niklas Krütten (GER).
The BMW Junior Team also started with the BMW M4 GT3 on the Nordschleife for the first time. The #44 car was once again run by BMW M Team RMG. After four hours of racing, Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) crossed the finish line in ninth place overall. “It is great to be working with BMW M Team RMG again and to contest our first race with the BMW M4 GT3 on the Nordschleife. Qualifying was very positive. We had very good pace, the car felt great, and second place on the grid put us in a very good position going into the race. Unfortunately, we were unable to convert that into a top result. However, we have learned a lot and will come back stronger in the next race. On the whole, the race was important for everyone, in order to gather a lot of valuable information with the BMW M4 GT3 in preparation for the next races and the Nürburgring 24 Hours.”
Walkenhorst Motorsport won the SP9 Am class with the BMW M4 GT3. Henry Walkenhorst, Friedrich von Bohlen and Jörg Breuer (all GER) competed in the #36 car. The #35 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 started in the SP9 Pro class and finished 13th in both the overall standings and its class. Alternating at the wheel were Jörg Müller, Mario von Bohlen (both GER) and Ben Tuck (GBR).
NLS 1: The other class winners.
As well as Walkenhorst Motorsport’s victory in the SP9 Am class with the #36 BMW M4 GT3, a host of other BMW M Motorsport teams were also successful in their respective categories. In total, there were six class victories at round one of the 2022 Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS).
The 2021 NLS champions, Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, tasted success in no fewer than four classes at the opening round of the new season. Victory in the V4 class went to the team’s #1 BMW 325i, driven by Philipp Leisen, Oliver Frisse and Jacob Erlbacher (all GER). The #500 BMW 330i won the VT2-R+4WD class. At the wheel were Daniel Zils, Oskar Sandberg (both GER) and Sindre Setsaas (NOR). The team also triumphed in the BMW M240i class, with Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher (both FRA) taking victory in the #651 BMW M240i Racing. Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive also won in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS (see below for more information).
Victory in the SP8 T class went to the #160 BMW M Motorsport BMW M2 Competition, driven by Erik Johansson (SWE) and Jörg Weidinger (GER).
BMW M2 Racing Cup NLS: Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive wins at season-opener.
The BMW M2 Racing Cup NLS also started the 2022 season within the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) on Saturday. The first win of the year went to Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive with the #870 BMW M2 CS Racing. Alternating at the wheel were Yannick Fübrich (GER) and David Griessner (AUT). Tobias Vazquez-Garcia (GER) took second place in the #883 BMW M2 CS Racing. Completing the podium in third place were Dominik Fugel and Marcel Fugel (both GER) in the #885 car.