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BMW M Motorsport News, 28th August 2023
28.08.2023 Press Release
Our BMW M Motorsport News allows us to give you a regular overview of the race action in various championships around the world and any success enjoyed by the BMW M Motorsport teams.
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Björn Lellmann, Head of Customer Racing at BMW M Motorsport:
“Over the past weekend, the focus was clearly on the IMSA race weekend in Virginia. It's incredible how successful the BMW M Motorsport teams presented themselves in all the racing series there. Congratulations to Paul Miller Racing and Turner Motorsport for their one-two result in the GTD class with the BMW M4 GT3! This marks the fifth class win for Paul Miller Racing in this IMSA season, which is a fantastic record that all team members can be very proud of. Now, in the final two races, the goal is to clinch the well-deserved championship title. I wish them the best of luck for that! I was also greatly pleased with the wins and podium finishes for the BMW M4 GT4 in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the VP Racing SportsCar Challenge. Congratulations to Turner Motorsport and Stephen Cameron Racing!”
IMSA Series: Paul Miller Racing and Turner Motorsport celebrate double victory.
During the past weekend, as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA Series), the GT3 cars exclusively took the stage for the second time this season at Virginia International Raceway (USA). In the GTD class, the BMW M4 GT3 was clearly dominant. Paul Miller Racing, with Madison Snow and Bryan Sellers (both USA), impressively secured their fifth class win of the season, setting a new IMSA record in the process. At the end of the 2 hour and 40 minutes race, the #1 BMW M4 GT3 finished third overall and as class winner, more than twelve seconds ahead of Turner Motorsport’s #96 BMW M4 GT3. Robby Foley and Patrick Gallagher (both USA) showcased their fuel-saving skills and sealed the one-two result for the BMW M Motorsport teams as the second-placed finishers. Bill Auberlen and Chandler Hull (both USA) were positioned third in Turner Motorsport’s #97 BMW M4 GT3 until shortly before the finish, but had to concede one position, narrowly missing the GTD podium. With two races left in the season, Paul Miller Racing is on the verge of defending their title in the IMSA Sprint Cup and leads the GTD class driver and team standings significantly. BMW holds the top spot in the manufacturer standings. The next IMSA race is scheduled for 17th September at Indianapolis (USA), where BMW M Team RLL with the BMW M Hybrid V8 will rejoin the action.
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: Podium for Turner Motorsport.
During the race weekend at Virginia International Raceway (USA), the BMW M4 GT4 participated in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC). Notably, Turner Motorsport caught attention with strong results. Initially, Cameron Lawrence and Robert Megennis (both USA) secured pole position with the #95 BMW M4 GT4. However, the duo encountered misfortune during the race and dropped to eleventh place. Their teammates Robby Foley and Vincent Barletta (both USA) had a much better outcome. Starting from eleventh, they managed to claim second place and secure a spot on the podium. That second place also reflects in the overall standings. The BMW M Motorsport teams Random Vandals Racing, Stephen Cameron Racing, and Fast Track Racing also participated with the BMW M4 GT4, although they missed out on top-ten results.
VP Racing SportsCar Challenge: Five out of six podiums for BMW Teams.
Also taking place at Virginia International Raceway (USA), the VP Racing SportsCar Challenge featured two races where the BMW M4 GT4 dominated. The BMW M Motorsport teams Turner Motorsport and Stephen Cameron Racing achieved five out of six possible podium positions with the car. In the Saturday race, Turner driver Francis Selldorff (USA) triumphed in the GSX class, followed by Gregory Liefooghe (USA, Stephen Cameron Racing) and Turner teammate Vincent Barletta (USA). On Sunday, Liefooghe reversed the order and secured victory ahead of Selldorff. Sean Quinlan (USA) in the second BMW M4 GT4 from Stephen Cameron Racing narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth place. In the overall standings of the racing series, Selldorff and Turner Motorsport hold a significant lead in the driver and team rankings. BMW leads among the manufacturers.
Japanese Super GT Series: Bruno Spengler supports BMW M Team Studie.
During the past weekend, the Japanese Super GT Series held its fifth round of the season at Suzuka (JPN). For BMW M Team Studie, BMW M works driver Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Seiji Ara (JPN) competed in the 450km race with the #7 BMW M4 GT3. However, the duo struggled with the maximum success ballast of 100 kilograms and missed a top-ten result. Starting from 13th place, they could only manage a 16th position after 70 laps.
Super Series: Jesse Krohn successfully supports AAI Motorsports Team.
BMW M works driver Jesse Krohn (FIN) travelled to Malaysia to support BMW M Motorsport Team AAI Motorsports in the Thailand Super Series last weekend and achieved great success in this endeavour. Krohn shared the cockpit of the #91 BMW M4 GT3 with Chun Hua Chen (TPE) at Sepang and together, they secured a victory and a third-place finish in the two races.
BTCC: BMW Teams secure three podiums at Donington Park.
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) held its eighth round at Donington Park (GBR). BMW teams celebrated a podium finish in all three races. In races one and two, Jake Hill (GBR) of Team Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport secured second and third places in the BMW 330e M Sport. In the third race, Hill managed only an eighth-place finish, while Adam Morgan (GBR) of Team BMW celebrated third place. Morgan had achieved twelfth and ninth positions in the first two races. Colin Turkington (GBR) consistently gave strong performances with fifth, fourth, and sixth places, even without a podium. Stephen Jelley (GBR) driving the fourth BMW 330e M Sport finished in 19th, 13th, and tenth positions.
In the driver standings, with two race weekends remaining, Hill holds third place, closely followed by Turkington in fourth. In the manufacturer standings, BMW maintains a narrow lead.
GT4 Scandinavia: Podium for M-Bilar Racing in Anderstorp.
The BMW M4 GT4 of M-Bilar Racing team secured another podium during the GT4 Scandinavia race weekend in Anderstorp (SWE). Victor Bouveng and Joakim Walde (both SWE) clinched third place in the second race, following their fourth-place finish in the first race. In the overall standings, the duo currently holds the third position.