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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 17/2020.

BMW M Customer Racing teams win titles in the USA – Victory for BMW Team Italia and the BMW M4 GT4.

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Whether in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E 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 too, 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. This way, you are always up to speed.

GT4/TC America: Title wins for BMW M Customer Racing teams.

At the season finale of the GT4 and TC America, the BMW M Customer Racing teams had plenty of cause to celebrate. At the final race weekend at Indianapolis (USA), ST Racing clinched the team title in the Silver category of GT4 America SprintX with the BMW M4 GT4. On the way to winning the title, Harry Gottsacker (USA) and Nick Wittmer (CAN) finished second on the Silver class podium in both races. In the closing race, the duo celebrated on the podium with their team-mates Samantha Tan (CAN) and Jon Miller (USA), who finished third. Gottsacker and Wittmer finished the season in second place in the Silver category drivers‘ standings; Tan and Miller in third place. In the first race, James Walker Jr. and Bill Auberlen (both USA) of BimmerWorld Racing finished in third place in the Pro-Am class.

In TC America, the driver’s title went to James Clay (USA). Eighth and fourth place on the final weekend were enough for him to clinch first place in his BimmerWorld Racing BMW M240i Racing. A strong season finale saw Classic BMW claim the team title. Toby Grahovec (USA) finished in second place in both races; his team-mate Bryson Lew (USA) finished third to join him in the podium celebrations. Johan Schwartz (DEN) secured another podium for the BMW M240i Racing when he finished third in the first race.

ADAC GT Masters: Impressive fightback from Schubert Motorsport at the Sachsenring.

Henric Skoog (SWE) and Jesse Krohn (FIN), at the wheel of the Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, impressed with a strong recovery in Sunday’s ADAC GT Masters race at the Sachsenring (GER). The duo started the race from the back of the grid in 32nd place, but brilliantly battled its way through the field. After 42 laps of racing, they crossed the finish line in seventh place to claim the best result of the season so far for Schubert Motorsport. Skoog/Krohn had previously finished 20th in Saturday’s race. Erik Johansson (SWE) and Jens Klingmann (GER) also secured the best resuts of the season so far for MRS GT-Racing. They finished the races in their BMW M6 GT3 in tenth and ninth place. The Sachsenring hosted rounds four to seven of the 2020 ADAC GT Masters.

ADAC GT4 Germany: BMW M4 GT4 in action at the Sachsenring.

ADAC GT4 Germany held its third event of the season at the Sachsenring (GER) at the weekend. The best-placed BMW duo was once again Michael Schrey (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA) in the BMW M4 GT4 of Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport. They finished sixth on Saturday and fourth in Sunday’s race. Their team-mates Claudia Hürtgen and Sebastian von Gartzen (both GER) were eighth in both races. Georg Braun and Stephan Grotstollen (both GER) of Team Lillestoff came home ninth in the opening race to claim a top-ten result. They then finished eleventh in race two. The MRS GT-Racing team was also in action with the BMW M4 GT4 at the Sachsenring. Alesia and Jacqueline Kreutzpointner (both GER) were 13th and 16th.

Italian GT Championship: Victory for the BMW M4 GT4 of BMW Team Italia.

The Italian GT Sprint Championship was at Mugello (ITA) at the weekend. In rainy conditions, BMW Team Italia celebrated another win in the GT4 class. Simone Riccitelli and Francesco Guerra (both ITA) won Sunday’s race with their BMW M4 GT4. They finished sixth in their class on Saturday. Their team-mates in the BMW M6 GT3, Stefano Comandini (ITA) and Marius Zug (GER) finished Saturday’s race in 23rd place. They bagged another top-five result in the race on Sunday, finishing in fifth.

GT4 France: Podium for L’Espace Bienvenue at Le Castellet.

Ricardo van der Ende (NED) and Benjamin Lessennes (BEL) of Team L’Espace Bienvenue finished on the podium again at the third weekend of the GT4 France. The series held its races at the ‘Paul Ricard’ racetrack near Le Castellet (FRA) for this round. Van der Ende and Lessennes finished in third place with their BMW M4 GT4 in the fiercely contest first race. The duo retired from the second and third race. After three of five race weekends, van der Ende and Lessennes continue to lead in the Silver Cup overall standings.


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