BMW M Motorsport is gearing up for an additional chapter in its historical past on the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The legendary occasion, set to happen this weekend, will see a lot of BMW race automobiles (notably the BMW M4 GT3) hit the observe within the famend “Inexperienced Hell.” With a formidable presence within the prime SP9 Professional class, BMW groups together with ROWE Racing, BMW M Staff RMG, and Walkenhorst Motorsport, together with 14 BMW M works drivers, are aiming to safe the model’s twenty first total victory.
Having attended final yr’s 24 Hours of the Nurburgring we validate that that is the one most intense motorsport occasion we’ve ever seen. Even should you can’t make it, we’d extremely suggest discovering the reside stream and buckling up.
The driving force line-up is spectacular and includes a couple US based mostly drivers. Representing BMW M Staff RMG are members of the BMW Junior Staff: Dan Harper from the UK, Max Hesse from Germany, and Neil Verhagen from the USA. The skilled ROWE Racing, winners on the Nürburgring in 2020, will deploy two BMW M4 GT3s manned by a lineup of eight BMW M works drivers, together with Connor De Phillippi (USA), Philipp Eng (Austria), Augusto Farfus (Brazil), Maxime Martin (Belgium), Sheldon van der Linde (South Africa), Dries Vanthoor (Belgium), Marco Wittmann (Germany), and Nick Yelloly (UK). Walkenhorst Motorsport, with its two automobiles within the SP9 Professional class and one in SP9 Professional-Am, will characteristic BMW M works drivers Jake Dennis (UK), Jens Klingmann (Germany), and Jesse Krohn (Finland) amongst its roster.
In its debut, the brand new BMW M4 GT4 may also grace the 24-hour race this yr, competing within the SP10 and SP8T courses. Six automobiles, together with entries from FK Efficiency Motorsport, Walkenhorst Motorsport, and Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing, will showcase the capabilities of this distinctive automobile. Notably, the #73 BMW M4 GT4, serving because the media automotive within the SP10 class, will probably be pushed by BMW M take a look at and improvement engineer Jörg Weidinger (Germany) and three famend motorsport journalists: Jethro Bovingdon (UK), Christian Gebhardt, and Guido Naumann (each Germany). The complete BMW M lineup on the Nürburgring this weekend contains over 30 race automobiles, starting from the BMW M4 GT3 and BMW M4 GT4 to varied fashions assembled by buyer groups.
BMW’s wealthy historical past on the Nürburgring 24 Hours is unequalled, with a formidable 20 total victories, greater than another producer. The journey started in 1970, with Hans-Joachim Caught and Clemens Schickentanz clinching the primary triumph in a BMW 2002 Ti. The newest victory got here in 2020 when ROWE Racing conquered the race with the BMW M6 GT3. Moreover, BMW boasts a staggering 210 class wins, greater than twice the variety of its opponents. The model additionally leads in pole positions, having secured 15 thus far. In 2021, Nick Yelloly added to this document by claiming the most recent pole place for ROWE Racing with the BMW M6 GT3.
The Nürburgring holds a particular place for BMW M, serving as a testing floor for its manufacturing automobiles. Consequently, BMW M has lengthy been an integral a part of the 24-hour race’s fringe program. On the M Showroom on the ring°boulevard, followers can immerse themselves on the earth of BMW M, marvel at classic race automobiles, and luxuriate in an array of partaking actions. A hospitality is obtainable for friends within the T14 space. As is custom, there’ll once more be an M Corso parade of manufacturing automobiles earlier than the beginning of the race on Saturday.