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Source: BMW Group24h Le Mans: Jubilee of legends.This racing car makes the hearts of motorsport fans beat even faster: the BMW V12 LMR. In 1999, the prototype celebrated the overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), used by BMW Team Schnitzer, piloted by Joachim Winkelhock (GER), Yannick Dalmas (FRA) and Pierluigi Martini (ITA). 20 years after his triumph, the BMW V12 LMR returned to Le Mans. It was exhibited at the circuit during this year’s 24-hour race – as was the BMW 328 Touring Coupé, whose class victory began 80 years ago with the history of BMW at Le Mans. In addition, the two historic race cars went on the track just before the start of the endurance classic on Saturday afternoon and thrilled the fans with a parade lap at the “Circuit de la Sarthe”. At the wheel of the BMW V12 LMR was one of the winners of 1999 in Dalmas. “It was a difficult but very special race back then. It’s very hard to describe what’s going on in the finish line at the moment, “said Dalmas in remembrance of the victory 20 years ago. “The car was perfect for 24 hours, the team was very efficient, we riders did a good job, everything worked well. It’s teamwork to win Le Mans. Everything has to be perfect. It was a great experience to drive with BMW Team Schnitzer and BMW in Le Mans. The BMW V12 LMR was efficient and strong. “The BMW 328 Touring Coupé was driven on the parade lap by BMW Group France Event Manager and racing driver Romain Brandela (FRA).

24h Le Mans: Philipp Eng honors compatriot Roland Ratzenberger. When BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT) is asked about his role models in motorsport, there is always one name: Roland Ratzenberger (AUT). Twenty-five years ago, the former Formula 1 driver suffered a fatal accident at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola (ITA). Before his time in Formula 1, Ratzenberger also worked for BMW Motorsport. In 1987 he started for Schnitzer Motorsport in the BMW M3 World Touring Car Championship. In addition, he celebrated at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) successes. Eng sees numerous parallels between his own racing career and the career of Ratzenberger. To honor one of his idols, Eng was on his way to Le Mans this weekend with the red and white helmet design that Ratzenberger had in his time as a trademark. “The first common ground between Roland and me is, of course, that we are compatriots,” says Eng. “But our careers have been very similar. We both did not have much money and had to fight our way up. I was so impressed with a film documentary about Roland that I saw that I made contact with his family and met them. After all that I know about Roland, it was an even greater honor for me to wear a helmet in his colors at this race. “BMW Sim Racing: Reunion at Le Mans. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) the winners of the “BMW 120 at Le Mans” event on iRacing and the BMW Team CATENG, consisting of BMW factory drivers Philipp Eng (AUT) and Nick Catsburg (NED), met again this weekend. The two sim racers Alexander Voss and Laurin Heinrich (both GER) of the Williams eSports team had won the race with the BMW M8 GTE at the end of May – and also beat Eng and Catsburg among others. Her prize: two tickets for the BMW M Motorsport VIP Hospitality at Le Mans. There, the four drivers then took to the wheel of a Fanatec simulator for a shootout. This time, Eng had the lead in the lap time. “We had a great weekend at Le Mans,” Voss said. “Philipp Eng and Nick Catsburg are very likeable – and even enthusiastic Sim-Racer.” Heinrich said: “The exchange with Philipp and Nick was very interesting. They are also very fast in the virtual world. “

BTCC: BMW rider Jordan celebrates double victory in Croft.At the fourth race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in Croft (GBR), Andrew Jordan celebrated another double victory. The BMW Pirtek Racing driver won both the first and second races in his BMW 330i M Sport. Jordan finished eighth in race three. The reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington (GBR) also finished on the podium with his BMW 330i M Sport in the second race. In the other two rounds, Turkington held positions four and six. Tom Oliphant (GBR) finished the three races in 5th, 18th and 23rd place. Stephen Jelley (GBR) finished in 13th, 12th and 28th place.

GT4 Scandinavia: Victory for the BMW M4 GT4 in Skelleftea. The success story of the BMW M4 GT4 continued on the third race weekend of the GT4 Scandinavia. Oliver Söderström and Robert Serwanski (both SWE) of the Förenade Bil / Lestrup Racing Team won the second race in Skelleftea, Sweden. In the first race, the duo had also made it to the podium with second place. Alfred Nilsson and Joakim Walde (both SWE) finished fifth in the sister car in the first race. In the second run they were eliminated. In the Pro-Am drivers’ standings Söderström and Serwanski are leading after their fourth win of the season with 126 points each.


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