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Source: BMW GroupLe Mans. With the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), the BMW Team MTEK has completed the “Super Season” of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The two BMW M8 GTE finished 11th and 14th in the LM GTE Pro class. The BMW M8 GTE with starting number 82 – driven by Jesse Krohn (FIN), António Félix da Costa (POR) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) – had started from fifth position, but could not hold it in the race and came after 335 driven Round to eleventh place. The number 81 with the drivers Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED) and Philipp Eng (AUT) drove to the 14th position. Due to technical problems, both vehicles had lost additional time during repair stops during the night and at the end of the race. The victory in the LM GTE Pro class went to the # 51 Ferrari.
In the course of the “Super Season” the BMW Team MTEK celebrated a total of two podium finishes. Both in Fuji (JPN) and Sebring (USA), the BMW M8 GTE finished second in the LM GTE Pro field.
At Le Mans, BMW celebrated the 20th anniversary of the overall victory of 1999 with the BMW V12 LMR. The first BMW class victory of the BMW 328 was the 80th time. Both cars went for a parade lap before the start of the race.
Responses to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “The conclusion of the WEC, Super Season ‘had it all again. We knew before the race that it would not be easy for us under the circumstances in Le Mans. And that’s how it happened. Relatively soon, therefore, it was clear that we could not keep up with the pace of the top. Our riders had to go to the limit from the first lap, the load on the equipment was very high right from the start. In the second third of the race, the resulting technical difficulties on both cars cost us additional time. So a top result was out of reach early. Nevertheless, the whole team gave their all to the last round, although of course we would have liked to say goodbye to a more positive result from Le Mans. Accordingly, due to the difficult circumstances, everyone deserves greater respect and recognition. Now we say, Au revoir, Le Mans’ – and say goodbye to the FIA World Endurance Championship. Many thanks to the BMW Team MTEK, the ACO and the WEC. Above all, we would like to thank the many BMW fans who gave us great support in our WEC project in recent years. “
Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): “It was a very difficult race for us. However, in a 24-hour race you still hope for a chance to improve. But she did not really bid us that. Then there was one or the other technical problem. In the end, it was basically just about getting the cars to the finish. Whether you win or not, the work you put into a race as a team is always the same. My girls and boys did a fantastic job. Too bad we were not rewarded for that. “
António Félix da Costa (# 82 BMW M8 GTE, # 11): “Le Mans is always special. As a team, we were well prepared for the race, but under the circumstances we did not have the necessary pace. Each of us has fought hard and given everything. Of course, now comes a little sadness, as we say goodbye to the BMW M8 GTE from the WEC. Thanks to the entire BMW Team MTEK team for the time together. New challenges will come – for me this weekend at Formula E in Bern. “
Augusto Farfus (# 82 BMW M8 GTE, 11th): “The race has been disappointing for us. We wanted to say goodbye with a good result and tried everything to keep up with the top group. But the pace was just not there. The technical problem at night was therefore no longer crucial. I really enjoyed the BMW M8 GTE project in the WEC. Many thanks to every single one of the BMW Team MTEK. The team did a great job. “
Jesse Krohn (# 82 BMW M8 GTE, # 11): “Basically, my Le Mans debut was a fantastic experience that I’ll never forget. Unfortunately we did not have it easy sporty. The team worked very hard and did not get the result it deserved. For me it goes directly to the Nürburgring. I hope it works better for us. “
Martin Tomczyk (# 81 BMW M8 GTE, # 14): “Le Mans 2019 unfortunately was not a success for us. We had difficult conditions and really had to do everything we could to keep up with the pace of our competitors at least halfway. The technical problems have once again cost additional time. Nevertheless, after all the hard work, it is good for the whole team to reach their destination by car. Looking back, there were ups and downs in our WEC program. The highlight for me was certainly the second place in the 1,000 miles of Sebring. I would also like to have achieved a top result at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but fortunately this weekend I have the next chance at the Nürburgring. “
Nick Catsburg (# 81 BMW M8 GTE, # 14): “That was a tough race. We did not have the pace, had to drive very hard, and our technical problems were the result. If you spend so much time in the pits, of course you have no chance to get a good result in Le Mans. Overall, I was very happy to be part of the WEC project and the BMW Team MTEK. Unfortunately not with the success we had hoped for. I’m looking forward to my favorite 24-hour race at the Nürburgring next weekend. “
Philipp Eng (# 81 BMW M8 GTE, # 14): “Overall, the week at Le Mans was great again. Too bad that we could not finish it with a good result. The BMW M8 GTE was basically good to drive, but unfortunately we missed the necessary performance on the straights. We had to go to the limit of driving and, of course, put a lot of strain on the material. Many thanks to BMW Motorsport and the BMW Team MTEK for being part of this project right from the start. “
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