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Source: BMW Group Munich. Victory and title success at the season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) in Kyalami (RSA) for the BMW M6 GT3: Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), Nick Catsburg (NED) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) in the # 34 BMW M6 GT3 from Team Walkenhorst Motorsport won the “Kyalami 9 Hour” after a dramatic finish. Catsburg and Farfus, who had already won the 8 Hours of Indianapolis (USA), secured the IGTC drivers’ title. In the # 35 BMW M6 GT3, Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Yelloly and David Pittard (both GBR) finished in sixth place after nine hours. After the end of the season, BMW took second place in the manufacturers’ championship. Starting the race from third place, starting driver Farfus was able to maintain his position in the early stages before handing over the # 34 BMW M6 GT3 to local hero van der Linde. The South African benefited from a technical defect of a competitor and thereby made up a position. As a result, the # 34 BMW M6 GT3 lost three positions and was in fifth place by the middle of the race. After the trio had fought their way back to third place in the meantime, they lost another position at the penultimate pit stop. One and a half hours before the end of the race, heavy rain set in on the track outside the gates of Johannesburg (RSA). The # 34 BMW M6 GT3 was the first car from the leading group to pit and switched to rain tires. Due to a spin and the subsequent pit stops by the competitors, Catsburg took the lead around half an hour before the end and brought home victory under full course yellow conditions. Tomczyk started the race from sixth place in the # 35 BMW M6 GT3 and made it good two places after the start in the first lap. He maintained fourth place until the first pit stop and handed over to Yelloly. The Briton couldn’t quite keep up with the pace and lost several positions before handing over to Pittard in seventh place. In the second half of the race, the trio was able to gain another position and finished the race in sixth. The IGTC season 2020: turbulent world tour with ups and downs for Walkenhorst Motorsport. The race in Kyalami ended Walkenhorst Motorsport’s second full season in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which was shortened by one race due to the cancellation of the “Suzuka 10 Hours” and included four long-distance events on four different continents. At the start of the season, Walkenhorst Motorsport made a stop in Australia, where the team from Melle (GER) sent a BMW M6 GT3 into the race at the “Bathurst 12 Hour”. Farfus, Catsburg and local hero Chaz Mostert (AUS) took turns at the wheel, but had to end the race prematurely due to an unfortunate collision with a kangaroo. Things went much better in the second race of the season – the 8 Hours of Indianapolis (USA). On the legendary track, Walkenhorst Motorsport managed the perfect race with the two BMW M6 GT3s. Catsburg, Farfus and Connor De Phillippi (USA) triumphed in the # 34 BMW M6 GT3, directly behind Pittard, Tomczyk and Yelloly with the # 35 BMW M6 GT3 made the acclaimed double victory perfect. In the third race of the season, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), the team had bad luck, as they did in Bathurst. The two BMW M6 GT3s retired early in the Ardennes classic after two collisions. At the season finale in Kyalami, however, luck was again on the team’s side. With the win, Catsburg and Farfus secured the drivers’ championship. Quotes after the race: Niclas Königbauer (Team Manager Walkenhorst Motorsport): “What a race. We have proven once again how important it is to keep a cool head in crazy conditions and to work closely together in a team. I’m incredibly proud of the way everyone performed on and off the track. Everyone did a phenomenal job with no mistakes. That’s the key to finishing a race and winning. For everyone this is a great end to the 2020 season which has been difficult in many ways. But winning the title in the end gives everyone a big boost in preparation for 2021. Thanks again to everyone involved in these successes. “Nick Catsburg (# 34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):” Unbelievable. We are champions in the drivers’ championship. We didn’t really expect that until the last two hours of the race. We were hoping something crazy would happen. Like last year, it wouldn’t be Kyalami if something crazy hadn’t happened. Apart from the fact that there was a restart at the end of the race last year, it was like back then. Big compliments to the team that reacted correctly. I am very happy to have won the race and the championship. I’m a little sorry for the Honda team. You dominated today and deserved a good result. ”Augusto Farfus (# 34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):“ I’m a little speechless. It was a difficult year that presented us with many challenges on and off the racetrack. I am very happy that BMW and Walkenhorst Motorsport have worked so well together. We had a strong season. The race today wasn’t easy, but we did it very well. Nobody on the team made a mistake and the car worked well. I am very happy to have won this title. Now we’re going to celebrate. “Sheldon van der Linde (# 34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):” To be honest, it feels like a championship to me. It’s fantastic to ride with these guys. We didn’t make any mistakes and the car was just perfect. At the moment I am still a little lacking in words. Last year we got close, this year we made it. Just unbelievable. “


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