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Source: BMW Group In the 2021 season, the BMW M Motorsport teams will be back in action around the globe. With the BMW M6 GT3, the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M2 CS Racing and other BMW M Motorsport racing vehicles, they fight for victories and titles. In our BMW M Motorsport News we regularly offer you a compact and informative overview of racing events in the various championships around the world and the successes of the BMW M Motorsport teams. In addition, we highlight special highlight topics throughout the year in our own press releases.
NLS: The season on the Nordschleife has started. After the season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) had to be canceled at the end of March due to snowfall, races two and three carried out. In the April race, the BMW Junior Team in the # 44 BMW M6 GT3 was the best-placed BMW team. Neil Verhagen (USA), Max Hesse (GER) and Dan Harper (GBR) finished eighth overall with Augusto Farfus (BRA). It continued with NLS 3 on the first weekend in May. After four hours of racing, the # 99 BMW M6 GT3 from ROWE Racing, driven by Nick Catsburg (NED), John Edwards (USA) and Nick Yelloly (GBR), crossed the finish line in fifth place. The vehicle also set the fastest race lap. Connor De Phillippi (USA), Martin Tomczyk and Marco Wittmann (both GER) followed in sixth place in the # 98 BMW M6 GT3 from ROWE Racing. The fastest time in practice and thus pole position went to the # 20 BMW M6 GT3 from Schubert Motorsport. In the race, the team with drivers Jens Klingmann (GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Stef Dusseldorp (NED) finished eleventh. The BMW Junior Team retired early, but still gained important experience in preparation for the 24-hour race. “Our pace was good and we made great progress again. We are confident and well positioned, ”said Hesse. In addition, the BMW teams were successful in the various categories. Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport secured second place in the SP10 class for GT4 vehicles. The # 191 BMW M4 GT4 was driven by Michael Fischer (AUT), Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Michael Schrey (GER). In addition, there were five class wins for the BMW teams in each of the two NLS races. The winning teams include Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport, Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, FK Performance Motorsport and Schnitzelalm Racing GmbH. On the Thursday before the third NLS round, the new flagship in the BMW M Motorsport vehicle portfolio took to the Nordschleife for the first time: the BMW M4 GT3 completed a successful test on the unique, over 20-kilometer circuit.
BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS: Strong field of participants on the Nordschleife. As part of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS), the first two races of the season in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS were held on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER). With twelve or eleven vehicles, respectively, a heavily occupied field took to the track. The team from FK Performance Motorsport secured the opening win in the April race. The # 875 BMW M2 CS Racing was driven by Marc Ehret, Moritz Oberheim and Nico Otto (all GER). Second place on the podium went to Yannick Fübrich (GER), David Griessner (AUT) and Francesco Merlini (ITA) in the # 870 BMW M2 CS Racing from Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Thomas Leyherr and Lars Peucker (both GER) completed the podium in the car with the starting number 899 from LifeCarRacing / KRAC in ADAC eV In the second race on the first weekend in May it was Fübrich, Griessner and Merlini who were responsible for the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive bring in victory. The # 875 trio from FK Performance Motorsport took second place this time. Third place on the podium went to Florian Weber, Davide Dehren (both GER) and Will Tregurtha (GBR) in the # 888 BMW M2 CS Racing from Walkenhorst Motorsport.
BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy: First races of the season in Monza The BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy held the first races of the 2021 season on the first weekend in May in Monza, Italy. It rained heavily in race one on Saturday. Filippo Maria Zanin (ITA) secured the first victory of the year in the BMW M2 CS Racing with starting number 19 of the Pro Motorsport BMW Milano team. Second place went to Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) in the number 8 vehicle from BMW Italia. Alessandro Brigatti (ITA / # 77) from the A-Sport & Progetto E20 Cacioli Gr team completed the podium in third place. The conditions in the second race were dry. This time the winner was Gustavo Sandrucci (ITA / # 16 Progetto E20). Luigi Ferrara (ITA / # 3 V-Action by Nanni Nember) finished second, Leonardo Moncini (ITA / # 10 V-Action by Effe Group) finished third.
Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe: Season opener in Monza. The Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS kicked off the 2021 season in Monza (ITA) in mid-April. Three BMW M6 GT3s were there. Walkenhorst Motorsport is taking part in this season’s endurance races with two vehicles. At the rainy start in Monza, however, the team from Melle (GER) had bad luck and fell behind due to several punctures. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), Marco Wittmann (GER) and David Pittard (GBR) finished 26th in the # 34 BMW M6 GT3. Their team mates Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock (both GER) and Thomas Neubauer (FRA) crossed the finish line in starting number 35 in 32nd position. Boutsen Ginion’s team was in a promising position for a long time with the # 10 BMW M6 GT3, but then also suffered a tire damage 50 minutes before the end, which meant that the trio Karim Ojjeh (KSA), Jens Liebhauser and Jens Klingmann (both GER) retired early force. At this point in time they were in second place in the Pro-Am class and thus on course for the podium.
Fanatec GT World Challenge America: Podium for Turner Motorsport. The Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS held its second event of the season on the first weekend in May at the “Circuit Of The Americas” in Austin (USA). In the Saturday race, the conditions were extremely difficult with heavy rain. That didn’t stop the Turner Motorsport squad from securing a place on the podium. Michael Dinan and Robby Foley (both USA) finished third in the # 96 BMW M6 GT3. In the second race on Sunday, the duo crossed the finish line in fifth position.
Italian GT Championship: BMW Team Italia wins the season opener. The Italian GT Championship kicked off the 2021 season on the first weekend in May in Monza (ITA). Again: BMW Team Italia. It was a successful start for the team’s # 215 BMW M4 GT4. Nicola Neri and Giuseppe Fascicolo (both ITA) finished Saturday’s race in third place in the GT4 AM class. The two celebrated their first win of the season in the Sunday race. The team’s # 7 BMW M6 GT3, driven by Stefano Comandini (ITA) and Marius Zug (GER), finished ninth in the first of the two races, but retired early in the second.
GT4 European Series: Podium for the BMW M4 GT4. There was also a podium finish for the BMW M4 GT4 at the 2021 season opener of the GT4 European Series. This was held in Monza, Italy, in mid-April. In the second of the two races, Cem Bölükbasi and Berkay Besler (both TUR) secured second place in the Pro-Am category in the # 12 BMW M4 GT4 from Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport.
GT / GT4 / TC America: One-two-three for the BMW M2 CS Racing in Texas. In the USA, the second event of the season in the GT America, GT4 America and TC America was on the program on the first weekend in May. The host was the “Circuit Of The Americas” in Austin, Texas. In each of the two races that were held in the series, the BMW teams again achieved numerous successes. In race two of the GT America, Sean Quinlan (USA) celebrated victory in the GT4 class in the # 119 BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron Racing. In the GT4 America, Quinlan and Gregory Liefooghe (USA) finished the second run in an excellent third place overall (second in the Pro-Am class). Jon Miller and Chandler Hull (both USA) secured a class win in the Silver category in the GT4 America in the # 94 BMW M4 GT4 from BimmerWorld Racing. The Classic BMW team finished both races on the silver class podium with the # 11 BMW M4 GT4: the duo Steve McAleer (GBR) and Toby Grahovec (USA) finished third and second in the class in both races. In the TC America, the BMW M2 CS Racing was unbeatable in the race on Sunday. The BMW teams celebrated an impressive one-two-three. Jacob Ruud (USA) took the # 81 BMW M2 CS Racing from Classic BMW to the top step of the podium. ST Racing’s Samantha Tan (CAN) secured second place in the number 428 car, and Steve Streimer (USA / # 30 Hard Motorsport) completed the success with third place. In Saturday’s race, the BMW teams had already achieved a triple success in the TCX class, with Ruud and Tan in first and second and John Hennessey (USA / # 50 Classic BMW) in third.
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