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Source: BMW GroupGuest start in Imola: Timo Glock and Roberto Ravaglia make a comeback in the DTM.Two well-known names will return to the series on the third race weekend of the 2022 DTM season at Imola, Italy (17th to 19th June): Timo Glock (GER ) and the 1989 champion, Roberto Ravaglia (ITA). Glock will make a guest appearance together with Ravaglia’s Ceccato Racing Team with the BMW M4 GT3. The German BMW M Motorsport works driver was one of the regular drivers in the DTM from 2013 to 2021 and is competing with the BMW Italia Ceccato Racing team for Ravaglia in the Italian GT Championship this season. There he shares the cockpit of the BMW M4 GT3 with his fellow BMW M Motorsport works driver Jens Klingmann (GER).
“I’m really looking forward to my comeback in the DTM and to returning to the series together with the 1989 DTM champion, Roberto Ravaglia, and his team in Italy,” said Glock. “It’s really a really cool story. It’s also great to compete in the new BMW M4 GT3, which I’ve already driven for the first time in Italy. The car suits me very, very well. But I’m curious to see how things will go in the DTM, because we’re driving with a different tire brand, for example. That doesn’t make it any easier. The pit stops are another topic, because in Italy we don’t have to stop for a time, it’s just a matter of changing drivers without changing tires. It’s a bigger challenge for us as a team, but I’m just really looking forward to competing with Roberto Ravaglia in Imola. It’s going to be a great weekend.”
Ravaglia shares this anticipation: “It’s really exciting to be back in the DTM after so many years,” says the Italian. “I know the thrill of 1989 when I won the DTM as a driver. Now I’m lucky enough to be part of the DTM as Ceccato Racing’s team manager at the legendary Imola circuit, especially in the year of BMW M’s 50th anniversary. I’m aware that the DTM is one of the most spectacular and hard-fought championships is that a driver or team wants to win. It won’t be easy for our team to get into an ongoing championship for just one race weekend. But our motivation is very high, we will give everything. I know that I can count on a competitive car like the BMW M4 GT3 and a super motivated driver like Timo Glock.”
—Italian GT Championship: Podium for Glock and Klingmann.In the Italian GT Championship, Timo Glock (GER) will line up with Jens Klingmann (GER) for BMW Italia Ceccato Racing in the BMW M4 GT3 in the sprint races. At the season opener in Monza (ITA), the duo won the first race and finished second in race two. The next podium finish followed in Misano (ITA) last weekend. Despite the disadvantage of having to make longer pit stops as a success handicap after the good results in Monza, Glock and Klingmann finished third in Sunday’s race. Both drivers showed a strong race to catch up with overtaking maneuvers worth seeing. On Saturday, the duo only finished twelfth after a puncture. Nevertheless, after two of four events, Glock and Klingmann are leading the sprint classification of the Italian GT Championship with 47 points each.
“The weekend was once again a lot of fun,” said Klingmann. “It was clear to us from the start that we had to limit the damage with a total of 25 seconds of additional downtime during the pit stops – 15 on Saturday and ten on Sunday. That worked particularly well on Sunday, when we still made it onto the podium despite the longer pit stop and scored important points. Unfortunately, on Saturday we had a puncture as a result of a collision, but that’s what happens when you have to take a high risk because of the handicap to success. A big thank you goes to the BMW Italia Ceccato Racing Team, who worked hard and improved the car so much again, especially for Sunday’s race, that we were able to finish on the podium.”
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—Japanese Super GT: BMW M Team Studie wins in Suzuka with the BMW M4 GT3. The Japanese Super GT Championship stopped off at Suzuka (JPN) at the end of May for its third race of the season – and the BMW M Team Studie had a perfect weekend. In qualifying on Saturday, Seiji Ara and Tsubasa Kondo (both JPN) took pole position in the GT300 class with the BMW M4 GT3. In the race on Sunday, Ara got off to an optimal start and after an early safety car phase, continuously extended the lead. After 20 laps, he handed the wheel over to his teammate Kondo. This further outpaced the competition before another safety car phase brought the field together again. But when the race was restarted, Kondo pulled away again – and the BMW M Team Studie celebrated the first win for the new BMW M4 GT3 in Japan. This success fitted in perfectly with the anniversary, as BMW M celebrated its 50th birthday this week.
—British GT Championship: Century Motorsport on the GT4 podium. The Century Motorsport team celebrated another podium finish in the GT4 class in the endurance race of the British GT Championship at Donington Park (GBR). In the eventful and hard-fought three-hour race, Will Burns and Jack Brown (both GBR) secured the
—GT4 European Series: Round 2 of the season at Le Castellet. Round 2 of the GT4 European Series was held at Le Castellet in southern France over the weekend. The Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport team competed with two BMW M4 GT4s. In the Silver class, Will Burns (GBR), who competed in the British GT Championship the previous weekend, and Berkay Besler (TUR) finished sixth in race two. They were eliminated early in the first run. Their teammates Yağız Gedik and Jason Tahincioglu (both TUR) finished the first race as 14th in the Pro-Am category, in race two they did not finish. The w
—ESET Cup Series: Successful weekend for the BMW M Motorsport teams at the Red Bull Ring.The BMW M Motorsport teams experienced a successful second race weekend of the ESET Cup Series 2022 at the Red Bull Ring (AUT). The Trevor Racing team finished on the podium in the GT3 class in all three races with the new BMW M4 GT3. Gregor Zsigo (SVK) finished second in both sprint races. In the endurance race, Zsigo shared the cockpit of the BMW M4 GT3 with Dennis Waszek (CZE). Here, too, the duo achieved second place in their class.
The Šenkýř Motorsport team fielded two BMW M4 GT4s at the Red Bull Ring. In the first sprint race, Samuel Vetrák and Marian Bíž (both SVK) secured victory in the GT4 class. Her teammate Petr Švantner (CZE) retired in race one. In the second sprint race, Švantner and Vetrák took second and third place. In the endurance race, Vetrák/Bíž and Švantner also finished on the podium with positions two and three.
—BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy: Marco Zanasi and Lorenzo Marcucci win at Misano. Victory in the first race on Saturday went to Marco Zanasi (ITA), followed by Gustavo Sandrucci (ITA) and Luigi Ferrara (ITA) in second and third place. Lorenzo Marcucci (ITA) won the second race on Sunday. Ferrara finished second this time, with Sandrucci third. After two race weekends, Ferrara leads the drivers’ standings with 69 points, ahead of Sandrucci (59 points).
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