7.6.2015 Munich. Whether in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles.
Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.
BTCC: Tordoff wins – Priaulx on the podium.
Successful weekend for BMW at the British Touring Car Championship’s (BTCC) appearance in Oulton Park (GB). Andy Priaulx (GB) first of all secured third place in qualifying.
Then in the first race, at the wheel of his BMW 125i M Sport in action for West Surrey Racing, Priaulx crossed the finish line in the same position and then celebrated on the podium. In the second race of the weekend, Priaulx finished 15th before retiring in round three. His team-mate Sam Tordoff (GB) delivered a stunning performance in the third race, crossing the line first after 15 laps. In the previous races he had finished ninth and fifth. Rob Collard (GB) finished in 13th, 25th and 14th. The next round of the BTCC season takes place in three weeks time with three races in Croft (GB).
Blancpain Sprint Series: Podium finish for BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil.
BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil was in action in the third event of the Blancpain Sprint Series with its two BMW Z4GT3s at the weekend. In Zolder (NL), the Brazilian team secured fifth and seventh places in the qualifying race on Saturday. In the main race on Sunday, Atila Abreu (BR) and Valdeno Brito Filho (BR) in the number 77 car finished in third to make it onto the podium. Their team-mates Caca Bueno (BR) and Sergio Jimenez (BR) finished a strong fourth.
ADAC GT Masters: Difficult weekend in Spielberg.
For the second race weekend of the year, the ADAC GT Masters visited the “Red Bull Ring” in Spielberg (AT). BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert fielded two BMW Z4 GT3s in the two races, while Senkyr Motorsport was represented by one car in Austria. In the first race on Saturday, only Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Uwe Alzen (DE) made it to the finish line in eighth for the Schubert team. In the second race on Sunday, Hürtgen and Alzen in ninth were once again the best-placed BMW driver combination. Their team-mates Dominik Baumann (AT) and Jens Klingmann (DE) retired again, as happened in the first race, Jakub Knoll (CZ) and Lennart Marioneck (DE) crossed the line in 14th for Senkyr Motorsport.
BMW M235i Racing Cup Belgium: Victory for Schrey and Mies.
The first season of the BMW M235i Racing Cup Belgium entered the next round on Sunday with a three-hour race at “Circuit Park Zandvoort” (NL). Close to the North Sea beach, a total of nine cars took to the track sharing the card with the fourth race of the Belgian Gentlemen Driver’s Club (BGDC). After 82 laps, the win went to Michael Schrey (DE) and Alexander Mies (DE) in the number 315 BMW M235i Racing. Second place went to Fred Bouvy (BE) and David Dermont (BE). Marc Dreszer (BE) and Stéphane Kox (NL) followed in third.
French GT Tour: Strong Spa performance by Boutsen Ginion Racing.
The “Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps” proved successful for the Boutsen Ginion Racing team at the third event of the GT TOUR FFSA season: Karim Ojjeh (SA) and Olivier Grotz (LU) took turns behind the wheel of the number 15 BMW Z4 GT3, celebrated the win in the Gentlemen Challenge in the first race, and finished tenth in the overall standings. The duo also topped the Gentlemen’s standings in the second race and achieved a convincing sixth place in the overall classification.
FIA Formula E: Action-packed appearance in Moscow.
The first season of the FIA Formula E Championship is on the finishing straight: The penultimate event of the year took place at the weekend against the impressive backdrop of the Kremlin in the Russian capital of Moscow. On site: the BMW i8 Safety Car and the BMW i3 Medical Car. BMW is the “Official Vehicle Partner” of the innovative race series for electrically powered formula cars. The win at the first Moscow ePrix went to Nelson Piquet Jr. (BR), which saw him extend his lead in the overall standings. BMW DTM driver António Félix da Costa (PT) also delivered a strong performance and finished in seventh. The grand finale of the FIA Formula E Championship is scheduled for 27th/28th June 2015 in London (GB).