70th book of 24h Spa-Francorchamps: Ardennes classical facilities countless BMW works drivers.

Munich. The final weekend in Jul sees a concentration of GT racing
lapse to a Ardennes. The 70th book of a 24 Hours
of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) will be hold on 28th and
29th July. BMW teams ROWE Racing and Walkenhorst
Motorsport are contesting a anniversary foe with a sum of four
BMW M6 GT3. Numerous BMW works drivers will take male a cockpits,
including 3 prior winners of a Ardennes classic.


In a ROWE Racing group #98 car, two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann
(GER), BMW works motorist Jesse Krohn (FIN) and BMW Motorsport Junior
Ricky Collard (GBR) will take turns during a wheel. The #99 sister car
will be driven by BMW works drivers Jens Klingmann (GER), Nick
Catsburg (NED) and Alexander Sims (GBR), all 3 of whom, like Krohn
and Collard, are ROWE Racing regulars. Walkenhorst Motorsport is
competing with a #34 and #36 BMW M6 GT3s. BMW works motorist Tom
Blomqvist (GBR), BMW DTM motorist Philipp Eng (AUT) and Christian
Krognes (NOR) will be pity a cockpit of a #34 car. Catsburg,
Eng and Sims have formerly won a mythological continuation race. The #36
BMW M6 GT3 will be racing in a AM Cup, with unchanging Walkenhorst
drivers Henry Walkenhorst (GER), Ralf Oeverhaus (GER), Anders Buchardt
(NOR) and Immanuel Vinke (GER) during a wheel.


BMW has always enjoyed tighten links with a 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps, that was hold for a initial time behind in 1924. To
date, a record is no fewer than 23 altogether wins, that creates BMW by
distant a many successful code in a story of a Ardennes classic.
BMW distinguished a many new wins in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, a BMW
Z4 GT3 crossed a finish line in initial place on a final major
outing. ROWE Racing immediately triumphed with a successor, a BMW
M6 GT3, when a foe automobile debuted during this classical continuation foe in 2016.


In credentials for a 24-hour race, BMW teams took partial in the
central exam day in early July. The initial prominence of a foe week
is scheduled for Wednesday, 25th July: a drivers’ parade
in Spa’s city centre. The 70th book of a 24-hour race
will start on Saturday 28th Jul during 16:30 CEST.


Comments on a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps:


Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “In
further to a 24-hour races during a Nürburgring and during Le Mans,
Spa-Francorchamps is one of a genuine highlights on a endurance
calendar. It is a stirring eventuality and a genuine festival of GT racing. We
are assured that a BMW teams are set adult good for a idea ahead
to urge a already considerable BMW statistics during this classic
event. Experienced teams, a proven peculiarity of a BMW M6 GT3 and
good drivers – a mixture are right, and as always with a
24-hour race, it’s all about carrying that small bit of luck. We’re
gripping a fingers crossed for a BMW teams!”


Marco Wittmann (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“I have wanted to foe a 24 Hours of Spa for many years, though it
hadn’t ever worked out until now. It’s been 10 years given we last
gathering during Spa – behind afterwards it was with Formula BMW, and we won that time.
we like a track; it is a pleasing healthy racetrack, and there
aren’t many of them around these days. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to
operative with ROWE Racing and my team-mates for this classic.
Naturally, a idea is to be adult there during a front. A lectern – or a
win – during such an iconic continuation foe would be fantastic. The
foe is great, and there are a lot of GT3 cars pushing for the
win, though I’m unequivocally unequivocally looking brazen to it.”


Jesse Krohn (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“Spa will be unequivocally special for me as it will be my entrance in a Spa
24-hour race. It is something we have been seeking for years. we am
going there with ROWE Racing and such a clever line-up, so it will be
great. The races streamer adult to Spa have been on-going for us, the
group has finished a good pursuit and we were creation large stairs with a automobile so
we am certain we can be confident about a weekend.”


Ricky Collard (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“Spa is a large one and unequivocally a prominence of a season. It
will be my initial 24-hour foe in a BMW M6 GT3 and we am really
vehement about it. we did dual 24-hour races in a BMW M4 GT4 – during the
Nürburgring and Dubai. They went unequivocally good and we am looking forward
to Spa. we consider a package for a BMW M6 GT3 is unequivocally strong.”


Jens Klingmann (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“The 24 Hours of Spa is one of a comprehensive highlights on the
calendar, for both me and BMW Motorsport. In my eyes, it is a most
formidable 24-hour foe in a universe since there are 50 to 60 GT3
cars on a lane all during a same time. Since they are all in a same
class, theoretically they could all contest for a altogether win. The
margin is intensely strong. It is also a unequivocally perfectionist lane for man
and appurtenance so a plea is great, though we are good prepared. we am
unequivocally looking brazen to a foe and wish that we can get another
win for BMW Motorsport.”


Nick Catsburg (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“The Spa 24-hour foe is always a prominence of a season. we have
always desired a lane and after winning in 2015, a eventuality has become
unequivocally special for me. The BMW M6 GT3 won in 2016 and in 2017 we were
also behaving flattering well. This year we feel that we have a car, we
have a unequivocally gifted group and we have unequivocally clever team-mates. With
this package, we wish that we will be in a brew for a lectern so we am
unequivocally looking brazen to a event. Also a march in a city makes
Spa unequivocally special – and to be honest, we can’t wait for a eventuality to begin.”


Alexander Sims (#99 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing):

“I am unequivocally vehement to go behind and conflict a 24-hour foe again. I
won it in 2016 and that was usually a many extraordinary knowledge for me.
It’s my third time there with ROWE Racing so we know a group very
well. This year we have new team-mates with Nick Catsburg and Jens
Klingmann. we am looking brazen to operative together and perplexing to
grasp a best outcome probable for BMW. They had some good success
in past years with a BMW Z4 GT3 and a BMW M6 GT3. Now we will try
to continue that.”


Tom Blomqvist (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):

“I got a ambience of a 24 Hours of Spa final year for a initial time
and we unequivocally enjoyed a race. It’s one of my favourite circuits, so
apparently I’m vehement to be streamer behind there this year for another
crack. Last year, we were fighting for a lectern until we had a
technical emanate so need to make adult for that this year. we also have a
good group and team-mates to share a knowledge with. We will be
aiming for a good outcome but doubt!”


Philipp Eng (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):

“It goes but observant that we have lustful memories of Spa, as that is
where we distinguished my initial feat in a 24-hour foe and my initial win
for BMW in 2016. we wish that we can applaud identical success. It is
a best GT3 continuation foe in a world, it is substantially a most
closely contested foe in that usually GT3 cars compete. we am really
looking brazen to it and consider that we have a good package. we am
looking brazen to operative with Walkenhorst Motorsport. They are
rarely encouraged and ambitious, and we wish that we can repeat a 2016 win.”


Overview of motorist line-ups for a BMW M6 GT3:


#98 BMW M6 GT3 – ROWE Racing:

Marco Wittmann (GER)

Jesse Krohn (FIN)

Ricky Collard (GBR)


#99 BMW M6 GT3 – ROWE Racing:

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Nick Catsburg (NED)

Alexander Sims (GBR)


#34 BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport:

Tom Blomqvist (GBR)

Philipp Eng (AUT)

Christian Krognes (NOR)


#36 BMW M6 GT3 – Walkenhorst Motorsport:

Henry Walkenhorst (GER)

Ralf Oeverhaus (GER)

Anders Buchardt (NOR)

Immanuel Vinke (NOR)