BMW M Motorsport News, 4th October 2021.

DTM: Difficult weekend at the Hockenheimring.

The BMW M Motorsport teams from Walkenhorst Motorsport and ROWE
Racing were unable to record the top results they had hoped for at the
penultimate race weekend of the DTM season at the Hockenheimring
(GER). Marco Wittmann (GER), who began the weekend in second place in
the drivers’ standings, was forced to retire from Saturday’s race in
his BMW M6 GT3. He was unable to improve on eleventh place on Sunday
and finished empty-handed. Wittmann is in fourth position ahead of the
finale, his home race at the Norisring (GER). Timo Glock (GER) reached
the points for ROWE Racing on Sunday, finishing in tenth place. He
claimed 14th position on Sunday. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) endured
some really bad luck and had to retire his BMW M6 GT3 from both races.


“It was a very frustrating and disappointing weekend for us,” said
Wittmann. “Ultimately, we as the entire BMW team simply didn’t produce
a performance over the weekend. We need to find out what caused it.”


DTM Trophy: BMW M4 GT4 wins both races at Hockenheim.

Theo Oeverhaus (GER) and Ben Green (GBR) were the two big winners of
the penultimate race weekend in the DTM Trophy season at the
Hockenheimring (GER). Just 16 years old, Oeverhaus celebrated his
first win in the top-level race series on Saturday in the BMW M4 GT4
from Walkenhorst Motorsport. He followed that up with another podium
on Sunday, finishing third as the rain set in. FK Performance
Motorsport driver Green celebrated victory in the second race as he
moved back to the top of the overall standings. He had already crossed
the finish line first in race one, however he received a 30-second
time penalty for leaving too large a gap ahead during a safety car
period, which dropped him back to ninth place. Third place in
Saturday’s race went to Green’s team-mate Moritz Löhner (GER). Ahead
of the final weekend in the DTM Trophy at the Norisring (GER), Green
has a three-point lead over William Tregurtha (GBR, Mercedes) in the
battle for the title.


ADAC GT Masters: Points finish for Schubert Motorsport.

On the fifth out of seven race weekends in the ADAC GT Masters at the
Sachsenring (GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Nick Yelloly (GBR) finished
in the points in Saturday’s race in the BMW M6 GT3 from Schubert
Motorsport. The duo battled up from 14th on the grid to finish tenth.
They gave another chasing performance on Sunday, progressing from
twelfth on the grid to seventh place, but were disqualified after the
race for technical reasons.


ADAC GT4 Germany: Win and overall lead for Schrey and Piana.

Michael Schrey (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA) remain on course for
the title after the fifth of seven race weekends in the ADAC GT4
Germany at the Sachsenring (GER). The duo won Sunday’s race in the BMW
M4 GT4 from Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport, having secured fifth
place on Saturday. In the overall standings, Schrey and Piana each
have 170 points and are 35 points ahead of their nearest rivals. There
was another podium finish to celebrate for the BMW M4 GT4 on Sunday.
Marcel Lenerz and Christopher Dreyspring (both GER) from the Schubert
Motorsport team finished in third place.


GT World Challenge America: Turner Motorsport shows team
spirit at Sebring.

From a sporting perspective, the race weekend in the SRO GT World
Challenge America at Sebring (USA) was a disappointment for Turner
Motorsport. However, the way the racing played out allowed them to
give a perfect display of team spirit. After a crash in qualifying,
the BMW M6 GT3 was so severely damaged that not all the parts required
to repair it were available at the racetrack. Despite that, the crew
still managed to acquire the replacement parts within the limited
amount of time, to rebuild the car, and to at least take part in race
two on Sunday. Unfortunately, that huge effort was not rewarded with a
good race result.


GT4/GT/TC America: Successful weekend for BMW M Motorsport teams.

BMW M Motorsport teams celebrated many successes with the BMW M4 GT4,
BMW M2 CS Racing and the BMW M240i Racing at the race weekend at
Sebring (USA). In GT America, Sean Quinlan (USA) won the GT4 class in
the Saturday race at the wheel of a Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4.
In the second race, he was hampered by a spin after a collision.


In GT4 America, Quinlan and Gregory Liefooghe (USA) finished third to
claim a spot on the podium in the Pro-Am class on Saturday, as did
Bill Auberlen and James Walker (both USA) on Sunday. In the Silver
class, third place went to Stevan McAleer (GBR) and Toby Grahovec
(USA) in race one, and Tim Barber and Cole Ciraulo (both USA) in race
two. In the Am class, Paul Sparta and Al Carter (both USA) won
Saturday’s race, before finishing runner-up on Sunday.


In the TCX class of TC America, the winner of both races was Stephen
Cugliari (USA). He made his mark on the weekend in the Accelerating
Performance BMW M2 CS Racing. Jacob Ruud (USA) from Team Classic BMW
was runner-up in both races. Third place went to Garrett Adams (USA)
and Roy Block (ARG). In the TC class, Austen Smith (USA) from the Auto
Technic Racing team enjoyed a perfect weekend with two victories in
the BMW M240i Racing.


Nürburgring Endurance Series: The class winners at NLS 8.

At the end of September, the BMW Junior Team was not alone in
celebrating another podium finish at the eighth race of the
Nürburgring Endurance Series 2021 (NLS) at the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER). In the individual classes, the BMW M
Motorsport teams celebrated another four wins.


In the Cup5 class, the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS, Marc Ehret, Moritz
Oberheim and Nico Otto (all GER) triumphed again in the #875 BMW M2 CS
Racing from FK Performance Motorsport. Second place in the BMW M2 CS
Racing Cup NLS went to Francesco Merlini (ITA), Yannick Fübrich (GER)
and David Griessner (AUT) in the #870 of Adrenalin Motorsport Team
Alzner Automotive. Third place was claimed by Thomas Leyherr and Lars
Peucker (both GER) in the #899 BMW M2 CS Racing from LifeCar
Racing/KRAC im ADAC e.V.


The Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive celebrated two class
wins in the eighth NLS race of the season. The team continued its
winning run in the V4 class with the #1 BMW 352i. The car was again
driven by Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen (all GER).
The Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive also won the VT2
class. Rink shared driving duties at the wheel of the #481 BMW 330i
with Philipp Stahlschmidt and Daniel Zils (both GER).


In the BMW M240i class, victory again went to the #700 BMW M240i
Racing from Team Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport. This time, the car
was driven by Michael Schrey (GER), Michael Fischer and Markus Fischer
(both AUT). Jake Dennis (GBR) was competing again in this class. The
third-placed driver in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship 2021
once again raced alongside Niklas Krütten (GER) in the #652 BMW M240i
Racing from the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. The duo
secured pole position and posted the fastest lap time in the class,
but then retired due to a technical defect.


The ninth and final NLS race of the 2021 season will take place next
Sunday, 9th October. Ahead of the finale, Brink and Leisen top the
overall standings in the NLS with 66.59 points and a lead of 0.55 points.


TC France: Victory and title win for the BMW M2 CS Racing.

At the final round of the TC France season at Le Castellet (FRA),
Steven Palette (FRA) from the VSF Sports – Amplitude Automobile team
won the Driver title. Fourth and third places in the final two races
were sufficient to defend the top spot in the overall standings in his
BMW M2 CS Racing. Ricardo van der Ende (NED) from the L’Espace
Bienvenue team was second. He took victory in the final race in his
BMW M2 CS Racing. In the Team competition, first place in a thrilling
finale went to VSF Sports – Amplitude Automobile, with a lead of just
two points.


12H Hungary: Two class victories for BMW M Motorsport teams.

ST Racing, with Samantha Tan (CAN), Chandler Hull and Jon Miller
(both USA) at the wheel of a BMW M4 GT4, took victory in the GT4 class
at the 12H Hungary, which was held as part of the 24H SERIES at the
Hungaroring (HUN). In the TCX category, first place went to the BMW M4
GTR of Munckhof Racing, with its drivers Eric van den Munckhof and
Marco Poland (both NED). JR Motorsport raced with a BMW M6 GT3 in the
top category and finished fourth overall with drivers Ted van Vliet,
Ruud Olij and Bas Schouten (all NED).


British GT: Century Motorsport to compete with the new BMW M4
GT3 in 2022.

BMW M Motorsport will also be competing with the new BMW M4 GT3 in
the 2022 British GT Championship. Century Motorsport will race the car
in the top category in addition to continuing its involvement with the
BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 class. At a later date, the team will announce
whether it will compete with a second BMW M4 GT3 and who the drivers
will be.


BTCC: Colin Turkington on the podium at Silverstone.

Colin Turkington (GBR) chalked up another podium finish at the eighth
race weekend in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at
Silverstone (GBR) at the end of September. Turkington finished third
with his #2 BMW 330i M Sport in the second of three races. He claimed
fifth and eighth positions in the other hotly-contested races. His
team-mate Stephen Jelley (GBR) also made it into the top ten in the
#12 BMW 330i M Sport in all three races. He finished in ninth, eighth
and fifth positions. BMW extended the lead in the manufacturers’
standings in the BTCC. BMW now tops the table with 702 points, a lead
of 82 points. The penultimate event of the 2021 season will take place
next weekend (9th/10th October) at Donington Park (GBR).