BMW Motorsport News

Whether in a DTM, a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, a ABB FIA Formula E Championship, or vast other
championships: Week after week BMW teams and drivers around the
universe do conflict for points, victories and titles. Away from the
lane too, members of a vast BMW Motorsport family around the
universe are also formulating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows
us to frequently summarize all a movement for we in a compress and
ominous manner. This way, we are always adult to speed.

5 races, 5 podiums: talk with BMW Group Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt.
BMW Motorsport has completed
a special competition weekend, competing in a operation of events around the
universe – with superb results. BMW works drivers reached a lectern in
5 of these events. The list of successes was surfaced by Alexander
Sims (GBR) triumphing in a ABB FIA Formula E Championship. In this
interview, BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt looks behind at
a formula once again, providing some-more discernment about a 5 podiums
in a 5 opposite disciplines.

Mr. Marquardt, a new ‘BMW Motorsport Mega Weekend’ was
some-more than successful. What did we consider of a approach things went?

Jens Marquardt: “That unequivocally was a mega weekend for us.
Alexander Sims and BMW i Andretti Motorsport headed a list of
successes. With dual stick positions and a win on Saturday, Alexander
unequivocally done his symbol on a Formula E season-opener. This was followed
by a Fuji ‘Dream Race’, a initial time that a DTM and SUPER GT
Championship had contested a competition weekend together in Japan. Marco
Wittmann was means to applaud second place there on his 30th
birthday. In a Intercontinental GT Challenge, Walkenhorst Motorsport
claimed second place during Kyalami with a BMW M6 GT3 and a new
patron group Astro Veloce Motorsports also reached a soap-box during the
Asian Le Mans Series season-opener. We also had reason to glory in
sim racing when a DTM motorist Philipp Eng distinguished finished second
in a ProAm competition during a FIA GTC World Finals in Monaco. These results
uncover only how successfully BMW Motorsport is competing in a operation of disciplines.”

Let’s start with a Formula E opener in Diriyah. How
critical was it to make a good start to a season?

Marquardt: “Very important. After a Valencia tests, we knew
that a new BMW iFE.20 would give us a gait we required. However,
there were a lot of unknowns brazen of a initial competition weekend – with
new competitors and other changes. BMW i Andretti Motorsport afterwards gave
a unequivocally clever performance. After claiming stick position on Friday,
Alexander Sims wasn’t sad by a fact that he was incompetent to
stay in a conflict for a lectern right to a finish. Instead, the
group drew a right conclusions and was means to perform during a higher
turn in a second race. That worked ideally and Alexander was more
than honourable of his initial win. Maximilian Günther also done a very
good impression, though dual penalties meant that he was incompetent to record
a good competition formula that his performances had merited. But we am
certain that we have a good set-up for a arriving Formula E events.”

There were also copiousness of certain reactions to a ‘Dream
Race’ from a DTM and SUPER GT. What was your knowledge of the
weekend during Fuji?

Marquardt: “The eventuality unequivocally did live adult to all a promises
that had been made. The competition on Sunday was a genuine provide with some
good duels, copiousness of movement and a gay birthday child Marco
Wittmann in second place. That was a initial time that we were means to
uncover how a corner competition weekend with DTM and SUPER GT constructors could
demeanour in Japan and we consider that a ‘Dream Race’ has unequivocally left us
wanting more. We knew in allege that it would not be probable to get
all a cars in a margin to accurately a same turn of opening but
that did not impact a peculiarity of a racing in any way. Things will
demeanour opposite once a regulations for a DTM and SUPER GT merge
from 2020 onwards. The ‘Dream Race’ contingency be some-more than only a peep in
a pan.”

The BMW M6 GT3 has also showed once again that it can battle
for wins – regardless of where it is competing…

Marquardt: “Yes, definitely. At a culmination of the
Intercontinental GT Challenge during Kyalami, we wanted to broach another
clever competition opening with BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst
Motorsport. That worked out. BMW Team Schnitzer was battling for the
win for prolonged periods. When a formidable continue conditions disrupted
a standings towards a end, Walkenhorst Motorsport was on a spot
to explain second place with a BMW M6 GT3. That was a good outcome for
us on a lapse to South Africa. The stream tip indication from BMW M
Customer Racing was also successful in Shanghai. With Jens Klingmann
as one of a drivers, a Astro Veloce Motorsports’ automobile finished
third in a Asian Le Mans Series race. That shows that a BMW M6 GT3
is still a pledge of success for a customers.”

How critical is Philipp Eng’s lectern in a FIA GTC World
Finals ProAm competition in Monaco?

Marquardt: “To some extent, that outcome symbolises how many our
sim racing impasse has grown. The world’s best Gran Turismo
drivers collected during a FIA GTC World Finals in Monaco. Those driving
practical BMW competition cars were upheld and speedy by Philipp Eng.
Philipp is an eager sim racer and positively wanted to compete
too. He got a possibility to do so in a ProAm competition – and promptly
reached second place with his team-mates. At BMW Motorsport, we have
gradually increasing a participation in a discipline, hosting a own
competition events and environment a possess priorities. We will continue to follow
this course. Overall, simulations play a vital purpose for us during BMW
Motorsport, and for a BMW Group as a whole. That is because it
unequivocally creates clarity for us to use impasse in sim racing to work
on those skills. Celebrating practical wins and podiums is also a lot of fun.”


BMW SIM LIVE 2019: sim racing universe meets adult in Munich.

A genuine sim racing prominence is on a calendar for this coming
Thursday: BMW SIM LIVE 2019. BMW works drivers, sim professionals,
fans and media member will be assembly in Munich (GER).
Alongside an endless support programme, 4 practical races form the
core of a event. In a ‘Pro Race’, 10 of a world’s best sim
racers will be battling for sum esteem income of 15,000 Euros. Ten
comparison BMW Motorsport fans will contest opposite one another in the
‘Fan Race’, while reporters and sim racing influencers will feature
in a ‘Media Race’. The final ‘Team Race’ will see teams of four
drivers battling for feat during a controls of a BMW M8 GTE in
iRacing. In further to a sim professional, a fan and a media
representative, any of a teams will also exaggerate a BMW works driver
as a ‘Team Captain’. Philipp Eng (AUT), Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock,
Martin Tomczyk, Maximilian Günther (all GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN),
Augusto Farfus (BRA), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Beitske Visser (NED)
will be assimilated by BMW Motorrad Motorsport works supplement Tom Sykes (GBR).
You can follow a ‘Pro Race’ and a ‘Team Race’ with a livestream on
a central BMW Motorsport Facebook and YouTube channels. iRacing
will also promote both events on a streaming height Twitch.


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Night of Trophies: BMW Motorsport and BMW Motorrad honour
their champions.

On Friday, BMW Motorsport and BMW Motorrad will be for the
many successful private teams – on dual and 4 wheels – during a ‘Night
of Trophies’. Under a sign ‘ONE PASSION. ONE FAMILY’, drivers,
teams and member of BMW M Motorsport and BMW Motorrad
Motorsport will be visiting a BMW Group Classic in Munich (GER). The
best-placed drivers and teams in a BMW Sports Trophy and in a BMW
Motorrad Race Trophy can demeanour brazen to trophies and some impressive
esteem money.

Marco Wittmann on a pierce in a BMW M8 Competition Coupé.

Just a few days after his 30th birthday and his second-place
finish during a ‘Dream Race’ during Fuji (JPN), BMW DTM motorist Marco
Wittmann (GER) had another prominence to demeanour brazen to. On Thursday,
a two-time DTM champion was benefaction to accept his new association car
during BMW Welt in Munich (GER): a BMW M8 Competition Coupé (fuel
expenditure in l/100 km (combined): 10.6; CO2 emissions in g/km
(combined): 242). “I have been looking brazen to my new association car
for a prolonged time. we was means to expostulate a BMW M8 Competition during the
general media eventuality in Portugal and we desired it true away,”
pronounced Wittmann. “It never ceases to dazzle me how BMW M sets new
standards with any car. The BMW M8 Competition Coupé has got
motorsport genes. For me, it is critical to emphasize this
sportiness. That is because we done a unwavering preference to select the
matt ‘Individual Frozen White’ colour scheme, as this unequivocally helps the
BMW M Performance Parts and a many extraneous and interior carbon
elements to come into their own. we unequivocally like a contrariety and I
consider that it gives a automobile ideal look. The all-wheel expostulate also
creates this automobile ideal for winter driving.”