GT2 Cars Have No Chance to Win?

In a recently completed interview Dr. Mario Theissen, head of BMW Motorsport, candidly states that the two ///M3s BMW has in the 24 hours of Le Mans have little to no chance of bringing home a victory. The pair of BMWs finished behind the class leading Risi Competizione Ferrari by more than 5 seconds, and were significantly behind the pace of the other in class cars as well.

The reason for the poor odds of winning and slow lap times comes down to the necessary changes the cars required to meet the stringent ACO regulations. Theissen says that they have worked feverishly to redesign and modify the rear suspension as required but just have not had adequate time to complete testing and tuning. The cars are also using smaller air restrictors to choke some of the normal V8s output.

The team has continued to make tweaks since qualifying and expects better results in the form of quicker race laps, but at this time feels that a win is not realistic. Can it really be true that completing the race in its entirety would be the goal of such a great team? Or is this all a ploy to keep the competition off balance?We ‘re also not so sure that the lack of time to test is a valid excuse since we have known about BMWs entry since late January, thats about 6 months worth of time if our math is correct.

Source: Autosport.com

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  • Merlot

    If anyone thinks that a team will be fighting for it’s first Le Mans 24 hour victory with what is essentially a brand new car, they are being absurd. The car that won the ‘ring 24hr have extensive development.

    Yes, they are a factory team. Yes, the engine and drivetrain should be reliable. But there are far too many factors to consider not to mention the fact that even if the ACO and VLN/ALMS car were the same there is no other track in the world like Le Mans and the no incarnation of the M3 GT2 has seen the track until this week.

    I would never expect to see a car duking it out for a podium without at least one year of development at Le Mans, especially in the hyper-competitive GT2 ranks.

    I mean, seriously? The ACO further restricted the car with the most frontal area and aerodynamic drag in the class? They will likely balance it better next year after the car has a year of data. I’ll be happy with both cars finishing and at least one in the top 10.

  • Roland Renno

    I felt for a second that those ACO regulations will have an impact on our cars’ pace. Hopefully the Team will fix that soon.

  • Merlot- I agree with your statements. I just feel they are trying to say they have not had a lot of time- they have had since at least last fall. We heard rumblings as early as September and knew with certainty by January.

    The ACO is really being tough on BMW with the restrictors considering. This will be a developmental run for sure but for the boss to throw in the towel before hand is just strange to me.

    -M

  • I think you misunderstood. I believe what was said is that it is unlikely that a GT2 car could have an overall win a Le Mans, not a class win. An overall win would mean beating all the prototypes and other super fast cars in higher classes.

  • JonPD

    I agree Michael, odd to throw in the towel before the race even begins.

  • Bimmer1

    Michael,

    They have not had since Jan. to test the new design. Initally they were petitioning for the ACO to make an exemption to the M3GT2’s rear axle/susp design. If you remember the FIA/LMS/ALMS had granted them the exception and allowed it in FIA/LMS sactioned races. Hence why the car was allowed to run in the 24hr ADAC rennen at the Nurburgring. If you look at the classes for all the cars that were in that race (some 200+ cars) you would notice that the e92 M3 GT2 had it’s own classification that none of the other cars shared with it. They did this because they realized that the design differences did not really give the car any advantage over the other cars. The ACO is known as being slow and stupid in their decisions on just about everything. So with that said, BMW was denied the exception just a couple months ago. Then they had to design, engineer, produce, and test it as much as they could. Basically, they’ve had two months to get the car together. When you’re up against a GT2 field that is mostly full of cars designed 5+ years ago with years and years of data and proven performance, you have no chance at winning. And with just two months of testing, you just want to finish the race at that point.

    • Thanks for the info- I may have jumped the gun a bit but at the same time BMW should have known this would happen. I would also contend that the ‘Vettes do not have years of data since they were in GT1. Porsche is Porsche and that is enough said.

      Next year they have zero excuses.