The M3 GT by all accounts has been a tremendous success for BMW over the past five years. It has won multiple GT titles, ran ALMS four seasons and had it’s biggest win at the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours. As BMW prepares the Z4 GTE to officially take its place across all international levels of motorsport we wanted to look back and hear from those who’ve driven the car and steered it to such a successful campaign.
Dirk Müller: “I look back with positive feelings on my time with the BMW M3 GT. I thoroughly enjoyed the huge success we had together in the American Le Mans Series. The BMW M3 GT not only had an extremely good engine, but also a very good chassis. Our rivals often really struggled with this car, particularly in the faster corners. Although there are a lot of races I have fond memories of, my absolute highlight was being able to drive the BMW M3 GT Art Car designed by Jeff Koons in Le Mans. At the same time, I am sad this successful era has come to an end. A lot of heart and soul has gone into this car. However, I am certain the BMW Z4 GTE is a worthy successor. I am looking forward to driving the new car.”
Joey Hand: “The BMW M3 GT means a lot to me. I won a lot of races with it, and it always suited my driving style very well. It is a shame it has gone into retirement. Not only was the BMW M3 GT loved by us drivers, but also the fans. For me, however, the priority is to be driving a BMW – the exact model is actually of secondary importance. I must first get to know the new BMW Z4 GTE better, but it looks like an absolute beast. It will be great to push it to the limit on the sensational ALMS racetracks.”
Bill Auberlen: “This car represented a huge technological advancement in the GT class. The BMW M3 GT was a champion.”
Bobby Rahal: “I will obviously never forget the victories and the titles we won. But this car was about more than just that. It reminds me that we have been through good and a few less good times together with BMW Motorsport. The BMW M3 GT is a symbol of our outstanding partnership.”