Official Release: BMW can look back at a race weekend with plenty of victories and podiums: At the Lausitzring (DE) Bruno Spengler (CA) celebrated the first BMW victory in the DTM for 20 years in only the second race of BMW’s comeback season. It was not only the BMW DTM teams, however, that experienced a successful race this weekend. The same goes for many BMW customer teams that were on duty in various categories using a variety of models.
“Today we really have plenty of reasons to celebrate,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Our DTM victory was just fantastic. But our customer racing teams were also very successful with the BMW Z4 GT3 and the BMW 320 TC and scored wins. This really makes it a perfect weekend for us. Today is a good day for the BMW Motorsport family.”
On Sunday the BMW Z4 GT3 secured its maiden victory in the ADAC GT Masters. At the “Circuit Park Zandvoort” (NL) the local heroes Jeroen den Boer (NL) and Simon Knap (NL) of Team DB Motorsport crossed the finish line first. After 35 laps they had opened up a gap of 3.721 seconds on the second placed car – which was another BMW Z4 GT3, driven by Schubert Motorsport’s Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Dominik Schwager (DE). So the Dutch crowds witnessed the maiden BMW one-two in this series. On Saturday, den Boer and Knap had already stepped up on the podium after finishing second in the first race.
The BMW Z4 GT3 turned out to be the dominant force in the Italian GT Championship, too. In the series’ opening round in Vallelunga (IT), Thomas Biagi (IT) and Stefano Colombo (IT) of Team BMW Italia finished second on Saturday. On Sunday team principal, Roberto Ravaglia’s (IT), two drivers made it to the top step of the podium after taking the chequered flag with a gap of 7.457 seconds to the second placed Ferrari. Biagi and Colombo are also in the lead of the drivers’ standings after the first weekend.
On Friday, Nobuteru Taniguchi (JP) and Tatsuya Kataoka (JP) of Team “GSR&Studie with TeamUkyo“ won the GT300 category in the second round of the Japanese Super GT Championship in Fuji (JP).
In Budapest (HU), Norbert Michelisz (HU) scored his maiden victory in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in front of his 52,000 strong home crowd. The Zengö Motorsport driver won the second race at the Hungaroring (HU). Starting from fifth on the grid he made a fantastic start in his BMW 320 TC, taking the lead on the first lap. Michelisz kept his lead to the flag. Mehdi Bennani (MA) made it a perfect race for BMW by finishing third.