Prior to winning the ALMS race at Road America yesterday in the M3 GT race car with co-driver Bill Auberlen, J
For the third time in four seasons of American Le Mans Series competition, BMW Team RLL saw one if its BMW M3 GTs cross the Road America (US) finish line first to win the four-hour Road America Road Race Showcase. While the DTM event at the Nürburgring (DE) provides the back drop for the “40 Years of BMW M” celebrations this weekend, BMW Team RLL made the perfect birthday present by claiming GT victory in the sixth round of the ALMS.
On Saturday it was Bill Auberlen (US) and Jörg Müller (DE) who took the GT class victory in the no. 55 BMW M3 GT, racing past the chequered flag 2.63 seconds ahead of the no. 45 Porsche in second. The duo completed 97 laps of the … CONTINUED
BMW M GmbH celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and they have released a video reviewing the motorsports roots of BMW, a history punctuated by the iconic 3.0 CSL, M1 and E30 M3.
No braking company has more panache all-around than AP Racing, not even Brembo. The Brembo Group purchased AP Racing (formerly Lockheed/AP founded in 1919) in 1999, yet each still operate separately today. Brembo’s headquarters are in Italy and AP is in England.
Both compete against each other in nearly all global racing series, with some mildly applied rules for OE accounts. Brembo is better equipped to handle the larger production runs (like Porsche, Mercedes, Nissan, Hyundai, Ford, GM, etc.) with factories in many countries, while AP Racing is often better suited for more specialized, short-run manufacturers (Bugatti, McLaren, Koenigsegg, Lotus, Pagani, Spyker, GTA, etc.). As always, there are exceptions to this paradigm, often due to long established technical or business relationships.
All that said, Brembo has a much, … CONTINUED
BMW Classic prepares historic M racers for the Nürburgring Oldtimer-Grand-Prix held on August 11th and 12th… next weekend.
2012 is a special year for all BMW M fans with BMW M GmbH – formerly known as BMW Motorsport GmbH – marking its 40th birthday. BMW Classic is celebrating the anniversary with an array of highlights at this year’s edition of Germany’s largest classic car race at the Nürburgring. BMW M is not alone in reaching an important landmark; the event itself also has its 40th birthday this year. Organisers are once again expecting in excess of 60,000 spectators to flood to the circuit in the Eifel from 10 – 12 August 2012 for the double anniversary.
Great feature video covering the VS Motorsports GTS-4 E92 M3 coupe racer competing in the Autobahn Country Club NASA GTS-4 race.
Watch as VS Motorsports owner (and driver of the M3) pilots the VS GTS-4 M3 with one hand bound in a cast.
Have an up close look at the various DTM race cars from the NorisRing in Nuremberg, as well as the DTM displays at the BMW Welt during the DTM weekend in Munich.
At the halfway point of this season’s DTM schedule, the race series put on an exhibition stadium race at the Munich Olympic Park Stadium. So what is a stadium race?
It’s a non-points showcase race event in the famous 1972 Olympic stadium where two DTM cars are placed on separate, but identical tracks, and race for the fastest finish time, similar to the Race of Champions concept. The faster car advances to the next round while the slower car is eliminated, until a final winner emerges.
BMW’s Bruno Spengler (CA) proved that he is right at home on the tight, winding circuit in the Olympic Stadium: the BMW Team Schnitzer driver finished third in last Sunday’s individual competition. Last year’s winner, this time at the wheel of his … CONTINUED
The Nurburgring is bankrupt. And it may not open its doors again next season if it does not come up with the 13 million euros to stay afloat this year.
Without it they will have to close their doors and sell off the track to its creditors. The state of Rheinland-Pfalz turned down Nürburgring GmbH for that loan. A last minute plea to the EU in Brussels for a EU handout failed too.
Facing debts of €413m the ‘Ring only has assets valued at €126m, according to accounting firm Ernst & Young. Now it looks like its only a matter of time until the Ring closes.
Some are saying that they will stat open till the end of this season. One thing is for sure… next year’s … CONTINUED