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M3post member (and GT racecar driver) Kingleh (Leh Keen, picture on the right) won the GT Challenge class at the Sebring 12 Hour race today! Driving an Alex Job Racing Porsche together with his co-drivers Butch Leitzinger and Juan Gonzalez, Leh won by three laps over the sister car of Bill Sweedler, Romeo Kapudija and Jan-Dirk Lueders. Congrats to Leh!!

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BMW Rahal Letterman’s two GT2 class cars (#90 and #92) finished 2nd and 3rd at today’s Sebring 12 Hours ALMS race! BMW cars lead for large portions of the 12 hour race, but the 1st place finish ultimately went to Risi Competizione in their Ferrari F430 GT. Congrats to BMW Rahal Letterman for a great start to the season! See inside for details and post-race reactions from the drivers.

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The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team will field two BMW M3s at the 58th annual 12 Hours of Sebring ALMS race on March 20th. The drivers of the M3s are ecstatic for the team’s second year of racing, as seen in this video interview with the 4 drivers – Joey Hand, Dirk M

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The latest installment of BMW’s JOY marketing campaign features their motorsport division – specifically the BMW GT at Sebring ALMS. The Rahal Letterman race team is featured.

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The a-workx M3 won its saloon class at the 2009 Tuner Grand Prix over competitors such as C63 AMGs, proving that the M3 with some modest handling upgrades can beat out even HP monsters on the track.

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For the first time ever in the US, you can purchase authentic BMW Motorsport parts at select BMW centers, including parts from the E92 M3 GT4, E46 M3, E36 M3, 2008 Z4, and E90 320si. Parts include Akra exhaust, AP brakes, Sachs (F)/Ohlins (R) dampers, BBS wheels, and many more!

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After a two decade hiatus, Alpina returned to motorsports last year with the Alpina B6 GT. Here are some behind the scenes look at the Alpina B6 GT during its first racing season. Based on BMWs 6-Series coupe, the B6 weighs under 3,000 pounds and gets a supercharged 4.4-liter V8 that gives more than 520 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque.

Although non-German speaking folks may not be able to understand the conversation, sometimes race cars like the B6 GT are best observed … CONTINUED

Wallpapers of stunning Z4 GT3 racer

03/05/2010 at 11:00 AM
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BMW has released these wallpapers of the gorgeously vicious looking E89 Z4 GT3. Private racing teams will be able to purchase the Z4 GT3 starting in the second half of this year, with an estimated price of approximately 298,000 Euro / 405,000 USD.

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release

First E89 Z4 GT3 spotted!

02/23/2010 at 10:00 PM
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As of the end of last year, BMW Motorsport made available the BMW Z4 GT3 (powered by the M3′s V8) to private teams. Seen here in photos by Jon Sibal is the first E89 Z4 GT3 to be fielded by a race team —
Schubert Motorsport. The stunning Z4 racer is doing runs at the Paul Ricard High Test Track in France.

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Today, the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team began the 2010 American Le Mans season with a new livery on both BMW M3 racing cars, helping to tell BMW’s worldwide Story of Joy. The 2010 BMW M3 GT debuted at the traditional pre-season ALMS Winter Test in Sebring, Florida. The new livery features words and phrases emblematic of the spirit of the campaign, which was launched in North America on February 12th during coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Winter Olympic Games.

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Michelin and BMW will be tackling the series with the same three riders who will be flying the two firms colours in the Endurance World Championship, namely Matthieu Lagrive, the reigning French Champion S

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One of the writers over @ Jalopnik was allowed into one of BMWs many secret warehouses while in Germany. What he was treated too was a true medly of some of BMWs greatest vehicles. Heres a quick quote from the article but follow the jump to read the entire story

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: I was in Germany for the debut of the … CONTINUED

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BMW has announced a comprehensive contingency award program for BMW cars and BMW-powered cars in the 2010 GRAND-AM series races. They have fared very well so far in the 2010 GRAND-AM series. BMW race cars took #1-2 positions in the 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and #2 in the Rolex 24 at Daytona held Jan 29-31.

PRESS RELEASE:

BMW Posts 2010 GRAND-AM Contingency Program

2.11.2010 | Press Release
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Its Official BMW has been given two invites to the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the banner of BMW Motorsport (works team). See below for the entire list. Notable new additions (in addition to the BMWs) is the return of Ford in GT1 and Jaguar in GT2.

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours Entry List (with nominated driver)

LMP1Team Peugeot Total – Peugeot 908 HDi FAP – Alexander Wurz
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Team Moore Racing has announced that it has signed Junior Strous (JuniorM3) to drive its number 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling – Shell car for the 2010 season. The 23 year-old Dutchman will drive for TMR in his second season in the Firestone Indy Light Series as part of the Shell Driver Development Program.

His first season in Indy Lights included only five starts, but an impressive two wins. A veteran of the Atlantic Championship, Strous has been a successful driver since his childhood karting days. … CONTINUED

Detailed Photos: M3 GT4 racecar

12/28/2009 at 3:30 PM
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Some great detailed photos of the M3 GT4, which runs in an amateur racing series with emphasis on carryover of production parts, reduced running costs, and high reliability. Notable changes to the stock M3 include carbon fiber fuel tank, front brake cooling channels, strut suspension, AP racing brakes, Akrapovic full exhaust.

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BMW Motorsport has announced the Z4 GT3, featuring the M3′s V8 engine, bumped up to 480hp!

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Here’s a recap by Berk Technology of their 2009 race season and their 135i race car, which has undergone many modifications in the past year.