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Le Mans, 13th June 2010. Team BMW Motorsport experienced a turbulent return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Lady luck did not necessarily smile on the two BMW M3 GT2s. Car number 78, with Jörg Müller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Uwe Alzen (DE) alternating at the wheel, completed 320 laps to finish sixth in the LM GT2 class in front of 240,000 spectators.

The BMW M3 GT2 Art Car, designed by American artist Jeff Koons, turned out to be a true fan favourite over the course … CONTINUED

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Here is another fabulous report and photo journal from 1ADDICTS member Dackelone, this time of his weekend spent at the Hockenheim Ring ADAC Masters Race, featuring pro and amateur races. There were a full range of racecars, including Mini cup cars, Fiat 500 cup cars, DTC and Touring cars, Formula 3000 (one step down from F1 cars), GT2 and GT3 cars, among other classes. Check out the experience inside.

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The BMW M3 GT2 Art Car has retired early from the Le Mans 24 Hours (FR). Despite the fact Andy Priaulx (GB) should have been able to finish the lap without any problems, based on the amount of fuel calculated to have been put into the car at the previous pit stop, he ran out of fuel on the way into the Indianapolis curve. The exact cause is yet to be analysed. Car number 79 had already lost a lot of time due to unscheduled pit … CONTINUED

BMW Preparing for the 24h at LeMans

06/11/2010 at 6:45 PM
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This year, BMW faces the challenge of Le Mans (FR) for the first time since its victory there in 1999. For Mario Theissen, the 24-hour race eleven years ago was the first major assignment as BMW Motorsport Director. For that reason, the triumph with the BMW V12 LMR remains very important for him, as Theissen reveals in this interview.

Mr Theissen, how has Le Mans changed since 1999?

Mario Theissen: “It goes without saying that the Le Mans 24 Hours … CONTINUED

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On June 12 at three in the afternoon the legendary the 24 Hours of Le Mans will officially begin. A highlight will surely be the participation of the Jeff Koons’ 17th BMW Art Car which has been presented in Paris just a week before. In April 2010, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen announced the driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk M

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At the premiere of the 17th BMW Art Car Jeff Koons unveiled and signed his car in front of 300 international VIP guests on June 1 in the Centre Pompidou, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions for modern and contemporary art. It is the same place where Roy Lichtenstein back in 1977 first presented and signed his Art Car.

In the spirit of Calder, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, BMW announced this year that the 17th Art Car created by Jeff Koons will race where the first … CONTINUED

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This one is an absolute must watch video of the recently concluded 2010 Nurburgring 24 Hour race which was won by BMW Team Schnitzer M3 GT2. Whether you’re a BMW Motorsports fan, general BMW enthusiast, M3 fan, or just a fan of videography, be sure to kick back and enjoy 13 minutes of auto racing eye candy.

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Mr. Fast and Furious himself, Paul Walker will be behind the wheel of a built E93 M3 and joins Paul Dentice and Richard Taylor on the AE Performance team competing in the 2010 Redline Time Attack series. Check out the stripped down M3′s specs and photos inside.

BMW WTCC team finishes 1-2 at Monza

05/24/2010 at 8:00 PM
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Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus capitalised on last lap punctures for Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff to steal a sensational one-two for BMW in Sunday’s first World Touring Car race at Monza.

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Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – May 22, 2010… The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team fought to its third consecutive podium (four total for the season) with a second place finish by the No. 90 M3 GT of Joey Hand and Dirk Müller in today’s six-hour American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

After leading the bulk of laps going into the closing stage of the race, Hand was passed on the final restart to finish second, a bittersweet ending to a day that began with … CONTINUED

Joy is the Lord of the Ring

05/22/2010 at 1:00 PM
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In order to commemorate their huge win at the 24hours Nurburgring race, BMW has a few things in store. But they’ve kicked things off with a nicely put together, albeit too short, of a video about the even, which highlights the end of the race when they seemed to have it. I have a feeling more behind the scenes videos and interviews will come out later on, but so far this is a good way to kick things off :)

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The #25 BMW M3 GT2 driven by Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy has won the Nürburgring 24 hour race!

In second place was the one and only Ferrari in the race, the #43 F430 GTC with Dominik Farnbacher, Allan Simonsen, Lehman Keen and Marco Seefried at the wheel. Crossing the line in third was the #97 Audi R8 LMS driven by Dennis Rostek, Luca Ludwig, Marc Bronzel and Markus Winkelhock.

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Following the conclusion of its intense preparation programme, the focus for Team BMW Motorsport is now on this weekend’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE). BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, reveals the status of the team’s preparations, as well as the importance of GT racing for BMW, Team BMW Motorsport and its eight drivers.

Mr Theissen, how would you sum up Team BMW Motorsport’s preparations for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring?

Mario Theissen: “We are right on schedule. The performance of the BMW M3 GT2 in the … CONTINUED

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Heres a very cool and detailed tech article from motoiq.com.

Some selected quotes

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If you do a google search on these cars, you will not find much information on them because until now, no one that cares has gotten a really close look at these amazing machines.

The teams engineers were very quiet when we asked them about the … CONTINUED

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Well it has been a LONG hiatus for BMW from the DTM series, in fact they havent raced since 1992. Many of us remember the fun times watching the hectic DTM series and BMWs have been very competitive in the series in the past. Luckily, in the wake of BMWs pull out from F1 whispers were flying around that BMW would turn its attention to the DTM series and now it seems to have come true.

What are BMWs plans? … CONTINUED

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Well it has been a LONG hiatus for BMW from the DTM series, in fact they havent raced since 1992. Many of us remember the fun times watching the hectic DTM series and BMWs have been very competitive in the series in the past. Luckily, in the wake of BMWs pull out from F1 whispers were flying around that BMW would turn its attention to the DTM series and now it seems to have come true.

What are BMWs plans? … CONTINUED

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another nice video of the Schubert Z4 GT3 on the Nurburgring/Nordschleife

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Los Angeles – April 17, 2010… The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GT Coupes finished 3rd and 5th in Saturday’s American Le Mans at Long Beach event. In a 100-minute action-packed sprint slowed by three caution periods, BMW drivers Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner brought the No. 92 M3 home in 3rd place with 65 laps completed, 5.4 seconds behind the GT class leader. Dirk Mϋller and Joey Hand finished the race with the No. 90 M3 in 5th position.

Auberlen and Mϋller started the race … CONTINUED