24h Spa 2018: BMW M6 GT3 gets a double victory in the Ardennes

When speed meets reliability and a bit of racing fortune, is a strong result is the logical consequence. For the BMW M6 GT3 of the team Walkenhorst and ROWE Racing on the paper-simple, but in practice difficult to apply the principle of the long-distance Motorsports, the key to success at the 24h Spa 2018. The endurance classic in the Ardennes ended with a double victory for BMW, while other Teams had much less luck. Several serious accidents resulted in numerous Yellow-phase, and interruption of the race, two riders had to be flown with fractures to the hospital of liège. Also we wish a speedy recovery!

Since the BMW M6 GT3 from severe remained between cases spared and in the Timing of pit stops the necessary luck on their side, had, at the end of the third Spa-total victory in the last four years to book. The victory of the walkenhorst-M6 with Philipp Eng, Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes repeated, barely more than ten seconds behind the ROWE-M6 with Jens Klingmann, Nick Catsburg and Alexander Sims double victory for BMW completed.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “congratulations to the Team of Walkenhorst Motorsport to victory in the 24-hour race of Spa-Francorchamps. For the second Time after 2016, the BMW M6 GT3, the biggest GT was not overcome race in the world. That makes us very proud and once again shows how strong the GT3 flagship in our customer sports range is on the way. With the Triumph of number 24, we have strengthened our Position as by far the most successful manufacturer in the 24-hour race in Spa. What impressed me especially the way, like Philipp Eng, Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes won. The Trio has allowed just like the entire Crew, no mistake, could keep all the intermediate cases, and from the beginning in the top group. The Timing of the strategy in the many Yellow and Safety Car periods was optimal. Just such a power it needs, if you want to be in such a tough endurance race at the end of the top. That have managed, Jens klingmann, Alexander Sims and Nick Catsburg in a BMW M6 GT3 of ROWE Racing as the Second on the Podium and a double victory taken care of, the 70. Edition of the 24 hours race of Spa for us finally to the perfect race. Now there is a party.“

Philipp Eng (#34 BMW M6 GT3 Walkenhorst Motorsport 1. Place ): “it is simply incredible. To stand here in this narrow field, with all the great drivers and cars at the end of the second Time as the winner, which makes me overjoyed. Our BMW M6 GT3 has just gone incredibly well and my two team-mates were legendary. Me so many things go through your head. I’m very happy for the entire Crew of Walkenhorst Motorsport and the BMW Motorsport guys here at the track and in Munich. Now I am looking forward to a cold drink.“

Tom Blomqvist (#34 BMW M6 GT3 Walkenhorst Motorsport 1. Place ): “My feelings with words not to describe. Who would have thought at the beginning of the race, that we can really win? The Team has not made the slightest mistake, with the car, there was the whole week no problems – it is incredible. What this Team has achieved is simply fantastic. This is a very special Moment for me to enjoy these emotions with this team, is simply incredible.“

Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3 Walkenhorst Motorsport 1. Place ): “This is crazy! I would have never thought when I came here. But I believed in the Team and had in Tom and Philip, two fantastic team-mates, on which I could depend. What has conjured Philipp in the last two hours from the hat, was simply sensational. I’m going now for two years for the Team. It is a young and determined team. They all want to win – and that has borne fruit.“

Jens Klingmann (#99 BMW M6 GT3 ROWE Racing , 2. Place ): “I think the second place was the Maximum. I’m particularly looking forward to the BMW family. One and a-two for BMW Motorsport – who would have thought, as we travelled here? This is the toughest GT race in the world, and we can all be proud of us.“

Alexander Sims (#99 BMW M6 GT3 ROWE Racing , 2. Place ): “I am very happy to be back here on the Podium. Two years ago I won here, with Maxime Martin and Philipp Eng. I am very, very proud of all the boys of ROWE Racing and BMW Motorsport. You have made the double victory for an outstanding Job. A pity that it was not enough for us for the first place, but I’m also very, very glad about the second place and what we have achieved.“

Nick Catsburg (#99 BMW M6 GT3 ROWE Racing , 2. Place ): “It is frankly never nice to be Second, but to lose against a BMW, makes it easier. I am very happy to be on the Podium and am looking forward for BMW on the double win. BMW has won here in the 2015, 2016, and now 2018. Something we seem to do here.“

Marco Wittmann (#98 BMW M6 GT3 ROWE Racing, DNF): “We had a good Start to the race and were able to then of 27. on the second place after the front of the work. The Team and drivers have done a great Job. It is a pity, because shortly before the Problem occurred, we were the fastest car on the track. The Sport is sometimes, even if it is hard. The Positive is that BMW has still a reason to celebrate.“

Jesse Krohn (#98 BMW M6 GT3 ROWE Racing, DNF): “I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I am very happy with BMW on the double victory and with my Team. Our Crew, however, had not the luck is on your side. We were super on-the-go, and a perfect strategy has brought us from the 27th up to rank two to the front, before the problems occurred. That was exactly, as the Phase of the race began, in which we are particularly strong would have been. Therefore, it is really a pity that the opportunity was denied to fight with the victory.“

Ricky Collard (#98 BMW M6 GT3 ROWE Racing, DNF): “It is a great pity. We drove some really good Stints, and had a great Pace. Shortly before our departure, we were the fastest car out there. It was my first 24-hour race in a GT3 race car, and a long time it went really very well.“

[resources : bimmertoday.de]
by : klonr.com

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