BMW M3 GT4 Ready for Nurburgring 24-Hour Race Debut
"Although we will not be represented by a works team at this year's 24-hour race, our Customer Racing programme ensures that our fans will still see plenty of BMW racing cars and BMW works drivers," BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, said in the statement.
"We will be particularly interested in how the new BMW M3 GT4 performs, which is fielded by Schubert Motorsport in cooperation with ‘sport auto'. Jörg Müller and Andy Priaulx are two former overall winners in the Eifel. Spectators can certainly look forward to an exciting weekend."
BMW has a long history on the Nordschleife as the company achieved lots of good results on this particular circuit since the first 24-hour race was held in 1970. The best example comes from the last season when one third of the 150 cars that passed the finish line of the 24-hour race were designed by BMW. Overall, the company recorded 114 victories, according to official figures given by BMW.
"To date, the marque has 18 overall victories to its name, and has even achieved a one-two on eight occasions. Most recently, the BMW M3 GTR enjoyed double success in 2004 and 2005. Jörg Müller was a member of the winning team back in 2004, while Priaulx was triumphant in 2005," BMW added in a statement.
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