BMW Victorious at 24-hour ADAC Nürburgring Race

May 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm

This year BMW returned to the 24-hour race of Nurburgring, and won it! BMW Motorsport team with their M3 GT2 managed to cross the finish line first after 154 laps of the green hell.

This victory was BMW’s 19th, and it was achieved by their new team of drivers including Jörg Müller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Uwe Alzen (DE) and Pedro Lamy (PT).

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It wasn’t an easy victory though! For most of the race Porsche and their new 911 GT3 R hybrid was in the lead but their car broke down just some hours before the end of the race. And Audi, which finished third also had troubles as well. They entered seven R8 LMS but only two if them finished. BMW did a good job beating a Ferrari F430 GTC.

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen said: “That was a fantastic return for us at the 24-hour race here on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. This win reminds me of the triumph in Le Mans in 1999. I have never known excitement like I experienced today. After some of our direct rivals fell by the wayside, our victory was also hanging by a thread. At about 12.00 the winning car developed a gearbox problem, resulting in the loss of one gear. Shortly after 13.00 other gears gradually gave up. It was a masterful performance how Jörg Müller and Uwe Alzen brought the car home in first place in this crucial phase. The tension was enormous for all of us, so the relief was all the greater when the car crossed the finish line. I must say a big thank you to every single member of the team. Everyone worked perfectly together. Thanks also to our loyal fans, who have taken us to their hearts after a five-year break and given us such great support.”

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