- Parent Category: BMW Racing News
- Category: 2014 VLN Endurance Championship
- Published on Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00
- Written by Jeff Seabrook
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Sixteen hours into the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE), BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert is well placed. The number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 is embroiled in a thrilling three-way battle for the lead with a Mercedes and an Audi. Jens Klingmann (De) is currently at the wheel, having taken over duties in the cockpit from Claudia Hürtgen (DE). Martin Tomczyk (DE) had previously taken the lead during the night.
Unfortunately a damaged suspension meant the race was over after just four hours for the number 19 BMW Z4 GT3 and its drivers Dirk Werner (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE), Dirk Müller (DE) and Alexander Sims (DE).
Stefan Wendl (Team Manager Schubert Motorsport): “We launched a huge fightback with the number 20 car in the night, and regained all the time we lost as a result of the early spin. We were actually leading at the halfway point. We are now following the tight three-way battle for the lead very closely. It is a shame for our number 19 car, which had produced an outstanding race for the first three hours.”
Dominik Baumann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “I drove through dawn, so I had happy hour with good light and relatively few cars on the track. My stint was good. I was able to lap consistently on the soft tyres and did not have any problems of note. I was easily able to keep pace with the other cars in the leading group. The battle for the lead is incredibly tight, but everything is still running smoothly.”
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “I am very happy that we are still among the front-runners. The car is good and smooth to drive, which gives us great hope for the rest of the race. I always love driving in the night. It takes a lap to get used to it, but then you find your rhythm and can enjoy it. I spotted some smoke here and there, so I had the smell of barbecued sausages in my nose. The atmosphere is superb and it is great fun.”