- Category: BMW Racing News
- Published on Sunday, 13 July 2014 21:35
- Written by Jeff Seabrook
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Whether in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.
DTM: Maiden win for Martin – Podium for runner-up Spengler.
BMW Motorsport enjoyed a successful fifth race of the DTM season at the Moscow Raceway (RU): Maxime Martin (BE) and Bruno Spengler (CA) finished first and second to claim BMW’s first one-two of the year. Marco Wittmann (DE), Timo Glock (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) also scored valuable points on the outskirts of the Russian capital. A total of 50,000 fans flocked to the circuit to follow the action over the course of the weekend.
British GT: Ecurie Ecosse wins in Spa-Francorchamps.
The Ecurie Ecosse team secured its second win of the season at the British GT Championship event in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). Marco Attard (GB) and Alexander Sims (GB), at the wheel of the number 79 BMW Z4 GT3, won the second of two races at the iconic circuit in the Ardennes. The duo had previously finished fourth in race one. The successful weekend saw Attard return to the top of the Drivers‘ Championship, while Ecurie Ecosse now also leads the Team competition. Triple-Eight drivers Joe Osbourne (GB) and Lee Mowle (GB) were also in contention for a podium in race two in the number 88 BMW Z4 GT3, but dropped back to fifth on the final lap. They came home 18th in the opening race. Their team-mates Luke Hines (GB) and Derek Johnston (GB) in the number 888 car finished 13th in race one. They then failed to finish the second race. The number 78 BMW Z4 GT3 fielded by Team Russia by Barwell, with Timur Sardarov (RU) and Jonathan Cocker (GB) sharing the driving duties, came home 19th and 21st.
CTSCC: Hindman regains the championship lead.
The Continental Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) visited the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville (CA) this weekend. The Canadian round of the championship saw Trend Hindman (US) regain the lead in the Grand Sport class driver championship. He shared driving duties in the Fall-Line Motorsport BMW M3 with John Edwards (US), who squeezed this race in between free practice three and qualifying for the United SportsCar Championship (USCC). The pair completed 90 laps in the two-and-a-half hour race and finished fourth. In the Street Tuner class, Jeff Mosing (US) and Eric Foss (US) finished second after a great battle with the eventual winner in the Murillo Racing BMW 328i. The Bimmerworld Racing BMW 328i of James Clay (US) and Jason Briedis (US) came home fifth. Terry Borcheller (US) and Mike LaMarra (US) finished eighth in their Burton Racing BMW 128i.
DTM: Klingmann thrills fans in the centre of Moscow.
While his DTM colleagues were contesting the fifth race weekend of the 2014 season on the outskirts of Moscow, BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (DE) was also in action at the wheel of a BMW M4 DTM in the centre of the metropolis. He thrilled fans with a number of demonstration laps in the DTM racing car at Saturday’s “Moscow City Racing” – a popular show event set against the impressive backdrop of the Russian capital. The spectacular event has been on closed roads in the heart of historic Moscow every year since 2008. It allows spectators to experience racing cars from various classes in action, including Formula One, DTM and motorcycle racing. This year’s event attracted about 150,000 fans. “It was really impressive. When else do you get the opportunity to put your foot down in a racing car in front of the Kremlin and around Red Square. And the atmosphere was sensational. You could really feel how excited the spectators were. It was brilliant fun,” said Klingmann.