Exciting night awaits BMW teams in the Eifel Mountains

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Nürburgring (DE), 22nd June 2014. After an eventful start, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) continued to throw up plenty of incidents for the BMW teams as dusk fell over the iconic circuit. Nine hours into the race, both the number 25 BMW Z4 GT3 and the number 20 car are in contention at the head of the field. Maxime Martin (BE), Marco Wittmann (DE), Uwe Alzen (DE) and Jörg Müller (DE) are currently third for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS. Fellow BMW drivers Claudia Hürtgen (DE), Dominik Baumann (AT), Jens Klingmann (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) of BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert are running fifth.

 

 

Bas Leinders (BE), Markus Palttala (FI), Nick Catsburg (NL) and Dirk Adorf (DE) suffered a set-back in the second BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS car: shortly after midnight the number 26 car, which was leading at the time, was forced to pull into the pit lane twice with a faulty throttle butterfly and subsequently dropped down to 30th place. They have since improved to 26th.

 

The two BMW Z4 GT3s fielded by the Walkenhorst Motorsport team are now running 15th and 21st overall. The BMW M235i Racing with the start number 235, driven by Alexander Mies (DE), former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann (DE), and journalists Marcus Schurig (DE) and Jethro Bovingdon (GB), has climbed into 65th. In the BMW M235i Racing Cup class, the Walkenhorst Motorsport team leads with the #313 BMW M235i Racing.

 

Quotes from the BMW drivers after nine hours.

Dominik Baumann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, #20):
“I drove through dusk and into the night. That is actually one of the nicest moments of a 24-hour race. On the whole I am very happy with my stint. I was able to make up some time. The car is running superbly. I will take a short break now and leave the driving to my colleagues. I will then be back in the car at about three o’clock.”

 

Marco Wittmann (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, #25):
“I am very much looking forward to my double stint in the night. We are running well and have been able to make up a lot of ground in the last few hours. We obviously want to make it as far up the field as possible. And I am optimistic we will do just that, as the car has been very good so far. The key is to be consistently quick.”

 

Bas Leinders (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, #26):
“The problem with the throttle caused our car to drop well down the field. That is obviously a great shame, as we had been looking really good up to that point. Our goal now can only be to fight our way back as far up the field as possible in the time remaining. At least the number 25 car is back among the front-runners after its fightback.”

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