In 1970, BMW was the first entry in the winners’ list at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, when Clemens Schickentanz and the young Hans-Joachim Stuck triumphed in a BMW 2002 ti. In 1998, Andreas Bovensiepen, Marc Duez, Christian Menzel and Stuck achieved the first victory for a car with a diesel engine: the BMW 320d. The last BMW victory dates back to 2010, when Augusto Farfus, Jörg Müller, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy secured the win in a dramatic finale with their BMW M3 GT.
The Nordschleife is the toughest circuit in the world – and that is why BMW puts every new production car to the ultimate endurance test there. The more than 20 kilometres long circuit demands skill, courage and a cool head at all times. The weather conditions in the Eifel region, which can change within minutes, pose an additional challenge.
In its latest edition, the 24-hour race once again offered everything that GT fans from around the world love about this event: constantly changing conditions with rain and hail, an interruption that lasted several hours and countless accidents that played havoc with the classification time and again.
On its first outing at the “Green Hell”, the new BMW M6 GT3 finished in the top five. Dirk Werner, Maxime Martin, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng finished in fifth place for ROWE Racing in the number 23 car. The two Walkenhorst Motorsport cars also made it into the top 30, finishing in 12th (number 999) and 22nd (number 101) place.
In 2017, BMW Team Schnitzer will enhance an already strong BMW set-up in international GT and endurance racing. The team headed by Charly Lamm will compete in races alongside ROWE Racing, winners of the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps, and Schubert Motorsport, and will be doing their best to record the 20th overall win for BMW in the classic 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. BMW Team Schnitzer is also scheduled to compete with the BMW M6 GT3 at the ADAC GT Masters. The three teams will also represent BMW at many other GT events – such as the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN) or the Blancpain GT Series. Among others, former BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn will compete in a BMW M6 GT3 in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, alongside the works drivers active in the DTM.