The BMW team is once again ready to take on the “Green Hell” in 2015.
28th March sees the first race in the VLN Endurance Championship kick off at the world famous Nurburgring-Nordschleife.
Just like previous years, BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, will compete on the world’s most challenging track in a pair of works-supported BMW Z4 GT3s.
BMW Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, said, “We're convinced that with BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, as well as our outstanding driver line-up, we are in an excellent position for the endurance season on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife”.
Adding, “Our team has a mix of old-hands and young talent, who all have experience of the Nordschleife, are familiar with GT racing and are fast even in difficult conditions. With this combination we are ready for success in the special challenges that the Nordschleife has in store once again in 2015.”
The two BMW teams will kick off the VLN season with a selection of the most experienced drivers on the Nordschleife. A number of BMW team members have already enjoyed success at the German track including Lucas Luhr, Jorg Muller, Dirk Muller, Dirk Werner, Dirk Adorf and Claudia Hurtgen.
BMW’s other drivers – Jens Klingmann, Markus Palttala, Alexander Sims, Dominik Baumann and Nick Catsburg – also have a significant amount of GT racing and Nordschleife experience. British driver, Richard Westbrook, has been a well-known figure in international GT racing for a number of years and this year makes his debut in the BMW Z4 GT3.
Alongside these drivers, four BMW DTM drivers, including current champion, Marco Wittmann, are in action for the VLN and qualifying races. Augusto Farfus celebrated overall victory in the 24-hour race with BMW Motorsport back in 2010 whilst Maxime Martin won over fans with a string of strong powerful performances at the Eifel.
BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS are using the first two VLN races (28th March/25th April) and the qualifying race for the 24 Hours Nürburgring (12th April) as preparation for the endurance classic on 16th/17th May.
The selection of drivers used for the preparatory races will also provide the drivers who will take the wheel of the two BMW Z4 GT3s in the 24-hour race.