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BMW hands Bathurst debuts to Muller, Collard and Menzel

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BMW hands Bathurst debuts to Muller, Collard and Menzel
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Jan 25, 2017, 10:32 AM

Three BMW drivers will make their debuts in the Bathurst 12 Hours race in early February in the #99 Walkenhorst Motorsport entry.

#26 Marc VDS Racing BMW Z4 GT3: Jörg Müller
#999 Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by Dunlop, BMW M6 GT3: Victor Bouveng, Tom Blomqvist, Christian Krognes, Michele di Martino
Ricky Collard and Nico Menzel with Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director
Christian Krognes, Jesse Krohn, Victor Bouveng, Walkenhorst Motorsport, BMW M6 GT3

Long-time BMW works driver Jorg Muller will partner up with junior programme members Ricky Collard and Nico Menzel in Walkenhorst's BMW M6 GT3.

The car will sport a commemorative BMW Junior Team livery for the 40-year anniversary of the programme.

Muller, 47, has been part of the BMW set-up since 1999, while Collard and Menzel entered the marque's junior programme last year.

Collard, son of BTCC driver Rob, was runner-up in UK open-wheel categories MSA Formula and British F3 in the past two years, whereas Menzel got his break after establishing himself at the front in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, which he won in 2016.

"I gained some experience at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 during the last VLN season – the Nordschleife is the best, and the toughest, way to get to know a car," Menzel said.

"Now the long winter break is over and I have just finished my high school exams, so I am really looking forward to an Australian adventure.

"Racing in Bathurst is a real highlight at this stage in my career."

Collard said: "It is a dream to be able to compete in the BMW M6 GT3 in Bathurst. I have not yet raced [the car]. Nonetheless, I hope that I can help the team with my speed."

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