Team BMW Motorsport gearing up for classic race in Le Mans. Munich, 7th June 2010. This weekend Team BMW Motorsport will line up at the 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR) with two BMW M3 GT2 racing cars. Having achieved promising results in the Le...
Team BMW Motorsport gearing up for classic race in Le Mans.
Munich, 7th June 2010. This weekend Team BMW Motorsport will line up at the 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR) with two BMW M3 GT2 racing cars. Having achieved promising results in the Le Mans Series, Team Manager Charly Lamm's squad now has its sights set on another good result in the LM GT2 category at the highlight of the season. BMW treats the fans in Le Mans with a special highlight: the 17th BMW Art Car.
The competition is tough: 17 cars will start in this class for the 78th running of the race at the ?Circuit de la Sarthe?. BMW is hoping this year the BMW M3 GT2 will challenge the traditional top dogs, Ferrari and Porsche. Another newcomer will line up in 2010 in the form of Jaguar. The competition from Aston Martin, Corvette and Spyker is also destined to make the GT2 class more exciting than last year, when nine of the top ten cars were Ferraris. Rarely has the field in the LM GT2 category been as strong as it is this year.
Jorg Muller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Uwe Alzen (DE) will alternate at the wheel of the no. 78 BMW M3 GT2, while the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car (no. 79) will be driven by Dirk Werner (DE), Dirk Muller (DE) and Andy Priaulx (GB).
Jorg Muller (Car Number 78): "I have started a few times in Le Mans but never in the GT2 class, so I'm looking forward to the challenges that await me this weekend. I remember the race in 1999 very well. It was very disappointing to drop out while leading. However, we still had reason to celebrate when our team-mates claimed victory with the BMW V12 LMR."
Augusto Farfus (Car Number 78): "While the Nurburgring-Nordschleife is probably the toughest circuit in the world, Le Mans is probably the most famous. Even when I was driving karts I dreamed of appearing here. Now that time has arrived. Of course I am hoping to find my feet quickly and contribute towards the success of the team. It was unbelievable to win with my team-mates at the Nurburgring. Now we are determined to get another good result in Le Mans."
Uwe Alzen (Car Number 78): "The Le Mans 24 Hours is a very special event. I finished as runner-up alongside Jorg Muller back in 1998, so I know exactly what awaits us there. The circuit is absolutely captivating and a real challenge. You really have to watch out for the fast prototypes in order to avoid precarious situations when overtaking. It will be an exciting week."
Dirk Werner (Car Number 79): "The history of this race alone gives it a special appeal. The long straights and subsequent braking zones are definitely features that demand special attention, both when setting the car up and when driving the circuit. The fact that a large part of the race track is usually just a normal road is special. In my opinion, Le Mans is the biggest and most breathtaking race in the world. I am also looking forward to taking to the track in the BMW Art Car. That will be a real treat."
Andy Priaulx (Car Number 79): "Le Mans is one of the biggest races in the world. It is a great experience for any driver to race there. I find our BMW racing cars aesthetically pleasing anyway, but the result of Jeff Koons' work on the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car is just incredible. We will also do our best to make it a successful return for the Art Cars to Le Mans from a sporting angle."
Dirk Muller (Car Number 79): "The circuit in Le Mans has a very different character to the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. Top speed is crucial on the long straights, and you must hit the braking points for the chicanes precisely. You have to have a high level of concentration, particularly during the night, in order to avoid any risks. When it comes to the prestige of the event, Le Mans is in a class of its own. The flair is unique. It is a great honour for me to compete here in the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car."