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BMW M Motorsport News, 25th July 2022

GT World Challenge America: Class win and podiums for the BMW
M4 GT3.

The Fanatec GT World Challenge America event at Watkins Glen (USA)
this weekend was a successful event for the two BMW M Motorsport teams
Turner Motorsport and BimmerWorld – with a class win and podiums for
the BMW M4 GT3.

Turner Motorsport was represented by Robby Foley and Michael Dinan
(both USA) once again. In the first race they crossed the finish line
in third place overall with the #96 BMW M4 GT3, which saw them win the
Pro class. The #94 BMW M4 GT3 of BimmerWorld, with Chandler Hull and
Bill Auberlen (both USA) at the wheel, finished seventh in the Pro-Am
class (eleventh overall).

In race two, BimmerWorld only narrowly missed out on the overall
podium in P4, but the result saw them claim third place in the Pro-Am
category. Turner Motorsport finished on the class podium once again in
the second race, securing third place in the Pro category (eighth
place overall).

GT World Challenge Asia: Podium for PLUS with BMW Team Studie.

The Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia was in Japan for the second and
third events of the season these past two weekends. First up was the
Suzuka Circuit, followed by Fuji. BMW M Team Studie was part of the
action – and secured a spot on the podium with the BMW M4 GT3 of PLUS
with BMW Team Studie at Suzuka. In the turbulent race on Sunday, which
saw four safety car periods during the one-hour race, Seiji Ara and
Tomohide Yamaguchi (both JPN) finished third on the podium. The duo
finished sixth in the first Suzuka race on Saturday. The team retired
from the first race in Fuji, and Ara and Yamaguchi finished in P15 in
the second race.

BMW M Team Studie also entered the BMW M2 CS Racing in the TC INV
class at Suzuka. The car was the only one in its class. The BMW M2 CS
Racing finished in 21st place overall in the first race, and retired
in the second race. The teams DG Motorsport and Legal Top Racing teams
contested the TC INV class with the BMW M2 CS Racing at Fuji. DG
Motorsport finished in 21st and 22nd place overall, while Legal Top
Racing retired in the first race and crossed the finish line in P24 in
race two.

Italian GT Endurance: BMW M4 GT3 on class podium at Mugello.

 

The second endurance race of the 2022 Italian GT Championship was
held at Mugello (ITA) in mid-July. The #50 BMW M4 GT3 cockpit of BMW
Italia by Ceccato Racing was shared by Stefano Comandini, Giuseppe
Fascicolo (both ITA) and Alfred Nilsson (SWE). The trio moved up the
field magnificently to secure a spot on the podium in the GT3 Pro-Am
class after starting the two-hour race from the back of the grid.
First up, Nilsson drove a very fast first stint, and Fascicolo and
Comandini carried on where he left off. That saw the BMW M4 GT3 finish
in second place in its class and in a strong fifth place overall.

British GT Championship: Racing in Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps.

The fifth round of the 2022 British GT Championship took BMW M
Motorsport Team Century Motorsport to Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). The
iconic Belgian track hosted a two-hour race at the weekend in which
the team finished in eleventh place overall in the #91 BMW M4 GT3.
David Holloway (GBR) and Joel Eriksson (SWE) took it in turns at the
wheel at Spa.

In the GT4 class, Will Burns and Jack Brown (both GBR) in the #90 BMW
M4 GT4 of Century Motorsport crossed the finish line in tenth place.
Their team-mates Tom Rawlings and Chris Salkeld (both GBR) recorded
twelfth place in the #9 car.

IMPC: Turner Motorsport makes up ground at Lime Rock Park.

BMW M Motorsport Team Turner Motorsport showed their fighting spirit
once again in the

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Lime Rock Park (USA). The
two-hour race was held as part of the ‘Northeast GP’ in mid-July.
Dillon Machavern and Bill Auberlen (both USA) started the race from
eighth on the grid in the #95 BMW M4 GT4, but suffered a setback
almost immediately. Machavern had to return to the pit with tyre
damage and dropped right down the field, but he and Auberlen embarked
on a spirited race to catch up once again, and manoeuvred the #95 into
sixth place. Their Turner Motorsport team-mates Robby Foley and
Vincent Barletta (both USA) moved up the field in the #96 BMW M4 GT4,
finishing in tenth place after starting from 15th on the grid. Stephen
Cameron Racing entered the #43 BMW M4 GT4, with Greg Liefooghe and
Sean Quinlan (both USA) sharing the cockpit, and finished in 16th
place in the GS class.

GT4/GT/TC America: Successful weekend for the BMW M Motorsport
teams at Watkins Glen.

In addition to the Fanatec GT World Challenge America, GT4 America,
GT America and TC America also held races at Watkins Glen (USA) this
weekend and BMW M Motorsport teams celebrated further success.

In GT4 America, the Tom Capizzi and John Capestro-Dubets duo (both
USA) clinched the Pro-Am class win with the #52 BMW M4 GT4 of Auto
Technic Racing in the second of the two races. That saw them finish in
second place overall in this race. In the Am class, Charlie Postins
and James Clay (both USA) in the #36 BMW M4 GT4 of BimmerWorld were
unbeatable. They were class winners in both races. Third place in the
Am class went to Rob Walker and Alex Filsinger (both USA) in the #53
BMW M4 GT4 of Auto Technic Racing in the two races. Their team-mates
Austen Smith and Zac Anderson (both USA) finished in P5 in both races,
making them the best-placed BMW duo in the Silver class. In GT
America, Marko Radisic (SRB) bagged third place on the GT4 class
podium in race two. He drove the #22 BMW M4 GT4 of SRQ Motorsport.

In TC America it was the BMW M Motorsport teams who were once again
the force to be reckoned with. They clinched a top-eight and top-ten
lock-out for the BMW M2 CS Racing in the two races. In the first race,
Colin Garrett (USA / #44 Rooster Hall Racing) finished first, ahead of
Jacob Ruud (USA / #1 Fast Track Racing). His team-mate Garrett Adams
(USA / #54) completed the podium in third place. Victory in race two
went to Ruud, with Lucas Catania (USA / #26 Rigid Speed) and Garrett
finishing in second and third places on the podium.

GT4 France / TC France: Podium for L’Espace Bienvenue at Spa.

As part of the SRO Speed Week at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), GT4 France
and TC France also held races at the track in the Ardennes this
weekend. Ricardo van der Ende (NED) and Benjamin Lessennes (BEL)
bagged another podium with the #17 BMW M4 GT4 of L’Espace Bienvenue.
They finished third in the Silver class (fourth place overall) in the
second of the two races. They finished the first race in sixth place
overall and fifth in their class.

TC France held three races at Spa-Francorchamps. In the first race,
Jean-Matthieu Leandri (FRA) of Team VSF Sport – Amplitude Automobile
only narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing in fourth. In race
two he made it onto the podium with the #18 BMW M2 CS Racing, in third
place. In race three it was the team’s #41 BMW M2 CS Racing that was
the best-placed BMW as Benoit Eveillard (FRA) shared the cockpit with
Florian Teillais (FRA), and the duo crossed the finish line in fifth place.

BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy: Luigi Ferrara and Lorenzo Marcucci
win at Mugello.

The BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy entered its third round of the season
at Mugello (ITA) in mid-July. The two races were a real scorcher, both
in terms of the temperatures ranging between 32 and 36 degrees
Celsius, and the thrilling action. Championship leader Luigi Ferrara
and Marco Zanasi (both ITA) were embroiled in a fiercely contested
duel at the front. Ferrara emerged as the winner, by just seven-tenths
of a second. Zanasi finished second, with third place going to Jody
Vullo (ITA). Lorenzo Marcucci (ITA) celebrated his second win of the
season in the second race. Zanasi finished second again, with Ferrara
in third this time around. Ferrara now leads the driver standings with
102 points, followed by Sandrucci (75 points) and Zanasi (73 points).

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