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Solid Top 10 start for BMW Team SRM at Albert Park

BMW Team SRM kicked off the second round of the Australian GT Championship with a solid eighth place for Steve Richards and the BMW M6 GT3 at Albert Park.

Richards put in a blinder of a qualifying lap earlier today to secure fifth spot on the grid for today’s opening race, although some confusion at the start of the 25-minute opener saw him drop down several spots on the first lap.

He fought back, though, ultimately finding himself locked in a tense battle with Lewis Williamson. In the end Richards came home eighth to cap off a promising opening day at Albert Park.

“We qualified really well. I think we probably got a bit more out of the car than some of the guys around us did,” said Richards.

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Falken Porsche and BMW to tackle the 24 Hours Nürburgring

In this year’s race season, Falken will line up on the grid with not one, but two cars from premium German manufacturers. Last year saw the debut of the Falken Porsche 911 GT3 R, which scooped the title of fastest Porsche in the 24 Hours Nürburgring and finished in 9th place overall. This season, it will be joined by an all-new Falken BMW M6 GT3 – the first time Falken has fielded two vehicles in motorsport.

Falken will enter both cars in various VLN endurance races as well as the legendary 24-hour race at Nürburgring. Campaigning two separate current-specification GT3 vehicles validates the confidence Falken has its tyres and engineering.

The BMW will be in the hands of two Falken drivers; Peter Dumbreck, this year celebrating ten years as part of the Falken team, and Alexandre Imperatori. The Porsche will be driven by Martin Ragginger and Porsche-works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor.

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Fit for a champion: The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition confirmed for Australia

 

 

 

  • Ultra-exclusive BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition confirmed for Australia
  • Built to commemorate Marco Wittman’s 2016 DTM championship, driving the BMW M4 DTM. This follows an initial title in 2014
  • Australia to receive 10 examples out of a 200 global unit allocation
  • Australian vehicles to receive commemorative plaque
    Direct transfer of motorsport technologies from racetrack to road
  • Priced from $295,000*

German racing driver Marco Wittman has enjoyed a special relationship with BMW Motorsport since his debut in the 2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, better known as the DTM.

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Australian Grand Prix weekend ends on a high for BMW Team SRM

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BMW Team SRM took a weekend-high 13th result from the fourth and final Australian GT Championship race at Albert Park, despite once again falling on the wrong side of a crucial Safety Car period.

Driver Max Twigg made a brilliant start to the 25-minute race, charging his way from 18th on the grid to 12th in the space of a couple of laps.

He then continued his charge into the Top 10, getting involved in a tight battle for position in the race’s latter stages.

Unfortunately, a small ‘moment’ with around 10 minutes to go cost him several positions and the chance of Top 10, before, like yesterday’s race, the Safety Car was brought out.

Still, with 13th position, Twigg and the BMW Team SRM squad came out of the final race happy with another weekend of progress.

“It was positive for everyone,” said Twigg.

“The car was strong – the engine likes the cool air.

“I was determined today. The last lap was a clear lap and it was two seconds faster, which was as quick as the lead car. The car had the pace.”

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BMW Team SRM confirms full Australian GT Championship program

BMW Team SRM will compete in every round of both the 2016 CAMS Australian GT Championship and the 2016 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship.
With the first brand new BMW M6 GT3 now landed in Australia, BMW Team SRM and BMW Group Australia have elected to expand the 2016 program to include all six rounds of the CAMS Australian GT Championship.
That means the stunning M6 GT3 will make its competitive debut at next month’s Clipsal 500.
The ‘sprint’ calendar also includes rounds at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia, Phillip Island, Townsville, and Highlands Park in New Zealand.
BMW Team SRM will also compete in all four rounds of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship, which features two 101-lap races in Australia (Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park) and two in New Zealand (Hampton Downs and Highlands Park).
“I think we all got pretty excited when we found out we were allocated a car for January, and that moved the goal posts for us,” said BMW Team SRM owner and driver Steve Richards.
“It gave us the opportunity to work towards a full program for 2016, and it was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss. So we all put our heads together and made it happen.
“The extra races will be hugely beneficial when it comes to learning the idiosyncrasies of the new car, as well as how to best utilise the fantastic technical support we will have from Germany.
“The earlier we sink our teeth into the program, the better off we’ll be when it comes to those endurance races later in the year.”
BMW Team SRM and BMW Group Australia are also delighted to confirm that the M6 GT3 will run number 100 for the 2016 season, in celebration of the BMW Group’s 100-year anniversary.
“The arrival of the new M6 GT3 is a very big part of the centennial celebrations, and we have been able to confirm the number of the car with the Australian GT Championship organisers,” said Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia.
“This is the icing on the cake for us.

“I am proud to announce that the official number designation of the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 will be vehicle number 100. We believe this is a perfect fit for BMW, emphasising our performance heritage and the motorsport DNA that is inherent in our brand.”
CAMS Australian GT Championship
Round 1 – Clipsal 500 – March 3-6
Round 2 – Australian Grand Prix – March 17-20
Round 3 – Perth Super Sprint – May 6-8
Round 4 – Phillip Island – May 27-28
Round 5 – Townsville 400 – July 8-10
Round 6 – Highlands Park – November 11-12

CAMS Australian Endurance Championship
Round 1 – Phillip Island 101 – May 29
Round 2 – Sydney Motorsport Park – August 26-28
Round 3 – Hampton Downs – October 28-30
Round 4 – Highlands Park 101 – November 13

First BMW M6 GT3 lands in Australia

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The first BMW M6 GT3 has touched down in Australia, with BMW Team SRM having now officially taken delivery of the brand new twin-turbo V8-powered racing car. The new-generation GT3 car is the first of its kind to land in Australia, and will compete as a factory-supported entry in GT racing under the BMW Team SRM banner this season.

The running of the BMW M6 GT3 program in Australia has been entrusted to motorsport legend Steve Richards, the reigning Bathurst 1000 winner. His SRM squad will also provide on-track support and parts supply when other M6 GT3s join the Australian GT field in the future.

According to Richards, this is the most exciting new car delivery he’s ever been involved in. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited,” said Richards.

“I’ve had a few new race cars in my time, but this one takes the cake. “We’re really lucky to have this program up and running with BMW Group Australia, and to be involved in the Australian GT Championship with something that is so new. I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into it.

“These GT3 cars have the same technical innovations as modern road cars, so to have things like anti-lock braking and traction control, not to mention the aerodynamics – that makes them as exciting to drive as you can get. “I just can’t wait to drive it.”

Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia, agreed that the arrival of the BMW M6 GT3 is an exciting moment. “The arrival of the first BMW M6 GT3 in Australia is a major milestone in the development of this brand new program,” said Werner.

“To have the car here, and see it in the flesh, is incredibly exciting. Welcoming the BMW M6 GT3 to the BMW family here in Australia is the perfect way to kick-start celebrations for our 100th year, and we can’t wait for the new car to hit the track for the first time.”

Richards will have his first taste of the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 at the car’s debut test session at Winton next week. The all-new BMW M6 GT3 is powered by a BMW 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower turbo technology, and replaces the successful BMW Z4 GT3 as the brand’s top-level GT3-specification racer.

The new model made its international racing debut at the gruelling 24 Hours of Daytona recently, Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala, Maxime Martin, and Jesse Krohn teaming up to finish an impressive sixth in the GTD class.

Embeddable video content, including footage of the BMW M6 GT3 being unloaded upon arrival in Australia, can be found via this link: https://youtu.be/uLbi4-IR8ks

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Rare BMW M1 Procar to race at PI Classic

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  • Ultra rare BMW M1 Procar makes first Victorian circuit appearance
  • Large 100th Anniversary display by BMW Club

One of the world’s most desirable racing BMWs is heading to Phillip Island to help celebrate BMW’s 100th birthday at the 27th annual Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 11-13.
The Bowden Family’s newly-acquired 1979 BMW M1 Procar will join another 12 BMWs competing during the three day meeting – a record nine of them ex-JPS Team BMW Touring Cars.
There will also be further nine or so JPS road cars (another record) amongst more than 30 BMWs from early 2002 models to the latest M5s in a special Anniversary display by the BMW Club of Victoria.
The standout amongst the BMW drivers racing will be seven times Bathurst winner Jim Richards, who won the first two of his four Australian Touring Car titles in 1985 and 1987 at the wheel of BMW M cars.
Richards will face the starting lights five times over the weekend in the capacity grid Group C & A races driving an ex-Team JPS BMW 635 coupe now owned by New Zealand enthusiast Peter Sturgeon. The car has been painstakingly restored to the same Group C spec that Richards raced it originally in 1983 and 1984.
The track appearance of the former ‘Speed Star Wheels’ BMW M1 Procar in Chris Bowden’s hands is believed to be the first time one of BMW’s most famous Post War racing models has been on a Victorian circuit.

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The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 to Appear in the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison

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Melbourne – Two AMG powered vehicles are set to go head to head with the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix Two-seater presented by Swisse across the biggest motorsport weekend in Australia. Following its Australasian premiere the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car will compete alongside a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate to challenge the two-seater F1 race car in the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison.
Five-time MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan will once again pilot a road going Mercedes-AMG, which in 2016 will be the AMG C 63 S Estate. Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy Chief Driving Instructor, Peter Hackett, will be driving the latest race car from AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Driving the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix Two-seater presented by Swisse will be experienced racing driver Cameron McConville.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate – Sportiness and dynamism carefully considered, the AMG C 63 S Estate offers exceptional race track performance and practicallity. The sum of the performance-oriented equipment, a sumptuous interior and outstanding technology, lifts the new AMG C 63 S to a new league of high-performance vehicles.
Five-time MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan said, “I recently drove the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S around Mount Panorama in Bathurst and just couldn’t believe the power delivery from the Bi-turbo V8 down Conrod straight, I can’t wait to see what it can do around Albert Park.
The other two guys will be fast and that new AMG GT3 looks fast even at a standstill. Though I’ll be in a road going production car, I’ll be doing everything I can to keep them both in my mirrors”, concluded Doohan.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT3 Australian Premiere at the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

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To coincide with the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Mercedes-AMG is presenting its very latest racing car: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the first time in Australia.

Motorsport and Mercedes-AMG are inseparable entities: competition on the racetrack is deeply ingrained in the DNA of AMG, and constantly drives the team in Affalterbach on to achieve top-class performance. In no other customer race series in the world is there so much variety as in those held according to the FIA’s GT3 rules. They attract the entire international sports car elite to the starting line. The mixture of demanding sprint races and legendary endurance classics around the globe constantly confronts the teams with new challenges.

“We are entering a hotly contested and strongly occupied competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological level and fair race rules motivate us to be right up in the front rank with our new customer racing car,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “Our standard version of the AMG GT is already aimed specifically at the fiercely contested sports car segment. We are now systematically continuing this strategy on the racetrack as well. Only those who win against the best can substantiate a claim to leadership.”

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