07-31-2010, 05:28 AM #1
Spa 24 Hours - BimmerBoost Coverage
This thread will have all the updates for the Spa 24 hour race taking place on July 31st to August 1st.
With intermittent heavy rain and unpredictable conditions making warm up runs and qualifying difficult, BMW has managed to quality 2nd and 6th spots with the pair of GT2 M3's. Dirk Werner set the second fastest lap with a time of 2 minutes and 22.549 seconds. Ferrari took the pole in the number 78 F430 GT car driven by Gianmaria Bruni. The The Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours will start at 16:00 hours (local time in Belgium) on July 31st.
The M3 GT2's have been coming on stronger and stronger and the race will be tightly contested. The driving teams have been rotated and differ from the 24 hours of Le Mans teams. Dirk Mueller, Drik Werner, and Dirk Adorf will be driving the number 79 M3. Yes, that is a lot of Dirk's. Pedro Lamy, Jorg Mueller, and Uwe Alzen will be driving the number 78 M3. Best of luck to BMW Motorsport!
BMW Motorsport Team Quotes on qualifying and warm up's:
Originally Posted by Charly Lamm (Team President)Originally Posted by Dirk WernerOriginally Posted by Pedro Lamy
07-31-2010, 05:46 AM #2
BMW Motorsport Qualifies 2nd and 6th for the 24 hours of Spa
Good luck BMW!
07-31-2010, 09:42 AM #3
08-01-2010, 12:55 AM #4
Spa 24 Hours: BMW leading at 12 hour halfway point as darkness falls
BMW currently has a one lap lead on the entire field at the halfway point of the 24 hours of Spa. The number 79 M3 continues to the lead the race and has set the fastest overall lap time with a time of 2:22.710. Rain once again came down hard and has been intermittent. 12 hours to go.
Comments from the drivers at the halfway point:
Originally Posted by Jorg Mueller (Car 78)Originally Posted by Dirk Werner (Car 79)
08-01-2010, 02:20 AM #5
08-01-2010, 06:18 PM #6
Broken Track Rod in final hour costs BMW Motorsport Victory at Spa
BMW Motorsport finished in third and fourth place at the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. Normally, this would be considered a great result in a field that was so tightly packed. However, BMW led the race for over 20 hours. A victory was all but assured as the leading BMW had a 2 lap margin on the trailing Porsche. Suddenly the left-front track rod gave out and the M3 crashed into the barriers. The damage was repaired in the pits but by that time the lead was lost with no time left to recoup it.
This is a huge disappointment for a BMW team that dominated the race. The M3's even ran 1st and 2nd at one point before conditions became very harsh. Even with the 3rd place finish BMW still has the most victories at this endurance race with 21 to its name.
What the drivers had to say:
Originally Posted by Dirk Werner (Car 79)Originally Posted by Dirk Mueller (Car 79)Originally Posted by Dirk Adorf (Car 79)Originally Posted by Jorg Mueller (Car 78)Originally Posted by Pedro Lamy (Car 78)Originally Posted by Uwe Alzen (Car 78)
08-01-2010, 11:38 PM #7
08-01-2010, 11:41 PM #8
08-01-2010, 11:44 PM #9
08-05-2010, 07:58 AM #10
Damn, I wish I could have seen the race. Those BMW Motorsport M3 are 1 Bad-ass mo-fo's.
08-06-2010, 02:33 PM #11