february 03, 2019 - BMW Motorsport

BMW Team Schnitzer finishes fifth in emotional Bathurst 12 Hour in memory of Charly Lamm

Bathurst. #BMW M Motorsport and the #BMW #m6gt3 have finished in fifth place at the Bathurst 12 Hour on Mount Panorama Circuit in an emotional #Event for #BMW #teamschnitzer. It was the team’s first race appearance since it’s long-time team principal #charlylamm passed away.

Drivers #augustofarfus (BRA), #chazmostert (AUS) and #martintomczyk (GER) piloted the #42 #BMW #m6gt3 in ambient temperatures of up to 37 degrees centigrade on the 6.213 km mountain track. While the conditions were tough, the team challenged for a podium position throughout the 12-hour race and took the #BMW M6 GT3’s best result thanks to a strong team performance.

The Walkenhorst Motorsport #BMW #m6gt3, driven by #nickcatsburg (NED), Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Christian Krognes (NOR), was forced to retire following a mechanical issue. In the GT4 class, the RHC-Jorgensen/Strom by Marc GT #BMW M4 GT4 with Daren Eric Jorgensen, Brett Strom (both USA) and Gerard McLeod (AUS) finished in second place and made it onto the podium.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“BMW #teamschnitzer did an amazing job here at Bathurst – Charly would have been proud. A big compliment goes to every single team member and all drivers for an outstanding performance in an emotionally difficult situation. Throughout a thrilling race, the #BMW #m6gt3 was always part of the leading group and was leading the race for some time. With a little more luck, a podium finish would have been possible. I feel sorry for Walkenhorst Motorsport having to retire early in the race due to technical problems.”

Augusto Farfus (#42 #BMW #m6gt3, #BMW #teamschnitzer, 5th place):

“We had an amazing race in terms of our personal performance as a team, but we didn’t have much more in the pocket to fight for the podium. It’s a shame we were pushed wide, but that’s #racing, and we will focus on the championship ahead. Thanks to the team – it was an emotional weekend but we remained strong throughout.”

Martin Tomczyk (#42 #BMW #m6gt3, #BMW #teamschnitzer, 5th place):

“Team-wise, we did an outstanding job – the strategy was the best we could do – and driver-wise we made no mistakes, put in good lap times, and were always under control. Unfortunately, the power we had was not enough to fight for the victory.”

Chaz Mostert (#42 #BMW #m6gt3, #BMW #teamschnitzer, 5th place):

“Fifth place was the best we could do with the situation we had and we fought hard to the end. It was really hot conditions here and it is a credit to the car and team to make it the distance.”

Nick Catsburg (#34 #BMW #m6gt3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, DNF):

“Of course, it’s never nice to retire but you can’t prEvent bad luck; that’s #racing. We have to look forward to Laguna Seca. I think we will be strong there and I can’t wait to get back in the #BMW #m6gt3.”