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    • BMW claims the pole position for the 40th running of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in the Z4 GT3 - Qualifying results

      Conrgratulations to driver Use Alzen for BMW Team Schubert who set the fastest lap at the Nurburgring taking the pole position for the 40th running of the 24 hour race in his Z4 GT3. He was able to outpace stiff competition coming from Audi in their R8 LMS as well as the Porsche GT3's, Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 race cars, Corvette Z06 GT3's, and the Aston Martins. This is going to be a tightly contested race and we will bring you updates as it unfolds.

      Full qualifying results are below.


      Pos No Team Driver Car Time
      1 19 BMW Team Schubert Uwe Alzen BMW Z4 GT3 8:18.382
      2 26 Mamerow Racing Chris Mamerow Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:19.700
      3 15 Black Falcon Shawn Edwards Mercedes-Benz AMG 8:20.050
      4 65 Hankook Team Heico Lance David Arnold Mercedes-Benz AMG 8:20.731
      5 20 BMW Team Schubert Dirk Adorf BMW Z4 GT3 8:20.906
      6 11 Wochenspiegel Manthey Marc Lieb Porsche 911 GT3 8:21.387
      7 66 Hankook Team Heico Pierre Kaffer Mercedes-Benz AMG 8:21.604
      8 2 Phoenix Racing Frank Stippler Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:21.819
      9 17 BMW Team Vita4One Pedro Lamy BMW Z4 GT3 8:22.230
      10 22 ROWE Racing Thomas Jäger Mercedes-Benz AMG 8:22.252
      11 4 Speedhunters WRT Edward Sandström Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:22.404
      12 3 Phoenix Racing Marc Basseng Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:22.426
      13 9 Raeder Motorsport Thomas Mutsch Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:23.053
      14 29 Marc VDS Maxime Martin BMW Z4 GT3 8:23.111
      15 18 BMW Team Vita4One Jens Klingmann BMW Z4 GT3 8:23.179
      16 7 Young Driver AMR Darren Turner Aston Martin Vantage 8:23.815
      17 6 Young Driver AMR Tomas Enge Aston Martin Vantage 8:24.824
      18 90 HARIBO Racing Team Tommy Milner Corvette Z06 R GT3 8:24.901
      19 12 Wochenspiegel Manthey Jochen Krumbach Porsche 911 MR 8:26.901
      20 21 ROWE Racing Roland Rehfeld Mercedes-Benz AMG 8:26.908
      21 10 Manthey Racing Marco Holzer Porsche 911 GT3 R 8:27.705
      22 28 Frikadelli Christopher Brück Porsche 911 GT3 R 8:28.616
      23 27 Timbulli Racing Norbert Siedler Porsche 911 GT3 R 8:28.945
      24 8 HARIBO Racing Team Christian Menzel Porsche 911 GT3 R 8:29.185
      25 25 Audi race experience Marco Werner Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:29.546
      26 777 H&R Spezialfedern Christian Engelhart Ford GT3 8:30.427
      27 69 Dörr Motorsport Rudi Adams McLaren MP4-12C 8:31.567
      28 24 Audi race experience Florian Gruber Audi R8 LMS ultra 8:31.798
      29 59 Dörr Motorsport Peter Kox McLaren MP4-12C 8:32.089
      30 1 Global Partner Enterprise Fabrizio Giovanardi P4/5 8:32.586
      31 16 Black Falcon Hannes Plesse Mercedes-Benz AMG 8:34.769
      32 83 Gazoo Racing Akira Ida Lexus LFA 8:36.190
      33 47 Timbulli Racing Marco Seefried Porsche 997 GT3 8:36.933
      34 150 Kremer Racing Wolfgang Kaufmann Porsche 911 KR 8:42.377
      35 39 Dörr Motorsport Rudi Adams Porsche 911 Cup 8:42.508
      36 54 David Horn Chris Zöchling Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 8:43.999
      37 50 Raceunion Teichmann Andreas Gülden Porsche 977 GT3 Cup 8:45.394
      38 111 Raeder Motorsport Stefan Landmann Audi TT RS 8:46.885
      39 30 Gemballa Racing McLaren MP4-12C
      40 44 Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R

      Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
      “Congratulations to our teams at the Nürburgring – particularly Uwe Alzen and BMW Team Schubert. We followed the Top 40 Qualifying with great excitement from Brands Hatch. The grid positions at a 24-hour race are obviously not as crucial as in a sprint. Despite this, it is good to see that the BMW Z4 GT3 is competitive on the Nordschleife this weekend. We are certainly in a promising position going into the race.”


      Stefan Wendl (Team Manager BMW Team Schubert):
      “A dream start for BMW, a dream start for BMW Team Schubert, and a dream start for our partners. I am delighted with this result. I am particularly pleased for the team, and for our mechanics. We really wanted that pole position and focussed hard on getting it. It is obviously not hugely important in a race of this length, but it does give us a slight advantage when it comes to the pit stop strategy. Whoever comes into the pits before the other teams is guaranteed a free fuel rig. Uwe put in a fantastic lap. Compliments also to Dirk Adorf. Although his second lap was not ideal, he is still well placed at the front of the field in fifth. On the whole, we will start the race in an excellent position.”


      Michael Bartels (Team Manager BMW Team Vita4One):
      “You could see that the BMW Z4 GT3 package is very competitive here. Ninth and 15th may not be the best grid positions, but it is now important to focus on the race and use every last opportunity to fine tune the car, tease out every last ounce of performance and at the same time make it reliable. All we are thinking about now is how we can get our two BMW Z4 GT3s through the race with as few mistakes as possible.”


      Bas Leinders (Team Manager Marc VDS Racing Team):
      “We are very happy with 14th place on the grid. It is our first marathon at the Nürburgring, but we have a lot of experience with 24-hour races. We know the race is not won in qualifying. However, the good news is we are getting closer and closer to achieving the pace of the leading cars. It is now a matter of being consistent. The BMW Z4 GT3 is very fast and reliable. We are lining up with just one car. If it has to retire, we do not have a second iron in the fire. On the positive side, however, we can focus all our attention on one car.”


      Uwe Alzen (BMW Team Schubert, car number 19):
      “I don’t know what I would have preferred to have been today: a racing driver or a spectator. The new Top 40 Qualifying was unbelievable fun. The car was super, the tyres were super – and I put absolutely everything into it. I think our rivals did too.”


      Dirk Adorf (BMW Team Schubert, car number 20):
      “My first lap was good and gave me a lot of confidence. Unfortunately I then went a bit wide at one point and almost ran out of track – otherwise my second lap would have been even better. All in all, we are perfectly placed with both the team’s cars. Bring on the 24-hour race.”


      Pedro Lamy (BMW Team Vita4One, car number 17):
      “I didn’t know what was in store for us today. It is fantastic for BMW to have a BMW Z4 GT3 on pole. It shows that this car is very quick. It was great fun to drive on a clear track. Like every other racing driver, I would obviously have liked to have been right at the front, but qualifying is not the be all and end all. We have a good starting position for the race.”


      Jens Klingmann (BMW Team Vita4One, car number 18):
      “Our goal was to qualify in the first 15, which we did. So we can be happy with what we achieved. It was a very tough qualifying. I never thought that everyone would be so quick particularly those at the front of the field. The car is very good and reliable, as we have already seen in the VLN. We are confident ahead of tomorrow’s race.”


      Maxime Martin (Marc VDS Racing Team, car number 29):
      “That is a great result, which we are very happy with. What really matters, however, is to be at the front at the end of the race. Although this is our debut here, we know the Nürburgring from the VLN and are optimistic that we can get a good result.”

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        You can listen to the race live here: http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php
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        Sticky -
        You should be able to watch the race unfold here as well: http://www.24stundenonline.de/event.php
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        Sticky -
        Also found this Iphone/Ipad app to follow the race through GPS: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/24h-r...444591012?mt=8