Kühtai/Austria. They both have career-defining moments behind them: Bruno Spengler won the driver, team and manufacturer titles in the DTM with BMW Motorsport, fighting back to overcome what was at one point a 40-point deficit to do so. Martin Kaymer was also one of the key figures in a mighty comeback: at this year’s Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club (USA), Team European recovered from four points down going into the singles to defeat the USA team and equal the biggest comeback of all time in the process.
Munich. In August 1985, a rumour surfaced in motor magazine Auto-Deutschland which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use. Speculation about this dream car that could take to normal roads and was intended for the “Most dynamic among BMW 3 Series drivers” was right on target.
Munich. Over the 5 generations since its launch, the BMW 3 Series has enjoyed a most impressive career. This applies to its market success, but also especially to its career in motorsports. During the past 35 years, the 3 Series models with their characteristic compact dimensions, dynamic engines and sporty suspension have contributed considerably towards dynamic performance and the brand’s excellent reputation on the racetrack. With such attributes, BMW’s midrange model is ideally suited for successful use in motorsports in particular. With its return in 2012 to the DTM, a top motorsport category, BMW intends to replicate its earlier successes with the BMW M3 DTM now currently under development.
Nürburgring – Bernd Schneider (46) and Christian Mamerow (25) took third place with a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 entered by the private team Mamerow Racing during the tenth and last race of the VLN long-distance championship at the Nürburgring on Saturday. Thomas Jäger (34) and Christopher Haase (23) with an SLS AMG GT3 entered by the private team Black Falcon withdrew after eight of the 27 laps owing to a defect in the power transmission. The 4-hour race was the third test outing, and also the last race of the season for the gull-wing.
Nürburgring – The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 made its first racing appearance for the 4-hour race held on 25 September 2010 as part of the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Championship. Even though the gullwing car was already involved in an accident during the starting lap, Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jäger were able to demonstrate the potential of the SLS AMG GT3. Developed according to the GT3 regulations of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), the SLS AMG GT3 was entered in prototype class E1-XP. A total of 206 cars took part in this eighth VLN race.
Having achieved a third place in qualifying, the SLS AMG GT3 started the race from the second rank bearing start number 738. Bernd Schneider, five-time DTM Champion and now an AMG brand ambassador, was behind the wheel at the start.
They achieved it again: Like at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the exciting 2010 DTM’s eighth round at Oschersleben; like two weeks ago, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) finished second. After 50 laps (184.800 kms), Paul came home 1.271sec ahead of Bruno.
Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the 2010 DTM’s sixth round at Zandvoort. After 42 laps (180.894 kms), he came home 0.396sec ahead of Paul Di Resta. Overall leader Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) finished seventh.
Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday’s sixth round of the 2010 DTM at Zandvoort from the front row of the grid. In the exciting single-lap qualifying of the four fastest drivers, Gary set a time of 1m32.286 and ended up second ahead of Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) who was on a 1m32.353. Timo Scheider (Audi) took pole position with a 1m31.590.