DTM Stars Join Nurburgring 24 Hour Field

BMW's GT3 Z4 won the pole position last year, but was hit by problems in the race (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

The BMW line-up for the Nurburgring 24 Hours will be bolstered by DTM drivers Martyn Tomczyk and Augusto Farfus who will fly back from the second round of the championship at Brands Hatch to join the BMW Team Schubert squad.

Farfus will join the #19 team, driving a GT3 BMW Z4 with Uwe Alzen, Dirk Mueller and Joerg Mueller. The team will bring back together three of the four drivers who won the race overall in 2010, with Dirk Mueller replacing Pedro Lamy in the line-up, while the Portuguese will race for a rival team in this weekend’s race.

Meanwhile 2011 DTM champion Tomczyk will join Dirk Adorf, Jens Klingmann and Claudia Huertgen in sharing the #20 car.

“The 24 hour race at the Nordschleife is one of the best and, for the drivers, most challenging races in the world,” assesses Tomczyk. “I really look forward to having the chances of taking part in this race with such a great team and just as great teammates. At the same time I’m aware contesting the DTM race at Brands Hatch and the 24 hour race in the Green Hell on the same weekend reprensents a special challenge. But I’m truly looking forward to it.”

In total five teams will enter BMW Z4 GT3 in the race. Henry Walkenhorst, Ralf Oeverhaus and Maximilian Partl are due to share a Walkenhorst Motorsport entered car while BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS will enter a pair of cars.

Their effort will be spear-headed by works driver Maxime Martin, who will share the #26 entry with Yelmer Buurman and Andrea Piccini. Marc VDS regulars Henri Moser, Markus Palttala and Bas Leinders will be joined by Swedish driver Richard Goransson in the team’s #25.

“The BMW works support is hugely important to us,” said Leinders. “Our job as BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS is to help BMW Motorsport challenge for overall victory at the Nordschleife again. We are working flat out towards that goal. Although our preparation time has been pretty short, I am confident we can achieve a good result. We certainly have the car and the drivers for that – now we need the luck.”

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt follows; “following all the bad luck we encountered in the Eifel last year, we now once again meet the challenge represented by possibly the most gruelling race in the world. In the run up to the event, BMW Team Schubert had a win and a second place in the VLN Endurance Championship, so demonstrating that the BMW Z4 GT3 is once again competitive at the Nordschleife this year.”