Four BMW teams and five BMW M6 GT3s race at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
This weekend features another highlight of the endurance season – the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). For BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport, this also forms the third race of the season in the International GT Challenge. Walkenhorst Motorsport travels to the Ardennes as defending champion following last year’s victory in Belgium.
BMW teams claimed a stunning one-two at the 70th edition of the 24-hour race last year, with Walkenhorst Motorsport taking victory ahead of the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3. This year, the team from Melle (GER) is back again to do battle at the head of the field. At the wheel of the #34 BMW M6 GT3 will be last year’s winner Christian Krognes (NOR), Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Nick Catsburg (NED), who triumphed at Spa in 2015. The trio is contesting the full season for Walkenhorst Motorsport in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which includes the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
BMW Team Schnitzer also returns to Spa-Francorchamps in 2019 as a competitor in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. After two fifth-places in the races so far at Bathurst (AUS) and Laguna Seca (USA), the two regular drivers, Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Martin Tomczyk (GER) are currently third in the Drivers’ Championship. They will be ably assisted in Belgium by Nick Yelloly (GBR), who has driven the BMW M6 GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) and in the China GT Championship.
As well as the two BMW M6 GT3s in the Pro category, a further three cars will also race in the Am Cup. Walkenhorst Motorsport fields a second BMW M6 GT3 in this class, while Boutsen Ginion and 3Y Technology will each run a car.