BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus (BR), Jrg Mller (DE) and Andy Priaulx (GB) will line up at the 24-hour race on the Nrburgring's Nordschleife on 23/24 May 2009. This will also mark the debut of the BMW M3 GT4 in the legendary endurance race.
Mller and Priaulx will be behind the wheel of the BMW M3 GT4 when they race for Schubert Motorsport in the Eifel region. The two drivers, who normally battle for BMW in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), will join forces with two motor racing journalists from "sport auto" magazine in Germany. Together with tire partner Dunlop, this quartet of drivers has its sights set on a top position in the SP10 class.
BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, said: "Although we won't be represented by a works team at this year's 24-hour race, our Customer Racing program will ensure our fans will see plenty of BMW racing cars and works drivers. We will be particularly interested in how the new BMW M3 GT4 performs, fielded by Schubert Motorsport in cooperation with `sport auto'. Jrg Mller and Andy Priaulx are two former winners in the Eifel. Spectators can certainly look forward to an exciting weekend."
The BMW M3 GT4 is the youngest addition to the Customer Racing product range offered by the BMW Motorsport Distribution division. It made its debut on the legendary Nordschleife in front of many BMW fans at the 56th ADAC Westfalenfahrt. After four hours, Mller and bler were victorious in the SP10 class, and finished 30th overall.
The Nordschleife at the Nrburgring has played a special role in the history of BMW. Its drivers have enjoyed success there since the first 24-hour race was held in 1970. Last year alone, one third of the 150 cars that completed the 24-hour race were BMWs. With 114 class victories, BMW is by far the most successful manufacturer in the history of the event.
To date, the marque has 18 overall victories to its name, and has even achieved a one-two on eight occasions. Most recently, the BMW M3 GTR enjoyed double success in 2004 and 2005. Jrg Mller was a member of the winning team back in 2004, while Priaulx was triumphant in 2005.