BMW wins the 2010 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race
Car #25, a BMWs M3 GT2, claimed the manufacturer's 19th victory of the endurance classic on Sunday. The winning car finished first after 154 laps of the 25.378km circuit. The quartet of driver's produced a flawless performance despite gearbox issues in the last three hours of the race.
BMW's M3 GT2 #26 faced a setback early in the race when a crash lost them an hour in the pits. However, the drivers fought back and placed seventh overall.
Two private BMW Z4 GT3 cars, #76 and 69, finished strongly in fourth and ninth places respectively.
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen said: "That was a fantastic return for us at the 24-hour race on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. This win reminds me of the triumph at Le Mans in 1999. After some of our direct rivals fell by the wayside, our victory was hanging by a thread. At about 12pm, the winning car developed a gearbox problem, resulting in the loss of one gear. Shortly after 1pm other gears gradually gave up. It was a masterful performance by Jorg Muller and Uwe Alzen to bring the car home in first place."