BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 18 Apr 2022 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 7 - 10 April 2022

    If you have never been to the Australian Grand Prix you have missed out on a wonderful 4 day event – and you don’t even have to watch the racing!

    In return for having a car on display throughout the entire event 20 of our members get 2 General Admission tickets each which were much sought after this year – Saturday and Sunday were both sold out.

    Despite being moved back a little in the calendar this year’s event had perfect weather and a great atmosphere with the added thrill of some unintended nearly-night-time racing as delays pushed the schedule into fading light.

    Our display this year had a perfect balance starting with 4 cars proudly telling BMW’s post 1959 technical bankruptcy recovery at one end, and 8 M-Cars celebrating 50 years of M at the other bookending a lovely selection of E30s, including 2 gorgeous JPS Editions and 2 Baurs, a 535i, a 840i and everyone’s favourite fun roadster the Z3.

    It was very pleasing to see so many people taking a proper look at our cars and showing a genuine interest in the display. I was also proud on behalf of our members to receive a number of compliments about individual cars and the line up in general, which is a great credit to our members.

    It is a big sacrifice to bump one’s car in on Weds morning and not get it back until late Sun evening and we are very grateful to our members who did so.  This made for a magic 4 days. And the racing was good too!

    Lawrence Glynn | Member #3
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 18 Apr 2022 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 12 April 2022

    This outing was my first participation in a BMWDCM event having only joined a few weeks earlier. I have had a very keen interest in motor cars almost all of my life and have been a member of one particular car club for 40 years and three others for 25 years. While new to BMW, having purchased a 2020 M340i a year ago, I became aware of BMWDCM and had a look at the activities available and liked what I saw, so I joined.

    Any motor car enthusiast would be keen to receive an invitation to view a private collection. For obvious security reasons, these invitations are not common place. I was free that night and it wasn't far away, so I thought what the heck, the fact that I would be the newbie in this new club and didn't know a soul, paled in to insignificance given what was on offer.

    And Malcolm did not disappoint!

    It was a very diverse and eclectic collection of some 35 motor cars from the post war to relatively modern – and it would seem that what we saw was only half the collection! Malcolm gave us a brief outline of most of the cars and why they were special to him.

    For me it was a bit of a trip down memory lane with cars so diverse as the 2016 Ford Mustang 5.0 Ltr V8 and the early 1960's Ford Anglia 105E (Harry Potter car), both of which I have also owned and driven. The Anglia 105E was in fact my first car. Other cars of note were Malcolm's father's MG Magnette, a very nice MGA (also had one of these as well and wish I still did!), a DeLorean – which Malcolm admits is great to look at but you wouldn't want to drive one any distance. There was an interesting Toyota Sera with butterfly doors, a bit similar to the DeLorean. The Sera was never sold in Australia.

    Malcolm also has a standard Ford XD Falcon V8 that is about to undergo a restoration/transformation in Dick and Steve Johnson's workshop in Queensland to produce a Tru-Blu replica. Other vehicles included several Mercedes models spanning 4 decades, a Borgward, a couple of Porsches, a Rolls Royce and a couple of Hillmans just to name a few more.

    While any one of the cars had its own particular appeal, the car that caught my eye the most was the BMW 328i convertible, and I am not just saying that as a newbie. The green paint and cream interior with a splash of woodgrain looked really great!  

    Thankyou Malcolm for inviting BMWDCM to view your collection and thankyou BMWDCM for welcoming me to your club.

    Terry White | Member #850
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 13 Apr 2022 10:23 PM | Anonymous

    With its inimitable combination of exclusivity, dynamic excellence, luxuriant spaciousness and versatility, the BMW X7 has quickly developed into the most successful BMW model in the luxury class.The new BMW X7 is a central pillar in the ongoing product offensive at the most exclusive reaches of the premium carmaker’s model line-up.

    With its inimitable combination of exclusivity, dynamic excellence, luxuriant spaciousness and versatility, the BMW X7 has quickly developed into the most successful BMW model in the luxury class. And now the unique character profile of the brand’s largest Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) has been honed to significant effect thanks to extensive design refinements – most notably a visually impactful front end – plus a new-look M Sport package, light-alloy wheels measuring up to 23 inches (an ex-factory first for BMW) and the latest-generation iDrive control/operation system including BMW Curved Display and BMW Operating System 8. The new BMW X7 also comes with a further expanded range of standard equipment, additional driver assistance systems and the latest 48V mild hybrid technology for the three engine variants offered.

    The new BMW X7 is a central pillar in the ongoing product offensive at the most exclusive reaches of the premium carmaker’s model line-up. The new X7 will be produced at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg, the competence centre for BMW X models in the US state of South Carolina. The worldwide market launch for the new BMW X7 will get underway in August 2022.

    Exterior design: exclusive looks, progressive style.

    Fuelled by its highly versatile skillset, the largest BMW X model convinces with both on-the-road elegance and off-road ability. Extensive design modifications accentuate above all the visual exclusivity of the largest BMW X model even more vividly. Indeed, its design underscores more clearly than ever the status of the new BMW X7 as one of the brand’s flagship models. The newly structured front end picks up on signature BMW design cues such as the twin headlights and BMW kidney grille. In their newly interpreted form, these features emphasise the car’s upright stance and reinforce its road presence.

    Split headlight units are making their debut in the new BMW X7. The horizontal LED light elements set higher up in the front end house the position light, daytime driving lights and turn signal indicators. The LED units located below them for the low-beam and high-beam headlights give the impression of retreating into the background with their dark housing and deeply embedded position in the front apron, and only come to the fore when activated. The new adaptive matrix LED headlights with non-dazzling high beam and adaptive light distribution now also provide the functionality of front fog lights with their automatic bad weather light.

    Discreet cascade lighting for the two BMW kidney grille elements brings a richly extravagant feeling to the front end of the new BMW X7, both when stationary and on the move. The “Iconic Glow” BMW kidney grille is a standard feature of the range-topping BMW X7 M60i xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 13.3 – 12.2 l/100 km [21.2 – 23.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 303 – 278 g/km in the WLTP cycle; figures in the NEDC cycle: –) and will be offered as an option for the other model variants.

    At the rear end, the progressive style of the extremely slim light units, which now have three-dimensional sculpting, is accentuated. The elegant chrome bar connecting the rear light units on the new BMW X7 is enclosed within an exquisite glass cover.

    The optional, newly designed M Sport package shines an even brighter spotlight on the dynamic driving properties of the BMW X7. And M-specific design features for the exterior and interior also clearly emphasise the performance attributes of the BMW X7 M60i xDrive. The M Marina Bay Blue metallic paint finish can be ordered exclusively for the BMW M model. Another new addition to the range of exterior colours is Sparkling Copper Grey metallic. 20-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted as standard on the new BMW X7. The range-topping model and cars specified with the M Sport package come with 21-inch M light-alloy wheels. Optional 23-inch light-alloy wheels are available ex-factory for the first time for a BMW model.

    Luxuriant spaciousness, extended standard equipment.

    The generous feeling of space on board the new BMW X7 can be enjoyed across three rows of seats. The second row accommodates three passengers as standard and offers two particularly comfortable individual seats as an option. Heated comfort seats are provided as standard for the driver and front passenger. In European markets, BMW Individual Merino extended leather upholstery comes as standard. In other markets, standard specification includes seat surfaces in new Sensafin trim (not available in Europe). This high-quality, vegan surface material with leather-like properties has exclusive three-dimensional quilting and surface perforation.

    Together, the newly designed instrument panel – with its slim air vents and an ambient light bar included as standard in its lower section – and the BMW Curved Display bring a modern style shaped by progressive digitalisation to the cockpit. The innovative light bar complements the likewise standard ambient light. Its effective backlighting – with the help of LED units and a graphic including “X7” lettering (or the M logo in the new BMW X7 M60i xDrive) – is an integral element of the situation-based light effects and enhances the aura of exclusivity inside the cabin. The gear selector lever is also given a new and cutting-edge design.

    The further expanded range of standard equipment for the new BMW X7 goes to new lengths in enhancing the comfort of those on board and maximising their wellbeing. As well as the four-zone automatic climate control, panoramic glass sunroof and hi-fi system, it now also includes the comfort seats for the driver and front passenger, a Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles and a new tray for wirelessly charging compatible mobile phones. Highlights of the options list include the Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof (illuminated by LED units), the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the newly designed Travel & Comfort System. Active seat ventilation and a massage function are also offered for the driver and front passenger. If the new Comfort Package is specified, the seats in the second and third rows can also be heated, as can the steering wheel and the armrests for the driver and front passenger.

    Newly developed engines with the latest 48V mild hybrid technology.

    The engine range is headed by a new 4.4-litre petrol V8 for the range-topping BMW X7 M60i xDrive, which is derived from the engines powering the high-performance cars coming out of BMW M GmbH. M TwinPower Turbo technology and a cross-bank exhaust manifold imbue the 390 kW/530 hp unit with peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) with impressively assured power development.

    A latest-generation six-cylinder in-line engine makes its debut in the BMW X7 xDrive40i (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 – 9.2 l/100 km [26.9 – 30.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 240 – 210 g/km in the WLTP cycle; figures in the NEDC cycle: –). It boasts a wealth of innovations for the combustion process, gas exchange, valve control, injection and ignition system that enhance both performance and efficiency. The output of the new engine is 35 kW/47 hp up on the predecessor unit, at 280 kW/380 hp, while peak torque rises by 70 Nm (52 lb-ft) to 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) – and can be boosted to as much 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) with the input of the mild hybrid system.

    Detailed upgrades to the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the new BMW X7 xDrive40d have also yielded improvements to its fuel economy and emissions (fuel consumption combined: 8.7 – 7.6 l/100 km [32.5 – 37.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 230 – 200 g/km in the WLTP cycle; figures in the NEDC cycle: –). The maximum output of its overall drive system is 259 kW/352 hp. The nominal torque of the diesel engine is 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), which can be increased to as much as 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) with the input of the mild hybrid system.

    The most important shared feature of the three engines is the integration of new-generation 48V mild hybrid technology. In its latest incarnation, this form of electrification consists of a crankshaft-mounted starter generator integrated into the transmission and contributes an extra 9 kW/12 hp of output and an extra 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque. All of the engines partner with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission including shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Sprint function. Engine power is channelled to the road – or unsurfaced terrain, if required – via the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive.

    Sophisticated chassis technology optimises agility and comfort.

    The adaptive two-axle air suspension teams up as standard with electronically controlled dampers to deliver signature BMW dynamic prowess combined with excellent comfort on long journeys. Standard specification for the new BMW X7 M60i xDrive also includes Integral Active Steering and the Executive Drive system with active roll stabilisation. Both are available as options for the six-cylinder models, as is the xOffroad package.

    All the chassis systems have been retuned for the new BMW X7 to enable it to span the widest possible spectrum between sporty handling and driving comfort. Standard specification for the BMW X7 M60i xDrive also includes 21-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M Sport differential at the rear. The six-cylinder models come as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels. And the new BMW X7 is the brand’s first ever model to be offered with the option of factory-fitted 23-inch light-alloy wheels.

    Expanded selection of driver assistance systems.

    Comfort and safety in the new BMW X7 are further enhanced by a significantly expanded selection of automated driving and parking systems. New features include the extended range of functions offered by the front-collision warning system, which now also reduces the danger of a collision with cyclists, pedestrians or oncoming vehicles when turning off. If the optional Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function is specified, the automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring and traffic light recognition features will be included too. Also new is the exit warning function, which alerts occupants to a risk of collision when opening the door.

    The standard Parking Assistant also includes the Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant. On cars with the optional Parking Assistant Professional specified, the Reversing Assistant can now take over the job of steering the car for a distance of up to 200 metres. And the new Trailer Assistant makes it easier to execute reversing manoeuvres when towing a trailer. The new Manoeuvre Assistant can store manoeuvres covering a distance of up to 200 metres each. When the vehicle next arrives at a memorised starting point, the Manoeuvre Assistant will be able to carry out all the tasks required to complete the manoeuvre, controlling the accelerator, brakes and steering as well as changing gear to move forward or reverse. While the automated manoeuvre is being performed, the driver can focus on monitoring the vehicle’s surroundings.

    Latest-generation BMW iDrive with BMW Curved Display.

    The standard BMW Live Cockpit Plus in the new BMW X7 includes the latest edition of the BMW iDrive control/operation system. It is based on BMW Operating System 8 and comprises the BMW Curved Display, which is formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches. With the new display grouping in place and the continually expanding skillset of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the new BMW iDrive is geared squarely towards touch operation and gesture control as well as dialogue using natural language.

    The cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps can be specified as an option with Augmented View on the control display. The optional BMW Digital Key Plus enables customers to lock and unlock their new BMW X7 with their Apple iPhone via security-enhanced ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology. And the new BMW X7 also allows customers to enjoy the benefits of optimised smartphone integration, a personalised BMW ID and an eSIM designed for the new 5G mobile technology.

    BMW PRESS

  • 10 Apr 2022 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 2 April 2022

    I asked my 21 year old son, Mitch, what he was up to on the first weekend of April.  He said he was off to a house warming in Sydney.  I mentioned that the Club was holding a track “Driver Training Day” on the Saturday and that he could join me.  As both of us had spoken about the potential of doing a track day ‘one of these days’ but had never got around to doing it, we were both keen to give it a go. Needless to say, the Sydney plan was quickly dropped and the two of us registered for the event.

    As we live in Torquay, we decided it would be best not to drive the 2 hours up to the track, attempt a track day and drive a further 2 hours home all on the same day.  So I booked us in for an overnight in Kilmore.  We had a reasonably early start so as to top up with fuel and pumped the tyres and of course, some fuel for ourselves.  The only place open for brekkie at that time of the morning between our accommodation and the track was the big “M”. 

    We arrived at the track while still in darkness and proceeded to find the pits and the organisers track office.  I must confess there was a little anxiety creeping in, especially as we approached the pits to be greeted by other drivers busy off-loading their “race” cars from trailers.  It all looked quite professional and a little more hard core racing than my expectation of taking my pride and joy, a 2009 E89 30sDrive Z4, for a spin on the track.  We were guided to pick a pit garage for the day where we removed our overnight gear and any other movable items from the little beemer and dumped it at the back of the garage.

    The excitement levels started creeping up as we met other drivers in the track office, shared some banter and proceeded with the official business of purchasing a Motor Sport “Single Event Licence”, a battery location sticker and of course a number sticker for the car identification.  The car prep was pretty straight forward, make sure the car has been cleared of any loose items, check, place a blue triangle sticker on the body panel closest to where the battery is located, check, place white or black car identifying numbers on the side windows or panels of the car, check, and finally, remove the tow eyelet mounting point cosmetic cover and install the eyelet at the front of the car, check.

    The proceedings for the day started off with the officials having their briefing.  The nervous excitement filled the air shortly thereafter as the drivers were called for their briefing.  The session commenced with the introduction of the key officials for the day, a reiteration of the track rules together with the identification of the different colour flags.  A two man team of photographers were also present and kicked off with a driver group pic.

    Following the briefing, the reality of the day was really starting to sink in and with it a fair mixture of anxious excitement forming.  By now the day’s proceedings were rapidly moving along with the first timers offered the opportunity to go for a couple of rounds on the track with an experienced driver behind the wheel.  I was paired with Andy who was really great in providing an overview of the track and the special training day markers placed at specific points on the track to provide racing line guidance.  I can only assume it must have been the look of excitement on my face, as there was little time to slowly become accustomed to the track, we were hitting a fair pace straight from the blocks.  Once on the track, Andy continued with his valued commentary of do’s and don’ts including some of the potentially hidden pitfalls of this characterful track.  To me, this was the real ice-breaker, after the first lap any fear rapidly evaporated, to be replaced by pure excitement.  I was fortunate enough to have a second session with Eagle (apologies if I got the name/spelling slightly wrong).  He was also extremely informative and started introducing me to braking and cornering points and techniques.

    Following the experienced driver rides, it was our turn to take the wheel.  As part of the introductory process, we were once again accompanied by an experienced driver.  I understand there were 40 entrants for the day and we were divided into 4 groups of ten drivers.  Mitch and I were split into group 2 and 4 respectively as we were sharing the little Z4.  Each group of ten drivers were started individually with a couple of seconds delay so as to provide each driver with plenty of wriggle room.

    I do apologise, but with the excitement of the day, I have forgotten the name of the experienced driver that accompanied me on my first run.  He was a great source of very useful info from guiding me with my driving habits to some of the more interesting characteristics of the track.  My confidence grew in leaps and bounds and by the end of the session I had already significantly improved my driving techniques.  In fact, I was so impressed by the guidance I opted to request an experienced driver to accompany me on my second outing for the day.  This time, Jessie joined me.  He quickly established my level of competence and started coaching me on braking and cornering.  Before his input I was heading into corners having not used the full potential of the car’s braking capability, with one hand on the steering and the other on the gear lever and my right foot hovering over the brake and accelerator.  His instruction was that I head flat out towards the corner, find a braking marker, hit the brakes hard, once the car has slowed, gear down and get my left hand back onto the wheel and my foot off the brake as I enter the corner.  I must confess that although I have been impressed with the little Z4’s braking capability, I was blown away with how much more he guided me to get out of it.  In retrospect, I think one of my fears was related to what may lay around the corner and with that, being nervous to remove my foot from the brake until I was pretty confident that the car had commenced the corner rotation.  Once again, with Jessie’s guidance, I began to have more confidence in myself and the car’s ability and started to trust it to take me around the corner.

    For the rest of the day, I spent each session practicing the techniques that I had been given some guidance in during the early part of the day.  During each session I could feel my confidence levels improve and with it my overall performance, not to mention the extremities of the smile on my dial.  From starting the day with a fair measure of excitement and a healthy measure of anxiety to finishing the day having completely relaxed and thoroughly enjoying myself.  To add to the day’s fun, I managed to finish the day being awarded the Makulu Vehicle Storage “Most Improved” trophy.  I feel very honoured to be awarded this accolade amongst a group of other drivers that also finished the day having significantly improved on thier skill levels during the day.  I would also like to mention that my son must have been a very near contender as the car was very new to him, he does not drive dad’s pride and joy around very often, and by the end of the day he was able to extract a lot from the car, particularly around the corners – well done Mitch!

    I was also impressed by the number of woman participants, some arriving on the own, some with their partners, notwithstanding that it was an “International  Woman’s Day Come ‘n Try” there were plenty of lady drivers to show the boy’s how it is done.  Well done to you all and great to see you participate in the day.

    Also, as a new member to the Club, I am impressed by the Club’s community.  This was my second Club event participation an am impressed by the level of friendship and fellowship within this Club community.  Every person that I approached was really friendly and keen to share their experiences or strike up a conversation on mutual interest.

    However, there is one aspect of the day that really impressed me the most.  The organisation.  I was blown away with how smooth and professional the whole event was run, from the early days of registration through to the day’s proceedings.  In discussion on the way home, Mitch said he was quite anxious at the start of the day not knowing what to expect.  But he also conceded that he needn’t have been as the whole process on the day, from the driver’s briefing, the experienced drivers drive and the experienced drivers coaching readily removed any fear.

    I can only imagine the amount of behind the scenes work and effort that went into organising the day.  A huge thanks to BMW Drivers Club Melbourne and the organising team, in particular to Graeme and Jo, the officials for giving their time and the experienced drivers who provided their invaluable guidance.  I can only but highly recommend the day. It sure as hell put a big smile on my dial and am positive it will do it for you too.

    Steve Wesson | Member #837
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 6 Apr 2022 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    New edition model of the open-top four-seater provides fresh accentuations with extravagant design and equipment features geared towards individual flair, exuberant vitality and maximum open-air driving fun.

    Featuring classic sporty flair, invigorating openness and a particularly extravagant look, the MINI Cooper S Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.9 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 157 - 148 g/km WLTP) is available in the Resolute Edition – right on time for the upcoming spring season. The exclusive, precisely aligned design and equipment features of the edition model add fresh accentuations geared towards individual style and maximum fresh-air driving fun. The MINI Cooper S Convertible in the Resolute Edition will be in dealerships for the first time in March 2022 as it sets out to conquer the boulevards and country roads.

    The open-top four-seater from the British premium brand is currently the world’s only premium convertible in the small car segment. In the Resolute Edition, its appearance is both exclusive and unmistakable. The exterior paintwork, light alloy wheels, interior design and equipment characterise the edition model as an ambassador for traditional style and the open-air driving fun that is so characteristic of MINI. The powerful engine technology of the MINI Cooper S Convertible in the Resolute Edition ensures particularly spirited encounters with the wind and the sun: a 2.0-litre, 131 kW/178 hp 4-cylinder power unit with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology enables acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds.

    As such the MINI Cooper S Convertible in the Resolute Edition embodies classic go-kart feeling in its most up-to-date manifestation. In keeping with this, the exterior design of the edition model cites hallmark design features in a completely new form. The Rebel Green body finish reflects purist sporting style, while numerous traditional design features exhibit an exclusive Resolute Bronze finish rather than the original chrome. These include the headlight surrounds, the radiator grille and rear lights, the side scuttles on the front side panels and the handles of the doors and tailgate, as well as the air intakes in the front apron and the fuel filler cap. They are combined with a Piano Black finish for the brand logos and model inscriptions, the inner frame and crossbar in the radiator grille and the tailpipe trims of the exhaust system. A black finish is also to be found on the edition model’s electrically operated soft top – which can also be activated while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h – and its exterior mirror caps. The only feature to be designed as a classic chrome element in the MINI Cooper S Convertible in the Resolute Edition, too, is the all-round trim strip at the height of the shoulder line.

    The athletic character of the open-top four-seater is further underscored by means of edition-specific bonnet stripes. They feature a pattern made up of parallel lines with a colour gradient that runs between a light and a dark shade of gold, along with the inscription “RESOLUTE”. The striking sporty appearance of the edition model is rounded off with 18-inch alloy wheels in Pulse Spoke Black design. 17-inch alloy wheels are also available in the Tentacle Spoke Black variant as an option.

    Door sill finishers bearing the inscription “RESOLUTE” mark the entrance to the edition model interior, where the occupants settle into sports seats in exclusive Black Pearl / Light Chequered fabric/leatherette. This colour scheme harmonises perfectly with the Rebel Green body finish as well as with the black and gold exterior design features. The MINI Yours Leather Lounge variant in Carbon Black is also available as an option.

    The exclusive style of the inside of the vehicle is further enhanced by interior surfaces that were specially designed for the Resolute Edition. Against the black background of these surfaces, parallel and evenly curved lines in a light golden tone form an exquisite pinstripe pattern, also echoing the structure of the bonnet stripes. The specific design features are atmospherically showcased by means of the lighting package, whose LED units ensure selective illumination of the interior along with Ambient Light – another element that comes as standard in the edition vehicles.

    A further highlight of the interior of the MINI Cooper S Convertible in the Resolute Edition is the sports leather steering wheel in Nappa leather. It bears a discreet “RESOLUTE” emblem in the lower area of the steering wheel spoke. The latest generation of the MINI operating system optimises the quick and intuitive control of vehicle functions, audio programme, communication, navigation and apps. In addition, the newly compiled equipment packages allow highly specific individual preferences in the areas of driver assistance and connectivity.

    BMW PRESS

  • 5 Apr 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Event date: 2 April 2022

    Well where do I start our first track day for Deb and myself, and what an amazing group of club members nothing was to hard or no question was looked upon as silly.

    I would first of like to thank Jo Mawson for the seamless communication for the event, and the officials, flag marshals, down to the people making the best hamburgers.

    I did 60 laps I think, all of sheer pleasure. All I can say if you have not done a track day please do one you will not regret the experience.  I could still smell the brakes on the way home! But wow what an experience for a 63 year old petrol head again thank you to our amazing club and members. And the efforts of fellow club members leaving room and respectful of new drivers on the track we still are blown away and thank you to broadford motorsports complex for a unreal clean complex.

    PS “ better tyres on the way”.

    Terry and Deb Braddock | Member #830
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 5 Apr 2022 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Andreas Roos (GER), the new Head of BMW M Motorsport, moved into the top role for BMW M GmbH motorsport activities a few weeks ago. In a wide-ranging interview, he talks about his first weeks in the new job, his motorsport career so far, his early interest in the BMW brand and the focus of his work. Other topics include the LMDh project for BMW M, the debut season for the new BMW M4 GT3 and the extensive vehicle portfolio at BMW M Motorsport.

    Interview with Andreas Roos.

    How have you settled in during your first weeks at BMW M Motorsport?

    Andreas Roos: “The first weeks were really intense, but also very nice. I have been received warmly by the whole team and there has been plenty of advice and support for me. Working together in this way really is a huge amount of fun; the motorsport spirit is everywhere. I am delighted and things could not be better.”

    What have you been focusing on?

    Roos: “My focus during the first weeks has been on settling in and getting to know the people. I have moved from another major car manufacturer, so there are a lot of similarities. On the other hand, each manufacturer naturally has its own specialities. That is why the initial main task has been on getting to know the people and the team, and then to get into the work at hand and to understand where we are right now.”

    From your perspective, what are the most important tasks as Head of BMW M Motorsport?

    Roos: “Creating the environment and the working conditions for the team, so that the performance can really be delivered on the circuit. The team needs to be formed so that the people can do their work and can perform by being in the right environment. I think that is my work, checking that the environment is right and that this can then produce the best racing cars.”

    How would you describe your way of working and your management style?

    Roos: “I like to be in an environment that fosters open and honest cooperation. Of course, part of me is a person that needs things to be harmonious, but it is also clear that you sometimes have to make decisions that are going to see you tread on someone’s toes. However, in general I understand that we look one another in the eye and say, ‘we make the decisions together’. That is the most important aspect. I think that when you work together in a team and take all that expertise from the individual people, put it all together as the basis for decisions, then that will generate the best result in the end.”

    Why did you decide to move to BMW M Motorsport?

    Roos: “That is actually pretty simple, because BMW is a great brand that has superb products and builds superb cars. It also has something else that is important to me, a huge history in motorsport. The brand has been so successful in the past and now I would like to be part of that success and join BMW on this path. In all honesty, I have to say that my interest in motorsport began back with the old DTM, when BMW was competing with the E30 M3 and that made a massive impression on me, so much so that, even though I worked for another manufacturer for many years, I always kept a bit of an eye on BMW to see what great stuff they were doing. A lot of people are saying that I’m now where I belong.”

    What is your anticipated schedule for the LMDh project development phase?

    Roos: “The development phase in the LMDh project – and we have to be open about this – is tense. It’s a tight schedule and our clearly stated objective is to be racing at Daytona in 2023. And we don’t just want to make an appearance, we want to be competitive. That means that we still have a few problems to solve together with our partner Dallara. After an intensive development phase, we now also have an intensive development programme on the racetrack to really probe and test the car. That means that we have some really busy days to look forward to, which will demand everything from our drivers, from our team, from BMW M Motorsport and from Dallara. However, you do notice that the spirit is there. Everyone is absolutely motivated and looking forward to the first rollout for the race car, and then of course to the first racing appearance.”

    How challenging is LMDh with regard to the tight schedule, compared to some rivals and the fact that other manufacturers are having major problems?

    Roos: “As I mentioned earlier, our schedule is very tight. Perhaps also because the decision to actually join the LMDh class was made relatively late. It is definitely a challenge. Of course, we would all prefer to have a bit more time, if I’m being absolutely honest, but we don’t have that luxury and we are working flat out. We have already noticed that one or two manufacturers may be having issues. Of course, I hope that they won’t overtake us. It’s clear that our planning does not allow for any errors before the first race. We can also be realistic about this. Things normally don’t always go smoothly and so one or two things will still come along. But, like I said, the team is highly motivated, that will work. Of course, there are some manufacturers that have gone one step further and have started on-track testing, for example. We simply have to catch up with that. However, our highly motivated people, our team, give me reason to be positive.”

    What is the objective for the first LMDh season in 2023?

    Roos: “We also have to be realistic here. There are plenty of good manufacturers competing, all of whom have shown in the past that they can develop racing cars. Our aspiration at BMW is also quite clear, we don't want to just be making up the numbers, we want to win races. However, it would be presumptuous to assert that we are so good that we can beat everyone right away, and that no-one else has a chance. Our aim is clearly to be challenging for wins and to be up at the front. A race season is long and hopefully we will have a say in the championship battle at the end of the year. But, of course, there are no guarantees in such a tough and hotly contested field.”

    The BMW M4 GT3 has not been able to display the full extent of its great potential in its first races. Is that normal for a new race car?

    Roos: “It is only natural that many people hope everything will be great when you build a new car. Everything is a totally new development, and it all has to work perfectly. But you also have to say that not everything has gone smoothly in the first races. Some problems have occurred that we had not been there before during the development phase, but that is simply the difference between racing and testing. However, we analysed and understood everything, and it shouldn’t happen anymore. You could see the change in Sebring; the pace is there, the car is producing a good performance and we were battling away at the front. This is added by the first win at the 12 hours Mugello. That is what we are building on now.”

    What are your expectations of the car during its debut season – and in the years to follow?

    Roos: “I have to say quite clearly, that the BMW M4 GT3 represents a great development from the preceding GT products from BMW M. Of course, there has been extensive focus on achieving significant improvements to performance, driveability, handling, and the handling for the teams. I believe that the first appearances have shown that already. The feedback from customer teams which have already competed in races with the car is very positive. I believe that we have taken a big step forward, and that is the future of course. Customer racing is clearly a mainstay of BMW M Motorsport, and we aim to continue to serve this in the future. To do that, you also need the right product, but we are convinced that we do. Enquiries and initial feedback from customer teams show us that we have taken a good step forward here in the right direction.”

    What is your general assessment of the BMW M Motorsport setup for the next few years with LMDh, GT3, GT4 and M2 CS Racing?

    Roos: “As far as I am concerned, the BMW M Motorsport programme boasts a perfect setup and portfolio. Starting with the BMW M2 CS Racing, which is real club racing, we move from the one-make cup subject to the next level, the GT4. This is a very, very popular car and has already recorded a large number of successes. We are currently working on development of its successor. That is classic customer racing. We then continue with the GT3, which also represents the transition from classic customer racing to works-supported customer racing, where works drivers appear in competition. However, we can only offer work-supported customer racing if we also have a works programme. That pinnacle for us is LMDh, where we have committed to competing with a works programme. This combination of all the possibilities that we have is the perfect combination.”

    Why are you so passionate about motorsport?

    Roos: “In fact, I come from a family of chemists which has nothing at all to do with motorsport on a professional level. However, my father understood a lot of the technical aspects and he was always interested in cars. From day one, he was also a BMW driver through and through. He was the one who gave me the bug, and I was interested in motorsport from a very young age. As a small child, I spent many hours in front of the television, watching motor racing. I remember it well. Even back then, at the end of the 1980s and the start of the 1990s, it was clear in my mind that I would like to be involved in motorsport sometime. And I would most liked to have been a race engineer in the DTM. At one point I did achieve that, and now I am happy that I am able to work at BMW M and can continue my involvement in motorsport here.”

    How has your career developed thus far?

    Roos: “I have enjoyed a variety of career phases during the many years that I have already spent in motorsport. As a small child, I spent a lot of time at the racetrack thanks to friends of my parents who were involved in motor racing. When I was young, I was cleaning rims and washing tyres. When it became clear that I wanted to study mechanical engineering after leaving school and was looking towards motorsport, I already started thinking about working in motorsport in parallel to my studies. I tried to spend every free minute in motorsport while I was studying. That was when I had my first professional contact within the DTM. After that, I worked for teams for years and learned about motorsport from the bottom up. Whether it was washing tyres or working as a mechanic, data engineer, vehicle engineer or technical director, I was involved in every position for the teams. Then I had the chance to move to the Audi LMP1 programme to compete in the World Sportscar Championship, which was just fantastic. Throughout the years, I have been able to experience a host of jobs and various classes in motor racing. This has allowed me to amass truly comprehensive knowledge of motorsport, which of course helps me to see the big picture as Head of BMW M Motorsport.”

    Which race event are you looking forward to the most this season?

    Roos: “In all honesty, I actually look forward to every event. Each race has its own particular character. Each race has specific challenges. Of course, there are a few races that are real highlights. The 12 Hours of Sebring is certainly a highlight, it’s something you need to have experienced as a real motorsport fan. And that of course also applies to the Nürbürgring 24-hour race. But DTM races and the GT World Challenge are highlights, too. I believe that virtually all of the events that we race and compete in as BMW M are highlights for us. That’s because these are also the races and series that we choose, that we want to appear in, and I believe that every race and every championship has its own character and its own challenges. In the end, it is generally a superb task for BMW M to participate.”

    BMW PRESS

  • 5 Apr 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous


    Month in review.

    Dear members,


    March began with one of our favourite events on the calendar, Geelong Revival. We had many members volunteering, and a brilliant effort of over 50 displayed on both days of the event. It was great to spend time with so many of our members and also welcome quite a few new members to the club. We were also lucky to walk away with a trophy for Best Car Display of the event!  

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    On 8 March we then had a virtual catch up over Zoom, where we discussed some of our future events and chat about new and exciting things happening within the club network.

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    10-14 March was the much awaited BMW Clubs Australia Nationals in Canberra.  Some members chose to take 3 days to get there, some 2 days to get there and others drove up on the one day.  If you have never attended a Nationals, we highly recommend you do - it's always a great way to catch up with members from other states and see some truly amazing cars.

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    On the same weekend as the Nationals was the Phillip Island Festival of Speed.  Although many of us were in Canberra for the Nationals, we had a great representation of members and cars attend.  Thanks to Paul Holliday and the other members who assisted to make it a great weekend for all who attended.

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    On 25 March we then had our monthly virtual catch up with the BCCM Team in Munich.  These events are always lots of fun and definitely worth attending if you've been considering it!

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    Our month finished with quite a few members competing in the second of the E30 Racing Championship at Winton.  Alex Jory took home the round win again, but not without a strong fight from Jeremy Payne. 

    A handful of our members also volunteered at the event, with Jo Mawson assisting with check in and race control, Graeme Bell assisting with scrutineering, Darryl O'Neill assisting on the gate and Tim Oh assisting both Graeme and Jo.  If you've ever thought about volunteering at a motorsport event, be sure to check out Graeme's president's report for details on how you can sign up to be a motorsport volunteer.

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    MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 716 MEMBERS

    Welcome to our new memberAdam Trapski, Jonathan Ford, Richard Sherman, Daniel Roberts, Sam Saris, Chris McDermott, Wendy Miller, Trish Masotti, Adrian Masotti, Terry White, Thor Essman, Bev Sherman, Shelby Roberts, Bruce Greenland, Darryl Kelly, Dave Engel, Debra Braddock, Anh Vu, Caroline Ryan, Natasha Senek, Derek Garth, Joyful Wong, Philip Dean, Tristan Blaufelder, Airlangga Giamsyah, Peter Di Medio, Mergim Ibrahimi, Brock Dunn, Graham Mace, David Ormerod, Megan Byrne, Sarah Kabbani, Matthew White and Angela Winter. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

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    Don't forget to catch up with this month's update from our President, Graeme Bell here.

    The month ahead.

    Here's what we've got planned for the rest of April:

    Wednesday, 6 April - Sunday, 10 April
    Australian F1 Grand Prix Display
    We can't wait to finally get back to the Grand Prix!  Make sure you stop by and say hello if you're attending!

    Tuesday, 12 April
    April Members Meeting - Members Private Collection
    This is a member only event (guests welcome).  Join us to view one of our member's private car collection.

    Good Friday, 15 April
    Royal Children's Hospital Appeal Good Friday Coffee & Cars Morning - Beaumaris
    This is not just a BMW event, all brands are welcome.  We want to raise our biggest amount yet for the Royal Children's Hospital.  We'll have raffle tickets on the day with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

    Sunday, 17 April
    Flinders Motoring Heritage Display
    An Easter display of unique veteran, vintage, classic and modern motor vehicles.

    BMWDCM took out best display in 2019 and 2021!  Let's see if we can do it again.

    Saturday, 23 April - Monday, 25 April
    ANZAC Weekend Away
    Join us for a long weekend away to beautiful Lakes Entrance, including a dawn service on ANZAC day before heading home. 

    Saturday, 30 April
    Presentation Dinner & Fourth Birthday Dinner - Clayton
    Join us to celebrate our fourth birthday and presentation night at the Park Royal, Monash.

    Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar to stay up to date with our events.

    If you're attending a social drive or weekend away, we recommend checking out our event tips to help you get the best out of the event.


    We want you!

    We are now one of the largest Official BMW Car Clubs in Australia and we need your help.

    Have you ever attended one of our events and thought “wow this event was well run” or purchased some of our merchandise and thought “I really like that”? Well, all these things and more happen because your volunteer committee who all work tirelessly behind the scenes to make your day/weekend/event run smoothly and be as fantastic as it is.

    Do you have skills we can tap into?  Do you have a business we can engage or use the services of? Do you have some spare time you’d like to fill with an interest that gives a lot of people joy, including yourself?

    We are putting out an early call to all our members to think if you would like to help our team with any of the day to day running of our wonderful club. 

    Click here to find out more information.

    Club Permits.

    We are finding an increasing number of members leave renewing their Club Permit registrations until the last minute, which sometimes results in members having to get a new roadworthy certificate. 

    The best option is for you to use the online system through a MyVicRoads account (see option 1 under Renewals on our Club Permits page). 

    Taking this option means you are not required to get a physical signature and is quicker for you and easier for us.  Instead of us signing the renewal form, we sign a Club Endorsement Form, which you send to us by email. This can be done any time after you receive the renewal reminder.

    In fact, no matter which option you choose, the paperwork can be completed any time after the renewal is received. There is no need to wait.  Once the paperwork is completed, you can then pay for the permit at your leisure (within the expiry period).

    Please remember that all club officials are acting in a volunteer capacity, even if conducted during business hours at a business premises - club work is not paid work and may be preventing paid work from being done.


    News & Blog.

    Our blog page on the website is constantly being updated with not just club news, but everything BMW from all around the world!  We welcome you to submit any articles of your own. 


      Classifieds.

      Have you seen our classifieds page?

      Want to sell something?  Looking for a specific item?  Email us today to list your car/parts/anything BMW related!

      idrive magazine.

      Everyone has their own BMW story - we'd love to share yours.

      Email us to feature in our very own idrive magazine.

      Club partners.

      Members are welcome to submit their business to be shared on the Club Partners page on our website and idrive magazine. 

      We believe in supporting those who support us.  If you would like your business listed email us with your details.

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      As always - thanks for reading, we look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


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    • 31 Mar 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous




      Dear members,

      Well don’t you just love Autumn in Melbourne, such beautiful weather, perfect for getting out and enjoying our city and State in our cars with a bunch of our best friends.

      We started March with one of the best car events on the calendar, Geelong Revival.  With some of our members volunteering at the event and others displaying their cars it was a great effort for BMWDCM with over 50 cars displayed on both days.  The weather was not true to Autumn sunshine with drizzling rain on both days, but we were lucky to see the sun at times and it didn't dampen the spirits of our club members or spoil our great display. It was fantastic to see so many of our members there and new members and we also signed up quite a few over the weekend. The best part of the event was BMW Drivers Club Melbourne walking away with the Best Car Display of the event! Thank you all that came and visited us or had your car on display.

      8 March was a Zoom catch up where we were able to go over some of our future events and chat about new and exciting things happening within the club network. 

      On 10 - 14 March a large group of us travelled up to Canberra for the BMW Clubs Australia Nationals.  Some members chose to take 3 days to get there, others 2 days and 4 cars drove straight up in 1 day. If you have never done a Nationals, you should as they are a fantastic event and a great way to catch up with members from other states and see some truly amazing cars.  Canberra is a lovely place to visit anyway, so much to see and do, being our Nation’s Capital.

      12 - 13 March was also the Phillip Island Festival of Speed. We had a great representation of cars on display, thanks to Paul Holliday and other members who helped for the weekend making it a great weekend for all who attended.  

      25 March was our monthly catch up with Munich, which was as enjoyable as usual.

      On the weekend of 25 - 27 March about 8 of our members competed in the second round of the E30 Racing Championship at Winton, with Alex Jory again winning the weekend to consolidate his lead in the Championship. A handful of our members also attend to volunteer - Jo was doing her Silver Admin Officials upgrade and was flat out with registration and then in race control, Tim running around helping both Jo and I, I was chief Scrutineer for most of the weekend, Darryl was on the gate giving everyone a huge smile as they entered.  We are so proud of our members who pitched in over the weekend and really helped out making life easier for those at the top of the tower.

      We do encourage all of our members to consider volunteering in motorsport, you can start with doing the General Officials course via the Motorsport Australia website.  You'll also need to complete a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for club members as we are not for profit organisation - tick Motorsport Australia and BMW Drivers club Melbourne as your clubs as well as any other club you may want to volunteer with.    You never know when you are at an event, we may need to call upon you to help us out or the shoe might be on the other foot and you may want to help, having these credentials protects you from any incidents that may happen, and you are covered by Motorsport Australia insurance. 

      On 2 April we start off at Broadford with our International Women’s Day Come and Try track event, which is not just for women but men are welcome too, but we are encouraging more woman to get into motorsport as drivers and officials.  This is sold out now but if you want to come along and have a look, please feel free.  We as a club are very lucky to have quite a few woman drivers both with Level 2 Speed and full competition licences.  Quite possibly, half our officials are woman and as mentioned above Jo is now a Silver Admin and also holds Bronze Circuit and Bronze Event Command licence which enables us to be able to run very professional events but also gets Jo up in race control at State Level events.  We encourage you to get out and do it if this is something you have always been interested in, it does not cost you anything but time. Holding a Motorsport Australia Officials Licence also allows you to officiate at Supercar and even F1 events, so if you love motorsport, you can’t get any closer to the action that being an official.

      On 6 April, 20 lucky DCM Members will be having their cars on display at the Formula 1 Grand Prix from Wednesday until Sunday, so if you are there be sure to drop by and check out the display and have a chat.

      Over the Grand Prix weekend I will also be representing DCM at the annual BMW Clubs Australia AGM in Melbourne, where delegates from all the Official BMW Clubs get together to share news and ideas about BMW and the Club world. We also spend a day with BMW Group Australia to get the latest news from BMW head office. Looking forward to that, and I will have a report in my next newsletter.

      12 April is this month’s members meeting, which is a member only event at one of our members’ private car collection.  This is looking like a huge event with over 60 members registered already and I am sure we will get close to 100. 

      15 April is our Coffee and Cars to raise money for the RCH Appeal, in Beaumaris.  Please come along and give so we can help support the wonderful work the Royal Children’s Hospital does.

      On 17 April we have a car display at the Flinders Motoring Heritage Display.  We have won best car display of the day for the last 2 events, let’s try to make it 3 in a row!  If you don’t want to display, then why not just pop by and see all the fantastic cars.

      On 23- 25 April we will be doing our ANZAC weekend away, this time to Lakes Entrance. There are still a few rooms left but these are going quickly and due to this being still school holidays you will need to book fast.  We have a few tours booked as well, and you will also need to be fast to get into those. Of course, for those early risers, we will be taking in an ANZAC Day dawn service ceremony on ANZAC Day as well.

      30 April is our presentation and birthday dinner which this year we thought we would have a bit of fun and have it as a themed night BUT if you are not comfortable wearing dress up, this is fine just come dressed in smart casual/after 5 wear (ie, no denim!) and join in the fun of the night.  There will be lots of awards given out and who know you might just walk away with one.   You don’t have to enter in a competition to be in the running for an award, we have Member of the Year, New Member of the Year and Presidents Award, so you could be in the running for any of these awards.  Registrations are still open, so come along and support those who have won and join in the fun. We also present our 2021 Motorsport and Show and Shine Winners Awards on the night, so you may be in the running for one of those.

      March was a very busy month and April is looking just as busy again, with an event or two nearly every weekend. So, if your passion is showing or driving, we have something coming up for you.

      As always, keep an eye on your emails and check on the club calendar for upcoming events. There is always something on.

      Remember, we have a welfare team too, if you are experiencing hardship or need someone to chat to, they are only a phone call away.

      Take care out there, drive safe and see you at an event soon.

      Graeme Bell | President
      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

      P.O. Box 81, TYABB   VIC   3913
      Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
      Motorsport Australia Affiliated Motorsport Club

    • 24 Mar 2022 1:42 PM | Anonymous

      50 years of BMW M and the 50th staging of the Nürburgring 24 Hours - this year’s Eifel endurance classic is all about special anniversaries. It will also be the first outing for the new BMW M4 GT3 at the highlight of the Nordschleife season. A strong contingent of BMW M Motorsport works drivers will have their sights set on challenging for overall victory.

      50 years of BMW M and the 50th staging of the Nürburgring 24 Hours - this year’s Eifel endurance classic is all about special anniversaries. It will also be the first outing for the new BMW M4 GT3 at the highlight of the Nordschleife season. A strong contingent of BMW M Motorsport works drivers will have their sights set on challenging for overall victory. In total, BMW M Motorsport teams will field no fewer than seven BMW M4 GT3s in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

      ROWE Racing competes with two BMW M4 GT3s in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Alternating at the wheel of one of the two cars will be Augusto Farfus (BRA), Philipp Eng (AUT), Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Connor De Phillippi (USA). The team’s other BMW M4 GT3 will be driven by Nick Catsburg (NED), Marco Wittmann (GER), John Edwards (USA) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA).

      Driving the BMW M4 GT3 for Schubert Motorsport will be BMW M Motorsport works drivers Jesse Krohn (FIN), Jens Klingmann (GER) and Alexander Sims (GBR). The BMW Junior Team, consisting of Max Hesse (GER), Neil Verhagen (USA) and Dan Harper (GBR), will also start in a BMW M4 GT3. This will be run by BMW M Team RMG at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

      Walkenhorst Motorsport will field three BMW M4 GT3s in the PRO, Pro-Am and AM classes at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Preparations begin this Saturday (26th March) with race one of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). The prologue, with the qualification race, will take place from 6th to 8th May, before the 24-hour race itself takes centre stage from 28th to 29th May.

      Quotes.

      Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport: “The Nürburgring 24 Hours is a race that sets the pulse of any motorsport enthusiast racing so we are all really looking forward to this classic. During the development of the BMW M4 GT3, we gained an awful lot of experience with the car on the Nordschleife. That will now be very valuable to us in the preparations and the race. Our BMW M Motorsport works drivers are real Nordschleife experts, as are the teams, therefore we have all the ingredients in place to go into this iconic race with a healthy portion of optimism.”

      Nick Yelloly (ROWE Racing): “I am excited to get back to the Nordschleife with ROWE Racing. It’s my favourite circuit and the 24 Hours is without a doubt my favourite event. I love the atmosphere. We won it in 2020, I was on pole in 2021 but unfortunately had problems in the race, so we have to make sure we return to the front this year with our new BMW M4 GT3.”

      Augusto Farfus (ROWE Racing): “I am very excited to participate with ROWE Racing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The team has been among the most successful GT3 teams in the sport. I never had the chance to drive for them, so I am very excited to do that now. Our line-up is extremely strong, so I think we have all the right cards to be very strong.”

      Connor De Phillippi (ROWE Racing): “Returning to the Nürburgring in the new BMW M4 GT3 is going to be a major highlight in my 2022 season and I’m so excited to be a part of the programme! It is my favourite event of the year, with one of the most unforgettable racing atmospheres and I cannot wait to be back driving there with ROWE Racing.”

      Nick Catsburg (ROWE Racing): “I am already really looking forward to the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This is my favourite event, and our overall victory in 2020 is obviously one that I will never forget. It is going to be fantastic to line up at the classic again with ROWE Racing and the new BMW M4 GT3.”

      John Edwards (ROWE Racing): “The Nürburgring 24 Hours is the most intense race on earth. There’s nothing like a 24-hour race at the most challenging and rewarding track on the planet! Last year, we had a good car but some bad luck put us out. This year, we have a new car and I am very confident.”

      Jens Klingmann (Schubert Motorsport): “The absolute highlight of the season marking the 50th anniversary of BMW M is the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, and the objective is clear: to return to Munich with the 21st overall victory. That would be the best possible birthday present for BMW M. Last year, I was able to compete on the Nordschleife with the BMW M4 GT3 which allowed me to gather some initial experience and I am looking forward all the more to the Nürburgring this year. I think that we have a pretty strong package overall with Schubert Motorsport and the BMW M4 GT3.”

      Alexander Sims (Schubert Motorsport): “I am really looking forward to driving the BMW M4 GT3 on the Nordschleife. I’ve heard good things about the car in its development and so to drive it on one of the best tracks in the world will be another great experience with BMW. As always though, we compete to win so the focus will be on understanding and optimising the package as best as we can to be well prepared for the 24 hours.”

      Max Hesse (BMW Junior Team): “We are really looking forward to going racing again on the Nordschleife. This is the first time we will have driven the BMW M4 GT3 there, but BMW M Team RMG already gained experience with the car on the Nordschleife last year. That will definitely be beneficial. We will use the first NLS races and the qualification race to prepare meticulously for the 24-hour race. It is about finding a good rhythm, practicing driver changeovers and pit stops, and fine-tuning the set-up. It would be nice to have every kind of weather during the preparations, as we all know that the weather can change very quickly on the Nordschleife. All three of us are very much looking forward to the coming weeks at the Nürburgring.”

      Overview of BMW M Motorsport works drivers at the 24h Nürburgring.

      ROWE Racing:

      • Philipp Eng (AUT)
      • Augusto Farfus (BRA)
      • Nick Yelloly (GBR)
      • Connor De Phillippi (USA)

      • Nick Catsburg (NED)
      • Marco Wittmann (GER)
      • John Edwards (USA)
      • Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)


      Schubert Motorsport:

      • Jesse Krohn (FIN)
      • Jens Klingmann (GER)
      • Alexander Sims (GBR)


      BMW Junior Team:

      • Max Hesse (GER)
      • Dan Harper (GBR)
      • Neil Verhagen (USA)

      BMW PRESS



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