Seven BMW M4 GT3s for the car’s Nürburgring 24 debut – Sportscar365

Seven BMW M4 GT3s for the car's Nürburgring 24 debut – Sportscar365

Photo: BMW M Motorsport

A fleet of seven BMW M4 GT3s will take part in this year’s Nürburgring 24, the German manufacturer announced ahead of the car’s debut in the Nordschleife enduro.

ROWE Racing, Walkenhorst Motorsport, Schubert Motorsport and the BMW Junior Team will represent BMW at the race on May 28-29.

The composition of the teams brings together the organizations campaigning for the new M4 GT3 in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup and the DTM.

Driver rosters for four of the seven N24 entries have been announced, with Walkenhorst’s three crews yet to be determined.

2020 winners Nick Yelloly and Nicky Catsburg will be riding various ROWE Racing machines. Yelloly is teamed up with fellow BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus, Philipp Eng and Connor De Phillippi.

Farfus won the race in 2010 with Schnitzer Motorsport while De Phillippi took victory in the 2017 edition with the Audi Land-Motorsport team.

The other ROWE entry involves Catsburg, Marco Wittmann, John Edwards and Sheldon van der Linde.

The Schubert Motorsport crew consists of 2020 winner Alexander Sims, Jens Klingmann and Jesse Krohn.

The BMW Junior team of Dan Harper, Neil Verhagen and Max Hesse will continue to be supported by BMW M Team RMG for their second N24 attempt in the top class SP9.

Walkenhorst’s stable will include a Pro-class car, as well as Pro-Am and Am entries.

“The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is a race that gives any motorsport enthusiast the pulse, so we are all looking forward to this classic,” said Andreas Roos, Director of BMW M Motorsport.

“During the development of the BMW M4 GT3, we gained a lot of experience with the car on the Nordschleife. This will now be very valuable to us in the preparation and the race.

“Our BMW M Motorsport works drivers are true Nordschleife experts, as are the teams, so we have all the ingredients in place to approach this iconic race with a healthy dose of optimism.”

A total of five BMW M4 GT3s are on the entry list for this weekend’s NLS season opener.

ROWE Racing is not listed although Walkenhorst, Schubert and the BMW Junior Team are all involved.

Walkenhorst’s line-up for the NLS round includes ex-Bentley factory rider Andy Soucek in the Pro-class machine alongside Sami-Matti Trogen and 2018 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa winner Christian Krognes.

Another Pro car for Walkenhorst will be driven by Ben Tuck, Joerg Mueller and Friedrich von Bohlen. The team’s Am squad includes von Bohlen, Joerg Breuer and team owner Henry Walkenhorst.

LMP3 ace Niklas Kruetten will drive for Schubert in place of Klingmann, while the BMW Junior Team line-up is unchanged.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.