The test and set-up sessions fell victim to the weather conditions, but the 64th ADAC Westfalenfahrt on Saturday marked the official start of the 2018 VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. The best-placed BMW drivers were Nick Catsburg (NED), John Edwards (USA) and Richard Westbrook (GBR) in the ROWE Racing number 98 BMW M6 GT3.
After four hours of racing they claimed tenth place overall. Jens Klingmann (GER) and Peter Dumbreck (GBR) reached eleventh in the Falken Motorsports BMW M6 GT3. For 2018, the SP9 category is split into subcategories for the first time and points are up for grabs in all three of them. First place in the SP9 Masters standings went to Henry Walkenhorst, Rudi Adams and Andreas Ziegler (all GER) in the number 36 BMW M6 GT3. Uwe Ebertz (GER) and Michael Hollerweger (AUT) also recorded a class win in the number 160 Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 in the SP8T category. In the SP10 class, the BMW M4 GT4 of Team 828 Racing by Sorg Rennsport crossed the line in second place with Heiko Eichenberg (GER) and Yannick Mettler (SUI) behind the wheel. Victory in the V4 class went to Marcel Manheller and Carsten Knechtges (both GER) in the BMW 325i. In the SP4 category, Robert Pentén (SWE) and Olli Kangas (FIN) claimed first position in the BMW 325i.
The second race in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring is scheduled to take place on 7th April.