BMW Hat-trick in the VLN: Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Phillipp Leisen (all GER) have secured overall victory in the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring (GER) with the Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport #490 BMW 325i. This means that a BMW car has topped the overall standings for the third consecutive time, as the winner from the last two seasons had driven a BMW M235i Racing. It marks the 16th title for BMW. The trio rounded off a great season, securing the V4 class victory in the final race of the season at the Nordschleife. “I can still hardly believe what we have achieved,” said Rink after the race had finished. Brink added: “that’s a huge relief, especially after everything that happened after the eighth race.” The BMW 325i had been disqualified due to a technical protest after the eighth race. The team lodged an appeal against this decision and the DMSB appeal court then found in their favour. “We were under a lot of pressure and we are delighted that we have finally been able to claim the title,” said Leisen.
Six BMW M6 GT3s competed in the SP9 class for the final race of the season and the fastest of these came from the ROWE Racing ranks. BMW works drivers Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Nick Catsburg (NED) were joined by Nico Bastian (GER) in the #99 BMW M6 GT3, just missing out on the podium by finishing in fourth place. Christian Krognes (NOR) had already caused a stir in qualifying when he recorded a new VLN lap record in the Walkenhorst Motorsport #34 BMW M6 GT3, claiming pole position with a time of 7:52.578 minutes. More than 50 BMW cars competed in the ninth race of the VLN season, recording five class wins. Heiko Eichenberg (GER) and Yannick Mettler (SUI), of Securtal Sorg Rennsport, drove the #828 BMW M4 GT4 to victory in the hard-fought SP10 class. That also enabled them to claim the SP10 class title.